UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Swedish blogger Felix Chelberg (PewDiePie) was the first privateer in YouTube’s history to win over 100 million followers. In May, the channel of the Indian musical and film label T-Series overcame the same bar.
Chelberg uploaded his first video on October 2, 2010. On April 20, 2011, he had 10 thousand subscribers, on January 17, 2012 – 100 thousand, and already on July 11 of the same year – more than a million. Since 2013, the Swede has been the undisputed leader in the number of followers.
In the summer of 2018, the struggle for primacy began between Chelberg and the authors of the Bollywood channel T-Series. During this time, the audience of both grew by tens of millions of people (last summer the Swedes had “only” 65 million), and their rivalry became one of the most discussed topics on the Google service.
— YouTube (@YouTube) August 25, 2019
As of today, the T-Series has over 109 million subscribers, Chelberg has over 100 million. Despite this, the Swede is ahead of tens of millions of subscribers of any other individual video blogger.
On Twitter, Chelberg called his record “an unrealistic achievement.” “I still don’t believe in it,” he wrote. “Before YouTube, I was a strange guy without friends, and so suddenly there were a huge number of people who like what I do.”
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