Divine Ikubor, better known as Rema, the pioneer of the Afro-Rave genre, has responded to making history with the remix of his widely appreciated blockbuster hit song “Calm Down,” which featured American singer Selena Gomez. With the song, he achieved a historic first, surpassing Wizkid’s record to become the highest-charting African single on the Billboard Hot 100.
With Tems and Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber on board, Wizkid’s mega-hit “Essence” previously held the record for the highest-ranking Nigerian song on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 9. In the most recent update, the 22-year-old Jonzing / Mavin Records signee had smashed Wizzy’s record in a chart for March 25th, 2023, according to the official billboard chart Twitter account.
The highest-charting Nigerian song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart to date is Rema’s “Calm Down,” which features Selena Gomez. It reached No. 8 on the chart. In response to the incredible achievement, which left him feeling overcome with emotion, Rema emphasized how hard he had to work to reach this position and thanked God and those who had always believed in him, as well as Gomez.
The singer also reposted articles from the massive media outlets that published his latest W. In one of the Instagram story reposts, Rema captioned it “History.”