Synonymous with great female singer-songwriters and pioneers of Eurodance, the 1970s represent everything baby rexha He envisioned what he had announced to the world with his third and self-titled studio album released today. Warner Records.
“It’s about feeling empowered even when feeling uncertain about change, growth, self-reflection,” Rexha says. Variation. “I have always been open in my words – and towards life in general – when it comes to talking about my experiences… this album tells a story about expression and about changing my mind.”
Add a healthy dose of dance-pop tunes, guest lines. Dolly Parton and a song about going “higher than the satellite” with Snoop Dogg, and you’ve got “Bebe”—a 12-song set that pays a lively homage to the glitz of the ’70s.
A sequel to 2021’s “Better Mistakes”, “Bebe” has been added to Rexha’s first tour announcement in six years (he visited cities in the US, Europe and Asia in 2017, most recently for his first headline tour).
“There’s nothing like playing songs live – especially songs like this one,” he says, adding that the great beat of “I’m Not High, I’m In Love” would be a great touring start. “When you’re there and you feel the energy emanating from the fans, that’s a special bond… and I feel like it’s going to be very important to me and my fanbase now that it’s been six years.”
The set list appears to be a career-spanning version of their favorite hits, appealing to early-day fans who affectionately call him the Rexhars. “There will be lots of fun episodes… ‘All Your Fault: Pt. Like a lot of old music from my old EPs like 1’ and ‘Expectations’. “There will be upheavals and moments dedicated to bringing fans back to build new things.”
These “new things” will likely feature place-fillers like “Blue Moon” and “Call on Me”, and of course “I’m Good (Blue)” – at the heart of the already award-winning song. record. To grasp the full scope of the album’s timeline, you need to know how it’s done. long shelf life “I’m fine (Blue)” really existed. As an unreleased single, a translation of Eiffel 65’s 1998 hit “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”, the track has had millions of views on YouTube, where many of Rexha’s fans regularly upload her unreleased songs. Just as Rexha, producer Ido Zmishlany (Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato) and singer-songwriter Sarah Solovay wrapped their heads and hearts to craft a ’70s-inspired set, audiences demanded that the song be officially released.
When the song was officially released as a single in August, it topped the charts in more than a dozen countries, including the UK, Australia and Canada, and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“The song was such a big moment and it was supposed to be on the album, but we had to see where it would fit in music that had more of a 70s vibe,” he says. “’I’m Good (Blue)’ is on the playlist that’s why it’s followed by ‘Call on Me’.”
“Call on Me” is produced by Burns (Lady Gaga, Ava Max), the person behind the song’s addictive dance hook. He also produced the first solo dance hit “Sacrifice” from Rexha’s latest album. “We were both aiming like Stevie Nicks ‘Edge of Seventeen’ on the lines, but we were connected by that classic dance hook. This kind of subdued the whole project.
Embracing her femininity and identity as an artist, “Bebe” delivered moments of strong and honest lyricism. In “I Am,” a piece inspired by the plight of the anti-abortion law, Rexha cheers about being a woman, being a rebel, and most importantly: being competent. “No matter what, I’ll do whatever I feel like—especially when it comes to lyrics. I just love to write,” she says.
As Parton’s layered harmonies fill the sonic space, Rexha says in “Seasons”: “I lie in a waking dream and escape from myself / the seasons change under my feet.” “I was in the studio and we recorded the guitar and my vocals at the same time and didn’t do much editing – we just sang straight. Then Dolly added her vocals and the result was perfect.”
Parton’s involvement has long been a dream for Rexha, who grew up with the country icon’s recurring songs at her grandmother’s hands. Still, the path to winning a feature film from Parton was not an easy one, as Parton had previously “nicely declined” Rexha’s requests for collaboration.
“She wrote me a thoughtful, handwritten note just to say she was grateful for my request, but the song I sent was about heaven and hell and she had no interest in singing about hell that way.” explains. “I totally understood and the gesture was very thoughtful. I knew it would be a perfect song for us to share one day, and that song was ‘Seasons’. He felt to me his verses and harmonies and we should shoot this really fun video together.
The “Seasons” music video was filmed at Parton’s Nashville campus and was, as Rexha described, a “laughing feast”. Dolly is so funny, one of the funniest people I know. I was fascinated by her, mesmerized by her six-inch heels. Only [have] I admire him not only as an artist but also as a songwriter. I started my career as a songwriter and I would take Dolly as an example because she was able to write songs for others while achieving success for herself.”
Rexha works hard with a solid DJ group these days – “I’ve never stopped writing,” she says. “I’ve already started rewriting for a project like a new one and I’m definitely very inspired. EDM music. I love it.”
She will debut her PNAU and Ozuna collaboration titled “Stars” in May, followed by the official debut of the single “If Only I”, which she previewed while guesting with DJ duo Two Friends at Coachella. Meanwhile, he is working on the deluxe issue of “Bebe”, which will include an unreleased track called “Now You Don’t Exist”.
“Fans kept asking about it and told me they thought I was crazy for removing it from the main album,” she says. “They’re so stubborn – which I love… If I release a small piece of something and they want it, they’ll keep writing to me until they get it. I love the dynamic we have… It means everything to see how involved and how passionate they are about my music.