Bebe Rexha: Get to know the ‘Last Hurrah’ hitmaker

She's written songs for some big names!

Bebe Rexha

by Emma Dodds |
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Bebe Rexha's star has slowly been rising over the last couple of years - and these days, it's impossible to turn on the radio without hearing one of her bangers playing on air! With huge hits like 'I'm A Mess' and 'Meant To Be', it's no wonder that the 'I Got You' singer is growing in popularity.

Following the news that she's planning to release a second album later this year as a follow-up to 2018 debut 'Expectations', here's an in-depth look at the singer's life and achievements so far.

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Who is Bebe Rexha?

Bebe Rexha is a singer and songwriter, best known for her 2016 song 'In the Name of Love' with Martin Garrix.

How old is Bebe Rexha?

Bebe Rexha's birthday is 30th August 1989, making her currently 29-year-old - and a Virgo!

Where is Bebe Rexha from?

Bebe Rexha lives in New York City and was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents, Flamur and Bukurije Rexha, are ethnic Albanians - dad Flamur was born in Debar at a time when it was part of Yugoslavia, and mum Bukurije was born in the US to Albanian parents.

What is Bebe Rexha's real name?

Bebe Rexha's real name is Bleta. Her stage name comes from the English version of her name - in Albanian, bletë means 'bee', and she revealed at an event in 2016, "My parents are Albanian, and people started calling me 'Bebe' for short."

Is Bebe Rexha married?

No, Bebe Rexha is not married. In a recent interview, Bebe spoke about her "fluid" sexuality after appearing on the song 'Girls' by Rita Ora, Charli XCX and Cardi B. When asked if she would be open to a relationship with both men and women, Bebe said, "Yeah I could. I just like go with the flow.

"At the end of the day, love is love and I don't think it should be labelled any which way. I've never looked at it like that in my life. It's whether someone makes you feel something in your tummy or not.

"I think that's how my parents raised me, everyone's equal and you can just love who you want and be fluid. And then sometimes when you travel around the world you see certain things about how people view sexuality and it sucks."

Which are Bebe Rexha's most successful songs?

Bebe has actually been behind some serious bangers in the last few years - but her most recent song, 'Harder' with Jax Jones, looks set to be a summer staple! Here are some more of Bebe Rexha's most successful singles so far:

  1. 'Take Me Home' by Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha - peaked at Number 5 in the UK charts and was certified Silver in the UK
  1. 'Back to You' by Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals - peaked at Number 8 in the UK charts and was certified Gold in the UK
  1. 'In the Name of Love' with Martin Garrix - peaked at Number 9 in the UK charts and was certified Platinum in the UK
  1. 'Hey Mama' by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack - peaked at Number 9 in the UK chart and was certified Platinum in the UK
  1. 'Me, Myself & I' featuring G-Eazy - peaked at Number 13 in the UK chart and was certified Platinum in the UK
  1. 'Meant to Be' featuring Florida Georgia Line - peaked at Number 11 in the UK chart Platinum in the UK
  1. 'Girls' by Rita Ora featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX - peaked at Number 22 in the UK chart and was certified Silver in the UK
  1. 'Last Hurrah' - peaked at Number 50 in the UK chart
  1. 'Call You Mine' by The Chainsmokers featuring Bebe Rexha - peaked at Number 54 in the UK chart
  1. 'I'm a Mess' - peaked at Number 77 in the UK chart and was certified Silver in the UK
  1. 'Say My Name' featuring David Guetta and J Balvin - peaked at Number 91 in the UK chart

When is Bebe Rexha releasing her second album?

It could be coming later on this year! Speaking to Girlfriend, Bebe said, "I have been working on my new album and I’ve been putting a lot of hard work into it and hopefully I’ll release it this year.

"It’s been a really fun process and very therapeutic and there’s a lot of anthems on there and it’s about self-love and I can’t wait to put it out! I’ve really tried to let down my walls as much as possible and really not have anything hold me back."

Who has Bebe Rexha written songs for?


RADIO Bebe Rexha written songs for stacked

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Bebe Rexha has written songs for some huge names in music. Scroll through to see who she's penned tracks for...

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In 2012, Bebe wrote the song 'Some Girls' for Madonna's album 'MDNA', released that year.

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Selena Gomez

Bebe penned 'Like a Champion' for Selena Gomez's 2013 album 'Stars Dance'.

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Eminem and Rihanna

Bebe got her big break in 2013 when she wrote 'The Monster' for Eminem featuring Rihanna, which appeared on Eminem's album 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2'.

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Bella Thorne

Bebe wrote two songs for Disney star Bella Thorne's debut EP 'Jersey' - one was entitled 'Jersey' and the other was called 'One More Night'.

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Iggy Azalea

In 2016, Bebe wrote 'Team' for Iggy Azalea, which was a non-album track.

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Nick Jonas

Bebe wrote 'Under You' for Nick Jonas' third album 'Last Year Was Complicated', released in 2016. She later supported Nick and his brother Joe and Kevin on their Jonas Brothers reunion tour.

Who are Bebe Rexha's musical influences?

Bebe has cited her main influence as being Lauryn Hill of the Fugees, calling her the "Queen of R&B". She also cites Bob Marley, Blondie, Alanis Morissette, Coldplay and Madonna, who she has written a song for.

Is Bebe Rexha a Country artist?

This question has been cropping up more and more since the success of Bebe's song 'Meant to Be' featuring country music duo Florida Georgia Line in 2017. It won three awards for being the Best Country song of the year.

She told Billboard of the song, "I have always respected the country genre and, growing up in New York City, I knew of country artists that had crossed over to the pop side, like Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks and Taylor Swift. I never thought a New York girl like me would have a country hit, but I guess it goes to show you that some things are just... meant to be.

"When we wrote the song, Tyler was just doing what he does best with his country roots and I was doing what I knew best with my roots. We were just being true to ourselves. The meaning is simple and honest, and that's why I think it's resonating with the world. The beautiful thing about music is that it allows you to break boundaries, and that's what I want to be remembered for: breaking boundaries."

Was Bebe Rexha on The Voice?

She sure was! Bebe Rexha didn't audition for The Voice, but she did serve as a judge in February 2019 for The Comeback Stage, an online accompaniment series to the US version of the show which gave artists who didn't get a chair-turn a second chance.

Was Bebe Rexha on American Idol?

Bebe was in fact on American Idol too! Once again, she served as a contestant mentor and a celebrity duet singer in 2018. However, Bebe did actually audition for American Idol - taking to Twitter, Bebe wrote, '10 years ago my mother and I waited 10 hours in line to audition for American Idol. I didn’t make it through. This year I’m mentoring!'

How do you say Bebe Rexha?

Despite the slightly intimidating spelling, Bebe Rexha is said as it's spelled! "Bee-bee Reks-ah".

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