Rema beats Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, others to first Number 1 song on Middle East chart

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Nigerian singer, Rema, has made history as the artist with the first Number 1 song on the newly launched Middle East and North Africa (MENA) official singles chart.

His hit global song, ‘Calm Down’ debuted Number 1 on the chart, which was launched on Tuesday by IFPI, representing the recording industry worldwide.

The track, released earlier this year, topped charts around the world and has become an enduring hit across the region. A remixed version, featuring Selena Gomez, was released in August 2022 and further boosted the song’s popularity.

The afrorave crooner achieved the record ahead of other international pop stars like like Drake, BTS’ Jung Kook, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, and Shakira, who also debuted songs on the maiden chart.

Rema reacted to the news by saying: “I’d like to thank all of my fans across the region who streamed Calm Down and helped it to become the first ever Official MENA Chart #1! I am so happy that you are enjoying the song and very proud to be the first artist to reach #1. Thanks also to the team at my label for their support.”

The Official MENA Chart is a streaming singles chart covering 13 countries in the MENA region – Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates.