Cocomelon

Cocomelon, formerly known as ThatsMEonTV (2006–2013) and ABC Kid TV (2013–2018), is an American YouTube channel and streaming media show acquired by the British company Moonbug Entertainment and maintained by the American company Treasure Studio. Cocomelon specializes in 3D animation videos of both traditional nursery rhymes and their own original children's songs.[1] As of July 2020, they are the most-viewed YouTube channel in the United States and second most-viewed channel in the world, behind Indian record label T-Series.[2][3] They are also the most-subscribed children's channel in the world[4][5] and the second most-subscribed channel in the world, behind T-Series.[6]

Cocomelon
Cocomelon-label-hd.png
OriginUnited States
Websitewww.cocomelon.com
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2006–present
GenreEducation, nursery rhymes
Subscribers110 million
Total views99.5 billion
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2014
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2018
YouTube Ruby Play Button 2.svg 50,000,000 subscribers 2019
YouTube Red Diamond Play Button.svg 100,000,000 subscribers 2020

Updated: April 26, 2021
Cocomelon
GenrePreschool
Release
Original networkNetflix
Hulu
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release2020 (2020) –
present

Content

Cocomelon's videos include children, adults, and animals who interact with each other in daily life. The lyrics appear at the bottom of the screen in the same way on all displays. In 2020, Treasure Studio added Cocomelon content to Netflix, Roku, and Hulu.[7][8] The company also delivers music through popular streaming services.[9] YouTube content consists of standalone music videos, compilations, and livestreams.

History

Videos

ThatsMEonTV

On September 1, 2006, Cocomelon was created on YouTube to provide viewers with free education. Then known as ThatsMEonTV, the channel uploaded two versions of the alphabet song to YouTube on their first day.[10] The channel uploaded their third video 9 months later, titled "Learning ABC Alphabet – Letter "K" — Kangaroo Game". Most videos on the channel taught the alphabet with a typical length of between one and two minutes.

ABC Kid TV

In 2013, the ABC Kid TV era introduced a new intro and logo. The logo showed a TV with a ladybug on the upper left corner. The channel began remastering older videos followed by a transition from alphabet videos to nursery rhymes and longer video lengths. Within a few years the channel introduced 3D animation, with their first 3D character being used in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on April 8, 2016. The video featured a 3D flying star guiding 2D characters through the sky. Towards the end of 2016, 3D animation video uploads became more frequent and longer, with some videos using motion capture technology. Animation and music production continued to modernize, and a recurring cast of characters formed, with J. J., TomTom, YoYo and many others.[citation needed]

Present day

In summer 2018, the company rebranded again to Cocomelon, introducing a new intro and outro to all their videos. They also added the present-day logo of a watermelon stylized to resemble a traditional box TV set, while retaining the ladybug as part of the opening and closing sequences.

In April 2019, The Wall Street Journal estimated Cocomelon's yearly ad revenue at $120 million.[11] In late 2020, Cocomelon added content in Spanish and Portuguese.[12][13]

Merchandise

In February 2020, the company's chief executive announced plans to introduce toys based on these characters, and has mentioned the possibility of a feature-length movie. The toys are expected to include plush dolls and toy vehicles, with an anticipated rollout date in the fall of 2020.[14] Shipment of some toys was later announced for August.[15][16] In December, the company began selling apparel through their website directly.[17]

Rise in popularity

After nine years on YouTube, Cocomelon reached 1 million subscribers on May 16, 2016. Half a month later, the channel reached one billion views. The following two years continued to grow with nearly 400,000 subscribers per month to ten million subscribers and gained seven billion views. They started increasing rapidly with the release of "No No" Bedtime Song, a video in which YoYo has to use stuffed animals to get JJ to prepare for bed, which was released in July 2017 and became their most viewed video, currently over 1 billion views.

Cocomelon had the second largest YouTube channel subscriptions gain in 2019 with an increase of over 36 million, ending the year on 67.4 million in channel subscriptions.[1] In 2018, YouTube's algorithm recommended Cocomelon's video "Bath Song + More Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs" 650 times "among the 696,468 suggestions that Pew Research Center tracked" making it the most recommended video on YouTube.[18] As of September 2020, that video has received over 3.2 billion views on YouTube, making it the 19th-most viewed video on the site.[19] In addition, their second most popular video, "Yes Yes Vegetables Song", has received over 2.5 billion views, making it the 36th-most viewed video on the site.[19]

In May and June 2019, Cocomelon received 2.5 billion video views, averaging 83 million daily viewers. Comparatively, the "major four TV broadcast networks averaged just 13 million viewers daily during the TV season".[3] In July 2019, YouTube changed its algorithm after the Federal Trade Commission raised concerns over child safety. Multiple children's channels were affected, including Cocomelon, which "dropped from 575 million views the week before the change, to 436 million the week of, to 307 million the week after, and 282 million the week after that".[20]

On December 12, 2020, Cocomelon became the third YouTube channel in the world to get 100 million subscribers.

