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

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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.

Top Rated Comments

78Bandit Avatar
55 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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JaySoul Avatar
55 months ago
Rihanna is incredible on so many levels.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boshii Avatar
55 months ago
Mariah still around so heavily? Comes as an surprise.
I bet all her streams come at Christmas time.
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Rychiar Avatar
55 months ago
the state of whats popular in music is depressing
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chriscrk Avatar
55 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:

Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nwcs Avatar
55 months ago
Lol, no one I listen to would be in the top 100 for males or females.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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