Rema Breaks King Sunny Ade’s Four Decade Record In US

Nigerian Afrobeat sensation Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has achieved a great feat by surpassing a record held by the legendary King Sunny Ade for over four decades.

Rema’s album titled “Rave & Roses” has emerged as the longest-charting African album in the US, marking a significant milestone in his career.

His album “Rave & Roses” is currently number 137 on the Billboard 200 after 30 weeks. The Billboard 200 is a renowned record chart that ranks the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States, taking into account streaming and sales activity.

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This makes Rema’s album the longest-charting work by an African artist in the US. The 23-year-old Afrobeats sensation gained attention since his entrance into the music scene in 2019, with his unique fusion of Afrobeats and pop. However, it’s his sophomore album, “Rave & Roses,” released in March 2022, that has elevated him to a whole new level of fame and achievement.

Among the album’s triumphs, Rema’s hit track “Calm Down,” featuring Selena Gomez, claims sixth spot on the US Billboard chart.

The singer who is from Edo State started his journey to stardom with the release of “Dumebi,” and is signed with Jonzing World Record in 2019, which is associated with Mavin Records.

In 2019, Rema launched his self-titled first EP “Rema,” which claimed the number one spot on Apple Music Nigeria charts. His talent was further recognized as he won the “Next Rated” award and a Viewer’s Choice nomination at The Headies’ 13th edition.

Rema also won the Soundcity MVP Award for “Best New Artiste” in January 2020 and in April, his song “Calm Down” became the longest-charting African song on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chidalu Glory

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