Ariana Grande Tops List of Most Streamed Female Artists on Apple Music (Exclusive)

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Ariana Grande is the most-streamed female artist in the four-year history of Apple Music, the service announced on Friday — just in time for International Women’s Day.

The 25-year-old “Thank U, Next” singer edges out Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Beyoncé on Apple Music’s “Top Women in Streaming” list, announced as the service is set to showcase several visionary female artists during March on its radio shows and curated playlists.

Grande is the first and only female artist to cross the 3 billion total streams threshold since Apple Music launched in mid-2015, according to an individual familiar with its streaming figures. She’s joined by Swift and Rihanna as the only three women in the 2 Billion or More Streams Club.

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Of course, Grande’s streaming numbers have been goosed by the success of her latest album, the Scooter Braun-produced “Thank U, Next,” which set an Apple Music record in its own right when it debuted in February with 185.4 million worldwide streams in its first week — the most by any male or female pop artist ever. That easily tops Ed Sheeran’s 107.5 million global streams — the most for a male pop artist — in the first week after “Divide” came out in 2017.

Nicki Minaj, meanwhile, edged out her rival Cardi B to close out the top 5. Cardi B still has some bragging rights, though: Her 2018 album “Invasion of Privacy” set an Apple Music record as the most streamed female R&B/hip-hop album in its first week of release, pulling in more than 100 million global streams.

Other noteworthy results include Lady Gaga coming in at number nine, Selena Gomez at number 14, and 17-year-old singer-songwriter Billie Eilish cracking the top 20. And for anyone wondering who is Apple Music’s most streamed artist, male or female, of all time, it’s Drake.

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As March continues, Apple Music will also release more than 100 Apple Music playlists, spanning upwards of 3,000 song, dedicated to female artists.

Below you can check out the full top 20 list of Apple Music’s “Top Women in Streaming”:

1)         Ariana Grande

2)          Taylor Swift

3)          Rihanna

4)          Beyonce

5)          Nicki Minaj

6)          Cardi B

7)          Adele

8)          Sia

9)          Lady Gaga

10)        Halsey

11)       Lana Del Rey

12)        SZA

13)        Demi Lovato

14)        Selena Gomez

15)        Katy Perry

16)        P!nk

17)        Camila Cabello

18)        Mariah Carey

19)        Ella Mai

20)        Billie Eilish

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Demi Lovato Drops Twitter After Users Blast Her as a ‘Junkie,’ ‘Crackhead,’ for 21 Savage Meme

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Demi Lovato has deactivated her Twitter account after several followers were upset she shared a meme about rapper 21 Savage being arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sunday, with some calling her a “junkie” and a “crackhead.”

The rapper was arrested earlier in the day by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, claiming the Grammy-nominated rapper, long associated with Atlanta hip-hop, was actually an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who had overstayed his visa.

After deactivating her Twitter account on Sunday night, Lovato took to her Instagram Stories to explain why she was leaving the platform. She shared the seemingly innocuous meme and a screenshot of the replies she received.

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Demi Lovato shared on Instagram the meme she said was met with crass replies (via Instagram)

“Go shoot some more heroine [sic] Demi,” replied one follower. “She’s a hypocrite let’s pull out the heroin memes and see if this b—- doesn’t get emotional,” replied another.

Lovato was hospitalized last year after a drug overdose. The singer has also been open about her longtime battle with cocaine addiction in the past.

“Wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported. I know that’s not a joke,” Lovato said on Instagram. “Not have I EVER laughed at that. The meme I posted/was talking about was of him being writing with a feather pen. Sorry if I offended anyone. But it’s no excuse to laugh at someone’s addiction let alone their OD.”

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Lovato added she “wasn’t making fun” of 21 Savage’s deportation, but laughing at “who the f— knew 21 was British? Literally no one. That’s it.”

21 Savage was arrested on Sunday by ICE agents, claiming the Grammy-nominated rapper, long associated with Atlanta hip-hop, was actually an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who had overstayed his visa. The rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, wasn’t born in Georgia, but instead came to the U.S. from the U.K. in 2005.

Before dropping her Twitter account — and addressing the situation on Instagram — Lovato tweeted “F— Twitter. This is why I don’t tweet anymore.”

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Demi Lovato ripped Instagram on Friday, calling out the photo-sharing app on her own account for posting a “harmful” and “fat-shaming” video game advertisement.

Singer/actress Lovato posted a screenshot of an ad for “Game of Sultans,” a game that, in its App Store description, says it allows players to “assemble your harem” and “raise a family – Lovingly raise your children from childbirth to young adults!”

