Justin Bieber's Arrest Causes Over 4 Million Tweets In 24 Hours

Miami Beach Police
Justin Bieber

Miami Beach incident yields to more tweets-per-minute than Beyonce's surprise album launch.

On Thursday (Jan. 23), the Internet took a break from its regularly scheduled programming to rubberneck at 19-year-old Justin Bieber, who was arrested in Miami Beach on suspicion of DUI after being stopped while drag-racing. According to data provided by TLL, in the 24 hours following the arrest more than 4.28 million messages were sent on Twitter about the pop star and his arrest -- a 717% increase in activity over the previous day.




The incident was first reported on Twitter at 4:55 a.m., directly from the Miami Beach Police’s official Twitter account. The tweet containing the message has been retweeted more than 4,000 times since it was first shared on Thursday. 




According to data provided directly from Twitter on the matter, conversation around Bieber's arrest reached 6,100 Tweets per minute at its highest point. To compare, conversation surrounding Beyonce’s surprise album release last month spiked to 5,300 tweets per minute at its highest volume of conversation.

At one point one Thursday, nine of the ten overall worldwide trending topics pertained to Bieber and his arrest. An outpour of support from Bieber's fans made "#WeWillAlwaysSupportYouJustin" the top hashtag of the day, with 596,783 total mentions between the hours of 4:00 a.m. on January 23 to 4:00 a.m. January 24.

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The next two most popular artist encapsulate just how polarizing an artist like Justin Bieber can be. "#FreeBieber" was the second most-used hashtag of the day, garnering 138,304 mentions in the same time frame, while "#DeportBieber" was used 86,842 times.

The rest of hashtags used in the conversation about Bieber are below. No 10 on the list, #reallife, was used in a tweet by Justin’s father, Jeremy Bieber.

Top Hashtags:

1. #WeWillAlwaysSupportYouJustin (596,783)
2. #FreeBieber (138,304)
3. #DeportBieber (86,842)
4. #MonstersSupportBeliebers (43,214)
5. #beliebers (42,829)
6. #freejustinbieber (33,544)
7. #breaking (30,982)
8. #mugshot (14,485)
9. #breakingnews (13,679)
10. #reallife (13,196)