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What is Cocomelon? The YouTube channel on track to pass PewDiePie

Published: 6/Jun/2020 23:35 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 10:07

by Brent Koepp

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Cocomelon is an animated kids program that seemingly came out of nowhere to become the most viewed channel on YouTube in the United States. Here is how a Netflix nursery rhyme show might soon pass Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg and T-Series in subscribers.

During his June 1, 2020 upload, YouTube’s biggest individual content creator PewDiePie was stunned after learning about Cocomelon, a channel that could soon pass him and T-Series in subscribers. The Swede was blown away by their meteoric numbers.

“They manage to get more views in 10 videos than the population of the Earth,” he exclaimed. The program actually launched in 2006, and only recently found success. Here is how a kids’ show could soon be the top creator on the Google-owned platform.

Cocomelon YouTube Subscriber Count denoting 96.9m subscribers
YouTube: Cocomelon
Cocomelon is well on the way to surpassing PewDiePie’s subscriber count.

What is Cocomelon?

The channel was created in 2006 by Treasure Studio, Inc., just a year after YouTube made its public debut. Originally, it was named ThatsMEonTV, and featured music videos aimed at teaching kids the alphabet. In 2016, they began to use their Pixar-esque 3D animation art style they have since become known for.

Despite having an account for over a decade, it wasn’t until later that year that they finally reached one million subscribers. However, it was from 2017-2019 that they saw an explosion in growth. Starting in August 2018, they began to pull in three million subscribers a month.

Insane growth

The numbers for the children’s program are astonishing. According to third-party tracking site Social Blade, Cocomelon went from 60 million subscribers in September 2019, to 96.9 million at the end of October 2020.  Their views were no doubt helped by streaming giant Netflix, who acquired the show in 2020.

Cocomelon subscriber growth indicating
Social Blade
Cocomelon’s subscriber count has continued to skyrocket over the past year.

To put all this into perspective, YouTuber ‘Gabriel Lenny #1′ created a video that showcases Cocomelon’s growth in comparison to PewDiePie’s. Despite launching his channel four years later, the Swede quickly outpaced them in 2010 as his career took off. However, in 2019, the kids’ program started to finally began to outperform him from month to month.

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Cocomelon, PewDiePie and T-Series

It should be pointed out that third-party tracking sites are never 100% reliable, and YouTube has taken steps to obscure live subscriber counts. However, PewDiePie gained roughly around 11 million in the same time frame that Cocomelon brought in close to 40 million.

Infamously in 2019, the Swede found himself in a showdown between him and T-Series for the top spot on the platform. After the entire community rallied behind him with the ‘subscribe2pewdiepie’ campaign, he eventually lost to the India-based corporation who went on to reach 141 million subscribers,

During his June 1, 2020 upload, he jokingly reached out to his former rival after learning about the childrens’ channel’s insane growth. “We need to join forces to defeat this evil! They are gonna take over both of us, unless we join forces,” he laughed.

YouTube: PewDiePie / Cocomelon
Pewds has tried emulating the kids’ channel in videos as a joke.

While it’s impossible to know if Cocomelon’s growth will continue at the same rate, they are currently on track to pass PewDiePie by 2021. And eventually, even mega-corporation T-Series will be unseated from the top spot.

Even if that happens, the Swede shouldn’t feel so bad – he’s still the undisputed individual content creator king, with a staggering 107 million subscribers. For one creator, that isn’t so bad.

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Pokimane responds to transphobia accusations after Discord DMs emerge

Published: 29/Nov/2020 2:15

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Pokimane has been accused of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist after a mod tried to blame her for discriminating against a trans girl, but she apologized and maintained her innocence.

Iman ‘Pokimane’ Anys is normally in the spotlight for the right reasons. However, she’s been caught up in drama lately after leaked documents about her relationship with Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan surfaced.

Pokimane denied the allegations, and it looked like smooth sailing from here on out. But now, another incident has surfaced. It’s a serious one that has thrown her into drama yet again.

Pokimane discord transphobic drama
Pokimane
Pokimane has been caught up in one drama after another lately.

Pokimane’s official Discord server has a role exclusive to girls, but users can’t get it unless they confirm their gender by speaking in voice chat. It’s supposed to be a failsafe way to stop male viewers from pretending to be females for trolling purposes.

However, a mod rejected a trans girl from the role. He claimed he was following orders and deflected the blame onto Pokimane. Apparently, the trans girl persisted, which ultimately lead to being banned from the server.

This sparked an uproar on social media. Some people even accused Pokimane of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF). Fortunately, she responded quickly and assured fans that everybody is welcome in her community.

“I’m looking into this with said mod/proof of the conversation that was held between them,” she said. [I] will [also] contact SHSLChris directly to resolve this and to assure she is welcomed properly.”

“Anyone in my community should be welcomed with open arms no matter what gender/sexuality,” she added. “I’m so sorry if anyone was made to feel otherwise, especially by a mod. That is not okay, and I’ll make sure it’s properly handled.”

“Furthermore, I’ve unmodded the person in question,” she said, implying that he acted independently.

“Again, I’m so sorry for this interaction, as it is not something I reinforce/a rule of mine, and is far from representative of my personal opinions, as I truly support the trans community.”

The key takeaway is the mod appears to have acted or interpreted the rules in his own way, and has since been unmodded.

Pokimane also maintained her innocence and claimed she is in full support of the trans community. Whether the affected user will accept her invite back into the Discord remains to be seen.