REMA MAKES HISTORY WITH “CALM DOWN” AS MOST SHAZAMMED SONG OF 2023 WORLDWIDE
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on November 29, 2023
In a remarkable feat for Nigerian music, Rema’s hit song “Calm Down” has ascended to the pinnacle of global music recognition, claiming the coveted title of the most shazammed song of 2023. This achievement marks a groundbreaking moment for African music, as “Calm Down” becomes the first song from the continent to top the Global Shazam Year-End list.
The song’s infectious melody and Rema’s captivating vocals have captivated listeners worldwide, amassing an impressive number of shazams, the digital music identification service that identifies songs. “Calm Down” surpassed formidable contenders such as Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” and Lady Gaga’s “Bloody Mary,” securing its place as the most sought-after song of the year.
Furthermore, the “Calm Down” remix featuring Selena Gomez has cemented its popularity, ranking as the twelfth most streamed song on Apple Music globally in 2023. This collaborative effort has further amplified the song’s reach and appeal, solidifying its position as a global anthem.
Rema’s triumph is a testament to the power of African music to transcend borders and connect with audiences worldwide. His ability to seamlessly blend Afrobeats with contemporary pop has resonated with listeners, making him a true ambassador of African music on the global stage.
With “Calm Down” reigning supreme as the most shazammed song of 2023, Rema has undoubtedly etched his name in music history. His achievement serves as an inspiration to aspiring musicians across Africa, demonstrating that their talent and artistry can conquer the global music scene.