Rema sets a new record for African music on Spotify's end of the year charts for 2023
Rema with the release of the remix to his viral hit Calm Down has set a new record for African music with its latest ranking on Spotify's end of the year charts for 2023.
Calm Down remix by Rema featuring Selena Gomez was the highest-ranked African song on the most streamed songs global chart for 2023.
The viral song which took the world by storm was ranked number eight on the most streamed songs for 2023 on the global stage. Calm Down remix surpassed 1 billion streams in 2023 making it the fastest African song to achieve this feat on the digital streaming platform, Spotify.
Spotify who made the date available through their Spotify Wrapped initiative highlighted the growth of Nigerian music on the global stage.
The music platform revealed, "In 2023, Nigerian music took the world by storm, reaching unprecedented heights and breaking down barriers. Rema, one of the genre's brightest stars, has had an extraordinary rise to fame. His collaboration with American pop star Selena Gomez on the hit single Calm down has won him legions of fans worldwide and has become the first African-led single to reach a billion streams on Spotify. A landmark achievement for African artists, this song is the first by a Nigerian Afrobeats artist to feature on the top 10 chart of most streamed recordings globally on Spotify. It also tops the Nigerian song export chart, solidifying its position as a global musical phenomenon. Rema and Asake have also cemented their positions as Afrobeats' global ambassadors, with Rema holding the title of the most globally exported artist and Asake captivating audiences across Nigeria, Ghana, and Togo, earning him the coveted title of most streamed artist in each country. This continued international success further underscores the enduring appeal of Afrobeats as the most exported genre of the year."