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Top 20 Most Followed People on Twitter (Singers and Actors)

Updated on February 12, 2016

Since the launch of the micro blogging site back in March 2006, Twitter has attracted a host of people who want to express their thoughts to others or engage in arguments to captivate an audience. Everyone wants to be involved and follow other people who share something common with them, Celebrities have also took to this website in order to advertise themselves and help their work reach the masses all around the globe with the click of a button. Here is a look at some of the singers turned actors (or vice versa) who are the most followed on twitter.

20) Niall Horan

Date of Birth: 13th September 1993

Place of Birth: Mullingar, County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland

Birth Name: Niall James Horan

Age: 20 years

Nationality: Irish

Height: 1.71 metres

Occupation(s): Singer

Number of Twitter Followers: 24,461,308

Born on 13th September 1993 to Maura Gallagher and Bobby Horan, Niall is the younger one of 2 siblings in his family. He is one part of the 5 member boy band One Direction. He had a like for music since his childhood as he used to play the guitar and was also part of his school's choir. He became famous when he auditioned in the music competition The X Factor. Even though he lost in both the individual and team versions of the competition, the band (now known as One Direction formed on the show by the judges) decided to pursue their careers in music together by staying in the band. He is a big fan of other artists namely The Eagles and Bon Jovi to name a few, from which he draws inspiration.

19) Bruno Mars

Date of Birth: 8th October 1985

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, US

Birth Name: Peter Gene Hernandez

Age: 28 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.65 metres

Occupation(s): Record Producer, Singer, Song Writer, Musician, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer

Number of Twitter Followers: 24,511,368

Bruno Mars was born on 8th October 1985 to parents Peter Hernandez and Bernadette San Pedro Bayot in a family of musicians. He became famous through his hit songs Just the Way You Are and Grenade. He also co-wrote the songs Right Round by Flo Rida and Wavin' Flag by K'naan. He has released 2 albums till date, with the most recent one titled Unorthodox Jukebox which was released back in December 2012. He has recorded the most number 1 pop songs in his career so far, sweeping past fellow singers Nelly and Justin Timberlake in the list. He was also the voice behind the character Roberto in the animated film Rio 2.

18) Adele

Date of Birth: 5th May 1988

Place of Birth: Tottenham, UK

Birth Name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

Age: 25 years

Nationality: British

Height: 1.75 metres

Occupation(s): Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer, Song Writer, Musician, Composer

Number of Twitter Followers: 25,097,048

Adele was born on 5th May 1988 to parents Penny Adkins and Mark Evans. She began singing at a very young age and she is said to be influenced by the Spice Girls. She has released 2 albums till now, with the songs Someone Like You and Rolling in the Deep among others her most honourable works. She also wrote the song for the latest James Bond movie titled Skyfall. She was named the Billboard artist of the year for 2012 and also won a Golden Globe for her song Skyfall. She is also set to release her newest album in the near future.

17) Lil Wayne

Date of Birth: 27th September 1982

Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, US

Birth Name: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.

Age: 33 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.65 metres

Occupation(s): Rapper, Singer, Song Writer, Record Executive

Number of Twitter Followers: 25,855,037

16) Miley Cyrus

Date of Birth: 23rd November 1992

Place of Birth: Nashville, Tennessee

Birth Name: Destiny Hope Cyrus

Age: 20 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.64 metres

Occupation(s): Singer, Actress, Model, Song Writer, Musician, Dancer

Number of Twitter Followers: 26,580,330

The American singer and actress was born on 23rd November 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee to parents Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus. She is one of 3 siblings and also has 2 other siblings from her mother's past relationship as well as 1 sibling from her dad's past escapades. She is famous for her role in Hannah Montana which aired in back in 2006 on the Disney channel. A movie was also released later following the huge success of the show called Hannah Montana: The Movie, with all the songs in the movie sung by her.

