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Rema Becomes The First African To Top Billboard Global Chart, With His ‘Calm Down Remix’ With Selena Gomez

Divine Ikubor, professionally known by his stage name Rema, is a Nigerian singer and rapper. Rema has become the first African to top Billboard Global Excl. 200 US chart with his ‘Calm Down Remix’ featuring Selena Gomez.

The collaboration between Rema and Selena Gomez on ‘Calm Down’ rocketed all the way to the top of the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart, where it started at No.8.

Rema’s ‘Calm Down,’ is from his first studio album, Rave & Roses (2022). As the album’s second single, it premiered on February 11, 2022, through Jonzing World and Mavin. The song charted across Europe, reaching number one on the Belgian Ultratop 50, Dutch Top 40 and Dutch Single Top 100. It has enjoyed 53.3 million streams every week, and 4,000 downloads sold up to 18% in countries outside the U.S.in December.

On August 25, 2022, a remix version of the song featuring American singer Selena Gomez was released. This new recording topped the Billboard Hot Afrobeats Songs chart and peaked at number four on the Hot Global 200.

Rema says, ‘Calm Down’ is about the things that happened around the time he fell in love at a party.

Check out the Billboard Charts below

Frebetha Atieku Adjoh

News Editor, Lover of Arts & Entertainment

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