Rihanna is Apple Music's Most Streamed Female Artist

Rihanna is the world's most streamed female recording artist on Apple Music, ahead of Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Ariana Grande.


Apple recently announced that the Barbadian singer has become the first female artist to surpass two billion streams worldwide on Apple Music, having achieved the milestone on International Women's Day last Thursday.


It's unclear if the count is limited to Rihanna's own songs or includes her features in songs by other artists like Drake, Eminem, and Jay-Z, but it's an impressive accomplishment either way on the heels of her 30th birthday.

Rihanna topped Apple Music's list of the top 20 most streamed female artists worldwide:
  1. Rihanna
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Beyoncé
  4. Ariana Grande
  5. Adele
  6. Sia
  7. Lana Del Rey
  8. Selena Gomez
  9. SZA
  10. Lady Gaga
  11. Katy Perry
  12. Nicki Minaj
  13. Demi Lovato
  14. Halsey
  15. Fifth Harmony
  16. P!nk
  17. Kehlani
  18. Mariah Carey
  19. Little Mix
  20. Miley Cyrus
All eight of Rihanna's studio albums are available to stream on Apple Music, whereas some artists don't offer their complete discography on the service.



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10 months ago
Man, I'm old. I've only heard of half of the entertainers on that list and actually listened to maybe five of them.

Say what you will about "corporate rock" and "overproduced music" back in the '80s, but nothing will every hold a candle to the variety of music that was available from about 1975 - 1992. Grunge killed it and rap put the final nail in the coffin. You don't need real music talent anymore, the crop of entertainers who have come to prominence in the last 20 years are all about image. Queen (Radio Ga-Ga) and the Buggles (Video Killed the Radio Star) were right, video has made it to where the music is purely secondary to the performer.

Even though I don't particularly care for their music, Lady Gaga and Adele are the two on that list that are the most talented musicians. Mariah Carey was great in her early years but her voice has lost its famous range and she kind of squeaks her way through the high notes now. Gaga reminds me somewhat of Sting in that her compositions are kind of strange yet have an underlying musical genius to them.

Now you kids can just get off my lawn!!!!!
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10 months ago

Mariah still around so heavily? Comes as an surprise.

I bet all her streams come at Christmas time.
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10 months ago
Rihanna is incredible on so many levels.
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10 months ago

I bet all her streams come at Christmas time.


Sia's christmas album last year was absolutely amazing. Wife loved it a lot.
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10 months ago
Lol, no one I listen to would be in the top 100 for males or females.
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10 months ago

Man, I'm old. I've only heard of half of the entertainers on that list and actually listened to maybe five of them.

Say what you will about "corporate rock" and "overproduced music" back in the '80s, but nothing will every hold a candle to the variety of music that was available from about 1975 - 1992. Grunge killed it and rap put the final nail in the coffin. You don't need real music talent anymore, the crop of entertainers who have come to prominence in the last 20 years are all about image. Queen (Radio Ga-Ga) and the Buggles (Video Killed the Radio Star) were right, video has made it to where the music is purely secondary to the performer.

Even though I don't particularly care for their music, Lady Gaga and Adele are the two on that list that are the most talented musicians. Mariah Carey was great in her early years but her voice has lost its famous range and she kind of squeaks her way through the high notes now. Gaga reminds me somewhat of Sting in that her compositions are kind of strange yet have an underlying musical genius to them.

Now you kids can just get off my lawn!!!!!


A lot of them have great vocals actually. You should listen to Sia... lately she has more typical pop songs for a long list of reasons, but her older albums show off her writing and singing abilities really beautifully. I love this performance:

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10 months ago
the state of whats popular in music is depressing
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10 months ago

Man, I'm old. I've only heard of half of the entertainers on that list and actually listened to maybe five of them.

Say what you will about "corporate rock" and "overproduced music" back in the '80s, but nothing will every hold a candle to the variety of music that was available from about 1975 - 1992. Grunge killed it and rap put the final nail in the coffin. You don't need real music talent anymore, the crop of entertainers who have come to prominence in the last 20 years are all about image. Queen (Radio Ga-Ga) and the Buggles (Video Killed the Radio Star) were right, video has made it to where the music is purely secondary to the performer.

Even though I don't particularly care for their music, Lady Gaga and Adele are the two on that list that are the most talented musicians. Mariah Carey was great in her early years but her voice has lost its famous range and she kind of squeaks her way through the high notes now. Gaga reminds me somewhat of Sting in that her compositions are kind of strange yet have an underlying musical genius to them.

Now you kids can just get off my lawn!!!!!


I would expand the years a little back to 1968 or 1970 to pick up the start of FM radio stations when some of them played for an hour or more with no stops and really really long songs were allowed. I may go a couple of years later than 1992 as well, but then I don’t find today’s music a total wasteland anyway it’s just different than what I listened to in the 70’s and 80’s as a teen/young adult. I never really did listen to pop music either then or now and this list is pop heavy. I still listen to what is now called Alternative and Rock, although Rock bands are becoming fewer and fewer as far as new material or popularity.

I haven’t heard any of her albums, though I’ve heard a few of her songs on radio/Sirius but I did go to a Lady Gaga concert years ago as friends had a spare single ticket. Didn’t know most of the songs she played but it was a small venue, 2500 at most, probably right before she became a star act. She can definitely sing. I still don’t know her songs but she has a great voice, and seems to be pretty honest in her shows with little or no lip syncing. I would be willing to go to another of her concerts except now it would cost $2-300 a seat for nosebleed seats, and I won’t pay that much for anyone I can think of. I thought her SuperBowl halftime was well done a couple of years ago.
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10 months ago
Taylor Swift to write salty song about this.
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10 months ago
Well, there you go, I would have thought Taylor Swift would have been number #1
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