Friday, July 26, 2013

40 Intriguing Instagram Celebrities to Follow

Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj from @aliciakeys feed
Instagram provides a very different glimpse into a celebrity's life.  It is almost as if they become their own paparazzi and provide us a behind the scenes look at their lives.  From musicians to movie stars to pro athletes to reality stars, you can find fascinating celebrities on Instagram. Unlike Facebook Pages or their own publicity-based celebrity websites, Instagram is for sharing personal photos. These celebs share photos taken by them and their friends and family. It is a fun way to increase your insight into your favorite celebrities lives. 

One of the great things about IG is that the photos are taken by the users.  They are not stock photos, or movie stills, they are shots of Taylor Swift with her cat, or Justin Bieber and his mom.  You are getting real pictures from their real life, not the make believe publicity life.   It is also not a spammy site where people try to market other websites. Instead it is purely a photo sharing site, usually by the person that snapped the photo.

But you have to know who to follow on Instagram and their IG handle.  So here is a little roadmap for you to follow some of the biggest celebrities using Instagram.  We are highlighting 40 active Instagram celebs that bring a unique and compelling flair to their photo sharing. We have included users from four distinct categories; Pop Stars, Actors and Actresses, Sports Figures and some Edgy IG Celebrities.

While IG is only accessible as a mobile app, there are several web based viewers for IG photos. Three of the most popular viewers are Webstagram, Statigram and Ink361. This can make it a bit easier to navigate and monitor people you are following, make comments, etc.  I have provided a link to one of these sites for each celebrity so you can easily follow them on Instagram.

You will notice a lot more young celebs in the list because young people have taken to IG than their older counterparts.  Hopefully over time more of the older celebrities will also start sharing photos on IG.

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Pop Star Celebrities on Instagram
Musicians and pop stars have taken to IG faster than most other celebrities.  In fact, rappers are one of the most active group of IG users.  We have highlighted some of the most followed and interesting Pop Music celebs using IG.

Bieber and crew on the road from @justinbieber feed
Justin Bieber is one of the most followed celebrities using Instagram.  He has bounced between #1 and #2 with Kim Kardashian.  He shares lots of pictures and leads a very fun and interesting life as one of the biggest sex symbols in the US.
750 photos 8.7 million followers

Taylor Swift may be the most popular country star of all time.  Yes, I know she is actually a crossover act that largely sings pop now, but her roots were in country.  She is beloved both among young girls as well as older generations because of her honest, wholesome image and her ability to write great songs.
120 photos 5.3 million followers

Rihanna is another one of the most followed musical artists on Instagram. She is a very active photo sharer, but she does not appear to have a filter.  She will post photos about any aspect of her life and some of them can get quite racy.  Be warned if you don't want to see it all!
1,300 photos 7.6 million followers

Alicia Keys has a growing following on IG and she gives us an interesting perspective on the city that never sleeps, NYC.  She is fairly active poster and provides us a glimpse into her taste for fashion, music and more.
420 photos 1.8 million followers

Carly Rae Jepsen is one of the new pop stars emerging from reality TV.  She was a runner-up in the Canadian X Factor and her #1 hit from 2012, Call me Maybe created some of the most viral youtube videos of all time.  She knows social media and you will find her actively using IG.
Interesting shot from @jason_mraz feed.
850 photos 1.1 million followers

Jason Mraz is no stranger to technology and uses IG to touch base with his growing fan base.  His unique style of New Orleans jazzy folk rock is representative of his quirky personality and you will find his eye for photography is just as unique.
540 photos 870,000 followers

MC Hammer is a blast from the past, but he has jumped into Instagram with both feed and shares many photos each day to his Instagram followers. He provides some interesting perspective from a different era of Hip Hop.
1070 photos 130,000 followers

Kris Allen is the American Idol winner from Season 8.  Surprisingly, he has not built as big a following as some of the other American Idol participants but he is a very active photo sharer.
470 photos 37,000 followers

