Fan Army Face-Off: Adele's #Daydreamers Take On Zayn Malik's Zsquad

Alasdair McLellan

Adele photographed in 2015.

Adele’s fans may carry the name #Daydreamers, but there’s no lounging around for her fanbase in this week’s round of Billboard’s Fan Army Face-Off. The #Daydreamers are taking on Zayn Malik’s Zsquad, who are currently leading the competition by more than 12,000 votes.

The Zsquad has watched Zayn Malik grow from his teenage days with One Direction into his new adult persona as a solo artist. Malik's mega-fandom took shape in 2008, when he was grouped together with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan to form one of the biggest pop boy bands of all time, One Direction, on the The X Factor U.K. The group skyrocketed with the release of their 2011 single “What Makes You Beautiful” and album Up All Night. Fast-forward to 2015, when Malik decided to strike out on his own. Although many Directioners were devastated by the departure, Malik’s fans held on, forming the Zsquad. Malik continued his success with his solo single “Pillowtalk” debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Adele brought along her #Daydreamers as she aged from 19 to 21 to 25. The Grammy-winning British artist caught the ears of listeners around the world with singles like “Chasing Pavements,” “Crazy for You,” “Hometown Glory” and “Daydreamer” (the song her fans are named after). Her second studio album, 21, won the Grammy for album of the year. Fans anxiously awaited a follow-up, which came four years later with her third studio album, 25. The album had #Daydreamers screaming “Hello” from all sides of the world.

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The #Daydreamers “Set Fire to the Rain” when it comes to supporting their star, which may come as a surprise to a fandom as large and in charge as Zsquad. There is one day left in the current round of Billboard’s Fan-Army Face Off -- vote for your fave now!


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