‘Calm Down’, the hit single by Divine Ikubor, the Nigerian singer better known as Rema, has been certified 3x RIAA platinum in the United States after selling over three million units.
Platinum is the certification awarded to an album or a song that has sold more than one million units.
The song makes Rema the first African artiste to be certified 3x platinum in the US and its success has also been lucrative for Rema and his record labels.
According to industry estimates, ‘Calm Down’ has generated over $500,000 in revenue from sales in the US and this will be split between Rema, his record labels, the songwriters and producers of the song.
‘Calm Down’ was released in February 2022 as a single off ‘Rave and Roses’, Rema’s debut album.
The singer later partnered with Selena Gomez, the US songstress, for the remix of the hit track in August of the same year.
In November 2022, the song soared up to the Top 5 of Billboard 200.
With over 513 million views, the visuals of the song became the most-viewed Nigerian music video on YouTube.
The video of the remix has raked in over 587 million views on YouTube — as of August 10, 2023.
‘Calm Down’ was also among the songs that featured on Barack Obama, the former US president’s favourite music of 2022.