Renowned African musician Rema has garnered global recognition with his smash hit single “Calm Down.” This chart-topping sensation has earned certifications in multiple countries and reached a significant milestone as the first African song to remain on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for an entire calendar year – 52 weeks!
Rema and Selena Gomez’s hit single ‘Calm Down’ has experienced a slight decline on the chart this week, dropping five spots to number 11 (chart week of September 9th, 2023). Despite this, the song has remained on the chart for an impressive 52 weeks and counting, having previously peaked at number 3. Notably, ‘Calm Down’ currently holds the record for the highest-charting Nigerian song and is the second-highest charting African song, with the number one spot being held by Hugh Masekala’s 1968 single ‘Grazing in the Grass’.
Since its debut in February 2022, ‘Calm Down’ has been a frontrunner among the singles from Rema’s first album ‘Raves & Roses’. With the help of Selena Gomez’s remix, the song’s popularity has soared to new heights. It has shattered records as the most-played Afrobeats track in Spotify’s history, the most-watched music video by a Nigerian artist on YouTube, and the most outstanding African song worldwide. This year, ‘Calm Down’ has received nominations for Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year at the 2023 VMAs.