The Weeknd’s XO Crew might be intoxicated by their falsetto-singing leader, but is that enough to take on Justin Bieber’s infamous band of Beliebers? In this week’s round of Billboard’s Fan-Army Face-Off, the two Canadian singers go to civil war in the battle between the XO Crew and Beliebers.
With collaborations on Drake’s “Crew Love” and Wiz Khalifa’s “Remember You,” it was no question that The Weeknd was destined to become an R&B/hip-hop sensation. The artist’s 2011 debut mixtape House of Balloons spawned the song “Wicked Games,” which appeared again on the compilation album Trilogy in 2012, and second mixtape Thursday brought a collaboration with Drake. The Weeknd’s latest album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was a true marker of success for the R&B star, with megahit singles like “The Hills,” “Often,” “Earned It” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” The XO Crew gained their name from The Weeknd’s “XO/The Host” and the artist’s logo, which is a reference to ecstasy and oxycodone.
As YouTube’s biggest breakout star, Justin Bieber proved that there is “Purpose” to posting cover songs online. From the release of his debut EP My World, Bieber gained millions of Beliebers with singles like “One Time” and “One Less Lonely Girl.” Since then, the Canadian singer has released plenty of chart hits, including “Baby,” “Love Yourself,” “What Do You Mean?,” “Never Say Never,” “Boyfriend,” “As Long as You Love Me” and many more. Beliebers have stuck with Bieber through good times and bad, making him one of the most followed people on Instagram.
The XO Crew has a tough battle ahead of them. Both The Weeknd’s and Beiber’s fandoms have gone back and forth in claiming the lead in this round. Bieber’s “Baby” may be the most disliked video on YouTube, but Beliebers will really be “Sorry” if The Weeknd’s XO Crew votes them out.
There are a few hours left in Billboard’s Fan Army Face-Off — vote for your fave now!