Rema Breaks Sunny Ade’s 40-Year-Old Record on Billboard Albums Chart


Rema’s debut album, ‘Rave & Roses,’ has set a new record for the longest charting album by a Nigerian artist on Billboard 200.

The 16-track collection was released by the music sensation in March 2022.

Rema included international artists such as 6lack, Chris Brown, AJ Tracey, and Yseult on the album.

This week, Rema surpassed the record for the longest-running album in the US Billboard 200, an accomplishment previously held by Sunny Ade, the ace musician, for four decades.

In 1982, the legendary musician put out ‘Juju Music’, his critically-acclaimed album.

The album spent 29 weeks — from May 1, 1983, to September 1, 1983 — on the Billboard 200 chart. It was the longest-running Nigerian album in the chart’s history until recently.

‘Rave & Roses’ has now spent its 30th week on the chart — as of this week — setting a new record.

Rema, whose real name is Divine Ikubor, has been enjoying massive reception from music lovers since he came into the limelight.

He signed a record deal with D’Prince’s Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records, in 2019.

The singer launched his self-titled first EP ‘Rema’ in 2019, which reached at number one on Apple Music Nigeria.

Rema earned the ‘Next Rated’ award in 2019 and was nominated for Viewer’s Choice at The Headies’ 13th edition.

He won the Soundcity MVP Award for ‘Best New Artiste’ in January 2020.

In April, the album’s track ‘Calm Down’ became the longest-charting African song on the Billboard Hot 100.

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