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PewDiePie's music taste divides Twitter after leaked Spotify playlist


ouTube celebrity PewDiePie has been the subject of a flurry of social media attention this week after his Spotify listening habits were leaked online.

The Swedish entertainer - real name Felix Kjellberg - has been trending on Twitter after his recent music choices were revealed on the platform on August 4.

Kero Kero Bonito, Rina Sawayama, Slayyyter, Arca, Rico Nasty, Yves Tumor and 313dp besides SOPHIE were among the artists recently played by the 30-year-old, who has 106m subscribers on YouTube.

After being published on Twitter, the list was quickly picked up on by users of the platform, who were divided by what to make of the controversial star's choices.

One wrote: "Now i hate pewdiepie but why did his spotify streams kinda pop off..."

Another added: "Ya'll just now discovering Pewdiepie's Spotify account like you didn't expect him to have good taste."

But others were more critical, with musician Gupi urging the vlogger to steer clear of his own tracks after it was revealed the latter had listened to his musical offerings.

"Just woke up, found out pewdiepie listens to me and others, pewdiepie please don’t listen to my music. Ok back to bed," Gupi Tweeted.

Meanwhile, many were quick to comment on how little that they cared little about the leak, with one Twitter user asking: "Why do people care about what pewdiepie listens to on spotify?".

Another added: "And?... Is this seriously why PewDiePie is trending? Really? PewDiePie’s Spotify?"

After initially finding fame with video game commentaries and going on to become the world's highest earning YouTuber at one point, PewDiePie has become embroiled in controversy in recent years around accusations of racism and anti-Semitism.


He announced in December 2019 that he would be taking a break from his vlogging due to “feeling very tired".

"I'm taking a break from YouTube next year. I wanted to say it in advance because I made up my mind. I'm tired. I'm feeling very tired. I don't know if you can tell," PewDiePie said at the time.

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PewDiePie's Spotify Account Leaked & the Internet Is Ripping It Apart

Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg has developed a special kind of Internet notoriety, with the YouTuber and video game streamer making headlines for a wide array of reasons nearly every week. Whether he's making waves for his comments about the video game industry, updating (or not updating) his YouTube channel, or controversially weighing in on various real-world topics, a lot of what PewDiePie does in the public eye has made waves online. On Tuesday, another completely different aspect of PewDiePie's online life went viral -- his Spotify habits. Screenshots of PewDiePie's verified Spotify account recently went viral, revealing which artists the streamer recently listened to on the platform.

The screenshots - as well as a few others from other headings in his profile - were met with a wide response from those online. Many were surprised - either pleasantly or unpleasantly - at PewDiePie's recently played artists, which included many in the hyperpop and experimental music scenes (it also included several LGBTQ+ artists, which some feel is hypocritical when juxtaposed with some of PewDiePie's more controversial comments). Many were also confused by the fact that the Spotify profile was even being talked about at all, especially given all of the other significant events that are going on. Here are just a few of those responses.

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PewDiePie Responds to Spotify Musical Artist Controversy

By Philip Trahan


In a recent video, Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg took time to respond to the situation surrounding his music tastes trending on Twitter.

Though Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has left Twitter in its entirety, the internet personality often ends up on the trending tab. Recently, PewDiePie was trending on Twitter because his recently played artists on Spotify was leaked online sparking a massive discussion.

The discussion ranged from civil to downright nasty, with some users mentioning that although they dislike PewDiePie, they were surprised that they shared similar tastes in music. Now, Kjellberg has made a YouTube video responding to the situation while giving some insight into his perspective.

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Kjellberg has made it clear in the past that he has come to greatly dislike Twitter. In fact, he deleted his Twitter account entirely back in December of 2019 following a video he made criticizing the “moral posturing” that many users partake in across the site. Though many users across the platform dislike Kjellberg, there are many others who are fans of him and the content he creates. This came out in full force when images of Kjellberg’s Spotify account leaked online.

The leaked images show artists that Kjellberg recently listened to, such as Kero Kero Bonito, SOPHIE, and Slayyyter. This isn’t the first time Kjellberg’s internet information has leaked, as recently he accidentally leaked his PSN name on a livestream. However, the situation with Kjellberg’s music tastes caused a huge debate on Twitter, with artists disavowing him on the platform. Kjellberg took time to respond to one specific tweet from Gupi and explain why he takes issue to those types of responses.

Gupi’s tweet reads, “Just woke up, found out pewdiepie listens to me and others, pewdiepie please don’t listen to my music. Ok, back to bed.” While feigning heartbreak, Kjellberg read the tweet aloud, making jokes mocking Gupi for getting upset that Kjellberg listens to music online. Kjellberg jockingly responds, “B*itch, who the fuck are you?! I don’t know who you are,” while referencing a popular Thanos meme from Avengers Endgame.

He then gets a bit more serious saying, “For a musician, it’s a pretty tone deaf opinion to try and gatekeep your music if you put it on a public platform. Like, I can’t imagine me going on YouTube and saying, ‘No, you can’t watch my YouTube videos.’ The end of his video touches on some fairly poignant topics. Kjellberg says that he would still listen to an artist whose music heavily influenced him in the past, even if they were to publicly disavow him.

Additionally, he posits that many people online seem to hate “the idea of PewDiePie” after only seeing negative media coverage of him. Kjellberg ends the video asking his viewers not to send hate to any artists mentioned in the video before discussing plans to donate his monthly YouTube live streaming membership earnings to the Lebanese Red Cross following the disaster in Beirut, something he does with different charities every month.

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PewDiePie's Most Recent Controversy Is His Taste in Music

With more than 106 million subscribers, top YouTube creator PewDiePie (whose real name is Felix Kjellberg) has had to deal with more than a handful of scandals. Since 2017, the content creator has been called out on a variety of previous racist and anti-Semitic behavior. Needless to say, despite his immense following, he’s greatly disliked on the internet.

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Recently, PewDiePie went viral for a completely different reason: his Spotify playlist.

That’s right, the Swedish YouTuber’s recently played artists were supposedly leaked on Twitter, and users had a lot to say about it.


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PewDiePie’s recently played artists on Spotify received mixed reactions.

On Aug. 4, the Swede’s Spotify tastes were allegedly leaked to Twitter, exposing some of his recently-played artists. The gamer seems to be fond of hyperpop music specifically, with artists like Kero Kero Bonito, Rina Sawayama, Slayyyter, Rico Nasty, SOPHIE, Arca, Yves Tumor, and more.

Initially, many were surprised to see the creator boast such a diverse and niche taste in music. Many of the musicians featured on his playlists were openly members of the LGBTQ community or represented members of frequently underrepresented groups.

While some were quick to praise the Swedish gamer for his progressive taste in bops, others were less than thrilled about his music tastes.

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“He aint getting flamed for his music taste he getting praised for it,” one Twitter user said of PewDiePie’s feed. “but a lot of the hyperpop community just doesnt f--k w pewdiepie for his past and basically doesnt want him to listen to their music or music in the hyperpop genre.”

Others pointed out that the genre PewDiePie is allegedly a fan of caters to a demographic widely different from his own audience.

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“At first i was like, ‘pewdiepie listens to hyperpop? who cares??’ and then i just imagined a bunch of pewdiepie fans at a sophie show and understood why ppl are angry lol,” another Twitter user tweeted about the situation.

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Some of the artists listed weren’t happy about PewDiePie listening to their music.

Musical artist Gupi, who appeared on PewDiePie’s feed as one of his recently listened to artists, was openly displeased that the YouTuber listens to his music.

“Just woke up, found out pewdiepie listens to me and others, pewdiepie please don’t listen to my music. Ok back to bed,” he tweeted, following up on his stance by replying with a previous tweet of his, reading, “We neeeeeeed a streaming block list.”

Some were quick to criticize Gupi for “gatekeeping,” only for him to further double down on his stance that he doesn’t feel PewDiePie is the intended audience of his work.

“I just wanna clarify that I put my music out there so the right people can listen to it,” he tweeted. “I think attention from them is fun, I do not see why gate keeping in this sense is bad.”

PewDiePie has yet to directly comment on his Spotify going viral, as he deleted his Twitter account back in 2019. 


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