Rema Has Become The First African Artist To Reach No. 1 On The Billboard Global Chart

With a leap from No. 8 to No. 1, “Calm Down” by Rema and Selena Gomez becomes the first No. 1 song on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart for each act. In addition, two songs—”Escapism,” RAYE’s featuring 070 Shake, and NewJeans’ “Ditto,” up 11-4—enter the Global Excl. U.S. top 10 for the first time (32-9). As holiday hits fade away, every song in the top 10 of the most recent Global Excl. U.S. list, which reflects the tracking week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5, rises in position.

The song “Calm Down” by Rema and Selena Gomez climbs from No. 8 to No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart, surpassing its previous No. 4 peak set in September. From December 30 to January 5, 53.3 million streams (basically even week over week) and 4,000 downloads (up 18%) were sold in international markets. The song’s original version was released by Nigerian-born Rema (actual name: Divine Ikubor) last February as the second single from his debut solo LP, Rave & Roses. On August 26, Gomez added to the remix, and on September 7, the official video for that version debuted.

Rema becomes the first performer from Africa to rule by topping Global Excl. U.S. in his debut on the chart. In addition, Gomez became the chart’s second top 10 artists after BLACKPINK’s “Ice Cream,” which peaked at No. 6 on the first list in 2020.

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