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Series dethrones PewDiePie as most subscribed YouTube Channel

Series dethrones PewDiePie as most subscribed YouTube Channel

For months, PewDiePie has worked to keep the top spot on YouTube as the site's most subscribed-channel from the corporate-owned T-Series, an Indian-based channel that mostly uploads music videos.

At the time of writing (13:37 PT) the T-Series YouTube channel has 90.399 million subscribers and more than 65.1bn views.

The controversies and media attention that this T-Series vs. PewDiePie battle has generated has put the two channels well ahead of the next closest channel - 5-Minute Crafts with 52.1 million subscribers. The channels subscription has grown by 80% compare to previous year at 50 million.

The Bollywood channel has surpassed the Swedish YouTuber at least three or four times, but it has never maintained its lead.

Most recently, Kjellberg saw his brand being accused of supporting violence when it was used by the attacker in the New Zealand mosque shootings, who reportedly urged people to subscribe to PewDiePie in a live Facebook streaming of the massacre. Not many were surprised hearing PewDiePie's name in the stream as the YouTuber has always been criticized for making anti-Semitic jokes and using racist language.

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Social Blade, a website that contains subscriber predictions, projected that T-Series will gain 100 million subscribers by May 2019. The feud between the two YouTube channels is intense.

On Friday morning, PewDiePie led the race with 90,698,769 subscribers against T-series which had 90,669,152 subscribers. After all, it's now 1:30am CST, meaning that a huge portion of PewDiePie's audience is likely asleep, and aren't available to rally behind him and boost his subscriber count as they've done in the past.

PewDiePie was heavily criticized in 2017, when he paid two people in Sri Lanka (via crowdsourcing platform Fiverr) to hold a sign reading "Death to All Jews" and "Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong". Both have been noted to be running strategically for months to secure the position of the Top Most Subscribed channel on You Tube.

This is not the first time that Pewdiepie was dethroned though.


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