Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha Set a Chart Record With ‘Meant to Be’
Bebe Rexha's infectious collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, last fall's "Meant to Be," has managed to hang on—and then some!—through summer 2018, and has now set an impressive record reflecting its durability. The song has been certified as having the longest-running streak on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, having hit the top of the chart on December 16 and reigned an unprecedented 35 weeks straight.
It's no small feat, and all involved with the song recognize the honor. "I'm so honored to be a writer and an artist on this song," Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard—who is a co-writer—tells Billboard. "I'm thankful to just be one of the many people who put so much energy and effort into making music history. Now, it's time to get back in the studio and try to break the new record."
To that, duo partner Brian Kelley adds, "The power of music continues to blow our minds, and we are extremely humbled and thankful that 'Meant' has spent the better part of a year at the top. The connection we feel with our fans through our music is extra special with this song. Bebe and her camp were a blast to work with."
Meanwhile, "I'm grateful to be able to create music that allows me to push limits and push myself," notes Rexha. "I'm grateful for all the love and warmth from the country community [and give] credit to country greats who influenced me: Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and so many more. Here's to writing with your heart and breaking boundaries."
The song has also topped one billion global streams, and has currently more than 500 million streams on YouTube.
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