Year-end music stats from Twitter

Twitter is the latest online platform to provide us with a roundup of data from 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • The most-mentioned Twitter account by Canadians in 2018 is owned by BTS, the K-pop band (@BTS_twt). They actually had more mentions in Canada than Donald Trump or Justin Trudeau.
  • Drake (@Drake) is the most-mentioned Canadian musician, pushing Justin Bieber (@JustinBieber) out of the top spot. Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) was in second place.

Here’s the Top 25 when it comes to popular musicians’ Twitter accounts in Canada.

  1. Drake (@drake)
  2. Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes)
  3. Justin Bieber (@justinbieber)
  4. The Weeknd (@theweeknd)
  5. Sebastian Olzanski (@sebtsb)
  6. Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne)
  7. Grimes (@Grimezsz)
  8. Daniel Caesar (@DanielCaesar)
  9. Tory Lanez (@ToryLanez)
  10. Celine Dion (@CelineDion)
  11. Alessia Cara (@alessiacara)
  12. Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain)
  13. PartyNextDoor (@partynextdoor)
  14. Nickelback (@Nickelback)
  15. Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen)
  16. Nav (@beatsbynav)
  17. Deadmau5 (@deadmau5)
  18. Belly (@reBELLYus)
  19. Neil Young (@Neilyoung)
  20. The Arcade Fire (@arcadefire)
  21. Zeds Dead (@zedsdead)
  22. Majid Jordan (@majidjordan)
  23. DVBBS (@DVBBS)
  24. Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara)
  25. Arkells (@Arkells)

The most-used hashtags involved a few musical subjects.

1. #iHeartAwards
2. #BestFanArmy
3. #BellLetsTalk
4. #GoHabsGo
5. #BTS

Canada’s most mentioned Twitter accounts of 2018

1. @BTS_twt
2. @realDonaldTrump
3. @YouTube
4. @JustinTrudeau
5. @weareoneEXO

Moving away from music, we have these stats when it comes to local news across the county.

1. April 23, 2018: North York van attack
2. July 18, 2018: Toronto Raptors trade DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi
3. July 22, 2018: Danforth shooting

Most Liked Tweet mentioning Toronto in 2018 – Bam Bam, GOT7 (concert Tweet)

1. January 21, 2018: Team Vitality wins a spot to Six Invitational esports tournament in
2. March 28, 2018: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits a walk-off home run during Toronto Blue Jays
pre-season game in Montreal
3. April 28, 2018: Camila Cabello plays a concert in Montreal

Most Liked Tweet mentioning Montreal in 2018 – Russ (concert Tweet)

1. July 7, 2018: Harry Styles plays Vancouver (reactions to the July 6 concert + this Tweet )
2. April 10, 2018: Camila Cabello plays a concert in Vancouver (reactions to the April 9
concert + this Tweet )
3. October 21, 2018: Vancouver municipal election with Kennedy Stewart elected as its
new mayor

Most Liked Tweet mentioning Vancouver in 2018 – Harry Styles (concert Tweet)

1. September 21, 2018: Tornado hits Ottawa region
2. July 7, 2018 Shawn Mendes plays RBC Bluesfest
3. September 13, 2018: Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks

Most Liked Tweet mentioning Ottawa in 2018 – Shawn Mendes

1. July 26, 2018: Brett Wilson’s Twitter campaign for the Boys & Girls Club of Calgary
2. November 14, 2018: #Calgary2026 plebiscite vote
3. November 25, 2018: Calgary Stampeders win the Grey Cup

Most Liked Tweet mentioning Calgary in 2018 – Halsey

1. June 12, 2016: Edmonton announced as a host city for 2026 World Cup
2. June 16, 2018: Shawn Mendes plays Rogers Arena in Edmonton
3. Aug 30, 2018: Harassment at Clairview Superstore – viral video
○ This Halsey Tweet also contributed to Edmonton mentions on that date
4. February 2, 2018: Justin Trudeau town hall at MacEwan

Most Liked Tweet mentioning Edmonton in 2018 – World Cup 2026

1. May 11, 2018: Winnipeg Jets eliminated the Nashville Predators from the Stanley Cup
Playoffs, advance to the Western Conference finals
2. April 20, 2018: Winnipeg Jets eliminated the Minnesota Wild from the Stanley Cup
Playoffs, advance to the Western Conference semifinals
3. May 1, 2018: Winnipeg Jets defeat Nashville Predators Game 3 of the Western
Conference semifinals

Most Liked Tweet mentioning Winnipeg in 2018 – curling humour

1. Jan 4 – Snowstorm
2. Nov 7 – Cargo plane skids off runway at Halifax airport
3. Jan 30 – Snowstorm

Most Liked Tweet mentioning Halifax in 2018 – CNN article about child hero


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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