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Songland Season 2-Bebe Rexha


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Tonight, Bebe Rexha joins Songland and she’s looking for a song for the Tokyo Olympic games. (This episode was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic) Bebe says a song that would be perfect would be high energy and make you feel like you do anything. Bebe says the Olympics is massive.


The first writer in is Greg Scott from Chico, CA. His song is called Miracle and it’s about working hard and perseverance and never giving up. Bebe says the chorus is an A+. Shane says one of the problems with the song is the verse didn’t feel current. Bebe says the melody is everything and she’d scratch that and start fresh. Bebe and Ryan freestyle and sing some ideas.


Next in is Alyssa Newton from Las Cruces, NM and her song is called Made for Something. Bebe loves the sentiment of the song, but if she were in the Olympics right now, what would you want to listen to. She would want more and hyped up. Shane pitches something about being Made for This and Bebe likes that. Ester says she felt like the music made it sound too happy and sweet.


Next in is Anna Graceman and she’s from Juneau, AK and her song is called Gold. Bebe says the hook didn’t knock her in the face. Shane says it feels like it could get bigger for what they’re talking about. Ryan says she has to arrive at gold differently. Ester says they definitely need to work on lyrics because there is not a rise and they need to bring some energy to it. She wants to hear the song a little grimier and Ryan adds a beat by pounding on his keyboard. Bebe says the song has a lot of potential.


The last writer in is Josh Vida from Covina, CA and his song is called Crazy Enough. Bebe says the song is actually really dope. Ryan likes the melody. Shane says he doesn’t think the lines sound anthemic, but it’s universal. Bebe thinks the tempo needs to be a bit quicker. Bebe says she’s always about the feel of the song and as long as the melody is good, you can work everything else around it.


Bebe brings Greg in first and he is going to move on and work with a producer, along with Anna and Josh. Alyssa is brought in and Bebe says that her saying the song doesn’t feel right for her doesn’t mean it’s not right for someone else. She’s an incredible songwriter and she should keep going.


Shane is working with Anna and he wants to make the song grittier. Shane thinks the hook should be bones and she can switch it to where it’s in a positive light. Anna says they definitely need to nail the hook and she wants Bebe to connect with it. Shane says they’re using the same chord progression but adding percussion over it to give it a new life.


Josh is working with Ester and she wants to give him what the song needs. She says this song doesn’t match the Olympics and she wants to pump up the song. She wants to take out all the negative lyrics. Greg is working with Ryan and he tells Greg that his chorus resonated with Bebe. Ryan heard the guitar riff carrying the verse. Greg says the changes right off the bat is adding simpler melodies so the chorus shines.


Shane and Anna are working on a few lyric changes. Shane says they need to carve away at the lyrics so they are each there to tell a story. Shane says to be on the spot and come up with a melody is great. Josh says the story of the song has changed completely. He’s hoping the production will tie everything together. Ester says they need to make a vibe for Bebe. Ryan says he knows Bebe well and she’s going to care about the track making her feel cool and raw and emotive. He’s changing the production on the track completely. He thinks this song works perfectly for the Tokyo games.


Anna is in first to re-pitch the song she and Shane worked on. They have changed the title of the song from Gold to Bones. Ryan says that melody is great and Bebe says it’s incredible. Bebe says that beat made her feel like she could go faster and believe in herself. Bebe says Ryan is getting nervous and Ryan says he should have got a choir.


Josh is in next to re-pitch the song he and Ester worked on. They changed the title from Crazy Enough to Sideline. Ester has brought in Coco to perform the song and Josh sings back-up vocals. Bebe says that sounded current and fresh. Bebe says that sounded incredible.


Greg is in to re-pitch the song he worked on with Ryan and Ryan has brought out a contestant from Season 1, Sam DeRosa, to perform Miracle. Bebe says that chorus is ridiculous, and she loved the instrumental drop.


Bebe has a thought that she calls a mind twister. She asks the beat from Miracle and asks for the lyrics from Shane’s song. Bebe wants to potentially mix the lyrics of Anna and Shane’s song to lead to the chorus of Greg and Ryan’s song Miracle.


Bebe brings the writers back in and thanks them for sharing their talent. She says no one saw this coming, this has never happened on the show before. She has decided there will be two winners tonight. She says it kind of hit her listening to the songs that the lyrics would work with the hook of the other song. The two songs she’s going to combine is Bones and Miracle. Bebe says it was too hard to pick between them and she absolutely loved the verse on Bones and she couldn’t give up on the hook of Miracle because it’s catchy and powerful.

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