Swedish YouTuber Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg aka PewDiePie has released a new music video titled "Congratulations" after losing YouTube's top spot to Indian music label T-Series. So, it seems like PewDiePie has conceded defeat to T-Series, ending YouTube's most controversial subscriber battle of all time.
Both T-Series and PewDiePie have more than 92 million subscribers. However, T-Series has maintained the number 1 by a fairly substantial margin. At the time of publishing this story, PewDiePie is falling 34,000 subscribers behind in this race. Both channels have a huge fan base.
In his latest music video, Kjellberg references a news report that T-Series chairman Bhushan Kumar is currently being investigated for “alleged evasion of huge tax and syphoning off hundreds of crores to foreign countries to purchase properties in the names of his employees.”
Kjellberg also showed in his video that T-Series reportedly sent him a cease and desist letter after he released his original diss track T-Series named bitch lasagna that has so far garnered close to 170 million hits.
In his recent video, Kjellberg also addressed his past concerns with T-Series as well as how he dealt with his past issues with alcohol. The video has reached more than 9 million hits in less than 12 hours.
Watch his full music video below:
T-Series vs pewDiePie has certainly been one of the most fierce subscriber battles in YouTube's history and for many reasons. Last year, a PewDiePie fan hacked into thousands of printers to print out a message: "PewDiePie is in trouble and he needs your help to defeat T-Series!" The hacker blackmailed victims to subscribe to PewDiePie and unsubscribe to T-Series on YouTube in order to get their printer working.
Another hacker took T-Series website using a denial-of-service (DoS) attack. Around the same time last year, hackers broke into one of the Wall Street Journal's website and displayed a message apologising for stories accusing PewDiePie of anti-Semitism. Earlier this year, hackers targetted more than 65,000 of Chromecast streaming dongles to display a message on TVs urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie.
From accusations for xenophobia to being mentioned by the attacker of the horrific Christchurch mosque shooting in New Zealand that killed 50 people, Kjellberg is easily one of the most controversial YouTubers of all time. In the video of New Zealand mosque shooting that was live-streamed on Facebook, the attacker referenced the “subscribe to PewDiePie,” an alias that was made popular by Kjellberg.