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If You Aren’t Following These Artists On Twitter, You Should Be

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 7.58.42 PMKaty Perry was crowned the Queen of Twitter earlier this week, after figures released by the site showed that she gained more than 15 million followers in 2013. Which is good, because while KP has already received numerous accolades – Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – we all know that when it comes to determining popularity (and self worth), it’s all a matter of how many Twitter followers you have.

Perry may have narrowly beat out fellow pop superstars like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to take home the title of most beloved on the interwebz, but her timeline isn’t nearly as funny, thought-provoking, or all-around enjoyable as some of the musicians who truly rule the social network. For tweets that are full of lulz and aren’t purely written for self promotion, try following these unsung heroes.

John Darnielle @mountain_goats
The Mountain Goats frontman is already well known for being a prolific songwriter, but he’s equally active on Twitter. Follow if you like: jokes, death metal, bad movies, progressive politics

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Twitter Launches #Music App

After months of rumors and discussion the day has finally come when Twitter will unveil it’s latest entertainment app, #Music.

Launching today through both Web browsers or on select mobile devices, #Music will integrate with ITunes, Spotify, and Rdio, with subscribers of the latter two services able to log in with their accounts to listen to full tracks; iTunes users will have to make do with the standard shortened iTunes previews. Regardless of your preferred service, you won’t be kicked out to a different app — you’ll be able to stream songs right through the Twitter #Music app.Twitter also says that it is exploring partnerships with other music services, as well.

#Music is not available to Android Users as an app at this time, but Billboard says the company is working towards creating one in the future.

If you have an iPhone or iPad and want to give #Music a spin, click here.

Carly Rae Jepsen Cancels Boy Scouts Concert Over Ban On Homosexuals

“Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen has hung up on The Boy Scouts of America after backing out of a scheduled concert appearances over her disagreement with the organization’s views on homosexuality.

Jepsen had been booked to perform at the National Scout Jamboree in Mount Hope, West Virginia in July, but announced this morning over Twitter that she had pulled herself from the performance. In a post to fans, Carly wrote “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.” She continued, “I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level … and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.”

The Boy Scouts of America has yet to comment on the situation. Jepsen was scheduled to appear alongside fellow Top 40 artist Train, who have also opted to not perform at the event.

#FreeTicketFriday Returns!

The holidays may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the season of giving is over. This week #FreeTicketFriday returns, and fans will be given the chance to win a pair of tickets to the US-based concert of their choice*. All you have to do to enter is:

1) Follow @OurStage on Twitter

2) Retweet the #FreeTicketFriday tweet (posted at 1pm EST on Fridays).

That’s it! Once you retweet, you’ll automatically be entered to win a pair of tickets. So who will it be? Taylor Swift? The Killers? Ke$ha? Let us know who you’d choose in the comments, and don’t forget to enter every Friday at 1pm EST.

* = some restrictions apply. See official rules for details.

Instagram Users Enraged At New Terms Of Service

Over the past few years, Instagram has worked its way up through the ranks of social networking apps and websites, earning itself a place of significance alongside Twitter and Facebook (which happens to own Instagram). Needless to say, when companies like these reach such a level, every little change they make to their product or rules falls under strong scrutiny by our society.

Therefore, as you can imagine, Instagram users did not take too kindly to the company’s new terms of service adjustment, which, according to the L.A. Times, stated that “Instagram had the right to turn images into advertisements without any approval from or compensation for users starting Jan. 16. — part of Facebook’s drive to make money from the service it bought this year for $715 million in cash and stock.”

Backlash from users has been rampant, with threats to delete their accounts and move on to similar photo apps like Hipstamatic. In respond to the uproar, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom was quick to try and quell everyone’s concerns by publicly stating, ”Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos,” he wrote. “We respect that your photos are your photos. Period.” While somewhat reassuring, this does not change the fact that the company tried create such a dubious policy. Some might say that the app service is on thin ice right now, as users will be on their toes, keeping an eye on Instagram’s next move.

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Chris Brown Returns To Twitter; Posts Photo Of Rihanna

Oh Chris Brown, will you ever leave our headlines? In the past year the man behind “Don’t Wake Me Up,” not to mention the physical abuse inflicted on Rihanna a few years back, has returned to Twitter following his exit after a highly-publicized online feud with writer Jenny Johnson. There was no press release, nor egotistical tweet about how his return was demanded by fans, but Brown did make sure his return would be covered by every celebrity blog from here to Bangkok by posting (then later deleting) a relatively racy picture of himself with rumored girlfriend Rihanna. You can view the photo in question below.

Brown’s Twitter currently sits active, but lacks any posts. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until he says something someone takes offense to, so keep your eyes peeled for another Brown update in the coming weeks.

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Free Ticket Friday Returns!

Warm up your hashtag trigger finger, because this week Free Ticket Friday is back. Win free tickets to any US-based show you want, just by tweeting at OurStage. Yeah, we can’t believe it’s that easy either. Here’s what you have to do:

1. Follow @OurStage on Twitter.

2. Retweet the #FreeTicketFriday tweet (posted at 1PM on Fridays).

Once you retweet, you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to the US-based concert of your choosing. Past winners have already snagged tickets to see Green Day, Maroon 5, The Killers at Madison Square Garden, and Jay-Z at one of his historic first shows at the Barclays Center. If you’re on Twitter all the time anyway, why not win some free tickets while you’re at it?

Exclusive Q and A: Departures Talk Time, Age, and T-Swift

A recipe for Departures: take equal parts ’90s emo and melodic hardcore, swirl, and let age for several years. Then sip lightly; you might burn your tongue. Brooding guitars, ragged vocals, and pounding drums jostle for space within the UK band’s darkly emotive songs of loss, aging, and mistakes. Last month, the band signed with the fast-growing No Sleep Records and their debut full-length Teenage Haze is out today. We caught up with guitarist Daniel Nash to chat about growing up in a band, touring in continental Europe, and their eclectic listening tastes.

OS: What’s the meaning behind the title Teenage Haze?  Does the album art have anything to do with the title as well?

Teenage Haze is a phrase taken from the song “The Home Stretch.” The song is about going back to your home town and experiencing that weird nostalgia, rose-tinted (or not) memories of growing up. There’s a lot of it in the album so we thought it fit pretty well. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Departures Talk Time, Age, and T-Swift’

Chris Brown Quits Twitter After Profanity-Laced Fight With Comedian

Chris Brown has deleted his Twitter account following a foul-mouthed exchange with a female comedian that produced some golden tweets for the ages. Jenny Johnson, a comedian who has previously ridiculed Brown online, provoked the singer into a verbal assault by tweeting “Being a worthless piece of s— can really age a person” in response to a photo that he posted of himself. What ensued was a back and forth tirade of mudslinging, farts, and yo momma jokes. Very adult. Though Brown’s Twitter is currently offline, it’s still possible to read the exchange on Johnson’s Twitter account. “Mom says hello…” Brown tweeted at one point. “She told me not to shart in ur mouth, wanted me to shit right on your retina.” We really can’t make this stuff up.

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If You Want “Scream 5″ To Happen Then Let Wes Craven Know

Wes Craven is one of those people who is only kinda, sorta on Twitter. Every now and then Craven will let loose with a volley of tweets only to go dark for weeks or months at a time.

Like yesterday, Craven started tweeting again after a near ten month absence from the microblogging service. He had a few jokes, apologies for not tweeting enough coupled with an assurance that he was going to try to be a lot more active (that’s what they all say, Cravey), and then, a bombshell:

“No news on Scream 5 yet. You guys really want another one?”

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