15 Artists You Need to Follow on Twitter
8/26/2016 by Leslie Richin
Did you know Billboard once had a Twitter 140 issue? Last published in 2012, the issue featured 140 must-followTwitter accounts in the music industry, in a 14-page spread. This was back when #FollowFriday (#FF) was still a thing.Â At the time, the most talked-about subject on Twitter was music and the five most-followed accounts were Lady Gaga (27.5 million), Justin Bieber (25.6 million), Katy Perry (23.4 million), Rihanna (23.2 million) and Britney Spears (19 million).
Not so much has changed today. Music remained a top trending topic in 2015, and today, weâ€™re reviving #FF with 15 artists we recommend following on Twitter (in alphabetical order).
If you arenâ€™t one of the 27 million people following Adele, youâ€™re missing out. Sheâ€™s extremely down to earth. Case in point, she recorded a video (sans makeup) apologizing to fans after she canceled a show due to being under the weather.
She will also let you know when sheâ€™s having an explosively joyous moment (aka eating the best burrito of her life).
2016 marks the 15-year anniversary of Keysâ€™ “Fallin’â€ which held a six-week reign at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. These days, The Voice coachÂ keeps it real, showcasingÂ her natural beauty (both inside and out) as an advocate for several causes.
Midler, who boasts five consecutive decades of top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, does not hold back on Twitter. In recent years, sheâ€™s found herself caught up in Twitter spats with everyone from Ariana Grande to Kim Kardashian.
Pop princessÂ Spears has quite the sense of humor on Twitter, and weâ€™re guessing her 47 million followers agree.Â Sheâ€™s masteredÂ Throwback ThursdayÂ (#TBT),Â vacation goalsÂ and knows everyone appreciates a glimpse of herÂ ridiculously good-lookingÂ dancers. You can also count onÂ adorable photosÂ withÂ her sons,Â SeanÂ andÂ Jayden James.
Cherâ€™s impressive resume includes a No. 1 single on a Billboard chart in each of the last six decades.Â These days, youâ€™ll find Cher using Twitter to vent about politics to her 3 million followers. Side note: You probably wonâ€™t want to follow her if you are voting for Trump. Her tweets are so cher-ished, an â€œIâ€™m With Cherâ€ campaign was launched to celebrate her 140 character gems.
Navarro is co-host of Ink Master and known in the rock world as a founding member of Janeâ€™s Addiction and former member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Heâ€™s also known for his spontaneous Twitter AMAs and is incredibly down to earth, not to mention hilarious.
Lovato is extremely open with her 37 million followers. She uses Twitter to empower fans and serve as a role model for those suffering from mental illness. On aÂ few occasions,Â â€œlame ass hatersâ€ drove her away, but she always returns, stronger (than yesterday). She also won April Foolsâ€™ Day 2016.
Legend tweets openly about hard-hitting topics (i.e. politics, #BlackLivesMatter and his campaign to end mass incarceration). But his softer side showcases husband (and father) goals with help from wife Chrissy Teigen and their baby girl, Luna.
JT can definitely take a joke. At the end of April, TimberlakeÂ announced â€œEverybody… It is ACTUALLY GONNA BE MAY!â€ to his 56 million followers. Heâ€™s also known to make hearts melt by sharing photos of his wife Jessica Biel and their son, Silas. He alsoÂ shared his excitement when â€œCanâ€™t Stop The Feeling!â€ hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
With 92 million followers,Â Perry is the most-followed person in the world. Sheâ€™s known for being â€œjust like us,â€ fangirling about her favorite artists and being totally relatable.Â Perry is also the first woman in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart to send five songs from an album to No. 1.
Thereâ€™s no denying that Billboardâ€™s 2015Â Woman of the Year has made a significant impact on the music world since her debut single â€œJust Danceâ€ hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2008. Mother Monster also has 62 million followers eagerly waiting for her new single â€œPerfect Illusionâ€ to drop.
The queen of pop has â€œabsolutely no regretsâ€ in life, and on Twitter. She shares plenty of throwbacks from throughout her career and once tweeted a highlight of her Rebel Heart Tour in L.A. was sharing a banana with Katy Perry, who she later named the Rebel Heart Tour’s “Best Unapologetic bitch ever!”
MileyÂ is known for taking Twitter (and any other social media platform she uses) to another level. In addition to keeping her 30 million followers entertained, The VoiceÂ coachÂ can single-handedly get a Netflix show renewed by tweeting about it. There is no such thing as over sharing here. #NoFilter
RuPaul, the worldâ€™s first drag queen supermodel, has placed seven titles on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and scored 13 hits on the Dance Club Songs chart. Not only are his tweets full of fabulousness, he dedicated his first Emmy nomination (as host of RuPaul’s Drag Race) to â€œoutsiders everywhere â€“ brave souls who stick to their dreams and make the world a more colorful place.â€
TSwift is one of the most followed artists on Twitter for a reason. Her personality shines and sheâ€™s incredibly humble, considering she tops Billboard’s Top Money-Makers List of 2015 and has been crowned Billboardâ€™s Woman of the Year, twice. Sheâ€™s also everybodyâ€™s favorite cat lady, admittingÂ â€œIt is a daily struggle for me to not buy more cats.â€