YouTube may be entangled in a simmering dispute with independent labels over its upcoming subscription service, but the latest figures from OpenSlate and Tubefilter show its continued scale for the biggest artists. While gaming channel PewDiePie remains the biggest on YouTube by some distance, with 311.2m views in May, musicians Katy Perry (211.7m) and Shakira (206.6m) take second and third spots in the monthly chart. There are also high positions for the official Eurovision song contest channel (7th with 148m views), dance channel Spinnin’ Records (8th with 143m) and Pitbull (10th with 138.5m). Vevo accounted for 22 of the top 100 channels on YouTube in May. Meanwhile, Turkish channel Mü-Yap has disappeared from the list, and indeed been deleted from YouTube: as we explained in last week’s Music Ally Report, the channel – once a fixture in the top five on YouTube – is being replaced by channels from individual labels.

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