Musicians who have gained fame in the music industry are often called Superstars. They are admired for their talent and the quality of music they produce, which has earned them a large, devoted following. These artists have dedicated countless years to perfecting their craft, achieving impressive national and international accomplishments. Their success has paved the way for other Nigerian artists to attain global recognition.
In 2022, it was a glaring truth that the most famous artists among Nigerians would be Davido, Wizkid, and Burna Boy. However, Rema has also quickly risen to fame and carved out his unique path in the industry. As we progress into the last months of 2023, he, too, has become a force to be reckoned with and has shown just that with his record-breaking sold-out shows globally and his amazing charts history.
Rema made his music debut in 2019 with the smash hit “Dumebi.” He quickly became a rising star in Nigeria and elsewhere thanks to his distinctive sound and memorable melodies. His music grew in popularity despite some fans not understanding his lyrics, and he was even included on former US President Obama’s end-of-year playlist. “Iron Man” made the list in 2019, and “Calm Down” did the same in 2022. Rema has become a significant player in the music industry thanks to his distinctive indie accent and undeniable talent.
Since his debut, he has performed amazing feats, but in 2023, he has come into his own, shattering previous records and setting new ones. Here are a few records Rema has accomplished this year.
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Highest Peaking Afrobeats (Nigerian) Song On Billboard Hot 100
Wizkid released a remix of his famous song “Essence” in 2021, including Tems and Justin Bieber. The song quickly rose the Billboard Hot 100 chart to the Top 10, peaking at No. 9, breaking the previous record for the highest-peaking Nigerian music. With his song “Calm Down” featuring Selena Gomez, Rema broke this record on March 21, 2023. The song debuted in the Top 10, where it remained for several weeks and peaked at No. 5. The fact that the Nigerian pop artist has since also debuted at No. 1 on the US Pop chart is a historic accomplishment for Nigerian music.
Guinness Book Of World Records Recognition
The Guinness World Book of Records acknowledged “Calm Down,” the popular song by Rema. The Official MENA Chart, the first regional streaming chart in the world, made history when this song became its first No. 1 hit. “Calm Down” by Rema has gained recognition from the Guinness World Book of Records and has become a groundbreaking success on the Official MENA Chart. The song’s continuous nominations and consistent victories are a testament to its enduring popularity and impact on the music industry.
First Nigerian Pop Artiste To Reach No.1 On US Pop Radio/Charts
The achievement of the first Nigerian pop artist to reach No. 1 on US pop radio and other related charts with the hit single “Calm Down,” featuring American singer Selena Gomez, is incredible. It takes a lot of competition to enter the US radio waves, making this achievement noteworthy. This achievement broke barriers for Nigerian artists in the global music industry and showcased African talent’s growing influence and recognition internationally. The collaboration with Selena Gomez added a unique dynamic to the song and helped bridge cultural gaps and promote diversity in mainstream music. Fans of the star have been expressing their support.
Most Streamed Nigerian Music on Youtube
As of January 30, Rema’s song “Calm Down” has surpassed Ckay’s “Love Nwantiti” remix as the most streamed Nigerian song on YouTube. The music video, skillfully directed by the talented up-and-comer DK, has amassed impressive over 500 million views on YouTube since its initial release. This achievement solidifies Rema’s position as one of the Nigerian music industry’s most promising and talented artists. The captivating visuals and infectious beats of “Calm Down” have undoubtedly resonated with fans worldwide, propelling it to the top in YouTube streams.
Most Streamed Nigerian Album Of All Time On Spotify
Rema recently released an “ultra version (deluxe)” of his famous album, ‘Rave & Roses’, adding six more tracks to the original 22. The album has since garnered much attention, becoming the most streamed Nigerian album on Spotify, with over 1 billion streams on its April 28, 2023 release date. One of the most popular songs on the album is the “Calm Down” remix featuring Selena Gomez, which had amassed over 800,000,000 streams as of May 9, 2023. The “ultra version (deluxe)” of Rema’s album, ‘Rave & Roses’, has been praised for its seamless integration of the additional tracks, enhancing the overall listening experience. The album’s success and the popularity of the “Calm Down” remix highlight Rema’s ability to captivate a global audience with his unique sound and collaborations.
First Nigerian Artist To Top Indian Chart
In 2023, Rema’s song ‘Calm Down’ made it to the top of the Indian Music Industry Chart, marking a significant milestone for the young afrobeats artist. This achievement showcased Rema’s growing popularity in India and highlighted the global reach and influence of afrobeats music. It has opened doors for collaborations, with some Indian artists also venturing into the Afrobeat space, like Guru Randhawa and Nora Fatehi’s ‘Naach meri rani’, which turns out to be India’s first Afro beats song, fostering a beautiful fusion of cultures and further expanding Rema’s fanbase worldwide. Rema created history by becoming the first artist to top the newly introduced Middle Eastern and North Africa (MENA) chart with the same song.
Multiple Plaque Records
The widely acclaimed hit track by Rema, titled ‘Calm Down’, has garnered significant recognition and accolades across the globe. The song has been honoured with several plaques in various countries, including a prestigious Diamond plaque in France. Additionally, it has achieved remarkable success in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain, where it has been awarded plaques for its exceptional performance. Furthermore, the track has attained platinum status in both the United States and the United Kingdom, signifying its immense popularity among audiences in these regions. The song has been granted a remarkable 13x IMI Platinum certification in India, underscoring its unparalleled success and widespread appeal.
Youngest Afrobeat Headliner Of An NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show.
In February 2023, the NBA announced that Burna Boy, a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and record producer, along with Tems, also a Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nominated producer, and Rema, would headline the halftime show for the NBA All-Star Game in Utah. These three talented Nigerian Afro-beats artists gave a breathtaking performance with an Afrobeats theme, making Rema the youngest Afrobeat Headliner for the prestigious NBA All-Star Game halftime show.