Jay Z is one of the most talented recording artist of the 2000s.  Starting as a rapper, he has since branched into producing, promoting and then became an entrepreneur and eventually a part owner of the Brooklyn Nets.  Couple these multiple interests and a wife named Beyonce and Jay Z lives an interesting life.  Follow him on IG to get a backstage pass.
75 photos 370,000 followers

Mike Shinoda is the rapper of the rock band, Linkin Park and also the organizer of the rap group Fort Minor. Mike tours the world with his bands and his photos give us a glimpse into the rock star life.
220 photos 87,000 followers

Chris Rene was the runner up in the first season of American X Factor. His is a great story as he was once a drug addict, got sober and then tried out for X Factor. From there it has been a meteoric rise finishing 2nd on the show and releasing hip hop hits.
550 photos 30,000 followers

Actors and Actresses on Instagram
You will find lots of film and TV stars on Instagram if you know where to look.  We have highlighted some of the most followed and interesting actors and actresses from all media outlets.

Jessica with Steven Tyler and Celo Green from @jessicaalba
Jessica Alba is one of the most followed actresses on IG because she is also a successful entrepreneur and founder of The Honest Company. The Honest Company creates non-toxic and eco-friendly products for families from diapers to sunscreens to cleaning products and more. This combination of entrepreneur and actress has really created a following for Jessica.
880 photos 1,800,000 followers

Zooey Deschanel is one of the funniest and quirkiest comedians in Hollywood.  Before getting her hit TV show, New Girl, Zooey starred in many movies including Elf, Almost Famous and 500 Days of Summer. Zooey has also been seen on Apple commercials and recorded a music album with M. Ward under the band name, She & Him.
160 photos 1.9 million followers

Emma Roberts has grown up on movie sets starring in a number of kids and teen movies. She is the daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts.  She has a fun loving personality and likes to share beautiful photos of fashion, food and art along with her normal daily photos.
530 photos 700,000 followers

Kim Kardashian is not an actress in the strictest sense, but she has become one of the biggest Reality TV celebrities after the success of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. And she is also one of the most followed people on IG.  She has bounced between First and Second most followed with Justin Bieber.
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1260 photos 8.5 million followers

Lucy Hale is star of TV's Pretty Little Liars, a popular teen drama about a group of friends trying to solve a mysterious murder. Hale plays Aria on PLL and also dates Chris Zylka, of the Amazing Spider-man film.
790 photos 1.7 million followers

Victoria Justice is a teen star in Disney's Victorious sitcom.  She is also one of the multi-talented Disney stars who is also producing pop music albums.  She is tapped into social media and has over 1.4 million Instagram followers.
520 photos 1.4 million followers

Ashley Tisdale is another of Disney's biggest stars.  Tisdale started on sitcoms with Disney, then was a key member of the cast of the High School Musical trilogy. She is also singer who has produced a couple of albums. She dates author Scott Speer.
300 photos 1.27 million followers

Ashley Benson is another of the Pretty Little Liar stars where she plays Hannah.  The show is a huge hit among teen girls and they all have huge followings on IG and Tumblr as a result.
850 photos 1.76 million followers

Cute shot from @cmoretz IG fee
Chord Overstreet is the the handsome, Sam Evans, on Glee. Chord has embraced Instagram and posts backstage photos from Glee and also with his brother who is the lead guitarist from Hot Chelle Rae.
230 photos 320,000 followers

Chloe Grace Moretz was the star of one of my favorite comicbook movies, Kickass.  She was the hero, and overall badass teen, Hitgirl.  But Chloe also has an artistic flair that definitely comes through in the photos she shares on IG.  If you did not see Kickass, you might also have seen her in Hugo, 500 Days of Summer, Let Me In or Dark Shadows.
1,300 photos 480,000 followers

Sports Stars on Instagram
Unfortunately the sports world has not yet embraced Instagram as much as the Music and Acting industries. For instance, Kobe Bryant does not even have an IG account.  However, certain the stars of certain sports have picked up on IG more than others.  For instance, NBA players have become very active on IG.  The NBA Dream Team started off the NBA Instagram craze last summer during the Olympics but many more NBA stars have picked up on it since then.

