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50 Top Tweeters in Music

Whether it’s Kanye West or M.I.A., these effusive folks deliver entertainment 140 characters at a time

Rock stars, of course, express themselves through music. But Twitter, the perfect forum for anyone with a big ego, atrocious grammar and a smartphone, has proven a natural fit for these effusive souls. We've now read enough tweets about tour grub, philosophies of life and Persian rugs the cost of compact cars that we felt compelled to offer this guide to music's top Tweeters. Click through for the folks to follow.

By Amos Barshad

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31

Aimee Mann

@aimeemann

Why You Should Follow Her: Mann might never again reach the heights of her Twitter beef with Ice-T, when she criticized his acting on Law & Order: SVU and he told her to "eat a hot bowl of dicks." Her amusing, low-key self-deprecation is pretty good on its own, though.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Today me and MP are clearing out a bunch of junk from our backyard. All the lessons I've learned on 'Hoarders' are coming in handy!"

"I got some air-tight containers to store flour in, and @timheidecker got large plastic bins for cables and surge protectors. Woooo!"

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30

Andy Milonakis

@AndyMilonakis

Why You Should Follow Him: Admittedly more of a comedian than a musician, Milonakis' feed is a natural place for his scatterbrained oddities.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Photo: My baby dog looks really funny here. He’s actually 4 but he looks young like me."

"My blood is boiling today between missed UPS packages and missed calls, I wanna drop kick a random stranger in the pussy (guy or girl)"

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29

St. Vincent

@st_vincent

Why You Should Follow Her: Boldly nerdy and adorably precious; recently tried to get a "dustoffyourlibrarycard" hashtag going.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Tracy Morgan's memoir, 'I Am the New Black,' is sold out at every bookstore in Manhattan. #trustme.i'velooked."

"Did I mention I'm working on a new album? I'm working on a new album! All other details TBA in due time, friends. X"

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28

Solange

@solangeknowles

Why You Should Follow Her: Beyoncé's hipster baby sister has interesting friends, stories about her son, and inner thoughts she'd like to share with you.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Yo. I don't believe in violence but I almost beat someone's ass tonight. Lot a bit of Martin, but a lot a bit of Malcom."

"Can someone introduce me and Regina King on a friday night, when I have a sitter?"

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27

Amanda Palmer

@amandapalmer

Why You Should Follow Her: The former Dresden Doll front woman (and author Neil Gaiman's better half) provides another feed that provides a non-glammy look into the life of a working musician.

Characteristic Tweets:
"punk Tasmanian boys dancing to surf music."

"@sxipshirey I grabbed his ass and told him it was from you. He says to say 'I love that fucking guy'. MANLoVE!!!"

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26

Chris Brown

@chrisbrown

Why You Should Follow Him: Brown has deleted his account multiple times following unfortunate incidents, but can't stay away for good. Don't you want to be there the next time Breezy has a Twitter meltdown?

Characteristic Tweets:
"Being as though I've been consistent with my mixtapes, how do u think F.A.M.E is gonna sound? I'm curious!"

"I want every woman to smile today!!! We men appreciate you! Your our strength and weakness!!"