Red-Hot Collaboration Shatters Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart History
Global superstars Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line are making country music history with the debut of their red-hot collaboration, “Meant to Be,” dominating the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at No. 1.
Immediately skyrocketing to the chart’s top position, the vibey romantic anthem marks the first No. 1 Hot County Songs debut in FGL’s already-groundbreaking career, and only the third No. 1 debut in the chart’s modern history. The track also makes Rexha the first solo female to debut at the chart’s top spot, which according to Billboard gathered 10.4 million U.S. streams in its first week of release while simultaneously landing inside the Top 10 of the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart.
“Meant to Be” is now FGL’s sixth No. 1 on the chart – which measures a combination of radio airplay, sales and streams – and includes their record-breaking 18-week run of “H.O.L.Y.” in 2016 and 24-week reign of “Cruise” in 2012.
Featuring a laid-back beat and sultry vocal harmonies, “Meant to Be” was co-written by FGL’s Tyler Hubbard with Rexha, Josh Miller and David Garcia, and appears on Rexha’s new EP, All Your Fault: Pt. 2. Although not originally envisioned as a country single, fan demand caused radio stations to begin spinning the track organically, and it was officially released in late November.
Its unexpected success highlights FGL’s undeniable dominance as country continues to evolve, with fans embracing their anything-goes mindset and commitment to staying fresh.
The duo is currently back in the studio working on a new album, the follow-up to 2016’s Dig Your Roots (BMLG Records). Pushing the duo into a bold new stylistic territory and helping them achieve stadium-headliner status, the project included the 3X Platinum-certified lead single “H.O.L.Y.” and Platinum-certified hits “May We All” (featuring Tim McGraw) and “God, Your Mama, And Me” (featuring Backstreet Boys).
Author: Buddy Iahn
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