Fan Army Face-Off 2015: The Play-In Round

In 2014, Billboard.com hosted its first-ever Fan Army Face-Off, a bracket-style tournament that pitted the most dedicated music followers against each other to determine which group of supporters was the loudest in the world. While BIGBANG’s fan army, the VIPs, won the inaugural championship last year over Thirty Seconds To Mars’ Echelon, the real winners were the members of every fan army in the competition: with over 200 million votes cast during the five rounds of showdowns, the Fan Army Face-Off showed just how mighty the roar of 64 different fan groups in the same place can sound.

Vote in the Play-In Round of the Fan Army Face-Off

Now, Fan Army Face-Off is BACK, with all of the biggest fan armies in music returning to once again compete and a rules shake-up that adds some interesting wrinkles to the annual competition. We’ve rounded up 63 of the most notable fan armies today, and through six rounds, we’ll let the fans themselves determine which groups plow forward, and which ones lack the juice to reach the championship. That’s right, we’ve more than doubled the number of fan armies competing this year, and we’ve also divided the brackets by genre, so that pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop and K-pop will all be represented in the Final Four!

One last change: we have 63 out of 64 fan armies in place for the tournament, but one spot is still up for grabs! We’re kicking off this year’s Fan Army Face-Off with a play-in round, with eight “teams” competing for one last spot in the pop bracket before the actual tournament officially begins. Which of these fan armies -- Kesha's Animals, Adam Lambert's Glamberts, Ellie Goulding's Gouldiggers, Josh Groban's Grobanites, New Kids on the Block's Blockheads, Avril Lavigne's Black Stars, Little Mix's Mixers or Cher Lloyd's Brats -- deserves a spot in the big dance? 

Voting begins July 8 at 12PM ET in the play-in round of the 2015 Fan Army Face-Off!

Round 1 begins July 9 at 3PM ET. Matchups Below:

Pop Bracket:

One Direction's Directioners Vs. Play-In Winner

Selena Gomez's Selenators vs. Demi Lovato's Lovatics

Katy Perry's Katy Cats vs. Bruno Mars' Hooligans

Lady Gaga's Little Monsters vs. Austin Mahone's Mahomies

Miley Cyrus' Smilers vs. Ed Sheeran's Sheerios

Taylor Swift's Swifties vs. Fifth Harmony's Harmonizers

Britney Spears' Britney Army vs. Ariana Grande's Arianators

Justin Bieber's Beliebers vs. Meghan Trainor's Megatronz

K-Pop Bracket:

BIG BANG's VIPs vs. B1A4's Bana

2PM's Hottest vs. Infinite's Inspirit

2NE1's Black Jacks  vs. BTS' Army

TVXQ's Cassiopeia vs. Beast's B2Uty

CNBLUE's Boice vs. T-ara's Queens

EXO's EXO-L vs. Girl's Day's Dai5y

FTISLAND's Primadonna vs. GOT7's iGOT7

Girl’s Generation's Sones vs. Sistar's Star1

Rock Bracket:

Thirty Seconds to Mars's Echelon vs. Black Veil Brides' Bridesmaids and Ushers

Aerosmith's Blue Army vs. Motley Crue's Crueheads

The Killers' Victims vs. Grateful Dead's Deadheads

Tokio Hotel's Aliens vs. Kiss' Kiss Army

Muse's Musers vs. Paramore's Parawhores

5 Seconds of Summer's 5SOSFAM vs. Slayer's Slaytanic

Fall Out Boy's Outcast Kids vs. Slipknot's Maggots

Skillet's Panheads vs. Hillsong United

Hip Hop and R&B Bracket:

Beyonce's Beyhive vs. Future's Future Hive

Iggy Azalea's Azaleans vs. Azealia Banks' K--t Brigade

Chris Brown's Team Breezy vs. Janelle Monae's Fandroids

Mariah Carey's Lambs vs. The Weeknd

Adele's Daydreamers vs. A$AP Mob

Nicki Minaj's Barbz vs. Insane Clown Posse's Juggalos

Drake vs. Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang

Rihanna's Rihanna Navy vs. Trey Songs' Trey's Angels