Rema recognised by Guinness for new record

At the time of writing, "Calm Down" has nearly 388,000,000 streams on Spotify

Piece by: Moses Sagwe

• The song - the second lead single from Rema's debut album, Rave & Roses - talks about the singer's pursuit of love.

• At the party, the singer meets a girl wearing a yellow dress that is visible from others and decides to try to approach her.

Image: Instagram

Rema's song "Calm Down" became the first ever song to become No.1 on the Official MENA Chart.

Signed under Nigeria's Mavin record label, young rapper Rema topped the charts worldwide with his single "Calm Down".

The singer has been steadily rising in popularity since his debut, relying on a large number of fans and gaining international fame.

At the time of writing, "Calm Down" had nearly 388,000,000 streams on Spotify, while its remix by American artist Selena Gomez received 717,512,920 streams on the music platform overnight.

In 2022, the single made history when it climbed to the top of The Official MENA Chart, shortly after the launch of the chart itself.

The song - the second lead single from Rema's debut album, Rave & Roses - talks about the singer's pursuit of love.

The song garnered several nominations and topped the international charts, reaching the Top 3 in Belgium, France, Portugal and the Netherlands (among other countries).

In 2023, a remix featuring Selena was nominated at the Global Awards as Best Social Song. On 29 November 2022, the IFPI (Federation of the Phonographic Industry) announced that the song was the first ever to top the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) music streaming chart.

The recently launched Official MENA Chart is a regional platform where "music fans will be able to celebrate the best-streaming songs every week with the top 20 regional hits."

Announced every Thursday, the weekly Top 20 gathers data from 13 MENA countries, covering a combined population of more than 300 million people.

The markets monitored by the platform are Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

In addition, the regional chart monitors all major streaming platforms at all times: from YouTube to Deezer, Spotify and Apple Music, the service aims to be as inclusive as possible.

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