PewDiePie still world's biggest YouTube star with 351m views in June

Gamer's channel still ahead of Shakira, Pitbull and Katy Perry, while Psy's Snoop Dogg Hangover returns him to top 10

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg – aka PewDiePie – remains the most popular star on YouTube, with his gaming channel generating 351m views in June 2014 alone.

That's more than 8,100 views a minute on average, fuelled by the UK-based Swede's huge fanbase on Google's video service. PewDiePie ended June with 28.2m subscribers on YouTube, but that has since grown to nearly 29.1m.

Kjellberg regularly tops the chart of worldwide YouTube channel views produced by industry website Tubefilter and video analytics company OpenSlate, including June's edition.

In the year between the start of July 2013 and the end of June 2014, PewDiePie's videos were watched more than 3bn times on YouTube.

The growth in his monthly views – from 221.6m in July 2013 to 351m in June 2014 – reflects the growth of YouTube, and of PewDiePie's audience on it: he had 11.8m subscribers a year ago.

Music remains very important to YouTube, with 24 of the 100 most popular channels in June being official channels for musicians, run by Vevo. Indeed, six of the top 10 channels on YouTube were music-related last month.

Shakira (287.9m), Pitbull (203.6m), Katy Perry (195m), Enrique Iglesias (161.8m), Psy (154.4m views, fuelled by his Hangover duet with Snoop Dogg) and dance channel Spinnin' Records (147.5m) all made the upper reaches of the Tubefilter/OpenSlate chart.

They were joined in the top 10 by toy-unboxing channel DisneyCollector, which is the third largest YouTube channel with 225m monthly views. According to a recent BuzzFeed profile, its mysterious creator could be pulling in "seven figures a year" in advertising revenues.

British gamer Joseph Garrett, who explores the Minecraft game in the guise of cat character Stampy, was the sixth biggest YouTube channel in June with 181.8m views. Garrett is preparing to launch a second Stampy-branded channel focusing on education, Stampy School.

Meanwhile, US chat-show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon took eighth spot in the June YouTube rankings, with 158.5m views of its blend of skits and interview clips last month.

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