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Last week, we had a new leader in the Global Top 50, ending a 12-week streak. As April comes to a close, there are more surprises.
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In a week dominated by short-form channels, read on to learn which ones reached the top five spots in our worldwide top five.
When KIMPRO reached #1 for the first time last week, the Korean channel ended CoComelon’s long-term stay at the top of our global ranking. Now, the ascendant short-form hub is starting a streak of its own. KIMPRO made its second-straight appearance in the #1 spot after picking up 600.2 million weekly views. Compared to longtime Top 50 entrants like CoComelon and T-Series, KIMPRO’s 12.5 billion lifetime views are nothing to write home about. But right now, these Korean tastemakers are on top of the YouTube world.
Speaking of T-Series, the Indian record label was able to move up to second place in the Global Top 50 after ranking fourth a week ago. A runner-up finish represents a return to form for the channel that once dominated our global charts, and T-Series isn’t far from the #1 spot, either. It snagged 557.9 million weekly views at the end of April, and if it can achieve another 9% week-over-week bump at the start of May, it may be able to return to the top of the YouTube heap.
Here’s the biggest surprise of the week: CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes is all the way down to third place in the Global Top 50. That would be a record finish for most channels, but it’s actually the lowest chart position CoComelon has held this year. Two weeks after cementing its 12th-straight #1 finish in the global chart, the U.S.-based producer of animated toddler content lost 17% of its viewership week-over-week. That still left it with 546.6 million weekly views. If that’s what a bad week looks like for CoComelon, then the Moonbug-owned hub is still sitting pretty.
CuRe earned its best-ever finish a week ago, making it all the way to third place in the Global Top 50. The Korean channel has since fallen back a spot, but its collection of short-form content — which often touches on trendy themes like “sigma girl” aesthetic — is still raking in views. CuRe ended up in the #4 spot during the week that was. In addition to receiving 444.3 million weekly views, the YouTube Shorts destination also reached four million subscribers.
Pawan Sahu rounds out this week’s global top five. The short-form creator, who hails from India, picked up 411.1 million weekly views to earn his first top-five appearance.
For the first time this year, a channel from Nepal has made it into our Global Top 50. Aayush and Abhay hail from the landlocked Asian nation, but their videos rarely feature mountains, momo, or yaks. On the contrary, the two titular brothers are getting millions of YouTube views by burning it up on the dance floor.
It’s not complicated: Aayush and Abhay love to get down. In their videos, they deliver routines from anime, music videos, and K-pop tracks. Sometimes, their parents join them for a full family boogie-down.
Anyone can try their hand at viral dances, but Aayush and Abhay have serious skills. In several of their top videos, they take on one of the most strenuous pop culture dances in the world: The frenetic routine associated with the Oscar-winning song “Naatu Naatu,” from the Indian film RRR.
Many of the YouTube Shorts channels in the Global Top 50 have cracked our worldwide ranking by appealing to the universal nature of certain trends. Dance, of course, is an art that requires no translation. Thanks to their energy and commitment, Aayush and Abhay have pulled in 266.1 million weekly views and represented their home country in the Top 50. The dancing duo increased their viewership by 33% week-over-week to make it all the way to 31st place in our global chart.
Up next for these Nepali “Naatu Naatu” fans: One billion lifetime YouTube views. Aayush and Abhay have a good chance to reach that milestone next week, and if they do, I think I know how they’ll celebrate.
Here’s a breakdown of the Top 50 Most Viewed channels this week in terms of their countries of origin:
- United States: 13 channels in the Top 50.
- India: 12 channels in the Top 50.
- Japan, Russia, and South Korea: 3 channels in the Top 50.
- Italy and Netherlands: 2 channels in the Top 50.
- El Salvador, Germany, Hong Kong, Latvia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Vietnam: 1 channel each in the Top 50.
This week, 36 channels in the Top 50 are primarily active on YouTube Shorts.