Pitch Please: Twitter’s music gurus
If you’re a social media conscious individual (a.k.a. junkie), but can’t name that song playing on the radio right now, or just want to get that juicy information about an artist’s upcoming releases, here are the Twitter accounts that you should be following.
Billboard (@billboard): America’s premier source of music related information, including interviews, concerts, etc. This also includes the official chart of America, The Billboard Hot 100 (for songs) and the 200 (for albums).
Arcadey Blog (@arcadeyblog): based in Australia, this blog covers a variety of music releases, including Asian pop and indie releases, all with a sense of humor. But if you’re a hardcore Beyoncé fan, you best stay away.
Chart News (@chartnews): More into stats? Want to brag to someone about how many copies of a single that an artist has sold in a week compared to the flop who wanted to release on the same day? Chart News updates on Wednesdays and Thursdays with the most current figures.
Consequence of Sound (@coslive): Ranked second of the most influential music blogs, Consequence of Sound is relatively new to the music journalism game, but are usually on top of things and pretty reliable. Their Twitter is especially good to follow during the festival season (Coachella, Lollapalooza).
The Hype Machine (@hypem): The musical equivalent to the Huffington Post, this aggregator’s Twitter account is skewed to the more non-mainstream acts and remixes to popular songs. It’s a great way to get a break from hearing “Roar” and “Summertime Sadness” 20 times a day.
The Singles Jukebox (@singlesjukebox): Different music critics come together and grade songs from all over the globe. Their reviews are extremely strict though, but still not as strict as The Guardian’s reviews of albums.
Jeff (@jeff1317): Other than his name, there is not much known about this person other than the fact that he seems to be some type of industry insider parading around as a typical Twitter user. One minute he’s talking about the New York Knicks game, the next he’s posting a picture of the tracklist and writing/production credits for Britney Spears’s new album.
And of course @ILikesTheMusic, because there’s nothing wrong with a little shameless self-promotion.