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Rema's "Calm Down" Becomes Most-Streamed Afrobeats Song in US History

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Ayize claire

Jun 19, 2024

Rema's Hit Surpasses One Billion On-Demand Streams, Breaking Records and Making History


Rema’s "Calm Down" continues to break records, solidifying its place in music history. The 24-year-old Nigerian star's hit is now the most-streamed Afrobeats song in the US, surpassing one billion on-demand streams, according to Chart Data.

Released in February 2022 as a single from his debut album Rave and Roses, "Calm Down" quickly became a sensation. Billboard music analysts attribute its success to its "melancholy slow jam with a subtle hypnotic draw," making it irresistibly memorable.

The remix, featuring US singer Selena Gomez, further catapulted the song's popularity, reaching the billion-plays milestone on Spotify. It also became the first African song to spend a year on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number three.

The music video for the remix has nearly 894 million views on YouTube, making it the most-watched music video by a Nigerian artist. Rema’s unique style, which he calls "Afrorave," has cemented his position among Afrobeats giants like Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido.

Key Highlights:

  • Most-Streamed Afrobeats Song: Over one billion on-demand streams in the US.

  • Billboard Hot 100: Peaked at number three, highest-charting song by an Afrobeats artist.

  • YouTube Milestone: Remix music video with Selena Gomez is the most-watched Nigerian music video.

Rema’s "Calm Down" is a testament to the global rise of Afrobeats, blending captivating rhythms with a touch of melancholy that keeps listeners coming back for more.

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