PewDiePie showed a Discord conversation between two fans in his subreddit during an episode of ‘LWIAY’ on April 25, one of which claimed that T-Series wouldn’t be the first channel to reach 100 million subscribers on the platform.
Instead, it looks as if YouTube's 'Music' category has achieved that milestone ahead of both channels, sitting at over 105 million subscribers - rendering T-Series’ eventual “victory” null and void.
Thus, T-Series wouldn’t be the first corporation to reach such a milestone, making PewDiePie the very first independent YouTuber to hit 100 million subscribers on the site.
Despite his seemingly guaranteed victory, Kjellberg appeared to doubt the reality of reaching such a milestone, as shown in his humorous reaction to the news.
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“Holy heck, guys, this changes everything!” PewDiePie jokingly said of the development. “‘Oh my god, we win by default’ - but we still have to hit 100 million.”
T-Series made a major comeback despite the success of PewDiePie’s ‘Congratulations’ diss track in late March, and now sits at a whopping 950,000 subscribers above Kjellberg as of April 25.
T-Series’ legal action likely has to do with PewDiePie’s accusations as stated in ‘Congratulations,’ where he accused chairman Bhushan Kumar of having ties to the Indian mafia and dug up allegations of sexual assault against the director (which were dropped in early 2019).
That’s not all; PewDiePie likewise accused T-Series of getting its start by providing pirated songs - a claim that T-Series called “abusive, vulgar, and also racist in nature“ in their alleged court order against Kjellberg.
PewDiePie’s latest discovery regarding his race against T-Series follows controversial YouTuber Jake Paul’s trip to the label’s HQ a few days beforehand.
Although Paul didn’t actually end up infiltrating the company’s main building, his presence (wearing a ‘Subscribe to PewDiePie’ T-shirt, no less) boosted Kjellberg above T-Series in a big way.