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The Year on Twitter: Justin Bieber is Most Tweeted About Artist, Katy Perry is Most Followed User

Music's top moments are summarized in a recap of data provided by the 140 character-sharing social networking platform.

Music continues to be the most-discussed subject on Twitter in the U.S., according to data released by the social network. The most tweeted-about artist of the year is Justin Bieber, the most-tweeted about song of the year was “Happy” by Pharrell, and the most tweeted-about album was Beyoncé’s self-titled debut last December.

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Topping this year’s list of most-followed users is Katy Perry, who surpassed Bieber (who comes in at No. 2) in February. Coachella is the year’s most-tweeted about festival, topping both Tomorrow World and Warped Tour, while the MTV EMAs were the most tweeted-about awards show, topping both the GRAMMYs and the MTV VMAs.


On the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 real-time chart, One Direction had the greatest success on the with 19 different songs reaching the No. 1 position in the time following the chart’s launch in May. 5 Seconds of Summer had the most instances of reaching No. 1 of any artist, with one of their tracks reaching the top spot a total of 289 times.

With 229,533 tweets per minute (TPM), the most-tweeted about music moment of the year occurred at the end of this year’s Superbowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Feb. 2. Next at 171,593 TPM was Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar’s performance during the 2014 Grammys on Jan. 26, and the third-most tweeted-about moment was Lorde winning best pop solo performance that same night (with 152,688 TPM).

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5 Seconds of Summer emerged on the scene this year with one of the most active and fervent fan armies on Twitter. The #vote5sos hashtag, used to unite fan army votes around the American Music Music Awards for awards such as New Artist of the Year, was the biggest music-related hashtag to emerge in 2014.

Here are the year’s most-retweeted moments, by genre:


A tweet from One Direction following their AMA wins, which included Artist of the Year, has received 123,500 retweets.


Carrie Underwood‘s announcement in September that her husband Mike Fisher were expecting their first child has received 33,600 retweets.


Before Pharrell Williams brought his inspirational attitude to The Voice, he’d share gems like this on Twitter. This tweet about confidence has received has 30,400 retweets.


Ebola frightened a lot of people this year, including Chris Brown who voiced his opinion on the matter in a tweet that has received 45,700 retweets.


The EDM crowd loves to party together, and this group shot of some of the world’ biggest DJs, including Steve Aoki and Martin Garrix, has received 1,490 retweets.


Meghan Trainor is just one of several artists who brought the travesties of photoshopped images in the media to our attention in 2014. Lorde also voiced her opinion on the subject, sharing a picture of herself on March 30 that has received 73,600 retweets.