Rema’s Song “Calm Down” Is An Iconic Afrobeat Success.
Rema‘s “Calm Down” has achieved remarkable milestones in the music industry, making it a historic track. This song became the first African artist-led track to hit one billion streams on Spotify, showcasing the global appeal of Afrobeats music. It also made history as the first song to spend a full year on the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs chart, a testament to its enduring popularity.
Additionally, “Calm Down” was the first Afrobeats song to reach No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart, underlining its crossover success in the United States. Furthermore, it held the title of the longest-charting African song on the Billboard Hot 100, demonstrating its exceptional staying power on one of the most prestigious music charts in the world.
The song’s success wasn’t limited to the United States. In Europe, it topped the charts in Belgium and the Netherlands, and in the United Kingdom, it achieved a peak position of number three, spending an impressive 27 weeks in the top ten of the UK Singles Chart.
A significant moment in the song’s journey was the release of a remix featuring American singer Selena Gomez in August 2022. This remix soared to the top of the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs and Billboard Global Excl. US charts. It also reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, marking Rema’s first top-ten hit and Gomez’s ninth.
The collaboration between Rema and Selena Gomez not only showcased the global fusion of music but also solidified Rema’s position as a rising star in the music industry. “Calm Down” and its remix made history and left an indelible mark in the world of Afrobeats and pop music.