Ariana Grande’s new album sets multiple Apple Music streaming records

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Ariana Grande’s album thank u, next set two new records on Apple Music when it debuted last Friday: the most first-day streams of a pop album, and the most first-day streams of a female artist. Unfortunately, neither stat comes with specific figures, but the record-breaking accolades speak to more than just Grande’s success as an artist — they also speak to Apple Music’s quickly growing subscriber base.

Apple has released streaming stats more and more often over the past year, seemingly to boast about how much of a success its service can be for major artists. Last June, Apple said that Drake set a record for first-day album streams, cracking 170 million on Scorpion. As far as we know, that’s still the…

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