Billboard’s @Twitter 140 Industry Characters You Need To “Follow”
Billboard’s Twitter 140: It’s not about how many followers. It’s not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It’s about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether it’s about copyright, “Entourage,” social commerce, the cloud(s), rap radio, Nashville, technology or just techno, these are 140 of the best and brightest music industry characters on Twitter. And see this week’s issue of Billboard for an exclusive chat between Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone and the Roots’ ?uestlove, Tweet tips and much more. A list of Billboard Tweets is below —
@aaronford is senior VP of label relations at Grooveshark. Music nerd magnificence.
@adamcurry aka the Podfather, is an original MTV VJ. App pundit extraordinaire.
@adamleber is Britney Spears’ day-to-day manager/resident rumor-squasher. In. The. Moment.
@AirWharton is Dennis Wharton, executive VP of the National Assn. of Broadcasters; radio and TV.
@alejovillalobos is PD for top 20 Colombian station La Mega. Music connoisseur; trendsetter.
@alexanderljung is founder/CEO of SoundCloud. Company to watch.
@ashleycapps is co-producer of Bonnaroo/president of AC Entertainment. Beyond the mud.
@aureobaqueiro is a Grammy Award-winning producer (Sin Badera, Thalía). Music recommendations; life.
@Benjybenjy is Benjy Grinberg, CEO of Rostrum Records/Wiz Khalifa’s manager. Humorous, clever, conversational.
@bensheffner is Billboard’s former legal columnist. Copyright; entertainment industry.
@Bestbuycmo is Best Buy CMO Barry Judge. Sticks to business.
@billyontheradio is Billy the Kidd, DJ at top 40 KHKS (106.1 Kiss-FM) Dallas. Candid. Gaga. Personal.
@bjeffrey is B. Jeffrey Grant, VP of promotion for Verity Records. Radio networking; discussion.
@boccountry is Brian O’Connell, president of country music for Live Nation. Talks to fans.
@BocheBillions is David Viecelli, president of booking firm Billions Corp. Clients. Concerts. Politics.
@brainofjoacohen is Jonathan Cohen, music booker at NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Photos; previews performances.
@brokemogul is Scott Vener, music supervisor for HBO’s “Entourage.” Music, advice, snark.
@bunyan71 is attorney Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s manager/head of Shady Records. Amusing; thought-provoking.
@charliewalk is a former Epic/Sony president; now chairman of RJW Collective. Artists, execs, tastemakers.
@choitotheworld is Mary HK Choi, writer at Style.MTV.com. Conversational. Personable. Smart.
@chopshopmusic is Alexandra Patsavas, owner of Chop Shop Music Supervision. Songs, projects, fun.
@ChristianClancy co-manages Odd Future, Frank Ocean; marketing for Eminem. Man vs. machine. @claudekelly is a songwriter (Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J). He loves music.
@Clighty is Chris Lighty, CEO of Violator Management (50 Cent). Read between lines.
@Combat_Jack is Reggie Osse, managing editor of the Source. Always debating music.
@coreythrace is Corey Denis, digital music consultant. Albums, movies, strategy.
@cyberlar is Larry Marcus, venture capitalist. Pandora, Soundhound, RootMusic.
@DannyDee is head of Digipendent.com. Thoughtful, useful, amusing.
@darylberg books bands for Fuel TV’s “The Daily Habit. ” Bands. Sports. Grub.
@haynes_dave is VP of biz dev at SoundCloud. Full of energy.
@davedelaney is a Nashville-based digital media strategist. Techie, foodie, culture-y.
@david is David Noel, SoundCloud community evangelist. Music, startups, airplanes.
@dgglassnote is Daniel Glass, founder of Glassnote Records. Music. Movies. Knicks.
@digmusicinsider is Jack Isquith, former Warner Bros. Records digital exec. Linkage, observations, astuteness.
@discomaz is Marisol Segal, in biz dev, and a partner at Rdio. Techno, technology, melodies.
@dizzyfeet is Nigel Lythgoe, exec producer of “American Idol.” Truly unusually candid.
@djbunnyears is Eric David Johnson, producer of music and integration at DDB Chicago. Dreamer, doer, photographer.
@dmitrivietze is owner of marketing/management company rock paper scissors. International perspective. Arty.
@dmitry is Dmitry Shapiro, CTO at Myspace Music. Retweets. Commentary. Trends.
@doughertym is Mike Dougherty, co-founder/CEO of Jelli. Music; social media.
@dscheinm is Dan Scheinman, GM of Cisco’s Eos division. Important e-commerce guy.
@dsusla is Daniel Susla, director of copyright/royalties/licensing at Sony Music. Random riffs; sound.
@duncanfreeman is founder of Band Metrics. Digital music technology.
@eldsjal is Daniel Ek, founder/CEO of Spotify. Low-key; very important.
@elizabrooks owns marketing firm Str.ate.gy; Napster vet. Sharp. Forward. Worthy.
