Year Ender 2021: Lata Mangeshkar and AR Rahman among top 5 musical artists in India on Twitter

American social media giant Twitter has released a list of top musical moments that have struck a chord with its Indian users in 2021. This list also included the most tweeted Indian artists about music. These included Korean band BTS, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, composer AR Rahman, American pop sensation Taylor Swift and composer MS Dhoni: The Untold Story Armaan Malik.

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The most retweeted tweet of 2021 was BTS’ tweet about racial crimes against Asians in the United States. “During a time when we’ve seen an increase in hate crimes against Asians, BTS has leveraged their influence and massive following, sharing a powerful message in an effort to #StopAsianHate,” according to Twitter. BTS tweeted a condolence message in Korean and English for the bereaved families and also said that the group also had its moments of discrimination as Asians.

“We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones. We feel sorrow and anger. We remember times when we were discriminated against as Asians. We endured swearing for no reason and made fun of how we looked. We were even asked why Asians speak English,” the K-pop group wrote in the post. Other tweets featuring BTS were its member Jimin’s hairstyle and a selfie of him with another band member.

Lata Mangeshkar had celebrated her 92nd birthday on September 28 this year. On this occasion, the Nightingale of India released a comforting voice note for its listeners of all age groups. In this Hindi voice note, Mangeshkar can be heard thanking his listeners for sending so many wishes, letters and photos on his birthday.

AR Rahman has kept his fans hooked throughout the year. Whether it’s sharing details about his 99 Songs directorial debut on Twitter Spaces or talking about converting one of his songs to NFT. He tweeted, “I want to release the source track of ‘Phir se Ud Chala’ by Rockstar (Hamsa) as an NFT. The proceeds will further benefit the Indian music community who have suffered during the pandemic. What do you think? you?”

Armaan Malik teamed up with famous K-pop star Eric Nam and music producer KSHMR for the song Echo while Taylor Swift rocked social media with chartbusters like re-recordings of her albums Fearlesss and Red. Meanwhile, the most talked about music-related hashtags in India this year were #BTS, #BBMAsTopSocial, #iHeartAwards, #BLACKPINK and #ENHYPEN.

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