It's a tale of two concerts: One Direction drew throngs of screaming fans to the Target Center in Minneapolis while Beyoncé pulled her own coterie to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Fans started lining up outside both shows hours before the doors were set to open, with a sea of screaming teens and tweens measuring their excitement for One Direction's Minnesota debut in decibels.
Nicole Koski and her friends told FOX 9 News they are superfans of the British boy band. They made their own T-shirts in the hopes of catching the eyes of the band that hit it big on England's version of "The X-Factor."
One Direction began a new British invasion of the music scene with songs like "What Makes You Beautiful," and some tickets to the sold-out went for more than $2,000.
Across the river in St. Paul, a similar scene was building outside the X. The fans there are a little older, but they were eager to prove they are "Crazy in Love" with Beyoncé.
With a string of Top 10 Hits, the songstress called "B" for short is the reigning queen of R&B. There were still a few tickets available for her show at the last minute, and fans say the experience is -- to borrow a song title -- "Irreplaceable."