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Bollywood rapper smashes YouTube view count record overnight

Published: 31/Jul/2019 21:46 Updated: 31/Jul/2019 21:54

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube saw an international race against the clock between creator Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg and Bollywood label T-Series in early 2019, which ultimately defeated the Swede – but now, another Indian channel is making waves on the platform.

Sony Music India uploaded a music video for Bollywood rapper Badshah’s “Paagal” single on July 10, featuring a colorful cast of dancers breaking it down to a dancehall beat.

The track quickly went viral, racking up over 75 million views in a single day – but this development didn’t make waves online, despite YouTube’s usual touting of record-breaking videos.

While YouTube Tweeted out praise for KPop band BTS’s “Boy with Luv” and Ariana Grande’s “Thank U Next,” the platform hasn’t made any noise regarding views for Badshah’s “Paagal” – and some alleged “foul play” may be to blame.

According to reports from Bloomberg, Indian music industry professionals claim that “Paagal’s” quick rise to fame could be the result of bots, server-farming, and even grand advertisement schemes, which may have embedded the video to other websites.

This wouldn’t be the first time an Indian music company has come under fire after skyrocketing to fame, either: T-Series similarly caught criticism during its battle against PewDiePie, with the YouTuber claiming the label used “sub bots” to reach its current 106 million subscriber count.

In spite of the criticism, Badshah himself implied that the scrutiny around his record-breaking video is due to YouTube’s alleged “double standards.”

Badboyshah, InstagramCritics across the net aren’t convinced that Badshah’s record-breaking view count is legit.

“We worked hard for this, promoted it worldwide,” the rapper stated via Instagram. “I don’t want people abroad to see India like it’s shown in a film like ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’”

However, Badshah’s words are lost on the ears of the internet – and BTS fans, in particular, who were quick to point out that BTS’s “Boy with Luv” boasts no advertisements.

“BTS: paved the way,” one user Tweeted of the news. “Badshah: paid the way.”

“Ads [are] so funny,” another wrote. “So Badshah, Taylor Swift, Blackpink, Ariana Grande with ads in their music videos…Thanks to God, BTS is organic.”

While BTS’s hit boasts over 483 million views at the time of writing, Badshah’s “Paagal” has risen to 114 million in the span of a month, as Bollywood continues to blaze through YouTube.


Vinnie Hacker lashes out at “manipulative” fans after TikTok fame

Published: 22/Jan/2021 7:20

by Andrew Amos


Vinnie Hacker has spoken out about the problems of TikTok stardom, saying some of his fans are “manipulative” and “controlling.” He echoed the sentiment that nobody is perfect, and that people should “live life and learn from it.”

The role models and idols of today appear almost out of nowhere thanks to social media. The medium also leads to a host of those celebrities being quite young.

One of them is Vinnie Hacker. The TikToker has over 5.7 million fans on the platform, as well as 2 million on Instagram. However, life in the limelight has come with its own set of problems. Hacker feels like he’s been forced to live to unreasonable standards put by his fans.

“Why do some people want to control my life. Telling me who I can and can’t talk to. Saying that you’ll only allow me to be with “this person.” Grow up. Don’t be manipulative,” he said in a TikTok.

“You preach against manipulation and then go on and make sure that they live a life that’s satisfying to you and not them. One mistake and a person’s career is over in this area of work.”

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“In the eyes of the internet, people are subjected to be role models. And people say to not set unnecessary standards for others, but wouldn’t you think a life without mistakes and growth and perfection is more of a high standard than learning and growing?”

He also said that once you get thrown into the social media machine, you can’t really pull yourself out. Ultimately, these stars live and die by their fans’ judgment.

“Once it gets past that breaking point to where someone becomes relevant, the assumptions come and get dragged along with them. Privacy is invaded and people try to tell them how to live their lives. You end up not being your own person, but the internet’s person.”

These comments come as Hacker takes a break from Twitch streaming to focus on his personal life.

“Taking a break from streaming for quite a while. I don’t really feel to explain. A lot of personal stuff, on top of the unfortunate stuff that happens whilst streaming. Something always goes wrong. I might begin again, I might not,” he said.