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Rema’s “Calm Down” reaches one billion streams on Spotify


Nigerian singer Rema has made history as the first African artist to have an artist-led track reach 1 billion streams on Spotify.

His hit single “Calm Down,” featuring Selena Gomez, reached the milestone on Sunday.

The song was released in February 2022 and quickly became a global success, topping charts in several countries and earning Rema widespread acclaim.

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The track’s catchy blend of Afrobeats rhythms and afro-fusion melodies, Rema’s unique and soulful singing, and the unexpected addition of Selena Gomez helped to make it a worldwide hit.

The song has also been certified platinum in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

In a statement, Spotify’s Artiste and Label Partnerships Manager for West Africa, Victor Okpala, said: “Rema has achieved a remarkable milestone with his hit single, Calm Down, featuring Selena Gomez, reaching one billion streams on Spotify. This is the first African artist-led track to join the Billions Club on Spotify.

“The achievement not only highlights Rema’s growing influence in the music industry but also stresses the power of cross-cultural musical fusion in today’s interconnected world.”

Rema is the latest in a line of African artists to achieve success on the global music scene. In recent years, artists such as Burna Boy,

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Wizkid, and Davido have all broken into the mainstream, with their music being streamed and enjoyed by millions of people around the world.