In an extraordinary journey marked by achievement after achievement, Rema’s ‘Calm Down,’ featuring the popular pop sensation Selena Gomez, is rapidly approaching the remarkable milestone of one billion YouTube views.
The Birth of ‘Calm Down’
The journey began when Rema introduced ‘Calm Down’ as part of his stellar Raves & Roses album. It wasn’t long before the Nigerian superstar joined forces with American singer Selena Gomez to craft an electrifying remix of the track. This collaboration exemplified the growing trend of partnerships between Nigerian and international artists, with ‘Calm Down’ emerging as the torchbearer for Afrobeats’ worldwide recognition. The track has surged to the top of the charts in various countries and achieved remarkable streaming records.
The official music video for ‘Calm Down’ debuted on September 7, 2022, and has since garnered worldwide acclaim. The video has exceeded an astonishing 700 million views on YouTube, an impressive feat that brings it tantalizingly close to the one billion-view milestone.
In an unparalleled achievement, ‘Calm Down’ has become the first-ever collaboration to maintain a presence on the Billboard Pop Songs airplay chart for over a year. Rema’s star power was evident when he delivered a show-stopping performance of this chart-topping sensation at the 2023 Ballon d’Or Award ceremony.
Rema’s Vision for Afrobeats
Rema’s journey is a testament to his commitment to pushing the boundaries in the music world. During an interview with I-D magazine, the Nigerian superstar revealed, “The clearest vision I have right now is that I will open so many new territories to Afrobeats. That’s the vision for me: opening doors and creating bridges. I’m the bridge to a lot of undone things.”
In the ever-evolving landscape of music, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ represents a shining example of excellence and determination.