Mavin Records/Jonzing World singer, Rema, has reached another milestone after his Calm Down video recently amassed over 400 million views on YouTube, overtaking CKay’s Love Nwantiti (368 million views) to become the third highest views ever recorded by an African music video on the platform. The song remains only behind Master KG’s Jerusalema ft. Nomcebo (548 million views) and Magic System’s Magic In The Air ft. Chawki (414 million views). For Rema, this feat is coming a year after the song’s initial release as part of the Rave and Roses album in 2022.
Since the song’s first release on 11th February 2022, it has gone on to top charts and set records. In Europe, it reached number one on Belgian Ultratop 50 and Swiss Singles Chart and Dutch Top 40. Following a remix with Instagram’s most-followed woman, Selena Gomez, the new version peaked at number one on Billboard U.S. Afrobeats, having kept the spot for 27 weeks.
At the moment, the song has over 300 million streams on Spotify while its remix, featuring Selena Gomez, leads Rema’s chart history with over 500 million streams. The remix is amongst Selena’s top ten most streamed songs on Spotify, and it has crept into Top 5 (#4) on iTunes Worldwide for the first time ever.
“Calm Down is about the events that led me to finding love at the time,” said Rema, as documented by Pitchfork. “It started at a party where I saw a girl who stood out from other girls so I felt like shooting my shot. We spoke and danced… but her friends didn’t let me get any closer which killed the vibe, but afterwards when they weren’t there, we stayed in touch and hit it off.”
On 16th February, this year, the video of an Indian couple vibing to the hit at their wedding feast made the rounds on social media. The couple were pictured on the dance floor, both surrounded by their loved ones as they keyed into the beats of Rema and Selena Gomez’s Calm Down (remix).
A week ago, legendary footballer and world’s most influential sportsman Cristiano Ronaldo posted on his Instagram story, a video of three of his children dancing to the song shortly before going to pick up their bicycles for play. Reacting to the dance video, Rema wrote the caption: ‘The GOAT Ronaldo posted my song’.
In Iran, women are prohibited from dancing in public and are not allowed to dance with men. However, in a recent viral Twitter video posted on Iran International, a US-based, internationally acclaimed media outlet targeted at Iranian audiences, a group of five Iranian ladies were taped while doing a choreographed dance to Calm Down in Tehran.
No doubt, Rema is still the rave of Afrobeats, as his newly released singles Holiday and Reason you demonstrate that his stranglehold on the hearts of fans remains upheld and will not be abated anytime soon.