Sensational Nigerian singer, songwriter, and Mavin Records signee, Divine Ikubor popularly known as Rema celebrates his birthday on May 1, 2023.
The amazing musician has accomplished great feats in his quite short career, establishing himself as one of the biggest names in African music.
Here are some of Rema’s most remarkable accomplishments to date.
First Nigeria debut album to chart on Billboard 200 for 5 weeks
On the 25th of March 2022, Rema released his debut album, “Rave & Roses,” which debuted at number 166 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first debut album from Nigeria to chart on the Billboard 200. The album remained on the chart for five weeks, peaking at number 156.
First Sub-Saharan Africa project to surpass 1 billion streams on YouTube
Rema’s music has gained significant popularity on YouTube, with his songs racking up millions of views. In April 2022, Rema’s music crossed a new milestone, becoming the first Sub-Saharan Africa project to surpass 1 billion streams on YouTube.
First African act to go #1 on Billboard Global 200 Excl. US chart
Rema is the first African singer to reach the top spot on the Billboard Global 200 Excl. US chart with his hit single “Calm Down.”
Highest-peaking African song on Billboard Hot 100
As mentioned above, Rema’s “Calm Down” currently peaked at number six on the Billboard HOT 1OO, becoming the highest-peaking African song on the chart.
First Nigeria debut album to be certified Gold in France
“Rave & Roses,” Rema‘s debut album, was certified Gold in France, becoming the first Nigeria debut album to achieve this feat.
First African album to chart in India, Spain, Brazil & Colombia on Spotify
Rema‘s music has gained notoriety not only in Africa but all over the world. His album “Rave & Roses” became the first African album to chart in India, Spain, Brazil, and Colombia on Spotify.
Most streamed African projects on Spotify
Rema‘s debut album, “Rave & Roses,” has become the most streamed African project on Spotify, with over 1 billion streams to date.
“Calm Down” with x5 Platinum in Canada; x3 Platinum in Portugal; x2 Platinum in Belgium, Spain, Poland; x1 Platinum in USA & UK
Rema‘s hit single “Calm Down” has accomplished extraordinary success, earning platinum certifications in multiple countries, including x5 Platinum in Canada, x3 Platinum in Portugal, x2 Platinum in Belgium, Spain, and Poland, and x1 Platinum in the USA and UK.
Most streamed Sub-Saharan Africa project on YouTube
Rema‘s music has gained significant traction on YouTube, with his project “Rema Compilation” becoming the most streamed Sub-Saharan Africa project on the platform.
African act with the most monthly listeners on Spotify
As of May 2023, Rema has become the African act with the most monthly listeners on Spotify, surpassing other well-known African musicians.
Joint highest peaking Nigeria debut album on Billboard World Albums chart
Rema‘s debut album, “Rave & Roses,” has also achieved significant success on the Billboard World Albums chart, peaking at number four and becoming the joint highest-peaking Nigeria debut album on the chart.
Rema has made an unforgettable impact in the music industry, becoming one of Africa’s most popular musicians. His distinctive sound and exceptional talent have earned him numerous accolades, making him a force to reckon with in the global music scene.
Happy birthday to Rema!