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Bleta "Bebe" Rexha (born August 30, 1989) is an Albanian-American singer-songwriter.
She is best known as a featured guest vocalist on several successful US singles, such as G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I", David Guetta's "Hey Mama" and Martin Garrix's "In the Name of Love". She co-wrote Eminem and Rihanna's #1 single "The Monster".
In March 2016, Rexha released a solo single titled "No Broken Hearts" featuring rapper Nicki Minaj. "I Got You" was released as the lead single from her EP All Your Fault: Pt. 1. The EP was released on February 17, 2017.
Rexha was born on August 30, 1989, in Brooklyn, New York to ethnic Albanian parents. In Albanian, Bleta means "bumble bee"; Rexha gave herself the nickname "Bebe" as part of her stage name.
As a child, Rexha played trumpet for nine years while also teaching herself to play guitar and piano. Rexha attended Tottenville High School on Staten Island, where she starred in a variety of musicals. After joining her school's choir, she discovered that her voice was a coloratura soprano.
As a teen, Rexha submitted a song to be performed at the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' annual "Grammy Day" event. Rexha earned the "Best Teen Songwriter" award, beating 700 other entrants. As a result, she signed a contract with the talent scout Samantha Cox, who encouraged Rexha to enrol into songwriting classes.
In 2013, Rexha signed with Warner Bros. Records as a solo artist. Her most prominent songwriting effort of 2013 was Eminem and Rihanna's song "The Monster". The song reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
On March 21, 2014, Rexha released her debut single, "I Can't Stop Drinking About You". The song peaked at number 22 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. The music video was released on August 12, 2014. The video was inspired by imagery from films such as Girl, Interrupted and Melancholia.
On May 12, 2015, she released her debut EP, titled I Don't Wanna Grow Up through Warner Bros. Records. She also co-wrote and was featured on David Guetta's single "Hey Mama", alongside Nicki Minaj and Afrojack. The song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received 1.1 million downloads as of June 2015. The song did not originally credit Rexha, despite the fact that she sings the chorus and is featured on background vocals. In June 2015, she was eventually given credit.
In October 2015, Rexha co-wrote and was featured on G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I". The song peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one on the Billboard Pop Songs. The song was originally titled "I Don't Need Anything" and was intended as a song for Rexha herself. Instead, she brought the song idea to G-Eazy and was featured during the chorus. At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Britney Spears covered the song.
In March 2016, Rexha released the single "No Broken Hearts" featuring rapper Nicki Minaj. The song reached #9 on the Billboard Bubbling Under charts. The music video accumulated over 165 million views on YouTube.
On July 29, 2016, Rexha and Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix released a collaborative single called "In the Name of Love". It peaked at number 24 on US Billboard Hot 100, at number 4 on US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and reached the top 10 in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Italy and New Zealand.
2017–present: All Your Fault: Pt. 1 & 2
On October 28, 2016, Rexha released "I Got You" as the lead single from her new EP, All Your Fault: Pt. 1. It peaked at number 17 on US Billboard Pop Songs and at number 43 on US Billboard Hot 100. The music video reached over 50 million streams in one month.
"The Way I Are (Dance with Somebody)" featuring rapper Lil Wayne was released as the first single from All Your Fault: Pt. 2 on May 19, 2017. Rexha's third EP was released on August 11, 2017.
Relationship to One Direction
From February 2017, it was strongly rumoured Louis Tomlinson had been songwriting with Rexha. Both remained quiet on the subject until June 2017, where they simultaneously announced over social media that their collaborative single "Back To You" would be released on July 21, 2017. Rexha told media that she felt she had to guest on the song because as soon as she heard it, it stuck in her mind and she could not stop thinking about it. Rexha travelled to Tomlinson's UK hometown of Doncaster to film the music video with him. The two have since performed the song at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards and the iHeartRadio Festival.