Nigerian superstar, Divine Ikubor, better known by his stage name Rema, has reacted to his impressive achievement of setting a Guinness World Record with his hit song ‘Calm Down.’ The artist took to social media today, Friday, May 19, 2023, to express his gratitude and share the remarkable milestone with his fans.
Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ made history as the first song to debut on the recently launched MENA (Middle East and North Africa) chart by the IFPI. The song has reportedly surpassed one billion streams, a testament to Rema’s significant impact on the global music scene.
The MENA chart, which takes its figures from digital streaming platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify, covers thirteen countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. With ‘Calm Down’ topping this chart, Rema has effectively bridged the gap between Africa and the Middle East in terms of music, further cementing his international standing.
In a heartfelt message shared on his social media platforms, the Afrobeat star stated, “Truly grateful for the recognition, big one for the culture. All glory to God.”
The milestone is indeed a “big one for the culture,” as Rema’s achievement reflects not just his individual talent and hard work, but also the growing global influence and recognition of Afrobeats as a genre.
Rema’s Guinness World Record not only cements his place as a leading figure in the global music industry but also symbolizes the significant strides made by Afrobeats and Nigerian music on the international stage.
Fans and fellow artists alike have taken to social media to congratulate Rema on his groundbreaking achievement, proving that ‘Calm Down’ is much more than a song – it is a testament to the power of music to transcend boundaries and unite people across the globe.