Rema, Nigerian sensation in the afrobeats genre, is rapidly closing in on a remarkable achievement, poised to match the record set by the late South African music icon Hugh Masekela. Rema’s latest triumph comes as his hit track ‘Calm Down,’ featuring the American singer Selena Gomez, surges to an unprecedented Number 4 position on this week’s prestigious US Billboard Hot 100 chart, thereby establishing a new milestone for Nigerian music.
In doing so, Rema secures the second-highest charting song on the Hot 100 by any African artist, placing him in close proximity to Masekela’s historic accomplishment.
Earlier this year, Rema surpassed the previous record set by Wizkid, as he became the highest-charting Nigerian lead artist in the esteemed history of the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Calm Down’ eclipsed Wizkid’s ‘Essence,’ which peaked at number 9 last year.
Excitement mounts as ‘Calm Down’ shows no signs of slowing down, with predictions forecasting an even higher peak on the charts in the coming week.
While it is worth noting that Wizkid and Tems achieved the coveted number one spot on the Hot 100 chart, it is important to clarify that they did so as featured artists rather than lead acts. Rema’s achievement stands out as a testament to his individual talent and impact as a Nigerian artist.
Rema’s ascent on the Billboard chart reflects the growing influence and global recognition of Nigerian and African music. His remarkable journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring artists, paving the way for greater representation and success on an international scale.
In conclusion, Rema’s phenomenal rise in the music industry brings him tantalizingly close to the record held by the legendary Hugh Masekela. With his unparalleled achievements and boundless potential, Rema is poised to leave an indelible mark on the global music scene.
This is awesome. Way to go Rema.