Bebe Rexha Joins P!nk & Other Pop Stars Atop Country Airplay Chart
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be” rises to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart dated April 28th. The collaboration is one of a growing group of successful collaborations between pop acts and country artists. Especially with male country acts and female pop stars. As a result, “Meant” is being dually promoted to pop and country radio. Most noteworthy, the song leads the Adult Pop Songs Airplay chart for a second week and the all-genre Radio songs for a third time. Bebe Rexha and FGL have also topped the Hot Country Songs chart which blends airplay, streaming, and sales data, for 21 weeks. Because of the success, this may prove that country programmers are further cracking open the door for continued genre barrier breakers.
Bebe Rexha: Pop Gone Country
Regarding country/pop collaborations, country radio programmers are generally focused on the quality of the song. Bebe Rexha isn’t alone in collaborating with major country artists. Demi Lovato featured on Brad Paisley’s “Without a Fight” in August of 2016 and the song peaked at number 16 on the charts. P!nk and Kenny Chesney had “Setting the World on Fire” in November of 2016 which reached number 1. Florida Georgia Line also collaborated with the Backstreet Boys in 2017 with “God, Your Mama, and Me”. That collaboration also reached the number 1 spot back in July.
Other collaborations such as Dierks Bentley and Elle King’s “Different for Girls” performed quite well. The song spent one week at the number 1 spot back in October 2016. Record labels are showing and proving that pop artists can do well on country charts. Programmer directors are generally a bit hesitant but recent success has been quite encouraging. Strong metrics and success stories will continue to encourage artists like Bebe Rexha to cross genres.