Lebron James has quickly become one of the most followed celebs in the US and probably the most followed sports stars.  He has been active sharing photos with fans which feeds the fire adding more followers.
From @bethanyhamilton IG feed
300 photos 2.5 million followers

 Bethany Hamilton is the Soul Surfer, the famous pro surfer who lost her arm to a shark attack in her teens.  She has become a charity leader around the World on the strength of the book, movie and other public appearances.  She is great to follow as she travels the World helping others.

1000 photos 360,000 followers.

Mike Tyson has become cool again since the release of the first Hangover movies.  He likes IG and shares some cool photos as he travels the world.  He posts lots of photos with other celebs he meets up with in his travels.
190 photos 540,000 followers

Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson is one of the most controversial players from the NFL.  A former player now, he was exciting and always had some interesting TD celebrations in store for fans.
680 photos 800,000 followers

Floyd Mayweather is a pro boxer whose large following on IG stems from his exciting life traveling the world.  He shares photos with a wide range of photos with celebs from Rappers to politicians. 
470 photos 1.2 million followers

Amazing shot of Tony by @dupedupe from @tonyhawk
Tony Hawk is a pro skateboarder and entrepreneur who is well known by kids around the World.  He shares a lot of photos of himself and other skateboarders performing amazing tricks on boards.
1,900 photos 800,000 followers

Stephanie Rice is an Australian swimmer who competes around the world.  She was fun to follow during the London Olympics and posts frequently.
630 photos 78,000 followers

Mick Fanning is one of the leading surfers in the country and he loves sharing photos from the around the World. Like skateboarders, surfers lead an interesting counter-culture life.
630 photos 75,000 followers

McKayla Maroney is the adorable gymnast from Team USA's Fab Five who became a viral sensation with the "not impressed" face after winning the Silver Medal on the Vault.
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1000 photos 570,000 followers

Adrian Clayborn is a 4th year DE with Tampa Bay and one of the most active NFL players on Instagram. 
700 photos 6,700 follower

Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the planet and has now won gold in the Men's 100 meter in two straight Olympic Games.
240 photos 500,000 followers

Edgy Instagram Celebrities
These IG users are very interesting to follow but they are not always for the faint of heart.  Rappers are some of the most active Instagram users but their feeds are definitely not G rated.  They often provide photos of drinking and drugs and other illicit behavior so proceed with that warning in mind.

Snoop Dogg is one of the most followed music stars on IG and posts 5 to 10 photos a day. Of course Snoop Dogg lives a very different life from all of us and it is quite interesting to watch what is going on in his life each day
2,500 photos 1.8 million followers

Whiz Khalifa is a true rap fan's rapper but his feed requires some parental guidance. There is no filter on his feed, you will see lots of herb and other eye-opening shots. But if you wondered what a rapper's life was like, you will get a good glimpse here.
770 photos 2.0 million followers
Life of a young rapper from @meekmill feed

Meek Mill may not be well known by pop music fans, but rap fans definitely know of him.  There are not many IG users that have shared as many photos as Meekmill.  
4,300 photos 1.5 million followers

Soulja Boy is another popular rapper and a prolific IG user. He has been known to Instagram and Tweet right from the stage during shows.
1,600 photos 910,000 followers

Mac Miller is a young rapper from Pittsburgh.  He has become very big in the college scene and like other young music stars loves to share behind the scenes shots of the rap life.
390 photos 620,000 followers

Chris Haslam is a Canadian skateboarder who also plays bass guitar in a metal band. He is a rocker and a skater and his photo gallery reflects these edgy themes.
1260 photos 30,000 followers

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lollapalooza Bands to Follow on Instagram

Logo from @lollapalooza IG feed
Lollapalooza 2013 is less than three weeks away so anticipation is building. If you are lucky enough to be attending this year’s festival, we have accumulated some of the most active Instagram users among the bands at this year’s Lollapalooza. If you can’t make the shows this year, you can still follow these music stars on Instagram to get a backstage pass into the festival.

