Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus fans are going head to head for the Billboard wars to find out which star has the biggest following, and voting ends in four days. So if you’re member of the BeyHive or a Smiler, don’t forget to cast your vote within the deadline. Competition is fierce, with Beyoncé’s BeyHive currently in the lead.
What this means is that right now Smilers are desperately in need of additional bodies to pull off their side of this online tug-of-war. Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus got to the zenith of Billboard’s Fan Army Face-Off after beating other fan groups. According to Billboard, the last to fall was “Bruno Mars’ Hooligans with just over 1,500 votes and Smilers taking down Flosstradamus’ army of trap fans, proving who runs the world.”
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“BeyHive leads with almost 10,000 votes with hopes to advance to the next week,” says the source.
Ten thousand votes may be too much to muster for the Miley Cyrus Smilers, but the battle isn’t over yet. And as for Miley’s chart-busting single “The Climb,” what matters most is not the winning aspect, but the climb itself.
Billboard gives us a background on what’s at stake and why the BeyHive team is such a tough nut to crack.
“Beyoncé’s BeyHive follows the R&B diva’s every move while staying in formation. It’s no wonder the singer’s fan army is so loyal: The artist has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 with every single studio album she’s released since debuting as a solo artist with ‘Dangerously in Love.'”
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“Since then, Beyoncé has released five studio albums, with her latest being her highly talked-about visual album Lemonade, which spent two weeks at No. 1,” the source continues to explain.
Billboard describes Smilers as a hardened team of Miley Cyrus followers, most of whom have been with the singer and songwriter since her Hannah Montana days. However, there must have been some sort of fan fallout when Miley switched gears in 2010 by breaking away from her old Disney persona. This was reportedly marked by Cyrus launching her Can’t Be Tamed album, followed by Bangerz in 2013.
Celebuzz! claims there must have been some significant “fan casualty” when Miley Cyrus shed her Hannah Montana skin. The source explains just why Cyrus has lost fans.
“Is Miley Cyrus a sell-out? That’s what Miley’s old-school fans are saying. You know, the fans who were into Miley during her earlier days, way back in 2009. It seems that Miley’s new sexed-up image isn’t just earning her concerned looks from mothers across the nation, it is also losing her fans with her core fanbase: tweens.”
The source says that Cyrus sort of tried to make it up to her fans by releasing her fifth studio album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, for free online last year. Although Billboard hints that this move could have appeased past Smilers, there is no sure way of telling just how the gesture could have affected Miley Cyrus’ numbers.
Do you think that Miley’s fallout numbers could have compensated enough to win Billboard’s Fan Army Face-Off? Also, do you believe that the Miley Cyrus camp can still recover from the 10,000 points thrown at them by the BeyHive camp?
There are only four days left before this Face-Off battle concludes. Billboard explains the rationale behind the Fan Army games.
“Which fan army is the strongest? Fan Army Face-Off, a bracket-style tournament in which various fan armies will square off to prove that they are unequivocally the loudest voices in the pop sphere. We’ve rounded up 32 of the most notable fan armies today, and through five rounds, we’ll let the fans themselves determine which fan armies stride forward, or fall by the wayside.”
It’s The Hunger Games of the music industry. And in four days, you’ll find out which team survives in this merciless battle that has Miley Cyrus fans hanging on for dear life as Beyoncé’s fans deliver the blows. If you belong to any of these two armies, the time to act is now.
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