Beyoncé Vs. Rihanna: Who Is This Generation's Biggest Pop Icon?

Daryl Deino

For the past ten years, Beyoncé and Rihanna have experienced extreme ups and some usual career downs. However, they have both remained two of the biggest selling acts in music. With Rihanna scoring eight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 with her current hit "Work" and the world preparing for Beyoncé's upcoming Formation World Tour, both are making news everywhere.

Sarah Vine of the Daily Mail was just one of the critics of Rihanna's controversial video.

"This video contains, in no particular order, extreme violence, torture, drug-taking, guns, negative racial stereotyping (towards both black and white), sexual exploitation and murder. Actually, sorry: not just contains, but also glorifies and justifies."

Since 2013, everything has been coming up Beyoncé. Her self-titled surprise album changed the record industry in 2013. Her 2016 Super Bowl performance caused controversy, but overshadowed other performers that day, including Bruno Mars and Coldplay. Then, as Billboard reported, Bey blew up the box office with her Formation World Tour ticket sales.

So, who's the bigger icon -- Beyoncé or Rihanna? This is a difficult one to choose between. However, it's obvious that Rihanna clobbers Bey on the music charts. Rihanna just scored her 13th No. 1 hit, even surpassing Michael Jackson's 12 No. 1 songs. She will undoubtedly top Madonna's record-breaking 38 top-ten singles soon. Rihanna certainly didn't become the one-hit wonder many thought she would ten years ago.

Then again, Rihanna is currently having a difficult time filling arenas and even had to cancel some of her shows. Ticket sales have increased since Anti became a hit. However, even if Rihanna ends up filling up arenas, she can't come close to filling up the huge stadiums that Beyoncé is currently selling out. Some would say that the concert box office is far more important than the music charts, especially since touring is where artists earn most of their money these days.

Fans on Twitter have pit both Beyoncé and Rihanna against each other.

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