A journalist at Radio Tamale 91.7 in the Northern Region of Ghana has made the assertion that the song ‘Calm Down’ by Nigerian singer, songwriter, and rapper, Divine Ikubor, professionally known as Rema, is bigger than Africa’s rap god, Sarkodie’s career songs and brand.
He made the assertion in a Facebook post based on the fact that Sarkodie’s entire YouTube uploads since he joined the platform in 2012 gained him nearly 290 Million Views in total.
Meanwhile, Rema’s Hit single, Calm Down, from his debut studio album Rave & Roses which was released on February 11, 2022, through Jonzing World and Mavin as the album’s second single alone had 420 Million views in just 12 months on YouTube.
The song charted across Europe, reaching number one on the Belgian Ultratop 50, Dutch Top 40, and Dutch Single Top 100.
Rema currently has total YouTube views of 1.022 billion. This has got many into the conclusion that the young musician’s ‘Calm Down’ alone is bigger than ‘The Rap legend’s’ entire career songs and brand.
Nigerian artists have seen a substantial increase in streaming popularity on platforms such as Spotify, owing to the growing global popularity of Afrobeats and Nigerian music.
One notable example is the award-winning musician, Wizkid, who is now officially the most streamed artiste on Spotify.
Based on Spotify’s streaming rate of $0.003 per stream, Wizkid’s 5.5 billion streams on the platform would have earned him a staggering $24 million.
Burna Boy has 4.3 billion streams on the music platform earning him $18.79 million in royalties. Ckay takes the third spot with 1.69 billion streams, resulting in earnings of $7.38 million.
How are the Nigerians able to achieve these ahead of their fellow Ghanaian counterparts? Is there something Ghanaian musicians aren’t doing right? Is Rema really bigger than Sarkodie based on the YouTube numbers? Don’t forget to share your opinion with us in the comment section.
Subscribe to this blog and follow us on facebook