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TENS OF MILLIONS OF ACCOUNTS. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF TWEETS, THE MAJORITY ABOUT MUSIC. FORGET #FOLLOWFRIDAYS AND SIMPLY BEGIN HERE
(SCROLL DOWN FOR THE FULL "TWITTER 140" HONOREE LIST, AND CLICK ON NAMES FOR A PROFILE OF EACH)

If the question is, Where do people go to talk about music?, one answer is certainly Twitter. The San Francisco-based micro-blogging service, launched in 2006 as a platform developed with so-called "dumb" phones in mind (which dictated the 140-character limit of all Twitter posts, or "tweets," as that was the maximum capacity of a standard single text message), now contains more than 140 million accounts, logging some 340 million tweets per day.

The most talked-about subject on the service, according to Twitter's own internal metrics? Music. Twitter's five most-followed accounts? Lady Gaga (27.5 million), Justin Bieber (25.6 million), Katy Perry (23.4 million), Rihanna (23.2 million) and Britney Spears (19 million). And five of the top 10 trending topics (as in, the most discussed at any one time) on Twitter for all of last year? All music-related.

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For our second annual Twitter 140, we turned to a panel of industry experts, musicians, digital trailblazers and Billboard's own staff to find out who they followed. We were looking for the voices who steer the conversation about the music industry and digital culture, and also for music (and Twitter) obsessives who constantly share their discoveries.

The musicians included are not necessarily those with the most followers (we figure you already follow those), but those who have helped shape the way Twitter works, or who move it along in the current moment. To be considered for this list, accounts had to be at least relatively active at press time. Here, we present the 140 must-follow Twitter accounts in the music industry.

PAGE 1
A-Trak
Ryan Adams
Danny Aguayo
Eric Alper
Omid Ashtari
Aureo Baqueiro
Daryl Berg
Big Boi
Benny Blanco
Bill Bragin

PAGE 2
Scooter Braun
Elizabeth Brooks
Jennifer Bull
Jim Butcher
Noah Callahan-Bever
Mike Caren
Steve-O Carless
Rosanne Cash
Bill Chasen
Mary Hk Choi

PAGE 3
Karen Civil
Christian Clancy
Jonathan Cohen
Ted Cohen
Andy Cohn
Tom Conrad
Tomas Cookman
Jonathan Coulton
Adam Curry
Tony Dandrades

PAGE 4
John Darnielle
Deadmau5
Dave Delaney
Emily Delmont
Corey Denis
Mike Dougherty
Daniel Ek
Justin Erdman
Jay Frank
Sasha Frere-Jones

PAGE 5
Lindsay Gabler
Clive Gardiner
Eric Garland
Pepe Garza
Mark Ghuneim
Sean Glass
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald
Steve Greenberg
Benjy Grinberg
Rocio Gutierrez

PAGE 6
Perez Hilton
Jason Hirschhorn
Ross Hoffman
Ian Hogarth
Jeremy M Holley
Alex Holz
Nathan Hubbard
Liana Huth
Chris Seth Jackson
Steve Jang

PAGE 7
Shooter Jennings
Ethan Kaplan
Sebastian Krys
Mike Kyser
Bob Lefsetz
Chris Lighty
Alexander Ljung
Marissa Lopez
Kirk Love
Nigel Lythgoe

PAGE 8
Joie Manda
Larry Marcus
Ron Mills
Mark Montgomery
Brendan Moore
Todd Moscowitz
Mark Mulligan
David Noel
Brian O'Connell
Frank Ocean

PAGE 9
Minya Oh
Don Omar
Guy Oseary
Reggie Ossé
David Pakman
Amanda Palmer
Julie Pilat
Ann Powers
Tim Quirk
Jeff Rabhan

PAGE 10
Salaam Remi
Dave Rene
John Richards
Ian Rogers
Paul Rosenberg
Peter Rosenberg
Pasquale Rotella
Greg Sandoval
Rob Santos
Ryan Schreiber

PAGE 11
Ryan Seacrest
Marisol Segal
Nikhil Shah
Jonathan Shecter
Ben Sheffner
Julianne Shepherd
J Sider
Judy Miller Silverman
Tatiana Simonian
Ben Sisario

PAGE 12
Kevin Smyth and
Jeremy Johnson
Eric Snowden
Brian Solis
Rob Stone
Strut Records
Chris Swanson
Richard Tafoya
The Life Files
Touré

PAGE 13
Toy Selectah
Darius Van Arman
Jon Vanhala
Scott Vener
David Viecelli
Alejandro Villalobos
Vive Latino Music Festival
Charlie Walk
DA Wallach
Bruce Warren

PAGE 14
Storme Warren
Jeff Weiss
Jeremy Welt
Tim Westergren
Emily White
Betsy Whitney
Elliot Wilson
Fred Wilson
Jon Wurster
Anton "Zedd" Zaslavski


Contributors:
JUSTINO ÁGUILA, BRIAN BRAIKER, WILLIAM GRUGER, ANDREW HAMPP, JOE LEVY, JASON LIPSHUTZ, BENJAMIN MEADOWS-INGRAM, KATIE MORSE, GLENN PEOPLES, ERIKA RAMIREZ, DAN RYS, AND BILL WERDE. ILLUSTRATION BY KAI & SUNNY.