Rema, the rising star of Afrobeats, has made history by surpassing the legendary King Sunny Ade’s 41-year-old record on the US Billboard 200 chart. Rema’s album, ‘Rave and Roses,’ has stayed on the chart for an impressive 30 weeks, breaking the previous record of 29 weeks set by the Juju icon with his album ‘Juju Music’ in 1982.
Rema, whose real name is Divine Ikubor, has been captivating audiences worldwide with his infectious melodies and standout tracks. Songs such as ‘Soundgasm’ and ‘Calm Down’ have become instant hits in Nigeria and beyond. However, the turning point for Rema’s global recognition came with the release of ‘Calm Down’ remix featuring American pop star Selena Gomez. The dynamic collaboration proved to be a potent combination, catapulting the song to unparalleled success on an international scale.
Since its release, ‘Calm Down’ has transcended borders, resonating with music lovers from various cultures and amassing an unprecedented level of popularity. The song’s catchy beats and uplifting lyrics, along with the star power brought by Selena Gomez, have undoubtedly propelled it into a global phenomenon.
Rema’s triumph on the US Billboard 200 chart not only demonstrates his exceptional talent but also signifies the growing influence of Nigerian music on the global stage. This feat showcases the immense opportunity both Afrobeats stars and their international counterparts can leverage on to boost their listener audiences globally.
As the music industry continues to evolve, Rema’s record-breaking achievement highlights the ever-expanding boundaries of artistic expression and cultural exchange. With ‘Rave and Roses’ and its success, Rema has firmly positioned himself as a trailblazer, carving his path towards becoming one of the most influential artists of his generation inspiring future generations of musicians.