Calm Down by Rema Slides Off The Billboard Hot 100
Calm Down, a single by Nigerian Afrobeats musician Rema has slipped off the Billboard Hot 100 after a record 57 weeks. According to the music tracking portal Chart Data, it made history by becoming the longest-charting and most successful African song of all time on X.
The song broke the 35-week record established by fellow Nigerian Afrobeats artist Wizkid's song Essence.
The intriguing song, which Billboard magazine music experts called as "a melancholy slow jam with a subtle hypnotic draw," has captivated music fans worldwide since its release.
The immense global popularity of Calm Down is owing in part to the song's inclusion of American pop diva Selena Gomez, although in a minor role.
The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, the most prestigious music ranking in the United States, making it the highest-charting song with an Afrobeats singer as the lead performer.
Fans of both Rema and Selena have celebrated the song's historic achievement following the news of its exit from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Calm Down is also the first song to spend one year on the Billboard Afrobeats chart and its YouTube video with 673 million views is the most watched music video by a Nigerian artist.
The enduring international success of the song has thrust 23-year-old Rema into the ranks of prominent Afrobeats artists like Wizkid, Burna Boy and Davido.