Nigerian superstar Rema has set a new record on YouTube with his 2022 hit single, ‘Calm Down’. ‘Calm Down’ has made history by becoming the most-viewed Afrobeats music video on YouTube.
The single was released on February 11, 2022, as one of the lead singles off Rema’s debut album ‘Raves & Roses’. Since its release, the single has enjoyed massive international success which further soared with the Selena Gomez-assisted remix.
‘Calm Down’ is the fastest Afrobeats single to reach 100 million views as it crossed this mark in less than 3 months. The song also enjoyed international acclaim following the Selena Gomez remix that has seen it peak at NO. 8 on the UK Singles Chart and NO. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Weeks after the video crossed the 300 million views mark, the video has set a new record as the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube after it surpassed CKay’s ‘Love Nwantiti’.
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The news was reported by the foremost music chart publication TurnTable Charts on Sunday, 29th January 2023. ‘Calm Down’ surpassed Ckay’s ‘Love Nwantiti’ with roughly 23,000 views to set a new Afrobeats record.
Divine Ikubor, born 1 May 2000 professionally known by his stage name Rema, is a Nigerian musician, rapper, and singer. He rose to stardom with the release of the song “Dumebi”. In 2019, he signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records.
In May 2021, Rema announced he will be calling his sound “Afrorave”, a subgenre of Afrobeats with influences of Arabian and Indian music which has led to him having one of the strongest fanbases in the country known as Ravers.
In September 2021, Rema was unveiled as a brand ambassador for the popular soft drink Pepsi alongside his label mate Ayra Starr
On 7 November 2022, Rema received on stage an award during his London concert as his songs achieved 1 billion streams worldwide.
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