Since then, the young actress has appeared in the movie along fellow singer Justin Bieber in Justin Bieber: Never Say Never as well as appearing in the hit TV show Two and a Half Men. She has also released 4 albums since starting her career with a latest one released in October 2013 and is titled Bangerz.The singer was the centre of attention recently due to her recent performance alongside fellow singer/song writer Robin Thicke during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards where she grinded and did all sorts of inappropriate stuff on stage, causing an outburst from other celebrities, including Thicke's mother. Her antics are also said to have been the reason behind the breaking of her engagement with actor Liam Hemsworth after spending 3 years together.

15) Harry Styles

Date of Birth: 1st February 1994

Place of Birth: Evesham, Worcestershire, England

Birth Name: Harry Edward Styles

Age: 19 years

Nationality: British

Height: 1.80 metres

Occupation(s): Musician, Singer

Number of Twitter Followers: 27,244,305

Harry Styles was born on 1st February 1994 to parents Anne Cox and Des Styles and has an older sister Gemma. He is a part of the 5 member boy band One Direction whose journey began during the singing competition X Factor and even after losing the competition, the band was signed on by judge Simon Cowell after he recognized their ability. A movie was also released highlighting their journey from ordinary people to superstars called One Direction: This is Us. They have already released 2 albums till date with the 3rd one set to release sometime in November 2013.

14) Pink

Date of Birth: 8th September 1979

Place of Birth: Doylestown, Pennsylvania, US

Birth Name: Alecia Beth Moore

Age: 34 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.63 metres

Occupation(s): Singer, Song Writer, Musician, Dancer, Model, Actress

Number of Twitter Followers: 27,575,206

Alecia Beth Moore (aka Pink) was born on 8th September 1979 to parents Judith Kugel and Jim Moore, She is said to be inspired by her father who himself used to play the guitar and sing songs. She has released 6 albums since debuting back in 2000. She also contributed to the soundtrack of the movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle named Feel Good Time. She has also won 2 Grammy Awards for her vocals. She also provided the voice for Gloria in the movie Happy Feet 2. She is married to Carey Hart since 2006 who is a motorcycle racer.

13) Drake

Date of Birth: 24th October 1986

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name: Aubrey Drake Graham

Age: 29 years

Nationality: Canadian

Height: 1.82 metres

Occupation(s): Singer, Rapper, Song Writer, Record Producer

Number of Twitter Followers: 28,887,753

12) Demi Lovato

Date of Birth: 20th August 1992

Place of Birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Birth Name: Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato

Age: 21 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.61 metres

Occupation(s): Singer, Song Writer, Musician, Composer, Music Video Dirsctor, Philanthropist, Actress

Number of Twitter Followers: 34,003,929

Demi Lovato was born on 20th August 1992 to parents Patrick Martin Lovatoand Dianna Hart (former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader). She worked alongside actress Selena Gomez in the Tv show Barney and Friends and later starred as the lead actress in her show Sonny with a Chance which aired on Disney Channel. She is also a part of the team of judges in The X Factor. Even though her singing had been criticized, with people saying that her voice and the lyrics of the song were not good enough, she has released 4 albums till date with the latest one released back in May 2013. She had also been diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder in 2011 but has recovered well ever since. She recently produced the soundtrack to the movie Mortal Instruments: City of Bones which was released in August 2013. She has on on-off relationship with Wilmer Valderrama who is famous for having played the character Fez in That 70's Show.

11) Jennifer Lopez

Date of Birth: 24thJuly 1969

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States

Birth Name: Jennifer Lynn Muñiz

Age: 44 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.64 metres

Occupation(s): Record Producer, Television Producer, Entrepreneur, Presenter, Film Producer, Perfumer, Actress

Number of Twitter Followers: 34,759,926

Jennifer Lopez was born on 24th July 1969 to parents Guadalupe Rodriguez and David Lopez and is the middle child among 3 children. She has appeared in many movies including Shall We Dance? alongside Richard Gere, Maid in Manhattan and most recently appearing alongside Jason Statham in Parker released in May 2013. She has released 7 albums altogether with her most recent one releasing back in 2011 titled Love?. She has 2 children from her relationship with singer Marc Anthony, who split back in 2012.

10) Ariana Grande

Date of Birth: June 26, 1993

Place of Birth: Boca Raton, Florida, US

Birth Name: Ariana Grande-Butera

Age: 22 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.53 m

Occupation(s): Actress, Singer

Number of Twitter Followers: 36,421,280

9) Shakira

Date of Birth: 2nd February 1977

Place of Birth: Barranquilla, Colombia

Birth Name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

Age: 36 years

Nationality: Colombian

Height: 1.57 metres

Occupation(s): Singer, Song Writer, Musician, Dancer, Model, Choreographer, Record Producer

Number of Twitter Followers: 36,778,373

Colombian singer Shakira was born on 2nd February 1977 and is the only child of parents Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid. She released her first album when she was only 14 years old and has released a total of 10 albums so far in her career. She also provided the soundtrack for the movie The Italian Job which was released in 2003, sang the song titled Hips Don't Lie which was used as the official song for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and also sang Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) which was used as the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. She also performed at the Lincoln Memorial in honour of the inauguration of current US president Barrack Obama. She has also appeared as a host on the show The Voice and is married to Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué.

8) Selena Gomez

Date of Birth: 22nd July 1992

Place of Birth: Grand Prairie, Texas, US

Birth Name: Selena Marie Gomez

Age: 21 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.65 metres

Occupation(s): Actor, Singer, Fashion Designer

Number of Twitter Followers: 38,872,220

Selena Gomez is an American actress and singer born on 22nd July 1992 to parents Amanda Dawn Teefey (former actress) and Ricardo Joel Gomez. She has appeared in many TV shows such as Barney and Friends when she was young and also made cameo appearances in movies as well including Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. She has also starred in the many Disney channel TV show including Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck and Sonny with a Chance. She also has her own band named Selena Gomez and The Scene as well as her own clothing line which promotes the usage of recycled and Eco-friendly materials. She released her most recent song titled Come and Get It on 8th April 2013 and was also a part of the movie Spring Breakers which released back in March 2013. She has also dated singer Justin Bieber in the past.

7) Britney Spears

Date of Birth: 2nd December 1981

Place of Birth: McComb, Mississippi, United States

Birth Name: Britney Jean Spears

Age: 31 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.63 metres

Occupation(s): Record Producer, Entertainer, Television Producer, Singer, Song Writer, Film Producer, Author

Number of Twitter Followers: 44,081,486

Britney Spears was born on 2nd December 1981 and is the second child of parents Lynne Irene and James Parnell Spears. She has released 8 albums with the most recent one released in September 2013 with 6 of them debuting at number 1 on the Billboard charts. Along with this, she has also starred in some TV shows including Will and Grace and How i Met Your Mother. She has 2 children from her ex-husband Kevin Federline who divorced in 2007.

6) Justin Timberlake

Date of Birth: 31st January 1981

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Birth Name: Justin Randall Timberlake

Age: 32 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.82 metres

Occupation(s): Record Producer, Television Producer, Singer, Song Writer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor

Number of Twitter Followers: 51,986,763

Justin Timberlake was born on 31st January 1981 to parents Lynn Harless and Randall Timberlake. He started of his singing career when he joined the boy band 'N Sync. It was through him that the term "wardrobe malfunction" was introduced and is being used since then. The official song of the fast food franchise McDonald's named I'm Lovin' It was sung by him. He has collaborated with many other singers including Snoop Dogg and will.i.am and has released 4 albums up till now. Some of his famous songs include It's Gonna Be Me, SexyBack and What Goes Around... Comes Around. He has also starredin some famous movies including The Social Network, Bad Teacher and Friends With Benefits.

5) Lady Gaga

Date of Birth: 28th March 1986

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States

Birth Name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Age: 27 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.55 metres

Occupation(s): Record Producer, Singer, Song Writer, Fashion Designer, Philanthropist, Actress

Number of Twitter Followers: 55,559,046

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga) was born on 28th March 1986 to Joseph Anthony "Joe" Germanotta, Jr. and Cynthia Bissett. The older of 2 sisters, she has released 3 albums till now with a 4th one in the works titled Artpop which is to released in November 2013. She has also appeared in the TV show Gossip Girl and was also impersonated in the The Simpsons. She has also won 4 Grammy Awards along with 13 MTV Video Music Awards among others. She is dating actor Taylor Kinney since July 2011.

