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Rihanna is first female artist to hit 2 billion streams on Apple Music

Cult of Mac 2018-03-12 20:20:50
The biggest artist under Apple Music's umbrella. Ella, ella. 'Eh 'eh?
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Rihanna is the first female artist to surpass two billion streams on Apple Music, according to a tweet sent out by Apple.

Although the listing doesn’t break down whether it refers to just Rihanna’s solo songs or songs in which she featured on the tracks of other artists, it’s a pretty big achievement — and, once again, proof positive of just how big Apple Music is getting.

Work!@Rihanna sets new streaming record on #InternationalWomensDay. 2 billion streams worldwide and counting. ??

— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) March 10, 2018

Rihanna was followed by Taylor Swift in second place, followed by Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Adele, Sia, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez, SZA and Lady Gaga to round out the top ten. Interestingly, Rihanna was not featured at all in Apple’s lift of the most streamed albums of Apple Music last year. The highest ranking woman on that list was Taylor Swift with Reputation. Rihanna’s last album was the 2016 Anti.

Apple’s tweet links to a page of “Rihanna Essentials” on Apple Music. No doubt the company hopes its promotion will help rack up a few more streams on its music service.

The listing of top female artists follows on from the recent International Women’s Day. Then again, maybe promoting Rihanna is about dissipating the feud from that one time Eddy Cue and Rihanna were the subject of an unlikely “beef” after clashing at an NBA game!

Apple Music is on its way to being the biggest streaming service

As the two billion streams figure suggests, Apple Music continues to go from strength to strength.

Right now it is on track to overtake Spotify as the biggest music streaming service in the United States this summer. Growing at a paid subscription rate of 5 percent every month, to Spotify’s 2 percent growth, Apple Music will soon be the U.S.’ most popular paid streaming service.

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