If you are a music fan, you need to check out IG as a great tool to follow your favorite acts. We have published a separate broad article on musicians on Instagram, so you might want to check that one out if your favorite acts are not at Lolla this year.

Lollapalooza is scheduled for August 2-4 at Grant Park in Chicago. Lolla is always a pretty good reflection of the musical tastes of young people in the US and this year is no different. There is a heavy influx of Electronic, Dubstep and Alt-Pop bands as this genre has gained huge popularity over the past 3-4 years. The Indie and Folk genres are also well represented.

If you would like to sample songs from this year’s artists to find out who you want to see, check out this great music community on Kumbuya for soundclouds and videos of all the bands.

Because not all bands are active on Instagram, we have broken the article into two sections; music stars that are very active on Instagram and Lolla bands that are less active but on Instagram. We have put each category in alphabetical order to make you favorite artist easier to find.

You should also follow the Official Lollapalooza Instagram Account

If you don’t find your favorite artist at all, it is likely they are not on Instagram or at least we were unable to find them. We also were not able to search for all the less known acts as there are over 125 total bands at Lolla this year.

Lolla Bands that are Active Instagram Users (in alpha order):

American Authors
American Authors is an alt-pop band from Brooklyn, NY.  After an early incarnation under another name, they renamed the band American Authors in 2012.  Their first single, Believer, is fairly popular on alternative radio stations, but it was the incredible catchy and upbeat second single, "Best Day of My Life", that is putting them on the national map.  Many of us first heard it in a Lowe's commercial and now it is becoming a viral sensation.  They do not have a group IG account but the members have accounts.  Here are the two most active.
Zac Barnett – Zac is the lead singer and plays guitar for the band.
280 photos 500 followers
Dave Rublin– Dave is the bassist for the band and most active IG user.
675 photos 500 followers 

Interesting stage shot from @steveaoki
Steve Angello
Steve Angello is a Swedish DJ and musician who first came to fame on the Swedish reality show Svenska Hollywoodfruar. He is also a member of the huge EDM group, Swedish House Mafia, who has produced several large hits including 2013’s “Don’t You Worry Child”.
540 photos 237,000 followers  

Steve Aoki
Steve Aoki is an EDM artist, musician and record producer from Newport Beach, CA. He is also the founder of Dim Mak Records. Steve produces a combination of remixes and original music and travels the world performing for huge crowds.
1,900 photos 560,000 followers  

Atlas Genius
Atlas Genius is an alternative rock band from Australia. The band consist of brothers Keith and Michael Jeffrey. They released their first single, “Trojans”, in May 2011 and then their first EP with Warner Bros in 2012. They are gaining momentum with their unique alternative sound.
270 photos 55,000 followers
Keith Jeffrey – Keith is the singer and guitarist for the band.
212 photos 2,300 followers
Michael Jeffrey – Michael is the drummer for the band and prolific IG user.
485 photos 2050 followers  

Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks is a female rapper from Harlem, NY. She initially released a couple of EPs and singles under the name Miss Bank$. She is currently working on her first full studio album which is expected to be released this fall.
540 photos 281,000 followers  

Beast Patrol
Beast Patrol is an alt rock band from New York City.  They combine solid rock sensibility with the dreamy vocals of Vanessa Bley.  You will definitely notice strong influences from The Pretenders and Garbage in their music.
540 photos 281,000 followers 

Chance the Rapper
Chancelor Bennett, known as Chance the Rapper, is a rapper and hip hop artist from Chicago. He has been gaining popularity during the past year, especially since releasing free mixtapes online. He has been touring as a backup act with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as well as Mac Miller and Eminem.
407 photos 57,000 followers  

