‘Kartel still King’! Incarcerated deejay rules YouTube streams in Jamaica

Vybz Kartel still enjoys much love from Jamaican listeners on YouTube as the island’s most-streamed musician for 2019 (Photo: The Fader)

Vybz Kartel has proved for yet another year that his music continues to dominate the Dancehall landscape as he returns as the most streamed artiste on local YouTube counters.

According to YouTube metrics, Kartel amassed an eye-watering 65 million streams for the period January 1 to December 29 – far outperforming Chronic Law and Alkaline as Jamaica’s top three musicians.

Tee Jay, 6ixx leader Squash, Masicka, Popcaan, Dexta Daps, Tommy Lee Sparta and Shenseea as the lone female round out the top ten places in terms of sheer views.

As we close out what has been a truly epic year for Reggae and dancehall, BUZZ presents, in ascending order, the top 20 most-streamed artistes in Jamaica:

20.   QuadA: 9.79 million views

Fast-rising Unruly camp prodigy QuadA (Photo: YouTube)

19.   Daddy1: 10.1 million views

Custom!! Daddy1 in his element at the launch of Unruly Fest in October (Photo: Dennis Brown/BUZZ)

18.   Khalid: 11.1 million views

New-gen R&B superstar Khalid (Photo: Amazon Music)

17.   Nicki Minaj: 11.3 million views

Rap goddess Nicki Minaj (Photo: YouTube)

16.   Koffee: 12 million views

Hot Koffee!!

15.   Rygin King: 12.4 million views

Rygin King

14.   Spice: 13.8 million views

Reigning Dancehall monarch Spice

13.   Tasha Cobbs: 14.6 million views

Tasha Cobbs Leonard stands as the only gospel act in Jamaica’s top 20! Well done, ma!! (Photo: YouTube)

12.   Jahvillani: 15 million views

Jahvillani dripping in sauce for ‘Clarks Pon Foot’ (Photo: YouTube)

11.   Chris Brown: 15.7 million views

R&B and hip-hop greats Chris Brown and Drake collaborate for the first time ever on mega-hit ‘No Guidance’ (Photo: YouTube)

10.   Shenseea: 16.9 million views

Dancehall princess Shenseea and American rapper Tyga in ‘Blessed’ (Photo: YouTube)

9.     Tommy Lee Sparta: 18.7 million views

Montego Bay reigning Spartan, Tommy Lee, in a scene from ‘Top Shotta’ (Photo: YouTube)

8.     Dexta Daps: 19.4 million views

Dexta Daps in a scene from ‘No Underwear’ (Photo: YouTube)

7.     Popcaan: 20.5 million views

The ‘Unruly Boss’ himself (Photo: Chris Lewinson/BUZZ)

6.     Masicka: 23.8 million views

Artwork for Masicka’s ‘Drug Lawd’ lyric video (Photo: YouTube)

5.     Squash: 26.5 million views

4.     Tee Jay: 27.4 million views

Tee Jay in his ‘My Type’ hit song (Photo: YouTube)

3.     Alkaline: 39.1 million views

Alkaline in his ‘With The Thing’ music video (Photo: YouTube)

2.     Chronic Law: 39.6 million views

Deejay Chronic Law in a scene from hit single ‘Hillside’ (Photo: YouTube)

1.    Vybz Kartel: 65.7 million views

(Photo: The Fader)