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Some fans just want a cool shirt with their favourite celebrity's face on it... but 'merch-land' nowadays has become a competitive arena all on its own

Fans buy merch from their favourite stars in hopes of flaunting their support. However, buying merch can be tricky—either you receive apparel that can last for years, much like a memento of sorts or a poor-quality item with the celebrity's name slapped on it. 

Have a look at how celebrity merch has changed and which ones fans would find the best and worst ones ever sold below:

1. Noah Cyrus

Would you buy your favourite celeb's tears? Following the break-up of Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan, the singer sold a vial of her own tears to promote her first album, Good Cry. Sold at Pizzaslime, the vial is said to contain 12 tears. It was only available for a limited time and priced at US$12,000.

2. Taylor Swift's Cardigan

If you take a look at Taylor Swift's newer merch, you'll find better items such as the limited-edition cardigan. It's the exact same cardigan that the Grammy-winning artist wore in her music video for Cardigan. It's definitely a better pick than the mirrorball ornament found in her store, which is merely a poorly-designed foam ball with tiny mirrors glued onto them.

3. Lady Gaga's Chromatica Soap

When COVID-19 broke out, Lady Gaga released soap bars with lyrics from her song, Replay. It was to promote both her Chromatica album and good hygiene. It's eco-friendly and is at least 3-inches big. How about that to change up the merch world?

See also: 'A Star Is Born': 9 of Lady Gaga's Spectacular Career Highlights

4. Blackpink's Lightstick

Renowned as one of the most unique lightsticks, Blackpink's Bl-ping-bong is made in the shape of a hammer designed by the girls themselves. They wanted to create a lightstick that would appeal to all genders, hence the shape of a hammer and its black and pink colour.

5. Bigbang's "Alive" Album

K-pop group Bigbang has released several pieces that are worth collecting, from plush toys to lightsticks. However, there came a time when fans took to Reddit to ask about the rust forming on the entire Alive album. Although YG Entertainment released a statement saying the rust was intentional to make it appear "vintage", a few fans didn't seem convinced. Moreover, some would prefer that the album only had hints of rust, rather than being covered completely by it.

See also: 5 Things to Know About YG Entertainment's BIGBANG

6. Ye's Life of Pablo Apparel

You've seen Ye's streetwear brand, Yeezy, and it's a telling sign that the artist's merch is just as edgy. Some of his most-loved apparel are the Pablo denim jacket and orange Life of Pablo shirt which are both designed with the iconic font.

7. The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness Apparel

Truly one of The Weeknd's most memorable eras is during the release of Beauty Behind the Madness. The black and striking yellow combination of the clothing paired with artwork that appealed to fans and hypebeasts alike made it a success.  

See also: Not a Fan of The Weeknd? His 80s-inspired Album, 'Dawn FM', Might Change Your Mind

8. BTS Mattel Dolls

K-pop boyband BTS released Mattel dolls in 2019, and fans were in a mad scramble. This best-selling collectable is moulded in the form and face of the Bangtan boys. The doll versions are crafted meticulously, with arms and legs that can be moved, and dressed in outfits based on their recent looks.

9. Japanese Breakfast Clothing

There are a few items in the Japanese Breakfast's merch store, including shirts and accessories with wonderfully-illustrated prints. Instead of the usual designs—like the artist's album cover heat-transferred on garments—the pop band uses sketches that would actually make you want to buy the shirt, not only for the artist but for the art.

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10. Shawn Mendes' Wonder Viewmaster

In Shawn Mendes' merch store, one will find a view master with exclusive behind-the-scenes images of the musician. The view master only comes with one reel which has 14 images of Mendes in the water and sells for US$60.

11. Beyonce's Black is King Collection

Beyonce has a few artful designs, making them worth adding to one's collection. Her recent collection, Black is King, has people talking. Although some pieces are available in chic colours, there are fans who have openly commented on the shirt quality and its price.

See also: Charitable Celebrities to Know and Follow: Beyonce, Oprah, U2, And More

12. Harry Styles' Treat People with Kindness Apparel

Sometimes, all we need is a reminder to be kind. Harry Styles' Treat People with Kindness collection does exactly that. It's a simple design that appeals to a lot of fans, considering the underlying meaning of the font and colour used.

13. Billie Eilish's Neon Beanie

When Billie Eilish's merch was released, fans rushed to stores looking for every single piece with the Grammy-winning singer's logo. One of the fast-selling items in the collection was the lime green beanie with the famous Blohsh logo and another with her name in a racer font.


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