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Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ Becomes First African Song To Earn 1 billion On-demand Streams In US

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Rema’s “Calm Down” has become a global phenomenon, shattering records and topping charts around the world, solidifying its position as the biggest African music export yet. Here’s a closer look at why this song is so significant:

Unprecedented streaming success

The song, particularly the remix featuring Selena Gomez, has achieved a historic feat, surpassing a billion streams on demand in the United States alone. This makes it the first Afrobeats and African song ever to reach this milestone in the US market, a country known for its competitive music scene.

This billion-stream achievement signifies a massive audience for Afrobeats, opening doors for future African artists to gain on-demand streaming recognition in the US.

Chart-topping triumph on Billboard

The remix climbed to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, setting a record for a contemporary African song. This achievement is only surpassed by Hugh Masekela’s 1968 hit “Grazing In The Grass” which reached number one.

“Calm Down” also remained on the Hot 100 chart for an impressive 52 weeks, showcasing its enduring popularity and ability to resonate with listeners for a sustained period.

Accolades and awards recognition

The song’s impact goes beyond streams and charts. It secured the top spot on the Billboard Pop Airplay chart, another record for African music. This accomplishment signifies that “Calm Down” wasn’t just a catchy tune but a song with strong compositional elements and widespread radio appeal.

This success is further solidified by its 4x platinum certification from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), a prestigious award that indicates millions of copies sold.

Global recognition and audience

Rema’s “Calm Down” isn’t just a U.S. phenomenon. It holds the title of the first and only Afrobeats song to surpass a billion streams on Spotify globally. This immense streaming success indicates a massive worldwide audience for the song, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries.

Additionally, the music video for the remix has garnered a staggering 893 million views on YouTube, making it the most-viewed video by a Nigerian artist on the platform. The original video also boasts an impressive 596 million views, showcasing the song’s captivating visuals and ability to draw viewers in from all corners of the globe.

In conclusion, Rema’s “Calm Down,” particularly the remix with Selena Gomez, has shattered records, garnered a massive global audience, and received critical acclaim. From record-breaking streams and topping charts to receiving awards and generating award-winning music videos, this song has cemented its place as a groundbreaking achievement for Afrobeats and African music as a whole.

“Calm Down” has not only introduced Rema to a global audience but has also paved the way for future Afrobeats artists to gain mainstream recognition on a worldwide scale.

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Omoni Oboli’s ‘Wives On Strike’ To Return In 2024 With Hilda Dokubo, KieKie & May Yul-Edochie

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The Nigerian film “Wives on Strike” was a hit in 2016. It was followed by an equally successful sequel, “Wives on Strike: The Revolution” in 2018. The story isn’t over yet! On July 10, 2024, filmmaker Omoni Oboli announced the exciting news on her Instagram. She’s creating a new instalment to the series titled “The Uprising: Wives on Strike 3.”

This upcoming movie will likely build upon the themes of the first two films, which explored marital issues and female empowerment with a touch of humour.

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Ayra Starr & Tems Lead Biggest Songs On Spotify Global Impact List In The First Half Of 2024

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Spotify unveiled its “Global Impact List” for Nigeria, highlighting the 30 Nigerian songs that made the biggest waves on the platform worldwide in the first half of 2024.

This list focuses on Nigerian tracks that racked up the most streams from listeners outside of Nigeria itself, between January 1st and June 30th, 2024. It’s a strong showing for female artists! Ayra Starr and Tems, fresh off their recent albums, are leading the pack with some of the most-streamed tracks.

Another interesting trend is the rise of international collaborations. Eight out of the top ten songs feature Nigerian artists teaming up with global music stars. These pairings, like Pheelz with Usher, Burna Boy with 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, showcase the growing international appeal of Afrobeats and its ability to bridge cultures through music.

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Check Out Artists Set To Drop Projects In Second Half Of 2024

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Nigerian music fans, brace yourselves for non-stop music projects in the second half of 2024! The year started slow, but things are about to explode with a wave of new albums from some of Afrobeats’ hottest stars.

Fresh off the success of his hit single “Calm Down,” Rema is wasting no time. July will see the release of his sophomore album, “He Is,” promising a fresh chapter in his musical journey. Following closely behind is Chike, who’s set to drop his third album, “Son of Chike,” in the same month.

Get ready to dance this summer! Asake joins the party with his highly-anticipated “Lungu Boy” album, dropping just before he kicks off his “Lungu Boy” tour in July. This will be Asake’s third album in just three years, solidifying his position as a rising force in Afrobeats.

Fireboy DML isn’t slowing down either. His yet-to-be-titled fourth album is on the horizon, fueled by the already-released singles “Everyday” and “Obaasima” that have been burning up the airwaves. Patience is a virtue, and Oxlade fans who’ve been waiting for his debut album, “Oxlade From Africa,” will finally be rewarded this year after a slight delay.

But the party doesn’t stop there. Wizkid, a global Afrobeats icon, is gearing up to release “Morayo,” an album dedicated to his late mother. This promises to be a heartfelt and introspective project from the award-winning artist.

This is just a glimpse of the musical smorgasbord Nigerian music fans can expect in the coming months. From established superstars to rising talents, the second half of 2024 is shaping up to be a golden age for Afrobeats. So, get your playlists ready, because Nigerian music is about to take over!

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