Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Rema achieved a historic milestone with his hit track ‘Calm Down,’ featuring Selena Gomez, reaching an astounding 1 billion streams on Spotify. The celebration took place at London’s iconic O2 Arena, reflecting the global success of Rema’s music.
Headlining the event, Rema showcased not only his exceptional talent but also affirmed his status as a trailblazer in international music. ‘Calm Down’ has become a global anthem, blending infectious beats, soulful lyrics, and Rema’s distinctive voice, earning it a billion streams on Spotify.
The momentous achievement was marked by Spotify representatives presenting Rema with a special plaque, making him the first African artist to receive Spotify’s Billion Club Plaque. This recognition highlights Rema’s significant contribution to the global music landscape.
Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa, emphasized the growth of African music and Afrobeats globally, anticipating more African artists reaching this milestone. The O2 concert, attended by industry insiders and fans, became a historic celebration of African music’s impact on the global stage, generating excitement on social media as fans congratulated Rema on this remarkable accomplishment.