Rema continues to record landmark feats globally.
In a monumental event held at the iconic O2 arena, Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Rema was celebrated by Spotify for a remarkable achievement—his hit track ‘Calm Down,’ featuring Selena Gomez, surpassing an extraordinary 1 billion streams on the music streaming platform.
This accolade not only solidifies Rema’s status as a global music force but also makes him the first African artist to be honored with Spotify’s Billion Club Plaque.
The event unfolded at the O2 Arena, a venue with a capacity of 20,000, befitting the celebration of Rema’s worldwide success.
Headlined by the Mavin superstar himself, the concert showcased not only his exceptional talent but also the profound impact of his work on the music industry, both in Africa and beyond.
‘Calm Down‘ has emerged as a global anthem, resonating with audiences from diverse cultures and regions. The song’s infectious beats, soulful lyrics, and Rema’s distinctive voice have captivated listeners since its release, culminating in the significant milestone of 1 billion streams on Spotify.
Representatives from Spotify presented Rema with a commemorative plaque at the event, recognizing his exceptional accomplishment. As the first-ever African artist to receive Spotify’s Billion Club Plaque, Rema’s achievement stands as a token of appreciation for his significant contribution to the global music landscape.
“Rema’s remarkable achievement of reaching one billion streams on Spotify is a testament to the growth of African music and the continued growth of Afrobeats globally. Receiving his Spotify one billion plaque at his first headlined O2 Arena Show marks a significant moment in history,” said Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa. “We are thrilled to witness this first of its kind moment for an African artist-led track on Spotify, and we eagerly anticipate many more African artists reaching this milestone.”
Touched by the honor, Rema expressed deep gratitude to his fans and supporters worldwide during the O2 concert. He extended his thanks to Spotify for providing a platform that enables artists to connect with a vast audience, acknowledging the pivotal role the streaming service plays in the global music landscape.
The O2 concert, attended by industry insiders, fellow musicians, and eager fans, became a historic moment in the music industry. Social media platforms buzzed with excitement as fans congratulated Rema on this extraordinary achievement, underscoring the increasing influence and impact of African music on the global stage.