After an incredible record of 57 weeks, Afrobeats superstar Rema’s hit song featuring American star Selena Gomez has fallen off the global music chart, Billboard Hot 100.
This was confirmed in a post on X by music monitoring platform Chart Data which reads: “REMA and Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down” departs the Hot 100 this week.
It made history, becoming the longest-charting and most successful African song of all time.”
REMA and Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down” departs the Hot 100 this week.
It made history, becoming the longest charting and most successful African song of all-time.
Calm Down – Africa’s biggest chart-topping song of all time
Rema’s Calm Down is the highest charting Nigerian and African song of all time and it broke the 35-week record previously held by fellow Nigerian Afrobeats star Wizkid’s song Essence ft. Tems and Justin Bieber.
The remix of the song which features Selena Gomez was released in August 2022 and debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2022, peaking at number three. It marked Rema’s first top-ten hit and Gomez’s ninth.
The Billboard Hot 100 is the most prestigious music ranking in the US, and Rema’s song is the highest-charting song on which an Afrobeats musician was the lead artist.
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The song has also led the U.S. Afrobeats Songs for a record-setting 57 weeks, it reached number one on both the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs and the Billboard Global Excl. US charts, and peaked at number three on the Global 200 chart.
More records and achievements
Calm Down also entered into the Guinness World Record as the First No.1 Hit on The Official MENA Chart (the world’s first regional streaming chart) and reached number one on the Canadian Top Songs chart.
The amazing song, which Billboard magazine music analysts described as “a melancholy slow jam with a subtle hypnotic draw”, has enjoyed massive raves amongst global music listeners and has also caught the attention of music enthusiasts worldwide since its release.
Vanguard also reviewed the song as a feelgood smash hit and noted that Selena Gomez’s “melodic tune complements Rema’s vibe perfectly, maintaining the same energy as the original release.”
Calm Down’s massive global popularity is partly due to American pop star Selena Gomez featuring on the song albeit for a short part.
The song has won a plethora of awards and has shattered more than a dozen records.
Last month, the song won the inaugural Best Afrobeats song at the MTV VMA Awards, edging out other popular Afrobeats artists and it also became the most streamed Afrobeats song on Spotify and the first African artist-led song to hit one billion streams on the music platform.
Calm Down is also the first song to spend one year on the Billboard Afrobeats chart and its YouTube video, with 673 million views, is the most watched music video by a Nigerian artist.
The massive recognition and success of Calm Down in the international music scene has placed 23-year-old Rema into the ranks of prominent Afrobeats superstars such as Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy.
REMA and Selena Gomez's "Calm Down" departs the Hot 100 this week.
It made history, becoming the longest charting and most successful African song of all-time. pic.twitter.com/6fiTR5R5vm
— chart data (@chartdata) October 17, 2023
‘You’re Killing Us’ – Nigerian Singer Tells Clubs Selling ‘Fake’ Drinks
Popular singer, Daniel Benson, aka BNXN, has warned Nigerian clubs that sell “fake” drinks to desist from the crime, saying they are killing their customers.
The ‘Finesse’ crooner lamented that he recently paid for a drink at a Lagos club and a “fake” one was delivered to him.
He threatened to call out the next club or lounge that would sell “fake” drinks to him.
On his X handle on Sunday, BNXN wrote, “Stop selling us fake drinks after spending so much money on the overpriced drinks. You’re killing us.
“Respect my health , Respect my money. Give me what I pay for. If you don’t have it , don’t bring a fake one!
“The next club or lounge that does this to me , I promise i will take that microphone from the hypeman and let you know!”
I’m Tired Of Wayward Life – Blessing CEO Attends Shiloh, Pray To Find Husband [VIDEO]
Controversial self-acclaimed relationship expert Blessing Okoro, popularly known as Blessing CEO, has publicly renounced her wayward lifestyle as she expressed a desire to find a husband.
Sharing a video of herself fervently praying at a Living Faith Church yearly program, ‘2023 Shiloh’, the single mother of two stated that she’s tired of fornication.
She openly declared her decision to abandon her sinful ways in the pursuit of a meaningful relationship.
She said: “Give me my own husband. I have entered Shiloh to find husband.
“Wayward life don tire me . Fornication don tire me. Give me my own husband.
“This relationship expert without a relationship must end this year 2023. I am aggressive. Prayer point. Lord give us men wey don buy table. We move.”
I Almost Quit Nollywood Over Sexual Harassment – Mercy Aigbe
Popular Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe has narrated how she almost left the Nigerian movie industry over sexual harassment.
The actress disclosed this while narrating her challenges before making her way to the top.
Speaking in an interview with Morayo Afolabi-Brown on ‘Your View’, a talk show on TVC, Aigbe recounted how a producer made passes at her after a movie audition despite earning the role for an upcoming film.
“I met a producer in Surulere, and I expressed to him how much I would love to act. He told me he had an upcoming film and invited me to his office for an audition in his office.
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”After I had passed three stages of the audition, I was given a minor role, which I told him that was not the character I was auditioning for, and he replied that the director said he did not know me, and that was why he wanted me to be close to him,” she said.
“He then stood up to touch me. I was very upset and I thought if that was what it took to be an actress, I don’t want to be an actress anymore. I tore the script and left. I cried on my way going home because I left a well paying job to join Nollywood, and I was already a single mother at the time.”
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