Peppa Pig has officially been dubbed a pop icon. Well, at least by the internet.
Fans of the 7-foot, 1-inch cartoon pig were first gagged when she released her first album, aptly-titled My First Album, last week on July 19. Full of bops such as "Expert Daddy Pig," "Bing Bong Zoo," and "Rainbow, Rainbow," Twitter users (and especially Gay Twitter™) rejoiced in Peppa's album debut and made plenty of jokes. But now after a week of streaming the talented pig's tracks, Peppa has joined the ranks of some of pop music's most critically-acclaimed artists.
Eagle-eyed fans and the Twitter account Pop Crave pointed out on Wednesday (July 24) that the related artists on Peppa Pig's Spotify page include musicians such as Charli XCX, Slayyyter, Rina Sawayama, SOPHIE, cupcakKe, LOOΠΔ, Kim Petras, and more. Peppa Pig's My First Album is clearly meant for the children that enjoy the beloved cartoon series, but we all know that the denizens of the internet have the tendency to snowball jokes into even bigger cultural conversations. It's likely that the fans of the aforementioned artists flocked to Spotify to check out Peppa's music, which skewed which musicians popped up as related artists (but also some of the beats that Peppa serves up are reminiscent of some of these pop singers' work).
This isn't the first time that Peppa Pig, a cartoon made for children, has found herself co-opted by people on the internet. She made headlines back in 2018 after she was being used as a symbol to promote "gangster attitudes" and was blocked from an online video channel in China.
But Peppa also became an ambassador of sorts for the United Kingdom — two Chinese twins posted a video message online asking to visit the Queen in Buckingham Palace after they watched an episode of Peppa Pig in which she makes the journey. The British ambassador to China ended up inviting the twins to her home in Beijing.
It's unclear whether Peppa Pig's music will chart, a hurdle that many of our pop goddesses face. But either way, we're at least hoping for a Peppa Pig and cupcakKe collab. OK fine, we'll settle for a sample.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue