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Bebe Rexha says the music industry is "toxic"

Can it be fair to say that a musician who’s sold 10 million copies of a single is still struggling to break out?

Bebe Rexha had a diamond-certified smash with “Meant to Be,” her 2017 pop-country collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, and she’s scored other huge hits with G-Eazy (“Me, Myself I”) and Martin Garrix (“In the Name of Love”). Before that, the Staten Island native played in a short-lived dance-rock band called Black Cards with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and wrote “The Monster” for Eminem and Rihanna.

Yet Rexha, 31, hasn’t quite defined herself as a solo pop star, perhaps because she’s never settled on a single sound or attitude; “Expectations,” her 2018 debut, sounded like a collection of demos intended for higher-wattage acts. She’s still covering a lot of ground on her new LP, “Better Mistakes,” out on May 7, which flits among sparkly retro-disco (“Sacrifice”), woozy emo-rap (“Die for a Man,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert) and low-slung electro-funk (“Baby, I’m Jealous,” with Doja Cat). But the material is stronger, and her singing has a witty sensuality that finally feels distinct.

Which doesn’t mean she’s not still hustling. When Rexha and I connect on Zoom on a recent afternoon, she’s chilling by the pool at her home in L.A. — “Oh my God, I look crazy,” she says as she catches a glimpse of her unkempt hair — until her glam squad arrives to help her prepare for a gig at Charli D’Amelio’s 17th birthday party.

“Her mom asked me to perform two songs for her,” Rexha says of the TikTok influencer. “I’m bringing the cake out.”

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Article source: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2021-05-06/bebe-rexha-better-mistakes

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