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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‘Yesterday’ Trailer: No One Remembers The Beatles in Danny Boyle’s Musical Comedy (Video)

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Universal has officially announced the title to “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle’s musical comedy about The Beatles as “Yesterday.

The studio also released a trailer for the new film on Tuesday morning, confirming its release date as the previously announced June 28.

In “Yesterday,” Jack Malik (Himesh Patel from BBC’s “Eastenders”) is a struggling amateur musician  in England wakes up after a freak bus accident and mysterious global blackout to discover that The Beatles never existed, no one has ever heard their songs — and John, Paul, George and Ringo are nobodies.

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Even a Google search only reveals the bugs “beetles.” Apparently Coldplay are still really big, though.

Jack then sets out to replenish the world of Beatles songs, with the entire world believing that he wrote them and is now the greatest songwriter who ever lived. He’s even put on the spot by James Corden to “write” something completely new, so he “writes”… “Something.” But will he learn how to play bass left handed? And who’s his Yoko?

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“Yesterday” comes from Boyle and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Love, Actually” and “Notting Hill.” It also stars Lily James, Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran as Jack’s record producers, with the latter recommending that Jack call his magnum opus song, “Hey Dude.” Brilliant.

The film also naturally features covers of classic Beatles’ hits. It’s produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner alongside Matthew James Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Curtis and Boyle also produce. Nick Angel and Lee Brazier serve as executive producers.

Watch the trailer for “Yesterday” above.

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Ed Sheeran Hit With $100 Million Lawsuit Over ‘Thinking Out Loud’

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Ed Sheeran has been hit with another copyright infringement lawsuit claiming that the “Thinking Out Loud” singer-songwriter ripped off the Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get It On.”

Filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday, the lawsuit comes from the company Structured Asset Sales, which claims to own a portion of the song’s copyright. It is also a separate lawsuit from the one brought by the heirs of Gaye’s co-writer, Ed Townsend Jr., in 2016.

Similar to the 2016 suit, which was dismissed by a judge last year, the new lawsuit claims Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” rips off elements of “Let’s Get It On,” “including but not limited to the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping.”

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According to Structured Asset Sales’ complaint, one of Townsend’s sons sold his one-third share of his father’s estate in 2003, giving the company the right to a portion of the proceeds from “Lets Get It On” and a stake in the copyright infringement case.

The company is suing Sheeran for damages in excess of $100 million. Sheeran’s labels, his co-writer Amy Wadge and producer Jake Gosling are also named as defendants in the suit.

This is just the latest copyright infringement case brought against Sheeran. In addition to the aforementioned 2016 lawsuit, the singer-songwriter was also forced to add two credited songwriters to his 2015 single “Photograph” after they claimed it was a note-for-note copy of a song they wrote for former “X-Factor” winner Matt Cardle.

He is also the subject of a pending $5 million lawsuit regarding a song he wrote for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

TheWrap has reached out to a representative of Sheeran for comment on the suit.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Turns Out Hodor Didn’t Like That Ed Sheeran Cameo

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If you weren’t the biggest fan of Ed Sheeran’s “Game of Thrones” cameo, you’re not alone. Kristian Nairn — known for his portrayal of the beloved Hodor on the HBO series — says the cameos take viewers outside the world of Westeros.

“I’m not a fan of the cameos in ‘Game of Thrones.’ I don’t like them. I think it’s stupid. I don’t mind going on the record on that. I just think it takes you right out of the world,” Nairn told HuffPost in a recent interview. “Especially Ed Sheeran.”

Nairn, 42, said that when Sheeran showed up as a singing Lannister soldier in the Season 7 premiere, it was confusing to see such a recognizable pop star in George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world.

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“I was like, ‘Why is Ed Sheeran here?’ I mean, Ed Sheeran’s great. He’s a great guy, great musician, but why is he in ‘Game of Thrones’?” he said.

Kairn wanted to make it clear that he has nothing against the “Shape of You” singer personally. “I’m not saying I’m not a fan of Ed Sheeran,” he added. “I’m being tactful here, but just not a fan of the cameo. I think most people would agree with me there. It was a big snap to reality. It’s like, ‘What? What?’”

“It’s a fantasy show. We’re all caught in this amazing world and spend so much time and money and talent to create, and all of a sudden there’s a pop star? What?” he said.

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There was one cameo that Nairn didn’t hate.

Rock band Sigur Rós made an appearance way back in Season 4 at Joffrey’s wedding — an appearance Nairn said they “kind of got away with” because “they’re so quirky.”

“They’re almost like ‘Game of Thrones’ world in real life,” he added. “They’re so elven and spiritual. I think that works.”

But everyone else? Don’t expect any doors being held open for others who cameo. “I mean, I understand why people want to be in it, but just no,” Nairn said. “Go away.”

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