Five Must-Follow Musicians On Twitter
A whole host of artists use Twitter to simply promote their latest album or tour while just as many use it merely to vainly retweet any messages of support from their adoring fan base. But some utilize it as an extension of their personality rather than solely a marketing tool, often providing more entertainment in 140 characters than they do in their actual musical output. Here’s a look at five acts who provide the best value on the social networking site.
Now 66 years old, Cher has embraced the world of Twitter with far more reckless abandonment than the majority of pop stars who are young enough to be her grandchildren. Not that her utterly idiosyncratic train of thoughts make much sense most of the time – her tendency to shift to caps lock for no reason at all (“Where do I find DRAFTS! Lost one”), switch to text speak (“Buckle your seat belts its going 2 B a bumpy nite! Eating Blk Red vines!”) and ask random questions with no sense of context (“can anyone c me”) reads more like a deranged mad aunt than a world-conquering pop diva. But her surreal and exhaustively prolific words of wisdom are so hilarious that they’re often the most reliable source of entertainment on the whole web.
Sample tweet: “Brushing teeth, then, omg! NO EXCUSE 4 ME! Pres Obama killed Bin Laden! Cher U might want 2 dial Down the passion & dial up brain 2 hand!”
The “Smile” singer has understandably slightly mellowed since giving birth to daughter Ethel Mary in 2011. But considering she built a career on being refreshingly outspoken, a mellow Lily Allen is still a far feistier prospect than most twenty-something pop stars. Unafraid to vent her spleen on a regular basis, Allen has used Twitter to rant about everything from the state of the NHS to the anti-abortion debate but also isn’t averse to indulging in more trivial matters, whether it’s blasting The Script’s attempt at hip-hop or joking about her husband’s lack of technological sense.
Sample tweet: “Of all the things that make me a bad role model to my children, swearing at John Lewis’ twitter account won’t be the one that keeps me up”
He may be utterly repulsive on every possible level, but persevere with the constant excessive shout-outs to Team Breezy and boring promotion of his fashion range long enough and you’re usually rewarded with yet another compelling example of foot-in-mouth syndrome that proves once again what an objectionable piece of work he is. Whether it’s delivering a foul-mouthed barrage of misogynistic abuse to comedy writer Jenny Johnson, picking fights with Pink and Miranda Lambert, or publicly trashing Brian McKnight, you’re never usually more than a few tweets away from a tirade that confirms Brown most definitely still has a treasure trove of issues.
Sample tweet: “It’s good to know my worthy by listening to a bitch that is worthless…Teambreezy had fun today!!! Outta here bitch.”
Taken at face value, 50 Cent’s Twitter feed can occasionally seem even more utterly repellent than Chris Brown’s. But the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ star adheres to so many hip-hop cliches that you can only come to the conclusion that, far from being a menace to society, he must surely be just one big post-modern joke. The ridiculous MC has become embroiled in Twitter wars with everyone from boxer Floyd Mayweather to larger-than-life rapper Rick Ross, but it’s the casual sexism, often so vulgar that me makes Andrew Dice Clay look like a bastion of good taste, that is most likely to leave you open-jawed.
Sample tweet: “Goddamn all these pretty bitches on my page now. I’m in heaven. I wanna f*** all yal! All I need is a redbull and 5mns between each nut”
In a world where pop stars are media trained to within an inch of their lives, it’s hugely refreshing to see arguably the biggest remain so utterly candid. Seemingly without any sense of filter, Rihanna’s willingness to reveal all to her 28 million followers has landed her in hot water on several occasions, from those Coachella pictures to her sometimes brutal response to her haters. And although her tweets are sometimes questionable, at least you can be sure that they’re straight from the horse’s mouth rather than a publicist sitting at a desk hundreds of miles away.
Sample tweet: (To Joan Rivers) “wow u really do get slow when you’re old huh? Slap on some diapers.”