Lady Gaga Beats Justin Bieber to 10 Million Twitter Followers

"10MillionMonsters! I'm speechless, we did it!" Gaga tweets in reaction to becoming the first person ever to hit the mark

Lady Gaga's "little monsters" let out a mighty roar this weekend, when Gaga became the first Twitter user ever to reach 10 million followers. To put that giant number in tangible terms: If Gaga's Twitter account were a country, it would be bigger than Sweden!

Since February, Lady Gaga has been running a tight race to the 10 million mark, followed closely by Twitter-obsessed teen star Justin Bieber. On Sunday night around midnight, with Bieber behind by over 300,000, Gaga reached the 10 million milestone. She responded by sending a thank-you note to her fans via -- what else? -- Twitter.

"10MillionMonsters! I'm speechless, we did it!" the pop sensation tweeted. "Its an illness how I love you. Leaving London smiling."

The message was accompanied by a glamorous Twitpic of a technicolor Gaga waving from a limo to a black-and-white crowd.

Bieber didn't send a congratulatory tweet, but he didn't seem discouraged, either. The singer, currently fighting through a chest infection to continue the Asian leg of his tour, tweeted a simple message of gratitude on Monday: "#ilovemyfans."

Lady Gaga currently holds the record for most Twitter users ever, but she's not the only celeb in the Twitter hall of fame: Ashton Kutcher was the first to reach one million, Charlie Sheen reached 1 million in the fastest time, and Beyonce is the first person to reach 1 million without writing a single tweet. Biebermaniacs shouldn't despair, though; Lady Gaga has the advantage of a new album on the way. Maybe when Bieber's next album finally drops, he'll have a shot at being the first to the 15 million mark.

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