In the screenshot, which Lovato shared on her Instagram Story, the ad highlights two women, one who is “obese” and one who is “pretty.” Players are then able to pick what the women eat, with the “obese” character being offered a “controlled” broccoli-filled diet.

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“Why is this fat shaming bulls— on my feed? So many things wrong with this ad,” Lovato asked.

She continued: “This is absolutely harmful to anyone who is easily influenced by societal pressures put on us from the diet culture to constantly be losing weight in a world that teaches us to equate our value and worth with the way we look and especially anyone in recovery from an eating disorder.”

Lovato, in multiple posts on her Instagram feed, called out Instagram and “Game of Sultans” for its “absolutely harmful” ad (via @DDLovato on Instagram)

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Instagram immediately removed the ad when it was made aware of it, a spokesperson told TheWrap.

“We’re sorry. This ad was approved by mistake. We reviewed it again and removed it from future delivery in people’s feeds,” the spokesperson told TheWrap.

Mechanist, the game developer behind “Game of Sultans,” did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Lovato, who has been treated for compulsive overeating and bulimia, has been vocal about her battles with eating disorders in the past. In “Simply Complicated,” her 2017 YouTube documentary, the 26-year-old singer said “food is still the biggest challenge in my life” and something that she’s “constantly thinking about.”

She finished her multi-post Story by asking Instagram to “keep this bulls–t off mine and other’s feeds who could be easily effected by this disgusting advertisement. With how aware people are becoming of mental health and mental illnesses, I expect you guys to know better by allowing this advertisement to be allowed on your app. And shame on the game.”

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Demi Lovato Claps Back at Tabloid Rumors About Her Recovery: ‘Stop Prying and Making Up S—‘

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Singer and actress Demi Lovato is calling out what she says are “sickening” tabloid “rumors” about her recovery from an apparent drug overdose.

Lovato, who was hospitalized back in July, took to Twitter on Friday night to let her fans know that she is sober but still needs time to recover.

“Don’t believe what you read. People will literally make up stuff to sell a story,” Lovato wrote. “If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF. Otherwise people stop writing about my recovery, because it’s no one’s business but mine. I am sober and grateful to be alive and taking care of ME.”

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The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer was found unconscious in her Hollywood Hills home on July 24 after an overdose, and said shortly thereafter that her “journey with addiction” is “not yet done.

“Someday I’ll tell the world what exactly happened, why it happened and what my life is like today,” Lovato said. “But until I’m ready to share that with people, please stop prying and making up s— that you know nothing about. I still need space and time to heal.”

While she didn’t specify which tabloid reports she is referring to, she said any information out there about her recovery is inaccurate.

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“Any ‘source’ out there that is willing to talk and sell stories to blogs and tabloids about my life isn’t actually a part of my life because most of the s— I see is soooooo inaccurate. So newsflash: your ‘sources’ are wrong,” she said. “I would love to set the record straight on all the rumors out there but I literally don’t owe anyone anything so I’m not going to. All my fans need to know is I’m working hard on myself, I’m happy and clean and I’m SO grateful for their support.”

See her tweets below:

I love my fans, and hate tabloids. Don’t believe what you read. People will literally make up stuff to sell a story. Sickening.

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 22, 2018

If I feel like the world needs to know something, I will tell them MYSELF. Otherwise people stop writing about my recovery, because it’s no one’s business but mine. I am sober and grateful to be alive and taking care of ME ????

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 22, 2018

Someday I’ll tell the world what exactly happened, why it happened and what my life is like today.. but until I’m ready to share that with people please stop prying and making up shit that you know nothing about. I still need space and time to heal..

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 22, 2018

Any “source” out there that is willing to talk and sell stories to blogs and tabloids about my life isn’t actually a part of my life because most of the shit I see is soooooo inaccurate. So newsflash: your “sources” are wrong.

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 22, 2018

I would love to set the record straight on all the rumors out there but I literally don’t owe anyone anything so I’m not going to. All my fans need to know is I’m working hard on myself, I’m happy and clean and I’m SO grateful for their support. ????

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 22, 2018

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Demi Lovato Says Her ‘Journey With Addiction’ Is ‘Not Yet Done’

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Demi Lovato on Sunday posted a message to fans just weeks after she was hospitalized for an apparent drug overdose to be “transparent about my journey with addiction.”

“What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time,” she wrote on her Instagram account. “It is something I must continue to overcome and have not yet done.”

