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Rema achieves new success as his song, “Calm Down” reaches 1 billion streams on Spotify

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World-famous music streaming platform,  Spotify, has announced that Nigerian Afrobeats singer, Divine Ikubor, better known as Rema, has achieved a magnificent feat, as his hit song “Calm Down” reached one billion streams on Spotify.

Artiste and Label Partnerships Manager for West Africa at Spotify, Mr. Victor Okapala revealed the achievements in a statement released on Sunday.
Okapala noted that this accomplishment serves as a clear testament to Rema’s artistry and global appeal.

Rema hit one billion streams on Spotify

He further explained that, as part of Spotify’s “Journey to a Billion Streams” project focusing on afrobeats, Rema secured a spot among the top 10 most streamed Afrobeats artists on the platform.

Okpala expressed that the song’s journey to this milestone comes as no surprise given its popularity and Rema’s musical prowess.

“Rema has achieved a remarkable milestone with his hit single, Calm Down, featuring selena Gomez, reaching one billion streams on Spotify. This is the first African artist-led track to join the Billions Club on Spotify.

“The achievement not only highlights Rema’s growing influence in the music industry but also stresses the power of cross-cultural musical fusion in today’s interconnected world.

“Rema, a Nigerian artiste featured an American artiste, Selena Gomez, in a remix that took the world by storm.

“This milestone is absolutely remarkable for Rema, marking a pivotal moment for this talented artiste and the entire afrobeats community.

“It is clear that the genre is making a significant impact and gaining substantial influence on the global music stage, and we are excited to continue supporting it at Spotify,” he said.

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Veteran Nollywood Actress, Stella Ikwuegbu Is Dead

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The Nollywood movie industry was thrown into mourning on Sunday over the death of veteran actress, Stella Ikwuegbu.

Naija Latest Gist reports Ikwuegbu died after battling with leg cancer for some time.

Her death was confirmed by movie producer, Stanley Nwoko, otherwise known as Stanley Ontop, via a post on his Instagram page. According to him, the veteran actress died on Sunday, 16th June.

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“The veteran Actress left this world today after battling with Leg cancer. Rest well madam Stella.

“Nollywood not again.

“It’s well.

Shalom!,” he wrote.

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Funke Akindele replies troll who advised her and Toyin Abraham to lose weight

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Popular Nollywood actress and film maker Funke Akindele, has sparked reactions following her recent altercation with a troll who tried to body shame her and her colleague, Toyin Aimaku.

The troll had commented on her post, advising her to lose weight. He remarked that it was foolish for her to gain weight and remain unconcerned. Additionally, he claimed that being overweight was particularly detrimental for an actress like her, as it could impact her performance in roles.

The critics emphasized that it’s misguided to think that gaining weight is a sign of a good life, ignoring the fact that obesity can be deadly and uncomfortable. He urged both her and Toyin Abraham to lose weight, pointing out the noticeable changes in their shape and appearance.

He wrote, “Funke Akindele, it’s unwise how you’re getting too fat yet feeling unbothered. More unwise not knowing fatness isn’t good for an actress of your kind as it may affect role delivery and prevent directors from contacting characters that need smart, flexible, and fit actresses.”

“Most unwise, many of y’all celebs think getting fat is evidence of good living, forgetting obesity kills and causes discomfort. U & Toyin Abraham need do a lot about weight reduction. U people have changed shape and signature. Hit gym 24hrs. Avoid junk, and limit excess sleeping. Be wise. Don’t be unwise”.

This did not sit well with Funke Akindele, known for her explicit movie performances, as she penned her thought via the comment section. She appreciated him for his concern and then called him a mad man.

She replied, “Yes sir. Werey Alaso”.

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Funke Akindele and a troll

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Rema reportedly leaves Don Jazzy Mavin records after 5 years

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Nigerian music sensation Rema, one of the most prominent young artists, has reportedly parted ways with Mavin Records, the label founded by the legendary music producer Don Jazzy.

Rema, whose real name is Divine Ikubor, allegedly left the record label five years after joining, marking numerous hits and significant milestones.

The 24-year-old Nigerian singer burst onto the music scene in 2019 when he was signed by Mavin Records. He quickly rose to fame with his unique sound, blending Afrobeat, trap, and pop elements. His debut EP, simply titled “Rema,” was a massive success, featuring hits like “Dumebi,” “Iron Man,” and “Corny”, making him gain international recognition.

His song ‘Calm down’ remix featuring American singer Selena Gomez was a huge success under the guidance of Mavin records and Don Jazzy. The remix provided Rema his first Billboard Hot 100 entry while also ruling the US Afrobeat chart. It become the most streamed Afrobeats song of 2022. The song had gathered over 436 million streams when the original and the remix are combined.

The news of Rema leaving Mavin Records has left many fans shocked and curious about his next moves. While neither Rema nor Mavin Records has officially confirmed the split, a thorough checking on his Instagram shows that Rema has taken down all his posts including ones relating to his record label.

It can be recalled that Rema called out Mavin records for using him for fake publicity.

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