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Katy Perry beats Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift to become the biggest act on Twitter in 2013

Pop star's 48.5 million followers give her a social-media boost over Lady Gaga, Rihanna and more

By MSN Music Partners Dec 23, 2013 11:29AM

By Mike Ayers
Rolling Stone


Katy Perry has yet another victory to roar about these days. According to stats provided by Twitter, she's the reigning champ of of the 140-character social-media service, attracting over 1.5 million followers per month this past year to reach nearly 48.5 million total followers. That places her well above her pop peers Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Rihanna. Only Bieber came close to her numbers — he's sitting at 47.7 million Beliebers strong.


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Perry wasn't the only pop star to have a major Twitter victory. Not surprisingly, One Direction owned the retweet numbers, with four out of the top five tweets retweeted belonging to the British lads. 


But Perry nor One Direction own the distinction of having the album that was most tweeted about. That honor went to Kanye West with Yeezus, which yielded 4.4 million tweets. Drake's Nothing Was the Same came in at second with 2.9 million tweets and Miley Cyrus' Bangerz was third with close to 1.6 million tweets. 


In terms of songs tweeted about, Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" garnered the top slot with 8.1 million mentions. Drake's "Started From the Bottom" followed in at Number Two with 6.2 million mentions and Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack" reached 4.5 million mentions. 


Besides generic hashtag terms like "#music" and "#nowplaying," Eminem faired well in that arena — "#RapGod" was the third most popular hashtag. Other popular ones in the top 10 include #Yeezus, #RapLikeLilWayne and North West. 


The Grammys' may be known as Music's Biggest Night, but they racked up around 3 million fewer tweets than MTV's VMAs in 2013. The twerk-heavy telecast was the most tweeted-about award show, with a staggering 18.5 million tweets, compared to the Grammys' 15.7 million.


Two other music events had a massive Twitter impact this year. South by Southwest 2013 was the biggest music festival in the Twittersphere, with 2.8 million tweets, beating out the combined totals of Coachella and Lollapalooza.


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Jan 21, 2014 6:19PM
Long may the queen reign, here's to the gorgeous singer keep up the good work Katy!
Jan 20, 2014 6:24PM
Justin has the right to be an idiot/stupid/lame/no class little monkey.  Again, his right to be just like his so called fans is unalienable. go Justin you little egg boy !!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 12, 2014 1:47AM

Jan 11, 2014 6:49PM

She's beautiful, talented, fun and persevered in a tough business...

What's not to like!

Jan 11, 2014 1:58PM
i thought she was AWAKE from the mind control of the Industry...the demonic sybolism..the triangle satanic occult that jayZ pushes when on stage..the going from right to less clothing to more sexism as a young others have done icluding miley cyrus...i thought she no longer wanted to be down or she founf god (devil) and not GOD Jesus Christ of the Universe...i dk
Jan 8, 2014 1:21PM
Jan 8, 2014 7:39AM
Katy Perry is BEAUTIFUL and VERY Talented, NO Talent wannabees like Miley Cyrus always try to share the Limelight with Talent but ALWAYS just make complete idiotts of themselves. I have seen Miley Cyrus's tongue way more times than I would care to, and Her Tongue, like Her is Butt UGLY.
Kate Perry is cool.  I'll accept this.  Twitter however, is trash.
Jan 4, 2014 3:51AM
I dont like Bieber either; however Hes just a made up person. All recording artist are fictitious characters used to sell records. 

Anyone who believes otherwise .. well I guess I cant change that. 
Jan 4, 2014 3:48AM
Twitter is all media hype, no one really uses it anyway except stars and TV personality 
Jan 3, 2014 9:41PM
Justin Beeeeeeber is an ulcer on John Lennon's butt!
Jan 3, 2014 2:53PM
Rest in pieces, Beiber. I'm dancing on your career's ashes.
Jan 2, 2014 10:36AM
Good news!  Anytime that disgusting Bieber creep loses out on anything is a reason to celebrate. 
Jan 1, 2014 4:17PM
who gives a ****! anyone following anyone else on twitter has no life of their own following these no talent hacks like beiber and perry, uuuh, I miss the days hwen people had to be GOOD/Talented at something to be famous
Dec 28, 2013 7:17PM
Makes sense to me that brat Bieber is declining in popularity.  Bottom line is he's a no-talent, ignorant mama's boy with a sense of entitlement and no respect.  Good riddance!!!  Buh-bye brat.
Dec 24, 2013 3:14PM
I don't follow anyone with over million Follwers,  whats the point, you would never get a retweet without begging, and No one is worth that to Me.
Dec 23, 2013 3:34PM

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