There are certain groups of fans that you don't mess with. Go after Taylor Swift? You're answering to the Swifties. Think Nicki Minaj is too pop these days? Take it up with the Barbz. You don't like Beyoncé's last single, "Bow Down?" The BeyHive will annihilate you.
These fans will flood your mentions, rep their idols, and won't stop until they get what they want. Thanks to Twitter and Facebook, artists have more opportunity to interact with fans and hear what their dedicated listeners really think. The entire dynamic of fan engagement has shifted in this new era.
When an artist like Rihanna has double the Likes of the President of the United States, it's apparent that these admirers are more powerful than we could have ever imagined. We're taking a look at which group goes the hardest. These are The 15 Most Die Hard Online Fan Bases in Music.
Written by Lauren Nostro (@LAURENcynthia)
15. Rita Ora
When the Roc Nation singer's career skyrocketed, fans hopped on board quickly to support Rita Ora. From the U.K. to the U.S. and beyond, Rita's worldwide fan base has grown immensely in just a little over a year, and the Ritabots are there to show her love every step of the way.
Drake's fan base is huge. We've seen them support him every time he drops a video, goes on tour, or get into subliminal beefs with other artists. His fans take no nonsense and will never hesitate to check someone in their way.
13. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is seriously my idol. I'm gonna learn how to twerk like her.. #WOP
— Kierstynn Myers (@Kierstynnmyers) April 5, 2013
Miley has said it herself, the Smilers are her priority. Whether it's with new music, new movies, her fiancee, or a new twerking video, her fans have been around since the days of Hannah Montana.
12. One Direction
I WANT TO BE FAMOUS SO BAD AND THE ONLY REASON I WANT TO BE FAMOUS IS SO ONE DIRECTION WILL ACTUALLY NOTICE ME AND FIND ME ATTRACTIVE
— ☯ summer (@hipstahmalik) April 9, 2013
One Direction has hit fan-pandemonium on a level that hasn't been seen since the days of 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys. Fans wait hours outside screaming and crying. They are die hard, they are young, and they will do anything for the boys of 1D.
11. Demi Lovato
Twitter Handle: @ddlovato
Twitter Followers: 13,019,866
Facebook Likes: 17,982,928
Fan Base Nickname: Lovatics
Best Fan Account: @DLovatoNews
Craziest Fan Moment: When Kathy Griffin made a pretty disturbing joke about Demi Lovato, fans trashed her on Twitter—and more recently, when her show was canceled.
#ProudToBeAFanOf Demi Lovato, because unlike most of today's Pop stars, she works hard, SINGS LIVE, writes music and saves lives.
— demetria † (@adoring_lovato) April 9, 2013
Demi Lovato has gone through some ups and downs, and luckily, her fans have been by her side. They're loyal, they care about her, and she feels the same way about them.
10. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is a young heartthrob, and yes, his fans are aware of that. They wait with baited breath for him to release new music, new photos—just about anything. And he returns the love, like earlier this year when he took a fan to her prom on The Ellen Show.
9. Taylor Swift
Twitter Handle: @taylorswift13
Twitter Followers: 26,019,671
Facebook Likes: 41,331,329
Fan Base Nickname: Swifties
Best Fan Account: @theTaylorSwiftP
Craziest Fan Moment: When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made a joke about Taylor Swift at this year's Golden Globes, all hell broke loose on Twitter when her fans thought the jokes were "rude" and "uncalled for."
Taylor Swift is my idol, my inspirationmy everything! and your words about her are never going to stop me LOVING her!
— True Swiftie (@TrueSwiftie3) April 7, 2013
Taylor Swift fans are relentless—if they love you, they'll do nothing but support you. But the minute you betray Taylor—you know, like all of those boys she writes songs about—they're coming for you, and quickly.
8. Chris Brown
Twitter Handle: @chrisbrown
Twitter Followers: 12,390,089
Facebook Likes: 29,188,951
Fan Base Nickname: Team Breezy
Best Fan Account: @ChrisBrownation
Craziest Fan Moment: After seemingly lip-syncing his way through his Billboard Awards performance, John Legend's fiance, Chrissy Teigen, subtweeted Breezy and, in true #TeamBreezy fashion, Chris' fans fought hard and reamed Teigen out.
TeamBreezy is not a force to be reckoned with. Ever. With all of the hate that Chris Brown gets, TeamBreezy will let nothing fly. He's had to calm them down before and tell them to stop, but nothing gets in their way when defending CB.
