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A list of bands, musicians, pop stars and rappers on Twitter

Calvin Harris' tweetsRemember a few years ago when every cultural commentator and his uncle was heralding a new age of direct communication between artist and fan via the wonder of MySpace? Well Twitter takes this trend to its ultimate conclusion, so now we know exactly when Nick Cave is “drinking my eleventh strawberry daiquiri and talking to Tracy Pew via Ouiji board” or when Calvin Harris is simply asking the world, “am I a cunt?”

Yes… and they’re not the only ones. The music world is gradually discovering the ultra-immediate, 140-character realm of inhuman contact that Twitter provides. Admittedly, many bands and singers have started accounts only to leave them vacant after a few posts (Lily Allen), some are guilty of spamming you silly with endless whimsy (MC Hammer), while others are clearly just façades for the stars’ marketeers/web monkeys (Britney Spears, Oasis).

But despite all this, I still find it fascinating (especially when it goes wrong) and I reckon we’re gonna see an upsurge of artists joining in the next year. So I’ve made this list of bands, singers and rappers already on Twitter as a reference for anyone else who’s interested. Please leave a comment if you’ve come across anyone I’ve missed. And of course, feel free to follow me @NickMitchell.

Calvin Harris

Tom Waits

Bloc Party

Dananananaykroyd

We Are The Physics

Broken Records

Nick Cave

Roots Manuva

Britney Spears

Kanye West

Boom Bip (from Neon Neon)

Notorious BIG (from beyond the grave, obv)

Kurt Cobain (ditto)

Trent Reznor (NIN)

Robert Smith (The Cure)

Tokyo Police Club

Michael Jackson (OK, maybe not)

AC/DC

Erykah Badu

Timbaland

Lily Allen

Weezer

Port O’Brien

Ghostface Killah

Gnarls Barkley

The Teenagers

The Raconteurs

The Duke Special

Questlove (The Roots)

Bondo do Role

Jay Reatard

Peter Bjorn and John

The Wombats

Oasis

Hadouken!

Funeral For A Friend

The Subways

Hot Hot Heat

Soulwax

Lil Wayne

Chris T-T

Snoop Dogg

MC Hammer

Jack Penate

Muse

P.S. It’s not very rock’n’roll though is it? I can’t imagine Keith Moon tapping away at his laptop: “drove Rolls into hotel pool, woopsy!”

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