"Meant To Be" achieved the longest reign at #1 on the country chart for a song by a lead female, when it logged its 11th week at the summit. Previously, Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Again
" ruled the tally for 10 weeks in 2012-13.
Rexha told Billboard
she has always respected the country genre. "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," she said. "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," Rexha continued. "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."