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In this week’s issue of Billboard, Brad Paisley talks about getting hooked on Twitter. He says the way he uses Twitter — for observation and as a way for fans to see a little bit of my personality — is not for any kind of monetary gain. “It’s a great tool. It’s not as effective as people thought at selling product. That’s not why I do it. They found in studies that it depends on the person. People following Charlie Sheen may not buy things because he tells you to, but people following Oprah [Winfrey] would be more likely to run out and do it if she tells you to do it,” he explains. “I don’t know where I fall in that — probably somewhere between Charlie and Oprah.” He also admits that some Carrie Underwood fans are kind of ganging up on him on Twitter because they want “Remind Me,” the duet he recorded with her for his upcoming album, to be the next single. “There are a lot of Carrie fans that are upset it’s not the next single, and they’ve never heard it. … They’re like, ‘What a missed opportunity!’” Paisley said. I have heard the song, and I’ll just say this about that: When it is released, it will have been so worth the wait.