@elliottwilson is CEO, RapRadar; editor, RESPECT. magazine. Profane, wired, encyclopedic.
@emwizzle is Emily White of Whitesmith Entertainment. Brilliant indie acumen.
@endino is Jack Endino, producer. Grunge pioneer.
@ericbeall is VP of A&R at publisher Shapiro Bernstein. Newbie; trenchant commentary.
@ericsnowden is VP of direct-to-fan creative and technology at Atlantic Records. Design. Tech. Apple.
@ethank is Ethan Kaplan, former emerging tech exec at Warner Music Group. Geeky tech nerddom.
@fionabloom operates lifestyle/marketing firm the Bloom Effect. Passionate, indie, urbane.
@frankdenbow is a programmer who builds stuff like RandomGram, SingSend. Freestyles,
@fredwilson is a principal of Union Square Ventures. Hippest venture capitalists around.
@Geespin is Geoff Gamere, assistant PD at R&B/hip-hop WWPR (Power 105.1) New York and rhythmic top 40 WJMN (Jam’n 94.5) Boston. Charismatic. Fun. Interactive.
@gerritmeier is COO for digital at Clear Channel. Germany. Tennis. Music.
@gewang is co-founder/chief technology officer/chief creative officer of Smule. Apps, football, food.
@gleonhard is Gerd Leonhard, a media futurist. Predictions. Quotes. Analysis.
@guyoseary is Madonna’s manager. A must-follow.
@hellomarko is Mark Montgomery, co-founder of EchoMusic and Nashville-based EIR at Claritas Capital. Wheat from chaff.
@hoff is Ross Hoffman, entertainment/sports business development at Twitter. Hashtags, links, Twitpics.
@Hopelessian is Ian Harrison, CEO of Hopeless Records. Signings; great links.
@imnoah is Noah Dinkin, co-founder/president of Fanbridge. Understands music lovers. @iamnotarapper58 is iSpit, CEO of iSpit Marketing & Consulting Solutions LLC & admin I Am Not A Rapper Great links; great info; randomness.
@IAmRobStone is Rob Stone, co-founder/CEO of Cornerstone/Fader. Cool, perceptive marketing.
@iancr is Ian Rogers, CEO of Topspin. Edgy marketing; über tastemaker.
@irvingazoff is chairman of Live Nation Entertainment. On (Twitter) hiatus.
@jasonhirschhorn is a serial entrepreneur/digital media exec. News. Commentary. Excursions.
@jblogg is Jeremy Welt, Warner Bros. Records digital exec. Music; Packers fan.
@jdenver is Joel Denver, founder of AllAccess.com. Timely regarding airwaves.
@JeffRabhan is chairman of NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. All music everything.
@JeremyHolley is VP of consumer/interactive marketing at Warner Music Nashville. A rising star.
@jess is Jessica Verrilli, in corporate development/strategy at Twitter. Plus global travel.
@jimspotify is Jim Butcher, head of communications at Spotify. A digital cornucopia.
@juliepilat is assistant PD/music director at top 40 KIIS (Kiss-FM) Los Angeles. Artists and secrets.
@ oversees digital marketing strategy for Universal Music Canada. Metal; industry events.
@justliana is Liana Huth of Madison Square Garden Entertainment and Fuse. Out and about.
@karencivil is a blogger; also handles online marketing for Young Money. Smart. Drake-y. Interactive.
@KevinLiles1 is president/CEO of Def Jam Interactive. Axioms. Inspiration. Gaming.
@kimblethenimble is Rich Masio, digital music consultant. Rare, timely, smart.
@lefsetz is Bob Lefsetz, consultant and pundit. Raw, hilarious, controversial.
@littleburger is Mike Keyser, president of black music at Atlantic Records. Fun. Games. Business.
@lndsygblr is Lindsay Gabler, online community manager for Universal Music Group, Fontana. Pop; live shows.
@MarcusTGrant is a manager with Los Angeles-based the Collective. Inspiration. Aspiration. Monetization.
@marcuswhitney is co-founder/CTO of Moontoast. Former cyborg pharaoh.
@mark_mulligan is VP/research director at Forrester. Research. Analysis. Live-tweeter.
@MarkGhuneim is founder/CEO of WiredSet/Trendrr. Always amazing info.
@mattostrower is in artist relations/development at Pandora. News. Concerts. Reviews.
@mdave is David Beronja, host of Nashville Tech Feed podcast. Local, global, bizarre.
@mikecaren is president of Elektra Records. Surging label? Go.
@missinfo is Minya Oh, radio host on R&B/hip-hop WQHT (Hot 97) New York. R&B and rap.
@mloatbmi is Marissa Lopez, associate director of Latin writer/publisher relations at BMI. Music; publishing happenings.
@motormouthmedia is Judy Miller Silverman at Motormouth Media. Interesting indie info.
