For years now, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg aka Pewdiepie has been the undisputed king of Youtube, with the highest subscriber count.

But assuming numbers work as my class 5 teacher taught me they do, Pewdiepie is soon to be dethroned, by none other than our very own desi T-Series.

Yes, you read that right.

T-Series, the bhajan/Bollywood item song maker will soon be the most subscribed channel on YouTube.

As of writing this, T-Series is at roughly 64.5 million subscribers, barely behind Pewdiepie’s 66.5 million, and the best part is that it is adding 10,000 subscribers daily. DAILY.

Those are insane statistics and have been a hot topic of discussion all over the internet. Because even though we Indians are quite aware of what T-Series is (remember all those cassettes?), its relatively unknown outside of India.

Also, Pewdiepie’s authority as the King of YouTube has been largely unchallenged. And since anything outside of the snake charmers’ area of the world is a subject of fascination for the western media, this too has them shook.

But how exactly does T-Series get these huge numbers? Unlike other YouTube channels, they do not post a lot of original content.

Their channel is filled with Bollywood music songs which don’t have that many views. So, then what drives this massive spurt in subscription numbers?

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Let’s see how T-Series has more followers than Pewdiepie.

Well, the answer to this question is the same as the question- “Who are the people who should not be allowed to be on”. Indians.

India’s smartphone market has been growing exponentially these past few years. Especially after brands like Xiaomi have introduced dirt cheap phones into the market.

This combined with the so-called ‘Jio Revolution” which made data cheap is driving millions of Indians to join the internet.

According to the Internet and Mobile Association of India, this number was projected to reach 500 million by June 2018 and a whopping 35% of the population was using the internet in December 2017.

And what does this mass of Indians search on the internet? Stuff that they like. And what does an average Indian like? That’s right, Bollywood songs. And who uploads Bollywood songs on their YouTube channel at a blinding rate?

Bingo! T-Series.

It has this massive library of content which has been produced with expensive equipment and has a ready fan following. Taking all the factors into account, it is perfectly poised in the market to capitalize upon new consumers that are relatively uneducated about the market.

So, there you go. This is why Gulshan Kumar’s bhajan factory is beating a firangi Swedish superstar.

Sources: IAMAI, The Verge, Quartz

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  1. I would like to contest your assumption that t series has a genuine following, there was a suspicious growth rate during second quarter of this year and it seems a lot of them has to be bots. The amount of views they were getting on there videos and the subs didn’t make any sense. And you can’t deny a lot of the subs are sub bots, check out accounts like nightbot, that is a bot account with over 1 million subs and it has no content!


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