After an impressive 57-week run, Afrobeats sensation Rema’s collaboration with American star Selena Gomez has exited the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Calm Down” is now the longest-charting and most successful African song to date.
Rema’s track surpassed the 35-week record previously held by fellow Nigerian Afrobeats luminary Wizkid’s “Essence” featuring Tems and Justin Bieber.
The remix featuring Selena Gomez, released in August 2022, made a significant impact, debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 2022
and peaking at an impressive number three.
This marked a milestone for both Rema, securing his first top-ten hit, and Gomez, attaining her ninth.
Rema’s track stands as the highest-charting song where an Afrobeats artist takes the lead.
The song’s dominance extended to the U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart, where it reigned for a groundbreaking 57 weeks.
Additionally, it claimed the top spot on both the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs and the Billboard Global Excl. US charts, while reaching number three on the Global 200 chart.
The track also won the Afrobeats Award at the 2023 VMA’s – Best Afrobeats Category.