Flux Pavilion
Joshua Steele, known as Flux Pavilion, is a EDM dubstep music producer from Great Britian and cofounder of Circus Records. He has released a mix of original singles and remixes.
210 photos 28,000 followers

Dillon Francis
Dillon Francis is an electronic music producer from Los Angeles, CA. After working on a lot of remixes as a DJ, Francis released his first EP of original music in 2010.
760 photos 96,000 followers

Ellie Goulding
Ellie is a British singer-songwriter and musician who burst onto the scene in the US in 2011 with her hit single, “Lights”. It became a #1 hit on the Billboard 100. Of course she has been a big star in Britain for several years, so much so that she sang at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
670 photos 910,000 followers

Icona Pop
Another of the electro music phenoms coming out of Sweden, Icona Pop is a duo of singers and DJs, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo. They have successfully bridged the gap from Electronic Dance Music to pop sensation with their mega-hit “I Love It”.
410 photos 29,000 followers

Imagine Dragons
Band shot on the bus from @imaginedragons
One the hottest alt-pop acts this year, Imagine Dragons are set to breakout after their appearance at Lollapolooza. Much as Macklemore did last year and Muse in 2011, I think Imagine Dragons are going to the be the runaway hit after their Lolla performance.
490 photos 165,000 followers
Daniel Platzman - It appears that only drummer, Daniel Platzman, is personally active on IG at this point.
550 photos 2,500 followers  

Knife Party
Knife Party is an electro house duo from Australia. The two partners, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, first met as members of a metal band Xygen. However, after hearing Konflict’s “Messiah”, the two decided to get into the bass and drum, electro music scene. Only Gareth appears to be an active Instagram user, so this is his info.
210 photos 23,000 followers

The Lumineers
The Lumineers are an indie rock/folk band from Denver, Colorado. Their 2012 debut album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 but their hit “Ho Hey” was the most played song on Spotify for much of the 4th quarter of 2012 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 100.
270 photos 114,000 followers

Makeshift Prodigy
Makeshift Prodigy is an alternative band from Chicago suburb, Tinley Park.   I really like their single, Chasing Daylight, and if I compared them to other Lolla2013 acts, I would call them a blend of Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend and The Killers.
Anthony Bagnara
Anthony is the lead singer of the band and active on Instagram and Tumblr.
130 photos 400 followers

Matt and Kim
Matt and Kim are an indie pop duo from Brooklyn, NY. They met and began dating while at the Pratt Institute. Though they released their first album in 2006, it wasn’t until 2011 that they started to get some radio airtime with their single, “Good for Great”. Then in 2012 their latest album had several singles that did well in the chart.
200 photos 31,000 followers

Nick onstage from @joshmodestep
Modestep is an electronic rock band from London. Their members include the Friend brothers, Josh and Tony, Matthew Curtis and Nick Tsang. Josh Friend is th lead singer and official Instagrammer for the group. He is very active posting pics on and off stage.
590 photos 14,000 followers

The National
The National is an indie rock band from Cincinnati, OH. The band is comprised of two sets of brothers, Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf, and lead singer Matt Berninger.
325 photos 88,000 followers

Emeli Sande
Emeli Sande is a pop artist from Scotland.  She first came to fame singing collaborations with the rappers, Chipmunk and also Wiley.  Her latest album became the #1 selling album in the UK during 2012.  She is also an accomplished songwriter and has written for Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Leone Lewis and Susan Boyle.
290 photos 240,000 followers

Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara are a Canadian Indie Pop band formed by the twin Quin sisters of the same name. While they have been well known in Canada for since the early 2000s, they are now gaining popularity in the US with the release of their 7th album which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200. The sisters are both openly gay and have been proponents of gay rights.
330 photos 110,000 followers

