Beyoncé Vs. Rihanna – Who is More Popular?

Beyoncé Vs. Rihanna - Who is More Popular
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Beyoncé Vs. Rihanna - Who is More Popular
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Whether you mention Beyoncé or Rihanna, it is clear that you are referring to one of the two Megastar pop divas who are currently dominating the music industry and still make a relevant impact outside the music industry. These names, Rihanna and Beyoncé cannot be confused with any other, because they remain two of the most popular and influential hip hop artists who remain relevant even beyond the music industry.

Both artists have come a long way in their career ventures, reaching for the top and making it to the top seats of their career ladder. They both come off as symbols of strength, inspiration, motivation, and great talent to many people. However, the interesting question is which of these artists is more popular than the other, Rihanna or Beyoncé? Check these stats out and decide which one of them is your top artist.

Social Media Popularity

Beyoncé and Rihanna have always been in one competition or the other, and this is mostly facilitated by their individual fans. There is no question about their success rate in the music industry because that is quite glaring.

However, let’s see what social media can show us about which of them is more popular.

Instagram comes first in the level of engagement between celebrities and their fans. So, let’s start our comparison from there. On Instagram, Beyoncé has over 200 million followers while Rihanna is only a little above 100 million followers.

One thing that stands out from observing these pages is that Rihanna has actually made more posts on Instagram than Beyoncé. However, it looks like Beyoncé’s fans remain drawn to her regardless of how much she engages them.

On Twitter, Rihanna’s fans come through for her as she leads with more than 100 million followers, compared to Beyoncé’s who does not have up to 20 million followers. On YouTube Music, Rihanna ranks 12th on the list of top 30 most subscribed YouTube Music artists with about 15 million subscribers more than Beyoncé has. Although Beyoncé did not make the list, she still has a substantial number of subscribers.

Although these social media statistics might have given you an insight into which of them is your most popular, we are not done with the comparison yet.

Record Sales

With a net worth of $1.7 billion, Rihanna joined the league of billionaires on Forbes list and was officially named the richest female musician worldwide. That’s an incredible feat and it is well earned by the 33-Year old Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Although her record sales do not make the entirety of her net worth, her sales are a major source of her income. Rihanna has sold a total of 250 million records worldwide, with 215 million digital tracks and 60 albums. She is not just named one of the top bestselling artists, but according to Billboard report, she is the top-selling digital artist of all time.


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Although she hasn’t sold as many records as Riri has, Queen Bee has made a sale of 100 million of her records worldwide and this definitely has her on the list of the bestselling artists worldwide. Many fans may be taken aback, considering the fact that Rihanna met Beyoncé in the music business but had surpassed her record sales. Still, Beyoncé makes it to the Forbes list as one of the wealthiest artists in the world with a net worth of about $500 million.


What’s a popular or successful music artist without awards to show for success? Both Rihanna and Beyoncé have won numerous awards for their outstanding work in the music industry.

Beyoncé, in particular, is recognized as one of the most-awarded female artists of all time. She has to her credit, 28 Grammy Awards, making her the most awarded singer in Grammy history. Also, she has bagged 13 Billboard Music Awards, making her its eighth most awarded artist.

With 9 Grammy Awards, 13 awards from the American Music Awards, 8 Billboard Music Awards, and more, Rihanna also proves that she is a winning artist and at the top of her game in the music industry. In addition to the above listed, Rihanna and Beyoncé have several other music awards to their credit.

Final Words

Record sales, number of awards, and number of social media followers might seem to be the right ways to measure the level of success and popularity of artists. For the question of who is more popular, both artists are winning women and are individually record-breaking artists on many grounds. It’s great to bring both women together to check out who is more popular or who is richer, in other cases. However, this does not change the fact that both women are incredible and have attained heights in their careers which would make them remain significant even after the present generation of music.