Rema and Selena Gomez share video for their “Calm Down” remix
After a series of teasers and photos, Afro-rave artist Rema has finally released an official music video for the remix to his single “Calm Down.” His energetic rendition of Selena Gomez’ signature song is super catchy, but what you can’t hear or see is something special whose brilliance is masked behind layers upon layers of sequenced goodness.
In late August, Selena Gomez blessed “Calm Down,” a standout from Nigerian Afrobeats star Rema’s March debut LP, Rave & Roses, with a remix. And today, a new visual treatment for the track’s Gomez redux has arrived.
Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to blast this sultry remix; no need to “Calm Down.” Selena Gomez first teased the collaboration on August 23 when she shared a snippet of the visual on Instagram, writing, “An all-new version of @heisrema ‘Calm Down’ is coming on 8/26—so excited for this one!” The video also featured a clip from when Selena Gomez met up with Rema backstage at his “Rave & Roses” Tour earlier this month.
Selena sings the lyrics, “Yeah, I know I look shy but for you, I get down, oh, Woah/ And my hips make you cry when I’m moving around you,” dripping with the edgy sultriness of her voice that we like and oozing sensuality, passion, and flaming energy. With the lyrics, “I see this fine girl, for my party, she wears yellow/ Every other girl they dey do too much but this girl mellow,” Rema returns the flirting energy. In the first verse, the pair engage in a sensual back-and-forth exchange.
While not a direct remake, the new video stays close to the color palette and general aesthetic of the original song’s accompanying clip, with Rema and Selena gliding through a series of stylish outfit changes in an array of tastefully decorated rooms. Their chemistry is flirty but their dancing is casual, imbuing the clip with a relaxed energy that pairs well with the single. Watch it above.
Selena Gomez joins Rema on “Calm Down” remix
“Calm Down” is only the latest track from Rema’s last project to be reconstructed in recent months. Since the release of Rave & Roses, he’s also shared two official remixes of mid-album cut “Soundgasm:” one from DJ Yo! and Max Wallin’ and another by Puri and The Plugz Europe. He also collaborated with Lisbon-based singer Gerilson Insrael on a joint track titled “Dance” back in May.
Since the release of her 2020 album Rare and her March 2021 Spanish-language debut, the Revelación EP, which features the DJ Snake collaboration “Selfish Love,” Gomez has been releasing songs at a modest but consistent pace. She has put out music over the last 18 months with Coldplay and Camilo. She was one of 160 prominent female artists who supported the #BansOffOurBodies movement in May after the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse fifty years of reproductive rights advancement by overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked a month early. These other prominent female artists included Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo, and Halsey. In July, Only Murders in the Building, a Hulu comedy that also stars Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Gomez, received a third season renewal.
Selena Gomez and Afro-rave artist Rema’s eagerly awaited collaboration has finally arrived—so it’s no time to lose your mind, or feel “Calm Down.”