Bebe Rexha is unpacking a brand-new era of music. And she’s doing that with a duet called “Seasons.” The pop superstar, 33, recruited country legend Dolly Parton, 77, for the song, which dropped on Friday (April 28), the same day as her third studio self-titled album, Bebe.
Co-written with Ido Zmishlany and Sarah Solovay, “Seasons” features a dreamy rhythm and the delicate picking of acoustic guitars. The tune is all about seeing the world evolving in front of you, yet the one thing that is constant is oneself, despite the notion of wanting to change and evolve with the world too.
“I lie awake inside a dream / And I run, run, run away from me / The seasons change right under my feet / I’m still the same, same, same, same old me,” Rexha sings throughout the chorus of the track, while Parton provides stunning harmonies with her signature twang vocals.
Listen To Bebe Rexha And Dolly Parton’s New Song “Seasons” Below
New Album Inspired By Fleetwood Mac
According to Rolling Stone, “Seasons” was the first song unearthed for Rexha’s album. The California resident tells the outlet that she drew inspiration from Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” while piecing together the lyrics and melodies for the album.
For this particular track, she says, “I was like, ‘Guys, I want to write a song about knowing that you need to change, but you’re not changing. And I just started singing: ‘The seasons change right under my feet. I’m still the same, same, same, same old me.’ That’s how it all started.”
After penning the song, Rexha had a feeling the tune would make sense as a duet. And she knew just the person to call on to bring the collaboration to life — Dolly Parton.
“My grandmother used to play Dolly all the time,” Rexha recalled of her family’s love for the icon. “Nothing really excites my grandmother, to be honest, and when I told her about Dolly, she was like, ‘Oh, my gosh.”’
“Dolly Parton Is An Icon”
“I mean, Dolly Parton is an icon. She is not only one of my favorite artists, but one of my favorite songwriters,” she also tells ET Canada. “She wrote ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston, and she has her version as well “So, I always looked up to Dolly Parton like, wow, not only is she a bad b***h, she looks good, she can sing like crazy, but she’s writing all these incredible records, and she’s also a boss… I just even, to this moment, the fact that I have a song with Dolly is just like, I can’t grasp it.”
Along with the track, Rexha debuted a black-and-white music video, which features her and Parton singing the song together, side by side. In the clip, Rexha and Parton vary their looks, first donning white and black outfits before sporting all-black dresses.
“I was shaking, but she made me feel so comfortable and said that she was going to adopt me,” Rexha said of Parton. “I’m waiting for those papers!”
This isn’t the first time that Rexha has joined forces with a country act on a song. In 2017, she teamed up with Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley on “Meant To Be,” which topped the Billboard US Country Airplay chart, won numerous awards, and appears on Rexha’s third EP All Your Fault: Pt 2 as well as her studio album, Expectations.
Bebe Also Has A Duet With Snoop Dogg On Her New Album
As previously shared, “Seasons” is one of the tracks included on Rexha’s new album, Bebe. And aside from “Seasons” she also shares a duet with Snoop Dog on a disco-tinged single “Satellite,” which dropped on Thursday (April 20).
Of Snoop’s inclusion on the track, Rexha says, “He literally FaceTimed me the next morning at 7 a.m. being like, check your inbox. “When I checked my email, it was the song with Snoop on it… My hair was a mess. I had just woken up, and I’m like, ‘Okay, well, I have to pick this up.’”
Rexha, who will soon embark on her tour of six years, began laying down the groundwork for her Bebe album in December of 2021, and the project finds the star channeling the energy and musicality of the ‘70s . The 12-track offering also truly shows her evolving as it showcases a different side to her in contrast to her earlier projects.
“I am a much happier person,” Rexha says of the new music, which is more sunny in comparison to her darker earlier works. “Because I’ve been smoking that ganja all night long, ayyy! Well, I’m doing what I love. As long as I can make music, I’ll be happy.”
Bebe Rexha’s Best F*N Night Of My Life Tour
Additionally, Bebe Rexha will soon embark on her headlining trek, dubbed the Best F*N Night Of My Life Tour. The trek kicks off on May 31 in Phoenix, Arizona at The Van Buren and is set to continue through June 30, where the tour will wrap up in Los Angeles, California at The Wiltern.