9-year-old beats Mr Beast & PewDiePie as 2020’s highest-paid YouTuber

Published: 21/Dec/2020 14:03

by Alex Garton


A Forbes list of the highest-paid YouTube stars of 2020 has been revealed and a 9-year-old has topped the chart, apparently raking in close to $30 million.

When you think of the highest-paid YouTubers on the platform, names such as Mr Beast, PewDiePie, David Dobrik, and Dude Perfect come to mind. These are all well-known personalities that pull millions of views every single time they upload.

However, although these creators are near the top of the pecking order, none of them quite reached the heights of one particular 9-year-old in 2020.

PewDiePie sits at his streaming station and speaks to the camera.
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PewDiePie is YouTube’s most-subscribed, independent content creator.

YouTube’s top earner is a 9-year-old toy reviewer

A list from Forbes has revealed the estimated top earners on Youtube for the year 2020. For the most part, the list contains a number of familiar faces including David Dobrik at #9, Markiplier at #5, and Dude Perfect at #3.

The biggest surprise for some will be the number one position. It may have been assumed by a lot of people that Mr Beast would secure the top spot after a year of countless viral videos and insane channel growth.

In total, he reached over 3 billion views in 2020 and acquired an estimated $29.5 million in earnings. However, these numbers were only enough to secure him an impressive second place.

The top spot was taken by Ryan Kaji or better known for his YouTube toy channel, Ryan’s World. The 9-year-old YouTube star blew the competition out of the water, hitting over 12 billion views and earning an estimated $29.5 million.

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Ryan’s World toy products are available in stores across the US.

This is Ryan’s second year at the top, holding the number one position from last year’s list. Considering the amount of success Mr Beast had had this year, it really puts into perspective the number of views Ryan has accumulated.

It’s obvious there’s a huge younger audience seeking toy-related content and parents looking for videos for their children to watch.

By the looks of it, the toy-related YouTube channels will continue to dominate the top earner’s list long into the future. There’s no sign of the views dropping off and Ryan’s channel is just getting bigger and bigger.


James Charles sparks heated beef with rapper Asian Doll over makeup artist fees

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:17

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube star and makeup mogul James Charles has started some unexpected beef with rapper Asian Doll after she made a divisive tweet over the price some makeup artists charge for their work.

James Charles is known for getting into the occasional Twitter spat with high-profile celebrities; in August 2020, the YouTuber called out music artist Alicia Keys for her then-unreleased skincare line, which he mistakenly interpreted as another celebrity cash-grab in the makeup biz. (This was not the case.)

Now, it seems that Charles has struck up a feud with none other than Dallas-based rapper Asian Doll — the first female rapper to be signed to Gucci Mane’s very own record label, 1017 Eskimo Records.

It all started over a post Asian Doll made on January 15, where she took issue with makeup artists charging hefty fees for their services.


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“If you charge over $150 to do a face of makeup, you can go to hell, respectfully,” she wrote.

Charles was quick to clap back: “What a stupid tweet. One foundation can cost $50, artists have to buy EVERY SHADE for their kit, & thats just the first step…Either pay an artist’s rate for their time & skill, do it yourself, OR get it done at a counter and risk looking busted.”

It seems that Charles’ reply has sparked an avalanche of backlash against him from Asian Doll’s fans, with many accusing him of overstepping his bounds.

Charles has apparently messed with the wrong rapper, as Asian Doll was also quick to fire shots at the beauty guru in a series of additional tweets.

“What a dumb a** to be in my business replying to something that has absolutely nothing to do with you. I’m having a debate about HOOD PRICES baby, stay over there in HOLLYWOOD where they having you looking GHOST,” she wrote — most likely referring to the infamous photo of James Charles wearing foundation several shades lighter than his natural skin tone.

“Literally stop robbing the poor,” the rapper added in a now-deleted reply. “All I’m saying is people shouldn’t have to pay over $150 for a face, DATS IT!”

It seems that Asian Doll’s post has stirred up quite the debate regarding the value and pricing of makeup artists’ time and work in her comments section — but James’ involvement in the conversation has sparked another kind of conversation, altogether.