Billboard chart: Rema closes on South African legend, Masekela’s record after surpassing Wizkid

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By Sunny Green Itodo

Nigerian sensational afrobeats star Divine Ikubor, aka Rema, is edging closer to equaling late South African music legend Hugh Masekela’s record for the highest-charting African song on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The remix version of his hit song ‘Calm Down,’ which featured American singer Selena Gomez, hit a new peak at Number 4 on this week’s Hot 100 chart, which is a Nigerian record.

With this feat, Rema now has the second-highest charting song on Hot 100 by an African artist in history.

DAILY POST recalls that Rema earlier surpassed Wizkid’s record as the highest charting Nigerian lead artist in Billboard Hot 100 history after ‘Calm Down’ surpassed ‘Essence’ which peaked at number 9 last year.

‘Calm Down’ is projected to hit a new peak next week.

Wizkid and Tems have reached number one on the Hot 100 chart, but as guests and not lead acts.

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