Cocomelon's videos also achieved popularity outside YouTube; in September 2020 Netflix ranked Cocomelon as its third most popular show.[21]

Cocomelon was ranked #1 on Reelgood's list of Netflix shows for 2020, ahead of The Office and The Queen's Gambit.[22]

On April 4, 2021, it premiered on Cartoonito in the UK.

It was predicted Cocomelon would surpass PewDiePie at some point in 2021, becoming the second-most subscribed YouTube channel.[23][24][25] In response to this, PewDiePie released Coco, a diss track targeted at Cocomelon on February 14, 2021. The video was removed from YouTube shortly after its upload, for violating YouTube's harassment and cyberbullying policy.[26][27] Two months later, on April 25, 2021, Cocomelon surpassed PewDiePie as predicted.

Identity

Cocomelon's website has described the company as having 20 employees.[10] When The Wall Street Journal attempted to find out who creates Cocomelon videos, they were unable to contact Treasure Studio, which owns the channel.[28] Wired magazine located a couple in Irvine who seemed to have some ties with Treasure Studio but was unable to confirm that they owned the channel.[29] In February 2020, Bloomberg Businessweek identified a couple from Orange County, California as the owners of Treasure Studio and Cocomelon.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "The 21 YouTube Channels That Gained The Most Subscribers In 2019, From T-Series To MrBeast". Business Insider. 2019-12-24. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b Bergen, Mark; Shaw, Lucas (February 10, 2020). "YouTube's Secretive Top Kids Channel Expands Into Merchandise". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Graham, Jefferson (2019-06-24). "Why YouTube's kid issues are so serious". phys.org. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  4. ^ Lacey, Elena (Jul 25, 2019). "The Secret to Success on YouTube? Kids". Wired.
  5. ^ "Top 100 YouTubers sorted by Most Viewed - Socialblade YouTube Stats | YouTube Statistics". socialblade.com.
  6. ^ Qadir, Aqsqa (May 25, 2019). "Cocomelon, Media companies and K-Pop booked spots on YouTube's leaderboard". Digital Information World. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  7. ^ Owens, Jeremy C. "Netflix appears ready to stream Cocomelon, the most popular YouTube channel for kids". MarketWatch.
  8. ^ "CoComelon". Hulu.
  9. ^ "Cocomelon songs". cocomelon.com.
  10. ^ a b "About Us". cocomelon.com. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  11. ^ Morris, Yoree Koh and Betsy (Apr 11, 2019). "Kids Love These YouTube Channels. Who Creates Them Is a Mystery". Retrieved Sep 2, 2020 – via www.wsj.com.
  12. ^ "CoComelon - Canciones Infantiles - YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  13. ^ "CoComelon em Português - Músicas Infantis - YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  14. ^ "CoComelon partners with Jazwares on first CP line". Retrieved Sep 2, 2020.
  15. ^ "Merch". cocomelon.com. Retrieved Sep 2, 2020.
  16. ^ "The New King of Kids TV Gets 7 Billion Views a Month on YouTube". Jul 30, 2020. Retrieved Sep 2, 2020 – via www.bloomberg.com.
  17. ^ "Shop". Cocomelon.
  18. ^ Madrigal, Alexis C. (2018-11-08). "How YouTube's Algorithm Really Works". The Atlantic. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Top 1000 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of All Time". Retrieved 3 May 2020 – via YouTube.
  20. ^ Hale, James (2019-08-01). "YouTube Tweaked Its Algorithm To Promote "Quality Family Content." That Change Decimated Kid-Friendly Creators' View Counts". Tubefilter. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  21. ^ Bean, Travis. "This Children's Program Has Been Quietly Dominating Netflix This Summer". Forbes.
  22. ^ Schneider, Michael (December 15, 2020). "Netflix End-of-Year Ranker: 'Cocomelon,' 'The Office,' 'The Queens Gambit' Top 2020 List".
  23. ^ Koepp, Brent. "What is Cocomelon? The YouTube channel on track to pass PewDiePie". Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  24. ^ "PewDiePie jokes he and T-Series will 'join forces' as children's channel looks set to overtake them in subscribers". Metro. Louise Griffen. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  25. ^ "Compare: PewDiePie vs Cocomelon statistics". Social Blade. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  26. ^ "Coco". YouTube. PewDiePie. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  27. ^ "Finally, Someone Made a Diss Track That Puts 'Cocomelon' in Its Place". Distractify. Mustafa Gatollari. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  28. ^ Koh, Yoree; Morris, Betsy (11 April 2019). "Kids Love These YouTube Channels. Who Creates Them Is a Mystery". Archived from the original on 14 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  29. ^ Martineau, Paris. "YouTube Has Kid Troubles Because Kids Are a Core Audience". Wired. Archived from the original on 11 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.

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