4) Rihanna

Date of Birth: 20th February 1988

Place of Birth: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados

Birth Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Age: 25 years

Nationality: Barbadian

Height: 1.73 metres

Occupation(s): Singer, Actor, Music Artist, Fashion Designer

Number of Twitter Followers: 55,944,809

Rihanna was born on 20th February 1988 to parents Monica Braithwaite and Ronald Fenty. She has 2 brothers, 2 half sisters and 1 half brother. She has released 7 albums till date. She has also collaborated with other acclaimed artists including will.i.am, Timbaland and Maroon 5. She has also starred in the movies Battleship and This is the End. She has also won 6 Grammy Awards for through her devotion to producing some great tunes. She has dated singers Chris Brown and Drake in the past.

3) Taylor Swift

Date of Birth: 13th December 1989

Place of Birth: Reading, Pennsylvania, US

Birth Name: Taylor Alison Swift

Age: 23 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.77 metres

Occupation(s): Musician, Actress, Singer, Song Writer

Number of Twitter Followers: 70,994,239

Taylor Swift was born on 13th December 1989 to parents Scott Swift and Andrea and has a younger brother as well. She has 4 albums and has received 7 Grammy Awards among a whole host of other awards as well. She has also appeared on the TV show New Girl and also voiced the character Audrey in The Lorax. She also became the first country music artist to win an MTV Video Music Award and also has 4 Grammy Awards to her name. She has dated One Direction member Harry Styles in the past.

2) Justin Bieber

Date of Birth: 1st March 1994

Place of Birth: London, Canada

Birth Name: Justin Drew Bieber

Age: 19 years

Nationality: Canadian

Height: 1.70 metres

Occupation(s): Singer, Song Writer, Musician, Record Producer, Actor, Dancer, Investor

Number of Twitter Followers: 75,233,296

Justin Bieber was born on 1st March 1994 to parents Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia Mallette. He has released 3 albums since releasing his debut album back in 2010, which contained the songs Baby and One Time which made him famous. He also collaborated with other artists including Mike Posner and Ludacris while recording for his first album. He has also starred in a movie about his success titled Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. He has dated Selena Gomez in the past and is now rumoured to be dating singer Jacque Rae Pyles.

1) Katy Perry

Date of Birth: 25th October 1984

Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, California, United States

Birth Name: Katheryn Elizabeth "Katy" Hudson

Age: 28 years

Nationality: American

Height: 1.70 metres

Occupation(s): Singer, Song Writer, Musician, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Actress

Number of Twitter Followers: 82,553,549

Katheryn Elizabeth "Katy" Hudson was born on 25th October 1984 to parents Maurice Keith Hudson and Mary Christine Perry. She also has a younger brother and an older sister. She has released 4 albums, with the latest one titled Prism which was released in early October 2013. Although she has not won any Grammy Awards, her 2nd album singles I Kissed a Girl and Hot n Cold won her many other awards, including best pop video award. She has also appeared in TV shows such as The Simpsons and How I Met Your Mother. She is in a relationship with John Mayer since August 2012.

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      james 2 years ago

      wrong list, where s Lil Wayne ? He got more followers that Eminem and Nial horan

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @grand old lady

      Thank you for the comment! Agreed. Another reason could be that the number of youngsters are more on twitter which leads to these singers attracting most of the crowd. We should also keep in mind that most of them have multiple professions leading to a diverse fan following.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Well, I guess this proves one thing -- entertainers are far more interesting than politicians, hahaha. Either that, or singers' publicists are using twitter better in image building. Very nice hub.

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @Jan Brianne

      Thanks!

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      Jan Brianne 3 years ago

      Hub is amazingly organized.