2014 was quite a year for music. While many social media platforms are great places for music lovers, Twitter is one of the more powerful platforms for engagement with the music scene. Hashtags allow fans to easily see what everyone else is saying, and musicians themselves are on Twitter, sharing their own microblogging thoughts.

In a rapidly changing world, it’s exciting to be able to connect so seamlessly with musicians and their fans through this technological medium, so let’s look back on the best moments brought to us by the platform in 2014.

1. #SXSW 

In the list of the year’s top 30 music-related trends and hashtags in the US, #SXSW took number 6 behind #vote5sos, #MTVHottest, #VoteDemiLovato, #MTVEMA, and #LHHATL. I had the pleasure of attending SXSW this year for LA Music Blog, and it was truly an experience to remember. Whether or not you had an opportunity to travel to Austin yourself, I highly recommend you make it a priority for next year. You can check out my and my fellow writer Tim Wut’s full experience recaps for an idea of what you can expect.

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2. Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar’s GRAMMY Performance

Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar’s performance during the GRAMMYs topped out the year’s tweetable moments with a record breaking 171,593 tweets per minute. The whole show saw 15.2m tweets, but if you only have time for the show highlight, watch the unlikely pairing’s full performance below:

3. Coachella

Music fans from around the globe flocked to Twitter to experience Coachella with users sending over over 1.6 million tweets during the first weekend of the fest. Below is a great data visual representation of an animated map that captures the global conversation.

4. Michael Jackson’s “A Place with No Name” Premieres Exclusively On Twitter

The Estate of @MichaelJackson and @Epic_Records used the @MichaelJackson account to debut the new video for “A Place With No Name” exclusively on Twitter this year.

Here are a few fun facts about music fans and how they’ve used Twitter to keep the memory of Michael Jackson alive:

  • Throughout the past year, there have been more than 6.4 million mentions of the late pop legend @MichaelJackson.

  • To highlight the life of the conversation surrounding MJ’s music on the platform, Twitter created a global map that shows @MichaelJackson’s all-time top-tweeted songs.

5. Artists Who Joined Twitter In 2014

It’s better to be late than never right?

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