James Charles bounces back to YouTube milestone in wake of drama with Tati Westbrook - Dexerto

James Charles bounces back to YouTube milestone in wake of drama with Tati Westbrook

Published: 22/May/2019 21:55 Updated: 22/May/2019 22:00

by Virginia Glaze


Popular beauty YouTuber James Charles took a major hit in subscribers following the release of Tati Westbrook’s viral “Bye Sister” video in early May – but he isn’t down for the count, just yet.

Tati’s original video included a slew of damaging claims against Charles, accusing him of using his fame to “manipulate” the sexuality of straight men and promoting her direct competitor, ‘SugarBearHair,’ without fair warning.

Charles’ reputation wasn’t the only thing damaged by Tati’s video, either; he likewise saw a massive dip in subscribers shortly after reaching his 15 million milestone, dropping nearly three million subs in the aftermath of the drama.

Despite the severity of Tati’s allegations, Charles debunked each and every claim in a response video titled “No More Lies,” showing screenshots of texts as proof to back up his arguments – as well as older videos promoting Tati’s ‘Halo Beauty’ vitamin brand, even though she’d claimed that he’d never really touted the product in spite of their friendship.

Since then, Charles has seen an impressive upswing in subscribers, with many fans feeling that he had effectively “exposed” Tati for lying in her original video on the topic.

Charles now sits at just over 15 million subscribers as of May 22, marking a major comeback from a debacle that nearly destroyed his career – which even saw the likes of YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg being unsure of his chances of success, claiming that the scandal “could be the end” for Charles.

In wake of the issue, both Tati and makeup mogul Jeffree Star have backed down from their initial stance on the subject, with Star removing several Tweets and issuing a video apologizing to both Charles and his younger brother for his claims.

“I don’t want to play the games anymore,” Star said of the drama. “…I am not going to fuel this fire bigger so everyone can get more entertainment. Because, behind the scenes, this isn’t funny. These are our real lives.”

Tati has since announced that she will no longer comment on the matter, after taking a “digital break” following Charles’ well-received explanation.


Stormzy drops ‘Rainfall’ music video in Watch Dogs, and it actually slaps

Published: 23/Oct/2020 2:14

by Isaac McIntyre


Stormzy has officially made his Watch Dogs Legion debut with the release of his ‘Rainfall’ music video, which was filmed entirely inside Ubisoft’s upcoming trilogy sequel and if we’re being honest, the whole thing is kind of awesome.

Every day another celebrity seems to find their way into the digital world. This year, Ninja and Aussie Twitch streamer Loserfruit were both added to Fortnite. Then, just last month, Dr Disrespect had a unique variant skin and themed ‘Arena’ map he designed released in Rogue Company.

Now it’s British grime rapper Stormzy’s turn, in Watch Dogs: Legion.

The rapper, 27, released a music video for his new single “Rainfall” on Thursday, Oct. 22, with a bit of a twist ⁠— the entire clip was filmed in Ubisoft’s upcoming sequel.

A digital Stormzy first appeared in a virtual studio, singing his new single. The scenery soon changed, however, and he was transported ⁠— all in-game ⁠— to the rooftops of London, where the new Watch Dogs sequel will mainly be taking place.

Here’s the new music video, featuring Tiana Major9, in all its glory.

This isn’t the only time Stormzy will be appearing in Watch Dogs Legion either. When the full Legion title drops on Oct. 29, players will get the chance to team-up with the grime rapper, or at least a virtual version of him, for an exclusive side-quest.

The mission, “Fall on My Enemies,” is a reference to Stomrzy’s lyrics in ‘Rainfall.’ 

When accepted, players will be tasked with “protecting the broadcast of the music video across the entire city.” Ubisoft has yet to confirm how long the mission will be, or whether it has any major bearing on the main Watch Dogs storyline.

Stormzy first revealed his collaboration back in September. He said, “You lot are about to have your minds blown. What [Ubisoft] have done in terms of recreating London is one of the most insane, epic, incredible things I’ve ever seen.”

Stormzy 'filmed' his entire Rainfall music video inside Watch Dogs: Legion.
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Stormzy ‘filmed’ his entire Rainfall music video inside Watch Dogs: Legion.

The Watch Dogs devs said they were “thrilled” to have Stormzy onboard. “His music and what he speaks to as an artist is extremely relevant for our London setting, and for the larger themes of our game. He lit up the room… it was a career highlight for us to get to work with him.”

Ubisoft has confirmed the exclusive Stormzy Rainfall mission will be available from day one in Watch Dogs Legion, and will require no additional DLC patches to play.

The Watch Dogs trilogy sequel will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on Thursday, October 29. The title will also be ported to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 when the next-gen consoles are released in late 2020.