7. Selena Gomez
Twitter Handle: @selenagomez
Twitter Followers: 14,722,157
Facebook Likes: 41,278,444
Fan Base Nickname: Selenators
Best Fan Account: @selgomez__
Craziest Fan Moment: Their outrage over the infamous ATL Twins posting pictures with her on the set of Spring Breakers got the duo banned from Instagram.
Selena Gomez may have starred in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers but she's still that good ol' Disney girl at heart—and so are so many of her fans. The "Selenators" have been ride or die for Selena, whether it's over a new movie, a new song, or a breakup.
6. Katy Perry
Twitter Handle: @katyperry
Twitter Followers: 34,755,498
Facebook Likes: 52,046,341
Fan Base Nickname: KatyCats
Best Fan Account:@KatyPerryDaily
Craziest Fan Moment: After Katy Perry and Russell Brand were divorced, a fan vandalized a billboard on Sunset Boulevard promoting Brand's latest show with "I'd rather watch the Katy Perry movie."
Katy Perry is that All-American pop star who is idolized in a way that hasn't been seen since the days of Britney Spears. Her fans are obsessed, and she's constantly giving them more reasons to be.
Twitter Handle: @Beyonce
Twitter Followers: 7,465,646
Facebook Likes: 45,242,157
Fan Base Nickname: BeyHive
Best Fan Account: @BeyonceLite
Craziest Fan Moment: Beyonce's fans aren't in the drama as much as other fan bases—just like Beyonce. However, it's rumored that fans were outraged when Bey started hanging out with Kim Kardashian when she began dating Kanye West.
When Beyonce does anything, the world stops. Her fan base promotes anything King Bey puts out, backs her up when certain R&B stars take unnecessary shots, and constantly follows her every move. She's not as active on Twitter as other artists, but her fans are, day in and day out.
4. Nicki Minaj
Twitter Handle: @NICKIMINAJ
Twitter Followers: 16,237,005
Facebook Likes: 29,419,864
Fan Base Nickname: Barbz
Best Fan Account: @NickiMinajOrg
Craziest Fan Moment: On Valentine's Day this year, the Barbz and Kenz stripped down to show their loyalty to Nicki and tweeted photos of themselves to her.
Goodnight BARBZ I love you all so much, we'll meet in our dreams!
— Barbz In The Trap (@NickiOurLeader) April 9, 2013
The infamous Barbz are unlike any other artist's fan base. They've been with Nicki for the entire ride—mixtape Minaj, to pop, to American Idol, to her perfume. She's taken them on a crazy adventure, but never lets them down. You go after Nicki and you've got yourself a real problem because the Barbz and Kenz do not play around. Nicki's as loyal to her fans as they are to her, and it makes their interactions extremely genuine on Twitter, in person, and on tour.
3. Lady Gaga
Mother Monster (Lady Gaga) created this phenomenal online fan base at the very start of her career, bringing all of her Little Monsters with her every step of the way. Her live performances are filled with fan shout outs, and she's truly in it for her fans. She's preached acceptance to all of them, making them some of the most open-minded and dedicated fans around.
2. Justin Bieber
Twitter Handle: @justinbieber
Twitter Followers: 37,274,951
Facebook Likes: 52,471,077
Fan Base Nickname: Beliebers
Best Fan Account: @JustinBieberSource
Craziest Fan Moment: Anything regarding Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber has sparked some mayhem from his fans, whether they break-up or get together, the Beliebers only care about Justin's well-being.
The greatest distinction between Justin Bieber's fan base and other artists' is that they are proud of Bieber. Whether it's for going from a YouTube sensation to multi-platinum artist, or for shooting back at the media for false accusations, they're emotionally invested in the Biebz. It's intense, but it's heartwarming.
Twitter Handle: @rihanna
Twitter Followers: 29,135,691
Facebook Likes: 68,882,888
Fan Base Nickname: Rihanna Navy
Best Fan Account: @RihannaDaily
Craziest Fan Moment: When Rihanna Instagram'd a photo of what seemed to be a shot at Chris Brown's then-girlfriend Karrueche Tran, her fans threatened Karreueche for weeks.
Rihanna has almost double the Facebook likes of President Obama, and her fans don't give a #phuck, just like their idol. They're loyal, and so is she—truly dedicated fans who have been there from the beginning don't go unnoticed. But don't cross them, especially when it comes to Chris Brown, because they are relentless, and rightfully so.