Timeflies is a pop music duo formed by Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro, while in Tufts University.  The pair are from the NYC area and currently call Brooklyn home.  They has self produced their 2 albums and an EP.  Their latest single "I Choose U" was released in April 2013 and has begun to get significant radio air time.
220 photos 42,000 followers

Vampire Weekend
Interesting artistic shot from @matsor
Vampire Weekend rose to fame with the release of their debut album in 2008 and recently released their fourth album which immediately rose to #1 on the Billboard 200 album list. From NYC, the band appeared on Saturday Night Live in May 2013 and could not be hotter right now. While the band does not have an active Instagram account, three of its members are very active users:
Rostam Batmanglij – Rostam is the lead guitarist and also plays keyboards, backing vocals and one of the main songwriters. His handle is his first name backwards.
480 photos 9,700 followers
Chris Baio – Chris Baio is the bass guitarist and also provides backing vocals for the band. His handle is his last name backwards.
300 photos 6,200 followers
Ezra Koenig – Ezra is the lead singer and another guitarist for VW. He is not as active on Instagram but still fun to follow. Following the trend, his handle is also his first name backwards.
90 photos 34,000 followers  

Wild Belle
Wild Belle is an indie band from Chicago started by brother and sister, Elliot and Natalie Bergman.  They combine a dreamy mix of alternative, reggae, ska and electronic styling in their music.  Natalie is very active on IG.
Natalie Bergman – Natalie is the young of the two siblings and the main singer for the band.  Her distinctive voice provides continuity throughout their varied musical mix.
430 photos 2,000 followers

Lolla Bands on Instagram but Less Active (in alpha order)

Shot of the banjos from @mumfordandsonsofficial
Mumford and Sons
Mumford and Sons is a folk rock band from London, England. They have been gaining huge popularity during the past three years, first in the UK and now in the US. Their second album was released in the fall of 2012 and became the fastest selling album of 2012 in the UK.
78 photos 38,000 followers
Ted Dwane – Ted Dwane is the Bass Guitarist and backup vocalist for the band. He is the only member of the band that we could find on IG personally.
140 photos 4,800 followers

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails is an industrial rock project founded by Trent Reznor in 1988. While most bands lose their edge over time, NIN and Reznor have been able to maintain that edge over 25 years. Reznor is the only permanent member and sole writer for the band’s music. He enlists rotating musicians for the bands tours and recordings.
15 photos 26,000 followers
Trent Reznor –Sole permanent member and singer/songwriter for NIN.
15 photos 20,000 followers

Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age is a heavy rock band from Palm Desert, CA. They were first formed in the late 1990s and had a strong stint through the early 2000s. The band went on hiatus for a few years as a few of the members tried to sober up. Now reunited, fans are extremely excited to get new music from the band.
29 photos 5,000 followers

Check back with us leading up to the show as we will be adding more Lollapalooza acts on Instagram.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Psst...Want a Free Ticket to all 3 Days of Lollapalooza?

We are giving away one 3 day pass to Lolla 2013 to an enterprising music fan in exchange for documenting their journey.  The Lollapalooza Community on is a place to exchange photos, videos, audio and articles about Lollapalooza. 

We want a fun, energetic person to document the 3 day festival in their own creative way.  You can take photos with friends, photos of interesting people you see, videos from the shows, etc.

So how do you get the lucky 3 day wristband?  Here is what you have to do to qualify:

1.  Join the Lollapalooza Community at the link above

2.  Submit a creative photo or video of yourself with a live music tie-in to the Lollo community on Kumbuya.  You can be at a show, playing an instrument, or any other creative way you see fit.  You can also provide a description of why you should be selected if you would like.  Please keep it clean and legal though.  Submit your entries by the end of Sunday night (7/28).

3.  We will select the winner from the entries and post the winner on Monday, 7/29.

And as an added incentive to follow through and document your experience at Lollapalooza, we are offering a $100 bonus at the end of the 3 day weekend for a job well done.

Note:  The winner is responsible for their own travel, food and lodging expenses for the event.