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Concert preview: You may not know that you know Bebe Rexha — but you will

Published March 16, 2017 9:46 am

Concert preview • Pop singer who is ubiquitous but not yet a household name brings her "All Your Fault Tour" to The Depot.
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Bebe Rexha is, somewhat paradoxically, simultaneously all over the pop music landscape and yet still a bit under the radar.

You probably know much of her work — both as a singer and a songwriter — even if you don't know that you know her.

Remember "The Monster," that 2013 hit by Eminem featuring a memorable chorus by Rihanna that went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has nearly 480 million YouTube views? Rexha wrote the hook.

How about David Guetta's "Hey Mama," which also featured Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, and went to No. 8 on the Hot 100, and has more than 1 billion YouTube views? Rexha co-wrote and sang on it.

Oh, and rapper G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I," which peaked at No. 7 (and has more than 263 million YouTube views)? Rexha sings the chorus, which is appropriate, considering it was originally a track titled "I Don't Need Anything," written by Rexha.

In the past few months, you've probably become familiar with "No Broken Hearts," a Rexha club banger single featuring Minaj (which has nearly 170 million views on YouTube), "In the Name of Love," a collaboration with Dutch DJ Martin Garrax that went to No. 24 (two "official" videos have a combined 431 million views), and "I Got You," the first single from her EP "All Your Fault: Pt. 1," which went to No. 43 on the Hot 100 and whose video has racked up more than 90 million views in just two months.

So, yeah, chances are you know Bebe Rexha. And now you can see her, too — somewhere other than YouTube, even. She'll be appearing at The Depot in Salt Lake City on March 16.

The 27-year-old Brooklyn native has been musically inclined for most of her life. Born Bleta Rexha to a pair of Albanian immigrants who ultimately settled in Staten Island (her given name translates to "honeybee," hence her stage name), she learned to play trumpet in elementary school, and later taught herself piano and guitar. As a teen, she entered and won the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' annual "Grammy Day" event, which earned her a contract with a talent scout.

By 2010, she was working with Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz on his side project "Black Cards," and three years later she'd been signed to Warner Brother Records as a solo artist.

In the meantime, she became an in-demand songwriter and featured guest, contributing additional tracks by artists including Selena Gomez, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, and Nick Jonas.

All along, though, the plan was to make music for herself. She released her first EP, "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," in 2015, which included such minor hits as "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" and "I Can't Stop Drinking About You."

Rexha planned her full-length LP debut for this year, but ultimately elected to split it into a pair of EPs. The six-track "All Your Fault: Pt. 1" was released Feb. 17, and features collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign and G-Eazy. The latter appears on the naughtily-named "F.F.F.," which was issued as Rexha's newest single on Thursday.

"All Your Fault: Pt. 2" is currently slated for an April release.


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Bebe Rexha

With Daniel Skye and Spencer Ludwig

When • March 16, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8

Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • 21+: $18 advance, $20 day of; under 21: $20 advance, $22 day of; Smith's Tix






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