Rema Hits Another Milestone With International Hit ‘Calm Down’

Written by on April 12, 2023


Rema, the Nigerian Afrobeats sensation, has added another impressive accomplishment to his list of achievements, this time in France with his global hit single ‘Calm Down’. Released in February 2022 as one of the lead singles from his debut album ‘Raves & Roses’, ‘Calm Down’ has now been certified double diamond in France, having surpassed 500,000 in sales, a remarkable feat.

Notably, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ has become one of the biggest international exports of Afrobeats, featuring a remix with American Pop star Selena Gomez. The song has also received certifications in other countries including Switzerland, Italy, and the United Kingdom, showcasing its global appeal. Furthermore, it has earned an RIAA platinum plaque in the United States, solidifying its position as one of the best-selling Afrobeats songs in the country, a significant accomplishment.

In addition to its commercial success, ‘Calm Down’ has made its mark on the prestigious Billboard Hot 100 chart, known as one of the most influential charts in the music industry. Rema’s hit single currently holds the record for the highest-charting African song on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 8, surpassing the previous record set by Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ remix featuring Tems & Justin Bieber, which peaked at No. 9. This achievement highlights Rema’s rising star and growing influence in the international music scene.



The music video for ‘Calm Down’ has also garnered significant attention, becoming the most-watched Afrobeats music video on YouTube with over 427 million views. Both the original song and the remix have collectively amassed over 2 billion streams across all platforms, a testament to their massive popularity and Rema’s growing fanbase, positioning him as one of the top Afrobeats artists in the industry.

Rema’s success in France is part of a larger trend of Afrobeats music gaining widespread popularity and international recognition. As more listeners around the world embrace Nigerian music and Afrobeats as a genre, songs like ‘Calm Down’ are receiving certifications in various countries, and artists like Rema are making significant strides in the global music landscape.

In conclusion, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ has achieved remarkable success on the international stage, with its double diamond certification in France, certifications in other countries, and its RIAA platinum plaque. The song’s impressive chart performance, massive streaming numbers, and record-breaking music video all showcase Rema’s growing influence in the Afrobeats genre and the music industry at large. As Afrobeats continues to gain recognition globally, Rema’s success serves as a positive sign for the future of the genre and Nigerian music as a whole, further solidifying Rema’s position as a rising star in the music world.

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