The 25-year-old music star thanked God for keeping her alive and thanked fans for their “love and support.” “Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time,” she said.

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She also thanked the staff at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where she received treatment after she was found unconscious in her Hollywood Hills home on July 24 after an overdose.

“Without them I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you,” Lovato wrote.

“I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery,” she said. “The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side.”

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Lovato previously lived in a sober living home following rehab and had been sober from alcohol, cocaine and Oxycontin addiction for six years. In June, she revealed via her new track “Sober” that she had relapsed.

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Second Demi Lovato Documentary in the Works at YouTube, Likely Delayed After Singer’s Hospitalization

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A second documentary about pop star Demi Lovato is in development at YouTube, originals boss Susanne Daniels told reporters on Friday.

Daniels said during an executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour that the streamer is currently “working on” a follow-up to last year’s “Simply Complicated.”

The previously unannounced film was expected to premiere in the fourth quarter of 2018, but Daniels said it would likely be delayed following Lovato’s hospitalization and apparent drug overdose earlier this week.

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“I hope she’s feeling better,” Daniels said. “Demi Lovato is my hero. She’s been honest and so candid about her struggles … We want her to get well, and then she’ll decide what she wants to say or not say about this.”

Asked whether or not the new project would include Lovato’s recent relapse, Daniels said, “That’s up to Demi, what she wants to say and what she wants to do.”

Released last year around the release of her sixth studio album, “Tell Me You Love Me,” the Hannah Lux Davis-directed “Simply Complicated” saw Lovato speak openly about her past struggles with addiction. In the film, the singer admitted to abusing Adderall and cocaine, beginning during her time on the Disney Channel.

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On Tuesday, paramedics responded to a medical emergency at Lovato’s home, and the singer was transported to a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was treated for an apparent overdose.

“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” a rep for the singer said. “Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”

CNN reported Thursday that Lovato will be released from the hospital “soon” and is expected to seek drug abuse treatment following her release.



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Kelly Osbourne Shreds Daily Mail Over ‘Irresponsible’ Demi Lovato Story

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Kelly Osbourne took aim at the Daily Mail on Wednesday, alleging that the news outlet twisted her words regarding singer Demi Lovato, who was reportedly hospitalized on Tuesday following a suspected drug overdose.

Osbourne, the daughter of Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne and “The Talk” star Sharon Osbourne, took to Twitter to shred the paper’s “irresponsible journalism.”

Osbourne cited a Mail article bearing the headline, ‘Demi Lovato ‘Drug Overdose’: Kelly Osbourne Claims Her Good Friend, 25, Will NEVER Be ‘Cured’ of Her Addictions Following Shock Relapse.”

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“Yet again turning my words into what you want them to be NOT what I actually said!” Osbourne wrote. “This kind of irresponsible journalism only adds to the problem surrounding addiction. STOP Sensationalizing peoples [sic] problems when you should be loving and supporting them!”

Osbourne added the hashtag, “#LoveYouDemi.”

The story in question cited Osbourne’s appearance on the television show “Loose Women” on Wednesday.

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Osbourne, who has been open about her own struggles with drug use, is quoted in the Mail article as saying, “Look, I will never speak on behalf of Demi because that wouldn’t be right. I can only share about what I’ve been through and what I know from myself.”

The article went on to quote Osbourne as saying, “People need to know rehab doesn’t fix you, it just helps you to get yourself on the right track. You’re never fixed. You spend your whole entire life doing everything you can to never pick up and use again.”

TheWrap has reached out to a spokesperson for the Mail regarding Osbourne’s accusation.

TMZ first reported the news of Lovato’s suspected overdose, saying that the pop star was treated with Narcan — an emergency treatment for narcotic overdoses — after a heroin overdose at her home in the Hollywood Hills. However, an individual familiar with the situation later told TheWrap that heroin was not the cause.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap that LAPD responded to a medical emergency Tuesday morning at the 8000 block of Laurel View Drive in the Hollywood Hills — which is the area where Lovato resides. An official at the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed to TheWrap the incident involved a 25-year-old woman.

A rep for Lovato said Tuesday that the singer was “awake and with her family.”

“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” a spokesperson for Lovato said in a statement to TheWrap. “Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”

Yet again turning my words into what you want them to be NOT what I actually said! This kind of irresponsible journalism only adds to the problem surrounding addiction. STOP Sensationalizing peoples problems when you should be loving and supporting them! #LoveYouDemi pic.twitter.com/smm57SwFLU

– Kelly! (@KellyOsbourne) July 25, 2018

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