@Nacionalista is Tomas Cookman, president/owner of Cookman International/Nacional Records. Indie. Alternative. Latin.
@nathanchubbard is CEO of Ticketmaster. Humanizes the gorilla.
@N_C_B is Noah Callahan-Bever, editor-in-chief of Complex magazine/network. Pithy. Knowing. Busy.
@nestamusic is Robby Towns’ artist/music biz consultancy. Perceptive, helpful takes.
@nikhilshah is co-founder of Mixcloud. Excellent music insights.
@omid is Omid Ashtari, an entertainment biz-dev exec at Twitter. Chatty. Funny. Convivial.
@pakman is David Pakman, a partner at Venrock. Riffs regularly; digital.
@pepegarza is PD of L.A.’s KBUE. Nose for hits.
@PerezHilton is the power blogger; now searching with Simon Cowell for “next great boy band.” Zany. Timely. Powerful.
@PeteCashmore is co-founder/CEO of Mashable. Social-digital guru.
@Philschaap is a curator of jazz at Lincoln Center, programmer at Columbia University’s WKCR and jazz educator. Knowledgeable about business.
@pinkygonzales is a digital business consultant. Candid, strange, insightful.
@radiothom is Emily Delmont (former Googler), SoundCloud people-ops head. Yoga, running, Radiohead.
@RepoJay is Jay Frank, senior VP of music strategy at CMT. Serious music wonk.
@richardtafoya is co-founder/GM of Soundspike Media; also founded LiveDaily.com. Mucho music news.
@RichardXL is Richard Russell, founder/owner of XL Recordings. Eloquent, current, personal.
@robsantos1 is Rob Santos, VP of A&R at Legacy. Business of reissues.
@rociogutierrez is co-founder of digital marketing/consulting firm Digital Girl. Latin, alternative, new.
@ronaspaulding is president of Universal Music Group’s Fontana Distribution. Garrulous. Inspirational. Rock(s).
@Rosenbergradio is Peter Rosenberg, host of R&B/hip-hop WQHT (Hot 97) New York’s morning show. Hip-hop, politics, wrestling.
@ryanpitchfork is Ryan Schreiber, founder/CEO of Pitchfork Media. Opinions. Jokes. Wisdom.
@RyanSeacrest is “American Idol” host, radio personality, mogul. Behind-his-scenes.
@sandoCNET is Greg Sandoval, digital entertainment reporter, CNET News. Link, links; chat.
@ScooterBraun is Justin Bieber’s manager. Talkative. Global. Interested.
@sean_fennessey is director of merchandising for eMusic; writes around. He loves this game.
@sebastiankrys is GM of Rebeleon Entertainment; Grammy Award-winning producer for Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas, Carlos Vives. Opinions, airplanes, shows.
@siriusmills is Ron Mills, music director of Sirius XM’s Hip-Hop Nation. Videos; music links.
@soundboy is Ian Hogarth, founder of Songkick. Interacts with all.
@spinaltap is Ted Cohen of TAG Strategic; former EMI exec and serial panelist. Conferences. Networking. Gadgets.
@StephenGHill is president of music and specialsprogramming at BET. In the mix.
@stevejang is founder/CEO of Schematic Labs, maker of SoundTracking app. Skateboarding. Surfing.
@steviegpro is Steve Greenberg, head of S-Curve Records. Songs. Travel. Backstage.
@stormewarren is host of GAC’s “Headline Country.” Bird’s-eye view of Nashville.
@tbquirk is musician/artist Tim Quirk of Google Music. Digital retail brilliance.
@tconrad is Tom Conrad, chief technology officer at Pandora. Internet radio star.
@tdandrades is Tony Dandrades, anchor of Univision’s “Primer Impacto.” Interviews the stars.
@tennesseewolf is songwriter Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon), Sirius XM DJ. Neo-outlaw worldview.
@terrymcbride is CEO of Nettwerk Music Group. Lots of linkage.
@ThatEricAlper is Eric Alper, director of media relations and label acquisitions at E1. Music. Big business.
@thedoctorluke is Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, multiplatinum producer. New tracks. Obsessions.
@timechange is Tim Chang, partner at Norwest Venture Partners. Startup insight; gigging.
@timwestergren is founder of Pandora. Digi-music; streaming media.
@toddmoscowitz is CEO of Warner Bros. Witty and astute.
@tomsilverman is founder of Tommy Boy Records and New Music Seminar organizer. Music strategy/stats.
@ToureX is Touré, author/journalist and host of Fuse’s “On the Record.” Prolific. Popular. Controversial.
@TristanWalker is head of biz dev at Foursquare. Enthusiasm. Recommendations. Deals.
@Vlataillade is Vicki Mack Lataillade, founder/owner of Gospo Centric and B-Rite Praise. Business. Globetrotting.
@we7_clive is Clive Gardiner, VP of digital content at We7. Digital music insights.