Florida Georgia Line, Bebe Rexha’s “Meant To Be” Breaks Chart Record

Pictured: Bebe Rexha (C) performs with Brian Kelley (L) and Tyler Hubbard (R) of musical group Florida Georgia Line onstage during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha now have the longest-running streak on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with their 3X Platinum-certified hit “Meant to Be,” released via Warner Bros. Records. The global entertainers premiered at the top of the chart on Dec. 16, 2017, and have controlled the chart pinnacle for an unprecedented 35 weeks straight.

“I’m so honored to be a writer and an artist on this song,” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard said. “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.”

FGL’s 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.”

“I’m grateful to be able to create music that allows me to push limits and push myself,” Bebe Rexha said. “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, Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and so many more. Here’s to writing with your heart and breaking boundaries.”

Surpassing 1 billion total streams globally, “Meant to Be” became FGL’s first No. 1 1 Hot Country Songs debut and marked only the fourth No. 1 entrance in the chart’s history. Rexha also became the first solo female to launch in the top spot. Hubbard, Rexha, Josh Miller, and David Garcia penned the single, which has now surpassed FGL’s former record-breaking “Cruise” (24 weeks).

FGL has ruled Billboard’s Hot Country Songs for the most weeks – 91 cumulative – since it launched in 1958. The duo hit the top of the chart with six songs, including “Cruise”; “Stay”; “This Is How We Roll”; “Dirt”; “H.O.L.Y.”; “Meant to Be” (Bebe Rexha & FGL).


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