Rihanna has left the Beyhive outraged after having liked a comment that indirectly threw shade at Beyoncé’s latest single, “Formation.”
The Bajan-singer, who is currently enjoying the success of her Billboard smash hit, “Work,” seemed unbothered when she favourited a comment that read, “The fact that ‘Desperado’ is HIGHER on the Bubbling Under chart than a single performed to a global audience.”
Thousands of fans were shocked at the subliminal shade, convinced that the Rihanna fan was clearly basing his opinion off “Formation,” assuming that the reason why Beyoncé’s latest single wasn’t charting was down to the supposed fact that nobody cared about it as much as they did for Rihanna’s “Desperado.”
“Formation” failed to chart because the track was never released as a commercial single to begin with. In fact, the rollout was done in a way so that fans would find yet another reason why they should subscribe to Tidal, the only streaming service with the rights to release the track under their platform.
Adding insult to injury, the comment was attached to a photo of Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, who appears shocked in the pic — almost as if the tweet was trying to convey the idea that even Jay was unimpressed with the buzz around his wife’s newest single.
Within seconds, thousands of Beyoncé fans attacked Rihanna via social media, saying that she was clearly hurt by the fact that the mother-of-one had overshadowed her return to music.
Last month, multiple reports noted that once Beyoncé had announced her Formation world tour after her flawless Super Bowl halftime show, the ticket sales for Rihanna’s Anti tour had drastically decreased. ThatGrapeJuice famously claimed that the Bajan-beauty was struggling to shift tickets, to the point where she was handing out entry passes for as low as $10.
Unashamed to admit it, some of Rihanna’s fans took to their Twitter page, stating that even they had requested for a refund from the Anti tour, in the hopes that they would still land a chance of finding spots for Beyoncé’s “Formation” voyage.
Having postponed several of her shows last week, and followed with the news that stadiums (holding the size of 90,000 people) had now changed to venues (with a measly 20,000 fans in mind), Beyoncé’s fans have not taken Rihanna’s shady remarks to heart one bit.
For, despite having landed her 14th Billboard number one with “Work” last week, Rihanna has yet to headline a tour with such high demand and interest as Beyoncé’s Formation tour. The former Destiny’s Child lead singer, who has sustained her relevancy for almost two decades, is in the process of extending her concert, having sold-out almost all of her North American dates.
The Twitter fiasco comes just one week after it was reported that Beyoncé had generated an income of $100 million in ticket sales for her forthcoming tour, followed with rumors that the singer’s album is set to drop in April. An official date has yet to be confirmed by her record label.
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