David Guetta Backtracks After Not Crediting Singer On "Hey Mama"
David Guetta's track "Hey Mama" featuring Nicki Minaj and Afrojack has been soaring up the charts since its release on March 16th, 2015. The tune broke the top 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this week and is on track to be one of the biggest songs of the summer. The dance, pop crossover features an infectious chorus that rings out, "Beating the drum like dum di-di-day/I like the dirty rhythm you play." The female vocals on the chorus are, in fact, not sung by Nicki Minaj but the 25-year-old singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha. Rexha explains the confusion in an interview with Billboard.com:
"We talked about it -- I actually emailed Guetta about it," she said. "I really wanted to be featured on it, because, you know, I've been signed and dropped, and now signed a second time, so it's been hard. What ended up happening was that it looked like a lot of names on the title, so they wanted to keep as many low features as possible. That's what I was told, and it makes sense to me. I guess more than two [featured] names don't look good on the radio."
Once the Billboard interview was out, Guetta was ready to backtrack and credit the young artist: