Vybz Kartel stays the highest dancehall artiste on YouTube in Jamaica for 2021. The ultimate knowledge for January thru to the tip of December of 2021 are in. While some initial numbers had been revealed remaining yr and feature been making the rounds, those didn’t be mindful numbers for the month of December, 2021.
For the primary time, new dancehall artists are dominating the streaming perspectives on YouTube, the tip of yr analytics of the platform presentations. While the highest 10 maximum streamed artists record have a tendency to be the extra well known and established artists, the highest 10 maximum streamed songs inform a distinct tale as the approaching artists’ numbers outrun the veterans and the established artists via leaps and limits.
1. Vybz Kartel – 64.1 million
Leading the Top 10 record is a stunning competitor, Cocomelon (no marvel right here since children are on YouTube in Jamaica), however Vybz Kartel is the highest dancehall artiste at the platform in relation to perspectives. For song in Jamaica, he’s primary which is a distinct situation from the Spotify numbers, which confirmed that the artist had positioned at No. 3 in the back of his arch-rival Alkaline at No. 2 and Drake at No. 1.
The artist had shared that he used to be no longer extremely joyful on the Spotify rating or even bashed the streaming carrier and lovers for supporting international song, aka Drake. He has no longer shared his Spotify numbers, however YouTube presentations that his 2021 numbers are unequalled, with a whopping 415 million perspectives from January to December 2021.
Kartel’s listeners had been drawn from Kingston, New York, Nairobi, Kenya, Georgetown, Guyana, Toronto, Canada, and Panama City. YouTube’s analytics confirmed Vybz Kartel had 64.1 million perspectives. As for the song that accounts for the prime performs, his No. 1 maximum performed music is “With You,” with 28.7 million perspectives, adopted via “African Summer” with 15.9 million at No. 2.
Despite his attraction case no longer flowing in a timeline appropriate to what his lovers be expecting, the artist controlled to achieve success in being granted depart to attraction his homicide conviction on the Privy Council founded within the United Kingdom. The date didn’t materialize in 2021, and the artist remains to be in prison, however he nonetheless controlled to make some inroads together with his case as his attorney feels his consumer has raised a excellent quantity of doubt in terms of the proof that used to be used to convict the deejay. Aside from his prison worries, Vybz Kartel had an enchanting yr. There had been talks that he become vaccinated or even presented to toughen the federal government’s vaccine message program, that he used to be most likely baptized (which he later shot all the way down to the dismay of his Christian lovers), and the artist additionally stirred controversy together with his Fox information prison cellular particular interview. Despite all of that, Kartel remains to be working the display from prison!
Musically, he dropped one album, Born fi Dis, and two EPs- X-Rated and Dancehall Royalty. To height his yr off, the deejay become a grandpa for the second one time!
2. Chronic Law – 63.8 million
The 2nd dancehall artist at the height 10 maximum streamed artist record is Chronic Law at No. 3 with 63.8 million perspectives which is a detailed name to Vybz Kartel’s numbers. There used to be no breakdown to be had for Chronic Law’s streaming, however a handy guide a rough test of his YouTube web page presentations that the artist has been constantly importing new song each few days. Some of his song which doesn’t have movies, has racked up tens of millions of perspectives. Chronic Law is rated as some of the best possible dancehall artists at the scene at this time. His reputable Spotify streaming numbers have no longer been launched, however at the artist record, he got here in at No. 34, a some distance cry from his efficiency on YouTube.
As for his achievements over the length, the artiste dropped his album ‘1law’ and his EP Paradise Riddim each in 2021.
3. Alkaline – 60.5 million
Dancehall’s Champion Boy Alkaline subsequent follows within the 3rd place with 60.5 million perspectives. His general performs had been 211 million performs from the January-December 2021 length, with the most-streamed songs being “Cree” at No. 1 with 9.46 million performs and “Hostage” at No. 1 with 8.36 million performs.
Alkaline used to be the primary Jamaican dancehall artist to headline a Spotify dancehall playlist when the streaming carrier used to be introduced in February 2021 in Jamaica. At the tip of the yr, it used to be introduced that he used to be probably the most performed dancehall artist coming in ahead of Vybz Kartel. Of route, the variations between the Spotify positions are that the majority Jamaicans depend on YouTube for his or her song which is unfastened, as opposed to Spotify, which is subscription-based but additionally restricted in relation to curating dancehall song. Still, it’s a significant feat for Alkaline, who’s an unbiased artist who broke out at the scene round 2013 together with his first album, “New Level Unlocked.”
The Reggae Billboard chart-topper has, then again, maintained a presence out of the highlight however nonetheless delivered constant hits to his lovers. Among his achievements for the previous twelve months used to be losing every other sensational listening piece, Top Prize, which accounts for a excellent bite of the performs the artist gained for the yr.
4. Skillibeng – 51.8 million
The fourth position used to be taken via newcomer Skillibeng who had 51.8 million perspectives. Born Emwah Warmington, the artiste is solely 24 years previous however rocking the native and world scene together with his hit songs. While there’s no breakdown for his general performs, Skillibeng is one to look at this new yr as he has confirmed that he has the profitable price ticket in terms of making hit songs.
Skillibeng has had an outstanding yr due to his song and collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj for his or her “Crocodile Teeth” remix. The artist used to be amongst Spotify’s height 10 maximum performed artists, coming in at No. 7 a number of the greats like Vybz Kartel, Alkaline, Shaggy and Sean Paul, and extra, and he featured at the record of the highest songs via Spotify with 3 of his hits making the reduce together with “Crocodile Teeth, “Coke” and “Not.”
The previous twelve months were nice for Skillibeng, who began his profession in May 2019 together with his unmarried “Rain.” Among his accomplishments for the yr used to be his debut album, which featured artists like Bobby Shmurda, Popcaan, Spice, and others.
On the private facet, the artist welcomed his child boy together with his female friend, YouTuber Taveion. And as though issues couldn’t get well, he kicked off 2022 on height of Audiomack’s Most streamed Reggae/ Dancehall artist record on Audiomack for January 2022, main Popcaan, Alkaline, Jahmiel, and Masicka, respectively.
5. Intence – 50.2 million
The 5th artist at the YouTube most-streamed artists record is Intence, with 50.2 million perspectives.
The artist’s maximum performed music used to be “Yahoo Boyz,” with 9.5 million performs, adopted via “Clutcha,” with 2.4 million performs. Intence has been at the scene since 2017, however he mainly blew up musically in 2019 together with his hits “She Dem Real” and “Go Hard.” He made notable flooring in 2021 as an artist right here to stick with his provocative content material in “Yahoo Boyz” and his debut Wounded EP, each launched in 2021.
As for his efficiency across the world, Intence has confirmed that he’s cherished via his lovers in a foreign country. He made the spectacular accomplishment of being the one artist with a Jamaican music (“Yahoo Boyz” launched in July 2021) to be on Spotify’s height 10 most-played songs in Jamaica for 2021. The whole height 10 record used to be ruled via international artists excluding for Intence, who got here in at No. 6.
6. Masicka – 45.9 million
Masicka got here in at No. 7 with 45.9 million perspectives and 110 million performs over the twelve months in 2021. It’s no marvel that Masicka has made this record as he has been very in line with no longer simplest freeing song but additionally developing hit songs for his devoted following.
A take a look at the singer’s YouTube chart presentations his performs had been moderate, however across the time he launched his album ‘438’, there used to be an uptick in performs. Still, it wasn’t the brand new album that used to be liable for his placement on most-streamed artists. Songs like “Leader” that includes Dexta Daps and Dunwell with 9 million performs used to be his No. 1 music for the yr. Even regardless that that music used to be launched two years in the past, it has 23 million perspectives. “I Wish,” with 8.48 million performs, is at No. 2.
On the opposite hand, Masicka has proven a constant stage of listenership in the community and across the world as he got here in at No. 4 on Spotify’s most-streamed Reggae/Dancehall artist for 2021. Masicka, who first got here at the scene in 2011 together with his break unmarried “Guh Haad and Done,” had made a excellent stride in 2021. His music “I Wish” reduce Spotify’s Top 75 Songs whilst 438 debuted at the Billboard Reggae Chart at No. 2.
The album has remained at the chart, first shifting to No. 4 then to No. 10 in its fourth week since being launched. So some distance, MRC knowledge from Billboard says that the album has bought over 5,000 general natural album gross sales and album-equivalent gadgets. As for virtual music gross sales, his streaming used to be up with 1,287,700 On-Demand audio streams and 80,700 On-Demand Video Streams in simply the 3rd week alongside.
Masicka has controlled to reach longevity at the Billboard chart via staying on for a fourth week, in contrast to earlier albums launched in 2021 via the likes of Spice, Sean Paul, even Vybz Kartel, and Alkaline, which stayed on moderate one week.
The album is a awesome piece of labor and presentations the artist’s enlargement in addition to his writing talents. With persisted effort, Masicka is headed for mainstream world song, and he is a superb ambassador for nice dancehall song at that. One factor his lovers have expected used to be the look forward to new song, nevertheless it used to be price it because the artist delivered.
7. Teejay – 43.4 million
Teejay got here in at No. 8 with 43.4 million perspectives. It’s been a large yr for Teejay as he modified control from Romeich Entertainment to Solid Agency, controlled via Sharon Burke. Among his top-performing songs for the twelve months are “Weed and Money,” launched 5 months in the past with 1.9 million perspectives, and his music “Rags to Riches,” which used to be first launched in 2020, however the video used to be created in 2021 and has 32 million total perspectives.
He additionally launched his EP Unlimited previous in 2021 and plans to liberate his debut album Rags to Riches in 2022. So some distance, he has launched one music from the album known as “Escobar,” which has had 2 million perspectives since being launched in November 2021. The music, if anything else, units the tone for the album- a motivational theme that may well be pervasive within the album given the name of the venture and the unique music. While talking in regards to the upcoming album on the finish of 2021, Teejay advised the Jamaica Star he’s hoping that the album would lend a hand him move over into the mainstream song audiences as he goals paying listeners.
8. Popcaan – 39.9 million
Rounding off at No. 9 is Popcaan which is unexpected as Popcaan has had an energetic song yr for 2021 with nearly part a dozen releases for the twelve months. The artist used to be additionally noticed traveling extra, and who can blame him as 2020 used to be principally lockdowns international, and in 2021, there used to be some loosening of measures as gala’s and occasions resumed.
Popcaan nonetheless scooped up 39.9 million perspectives and 288 million performs from lovers spanning internationally from Nairobi, the United Kingdom, Canada, Jamaica, and powerful toughen from lovers in Trinidad and Guyana and Puerto Rico, and others.
Popcaan’s most-streamed music used to be “Silence,” with 16.7 million performs. The music used to be launched in 2018, whilst his 2021 liberate “God Is Love,” that includes the mythical Beres Hammond, got here in at No. 2 with 13.6 million perspectives.
For probably the most section, it used to be nonetheless an excellent yr for Popcaan as he used to be additionally indexed at No. 15 on Spotify’s maximum performed artist record in Jamaica. His song used to be additionally identified with a nomination for Best Reggae Act via the United Kingdom MOBO awards, which he misplaced out directly to Shenseea, and he additionally gained 3 awards – the Best R&B/Hip Hop Collaboration Reggae Song together with his monitor “Twist” that includes Drake; the U-Roy Award for Best Male Deejay; and the Best Crossover Song for “Party Next Door,” additionally that includes Drake on the thirty ninth Annual IRAWMA Awards within the U.S.
9. Squash – 38.2 million
Rounding off the Top 10 is Montego Bay dancehall artist Squash. The deejay may were retaining a low profile, however musically he used to be some distance from being low profile as he racked up 38.2 million perspectives for the yr.
The artiste constantly launched new song in 2021, with eye-popping dozen-odd songs dropped. Squash first launched his debut album in 2020, Mr. Whittaker, a three way partnership together with his label 6ix Is Real Records and VP Records. Although he didn’t liberate a solo venture, Squash used to be featured in Di 6ixtape launched thru VP Records and that includes songs from different contributors of the 6ix – Chronic Law, Daddy1, and the dancehall Worl’Boss himself Vybz Kartel.
Over the length, the G City Crew member has launched a number of songs on YouTube, with every having upwards of two million perspectives. While Squash has been round since 2016, his song remains to be regarded as underground principally as a result of the content material which glorifies scamming and gun violence. Nevertheless, to upward push a number of the greats is an fulfillment. The artist prior to now stated he had his points of interest set for a Grammy Award, however he failed to fulfill the brink together with his remaining venture. Perhaps it’s time time to concentrate on losing every other album.
10. Tommy Lee Sparta – 34.9 million
Tommy Lee Sparta additionally had a large yr at the musical entrance in spite of his incarceration. His loss of skill to excursion the United States has no longer slowed him down as he maintained a big fanbase in Jamaica and the broader Caribbean.
Over the process twelve months from January to December 2021, Tommy Lee Sparta racked up 34.9 million streams.
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11. Skeng – 34 million
12. Shenseea – 27 million
13. Rygin King – 26 million
14. Dexta Daps – 24.5 million
15. Spice – 21.8 million
Overall, this height 10 record had many surprises. While some had been anticipated, it confirmed that different artists, particularly the professionally younger ones, had been out to make a reputation, and not anything is preventing them in 2022 if they maintain up the similar momentum.