Rema Beats Wizkid, Breaks Masekela’s Billboard Record

The talented afrobeats performer from Nigeria, Divine Ikubor (also known as Rema), has achieved a significant milestone by surpassing the late South African music icon Hugh Masekela’s record for the highest-charting African song on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with his hit single “Calm Down.” Although there was reportedly stiff competition from Wizkid, Rema has overtaken both of them, claiming the top spot.

This week, the remixed version of Rema’s famous track ‘Calm Down’ featuring Selena Gomez achieved a new high on the Hot 100 chart, reaching the impressive position of Number 4 after being in 8. This achievement is significant for Nigeria’s Afrobeats market, marking a new record. Moreover, Rema has now secured the second-highest charting song on the Hot 100 by an African artist, making history with this incredible accomplishment.

Rema Beats Wizkid, Breaks Masekela’s Billboard Record, Yours Truly, News, June 18, 2024

Wizkid, the owner and frontman of Starboy, previously held the record for the Nigerian song with the highest ranking on the Billboard Hot 100. This was achieved through his hit single ‘Essence,’ which featured the talented Nigerian singer Tems and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. The song reached the impressive No. 9 position on the chart.

Rema Beats Wizkid, Breaks Masekela’s Billboard Record, Yours Truly, News, June 18, 2024

Indeed, it’s always exciting to see new artists breaking records, and Rema’s recent achievement is no exception. According to a tweet from the official Billboard Chart accounts on March 21st, 2023, Rema’s song ‘Calm Down,’ featuring Selena Gomez, made it to the No. 8 position on the chart dated March 25th, 2023 and is now no. 4 on the recently released May charts. This is a significant accomplishment for the 22-year-old artist, as it is the highest-charting Nigerian song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Congratulations to Rema on this impressive feat!

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