Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ is First Afrobeats Song to Hit One Billion On-Demand Streams in US

Rema’s smash track ‘Calm Down’ has broken yet another record in the United States.

On Sunday, Chart Data reported that ‘Calm Down’ became the first Afrobeats song to reach one billion on-demand streams in the US.

“Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ becomes the first Afrobeats song in history to earn over 1 billion on-demand streams in the US,” according to the report.


Rema’s debut album ‘Rave and Roses’ featured the single ‘Calm Down’, which was released in February 2022. In August of that year, the singer collaborated with US singer Selena Gomez on a remix of the hit track.

Since its release, the song has garnered large amounts of streaming traffic, broken records, and earned Rema awards.

In March 2023, ‘Calm Down’ reached platinum status in the UK. By April, it had become India’s second longest-charting African song. In June, it ranked as the longest-charting African single on Billboard Hot 100.

In August, ‘Calm Down’ became Billboard’s longest-charting US Afrobeats single with 52 weeks, and in September, it reached one billion streams on Spotify.

As of June 17, the song’s remix has received over 894 million views, making it the most-viewed Nigerian music video on YouTube.

Rema, born Divine Ikubor, signed with D’Prince’s Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records, in 2019.

Since then, he has established himself as a notable figure in the African music industry.

Rema received both ‘Best Male Artiste’ and ‘Digital Artiste Of The Year’ at the 16th Headies.

In December 2023, he was named one of the top export artists in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) on Spotify.

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