Nigerian award-winning Afro-beats music star Divine Ikubor, better known as Rema, has just been inducted into the Guinness World Book of Records.
This is after the 22-year-old's global hit song 'Calm Down' created history as the first No. 1 smash hit on The Official MENA Chart. A fit no other African artist over the decades has ever achieved.
MENA which stands for Middle East and North Africa is the world's first regional streaming chart where music fans are able to celebrate top streaming tracks on a weekly basis
This was made known in a post shared on the singer’s official statistics Twitter account.
The statement read, “Calm Down by #heisrema marks entry on the Guinness Book as it has won the First No.1 Hit on The Official MENA Chart (the world’s first regional streaming chart) Record.”
The recognition from Guinness comes shortly after international streaming platform Spotify announced that the song had smashed the record for most streams by an African performer on its platform with over one billion listens.
Guinness World Records officially acknowledged the rave lord for accomplishing the unprecedented milestone in a statement on its website.
"Calm Down" has been a global hit song ever since its release in February last year (2022)
Rema has gone on to collaborate with artists such as American pop icon Selina Gomez on the song creating a mellow version of the song. The song also surpassed Ckay's Love Nwantiti to become the most-viewed video in Afrobeat history with over 355 million views.
It also was recently certified 13x IMI Platinum (Diamond) in India, becoming the second Nigerian star to achieve such an accolade in the Asian country Afrobeat singer CKay and his hit track Love Nwantiti is the only other Nigerian song to have achieved such a feat with a 2x Diamond certification.
In simpler terms, the accolade means over 75 million people in India have bought the Iron Man crooner's song.