Nigerian superstar Rema is on the rise as his hit single ‘Calm Down’ has reached a new peak position of NO. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. This smash hit has catapulted Rema to global stardom, making him one of the leading figures in the rapidly growing genre of Afrobeats.
In the chart week of April 22, 2023, ‘Calm Down’ moved up one spot from its previous peak of NO. 7 to a new peak of NO. 6 while extending its stay on the chart to 32 weeks. This is not only an incredible mark for Rema as an artist but also for the Afrobeats genre. Released in February 2022, ‘Calm Down’ quickly earned its certification from the RIAA, solidifying its success and influence on a global stage.
In addition, ‘Calm Down’ has gone on to achieve widespread success across multiple platforms. It has achieved over 2 billion streams and has become the most watched Afrobeats music video on YouTube. The song further received a boost with the release of the Selena Gomez-assisted remix which earned Rema his debut on Billboard Hot 100.
Rema’s success is a sign of the times that African music is gaining exponentially more worldwide recognition. Through his music, Rema is championing the cause of Afrobeats and blazing a trail for other African artists. His success with ‘Calm Down’ is a testament to the potential of Nigerian music and African music in general to resonate with international audiences.