In 2018, everyone holds the power to be a music industry insider—you are no longer limited to experience and job title in your respective field. These days, if you can amass a sizable following on social media and get in with artists on a personal level, chances are you’ll have more opportunities to share exclusive info that no one else can access. When a person becomes associated with an artist or label often enough, fans consider them a legitimate source, and follow them in hopes of getting the scoop on a new album or song before the press does.
Some of the best leaks in recent memory? When Mike Dean shared a notepad of three unnamed albums he was mixing for that month, which fans now know as a new Kanye West album, a ‘Ye and Cudi album, and probably Pusha T’s King Push. Producer Murda Beatz was on Instagram Live one time and Drake strategically commented that a follow-up to “God’s Plan” was on the way. That ended up being “Nice For What,” and set fans up for his official album announcement for Scorpion, due out in June. When it comes to hearing leaks directly from the source, we’re still patiently waiting on an update from Lil Yachty and Lil Pump’s collaborative tape, a project they promised we’d get this year.
Still, there are certain industry insiders you can always rely on. These people are a mix of A&Rs, journalists, radio personalities, bloggers, and people in the know. Of course, this list can easily be expanded to include more than 25 people, but we’ve chosen veterans and newcomers–many you probably recognize from their years of establishing themselves while others are just hitting their stride. Here are 25 music insiders (in alphabetical order) you should be following on social media.