Rema Makes History as the First African Artist on Billboard’s Year-End Album Chart

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Nigerian sensation Rema has capped off a phenomenal 2023 by securing a groundbreaking achievement: he is the first African artist to feature on Billboard’s year-end album chart. His debut album ‘Raves & Roses’ secured the impressive position of NO. 157, marking a historic moment in the global music scene.

Rema’s chart-topping single ‘Calm Down’ featuring Selena Gomez played a pivotal role in this success, becoming the biggest African export of the year and topping charts across multiple countries. The track peaked at NO. 3 on the Billboard chart, an unprecedented achievement for an African artist, spending over a year on the prestigious ranking.

Additionally, Rema claimed the NO. 41 spot on Billboard’s 2023 end-of-the-year artist chart, solidifying his status as a major player in the global music industry. Notably, he also earned the title of the second-ranking Afrobeats artist, following closely behind Burna Boy. Rema’s exceptional accomplishments extend beyond the charts, as he was honored by Spotify for reaching an astounding 1 billion streams with his hit track ‘Calm Down.’ The recognition further underscores Rema’s influential role in advancing African music on the international stage.

November 22, 2023

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