Cardi B has broken Apple Music’s most–streamed record for a female artist in its first week with her debut album Invasion of Privacy. Before the rapper earned this title, Taylor Swift held the honor for her latest album Reputation. By mid-week, Cardi B had doubled the streams of Swift’s Reputation; currently Invasion of Privacy is at the number five spot on Apple Music’s worldwide chart for most-streamed albums ever. It is also expected that Invasion of Privacy will top next week’s albums chart, which would place Cardi B as the fifth female artist to hit number one on the Billboard 200.
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Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said this weekend that “the United States is locked and loaded” to strike Syria again if the country’s regime continues to use chemical weapons. Haley relayed the message from President Trump at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council hours after a U.S.-led bombardment targeted Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Haley also accused Russia of defending Syrian President Bashar Assad and failing to ensure that the war-torn country’s cache of poison gas was destroyed. “When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red,” she said. “The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons.”
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President Donald Trump said he has “full confidence” in White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who has urged Trump to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. In a tweet on Thursday, Mr. Trump said “I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (Unlike the Clintons!) He continued, “I have full confidence in Ty Cobb, my Special Counsel, and have been fully advised throughout each phase of this process.” Some of Trump’s strongest supporters have been urging the president to take a more aggressive position toward Mueller’s investigation, in particular after FBI agents descended on the office and home of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Trump has called the FBI raid an “attack on our country.” However in a separate Twitter post Thursday, Mr. Trump denied reports that he had tried to dismiss Mueller last year. “If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him,” Trump said. Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation to protect the special counsel from being fired without cause.
Puerto Rico was hit with a massive power outage Thursday after a tree fell on a power line, according to Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said at least 700,000 people are without power and it could take eight to 16 hours for electricity to be restored. Major blackouts were reported from the northern town of Manatí to Yabucoa, roughly 50 miles southeast. The blackout also includes the capital of San Juan, the most populated area of the island. Hurricane Maria damaged much of the island’s infrastructure and its electrical grid when it made landfall in Puerto Rico in late September. Nearly seven months later, more than 100,000 Puerto Ricans still have no power.
Tyler Austin rushed the mound after being hit by a pitch from Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly, triggering a bench-clearing brawl in a ramped-up rivalry as the New York Yankees ended Boston’s nine-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Wednesday night. Gary Sanchez hit two home runs in a game that twice saw the benches empty and a fight that resulted in a trio of ejections. With the Yankees leading 10-6 in the seventh, Kelly nearly hit Austin and then caught him on the side with a 2-1 pitch clocked at 98 mph. Austin slammed his bat on the plate, threw it down and took four steps toward the mound while hollering. Kelly waved Austin at him, and things quickly escalated.
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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was charged with felony domestic violence on Thursday, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office announced. Foster, 24, is accused of attacking his longtime 28-year-old girlfriend in February and left her bruised and with a ruptured eardrum. The victim told police Foster dragged her by her hair, punched eight to 10 times in the head and was physically thrown from the house. She reported the incident to police after flagging down a stranger’s car following the incident. He could face up to 11 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
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Kacey Musgraves debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart with “Golden Hour” for the week ending April 14. Musgraves took over the albums chart from Kane Brown, whose self-titled debut fell to second. Musgraves also led the Americana/Folk Albums chart with “Golden Hour,” and on the overall top 200, Musgraves debuted in the fourth spot. Meanwhile, “Meant to Be,” the smash from Beba Rexha and Florida Georgia Line yet again was first on the Hot Country Songs chart. Musgraves is currently on tour with Little Big Town’s Breakers Tour through April, before heading out with Harry Styles on his 2018 Live on Tour. Kacey’s also set to headline her own international Oh What a World tour on Oct. 21.
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Eminem has 22.6 million followers on Twitter but only 751 tweets from his account, most of which are just promoting his music. But this past week, Slim Shady wanted to make it clear he’s now in control of his own profile. In a video clip he shared on Instagram, Em is seen sitting on a couch with a phone in his hand. Paul Rosenberg walks in and asks, “What are you doing?” Em replies, “I’m on Twitter. I’m taking control of my own Twitter now.” Eminem followed up with a tweet as promised. He wrote, “Everyone thinks i don’t write my own tweets but i wrote this one.” The Instagram video has nearly 2 million views in less than 24 hours and his tweet has been liked more than 200,000 times.
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French DJ and producer DJ Snake has released the new video for his hit single “Magenta Riddim.” Filmed in India, the video pays tribute to the massive influence Indian music has had throughout DJ Snake’s history. Directed by Gal Muggia and Vania Heymann (the duo behind Coldplay’s video for “Up & Up”), the video follows a squad of firefighters who can’t stop dancing—the pride and joy of their small Telangana town. The single “Magenta Riddim” has over 30 million streams to date.