YOLO! Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna own Twitter - Reverb

YOLO! Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna dominate Twitter in 2012

By Allison Sylte

Proving that hipsters don’t use Twitter nearly enough, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Britney Spears topped this year’s list of the “most-followed” accounts on the social network.

Lady Gaga led the way with 32,083,862 followers, the Biebs came in a close second with 31,410,808 followers, Katy Perry had 30,009,087, Rihanna had 27,244,894 and Britney Spears had 22,467,214.

To put it in perspective, according to U.S. Census Bureau Data, there are roughly 20 million teenage girls in the U.S.

Pop and hip hop held the distinction of the most popular genres for Twitter’s 140 million users.

In other news, #YOLO (You only live once, for those of you who have not lived at all) had over 49 million mentions this year, though it became annoying shortly after the very first.

Whitney Houston’s death sparked over 10 million tweets, peaking at 73,662 tweets per minute as the news spread.

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Bruno Mars were among the most mentioned artists on Twitter this year, according to the data.

The good news? 2Pac, who, for the record, has been dead for more than 16 years, was mentioned more times than Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy.

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Pop music blogger Allison Sylte is a Fort Collins-based writer and new contributor to Reverb.

  • http://twitter.com/GAYPOWERKID GAYPOWERKID

    Bieber is LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME!

  • http://twitter.com/katykittygurl Elizabeth HipsterCat

    :,) Katy Perry We love you!!!!! <3'

  • Tyler Breuer

    what has happened to Reverb?

    • http://www.denvereverb.com Ricardo Baca

      Ah, Ty, we’ve always tried to cover it all. Local-to-Denver music. The big pop stuff. And alllllll the middle.

    • Maria Bieber

      Justin Bieber is better then him we love justin bieber well i do haah

  • Maria Bieber

    Justin Bieber we LOVE you <3