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.
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!