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Rema Talks About Creating Art That Will Last For Generations

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2023 has proven to be a transformative period for the Nigerian music star, Rema, as his music resonates globally, propelling him to unprecedented international success.

In a recent conversation on Apple Music Africa Now Radio, Rema talked about his artistic journey, emphasizing the evolution of his sound and his commitment to crafting timeless art.

During the interview with host Nandi Madiba, Rema expressed a unique perspective on music, describing it as more of a calling than a mere amalgamation of elements. He revealed that his creative process involves tapping into his internal self, viewing himself as a vessel chosen to make a lasting impact on the world through his art.

“When you’re blessed with a gift, it’s beyond making it seem logical. To me, it’s more like a spirit thing, it’s not like a brain thing, and it’s not like a thought process. There’s nothing I needed to study to be able to get others to tap in with me. I was just tapping in with myself, and if others follow me? Great. If they don’t? Great. I’d say for me it’s mostly internal, when I hear the voice in my head it’s leading me and I feel like a vessel, to leave a mark in the world. It’s like I’m chosen for it so whether or not I try to run away from it, it’s just what it is.”

Known for his avant-garde artistic choices, Rema’s influence extends beyond his music into his visuals and fashion style. He expresses a fondness for working with fellow creatives to create unconventional concepts.

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Rema approaches his art with a deliberate intention, aiming for creations that not only hold down his audience in the present but also stand the test of time, enduring for decades to come.

“I’m supportive of creatives. You see all these great things that have to do with my storytelling, my journey, my branding, my visuals, my photos. I’m not the one taking the photos, I’m not the one shooting the videos, I’m not the one doing all of that they’re just young youths waiting for someone to invest in them, to bring out their crazy ideas, right? That’s what I live for, I live for investing in the youth. It’s beyond musicians, it’s beyond my peers and colleagues. Everyone wants to create, I feel like a lot of creatives have a place in my journey, so I do as best as possible to reinvest in my career, and in myself. I’m not just here because I want to drop a banger, make some money, and live a flashy life. In 50 years to come, people are going to trace a lot of things back to me – songs back to me, fashion style back to me, visuals back to me, a whole bunch. I want to be able to touch all areas of life, but music is like the first rocket. When it detaches, it goes to wherever it needs to go.”

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Rema is solidifying his presence in the global music industry, steadily moving globally, propelled by the triumph of his chart-topping single “Calm Down” with Selena Gomez.

In a groundbreaking achievement, Rema earned the distinction of being the youngest African artist to sell out the O2 Arena.

The release of his latest EP, “RAVAGE” serves as a testament to his progress toward global superstardom, declaring himself as a pacesetter in the music industry.

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Drake Makes Spotify History With 95 Billion Streams Across All Credits

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Canadian rapper and singer Drake has reached another major milestone in his career, solidifying his position as a global music powerhouse. He has become the first artist ever to reach 95 billion streams on Spotify across all the songs he has appeared on. The music chart platform Chart Data announced this great achievement.

Drake has been a dominant force in the music industry for over a decade. His albums consistently top the Billboard 200 chart, and he has amassed a massive following online, with over 84 million monthly listeners on Spotify, placing him third globally.

In 2023, he tied Michael Jackson’s record for the most number-one singles (13) by a solo male artist with his hit “First Person Shooter,” featuring J. Cole. He also held the title of the most streamed artist on Spotify globally in 2015, 2016, and 2018, competing with giants like Ed Sheeran, Bad Bunny, and Taylor Swift.

While he ranked third and fourth for most streamed artists on Spotify in 2022 and 2023, respectively, Drake has now surpassed Taylor Swift as the platform’s all-time most streamed artist across all credits.

This incredible feat further cements his legacy as one of the most commercially successful and influential musicians of the 21st century.

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Lojay & JAE5 Set To Drop Collaborative EP

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Nigerian artists collaborating with international stars have been a major force in bringing Nigerian music to the global stage. This trend continues with the exciting news of a joint EP between Nigerian singer Lojay and British producer JAE5. Their project, titled “Loveless,” drops on February 8th, 2024.

Fans are eagerly anticipating this collaboration. Lojay is known for his impressive songwriting and captivating melodies, while JAE5 has a successful history of working with other Afrobeats artists.

 

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Lojay has been a prominent figure in the music industry since his 2021 breakthrough with the collaborative EP “LV N ATTN,” featuring the hit song “Monalisa.” He continued his success in 2023 with the acclaimed “Gangster Romantic” EP, which spawned tracks like “Moto,” “Leader,” and “Available.”

Notably, he also featured alongside Davido on Chris Brown’s “Sensational,” marking their first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 2022, he worked with BNXN and Dave on “Propeller” and with Blaqbonez on “Back In Uni” from his album “Emeka Must Shine.” More recently, JAE5 and Nigerian street pop star Portable were featured by Skepta on the track “Tony Montana.”

With the combined talents of Lojay and JAE5, this upcoming EP is expected to push the boundaries of Afrobeats even further; and offer a unique blend of Lojay’s acclaimed songwriting and JAE5’s celebrated production. Fans are already buzzing with anticipation for this exciting release.

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Burna Boy Achieves Historic Feat At Sold-out Boston Concert

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Burna Boy continues to solidify his status as a global music powerhouse with his captivating live performances. On March 2nd, the superstar headlined a sold-out show at the 20,000-seat TD Arena in Boston, marking another stop on his “I Told Them” tour.

This concert further cemented his reputation as a global entertainer following his historic back-to-back sold-out shows at the 19,000-capacity Scotia Bank Arena in Toronto, making him the first African artist to achieve this feat.

The Boston concert wasn’t just about electrifying the audience with his music. Burna Boy also received special recognition from the Mayor of Boston, who presented him with a plaque commemorating “Burna Boy Day.”

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Burna Boy’s success transcends individual performances and tours. Since his 2018 international breakthrough with the hit single “YE,” he has consistently broken records and achieved numerous firsts for Nigerian and African music.

Notably, he became the first Nigerian mainstream pop artist to win a Grammy Award, receiving it for his fifth album, “Twice As Tall.” He also holds the record for most Grammy nominations (10) for a Nigerian artist and is the first African artist to win three consecutive BET Awards.

 

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Burna Boy’s impact extends beyond the awards and accolades. He is consistently pushing boundaries in the live performance scene. He holds the distinction of being the first African artist to headline stadium concerts in both the United Kingdom and the United States, further solidifying his position as a global leader in Afrobeats and a true inspiration to the continent.

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