Since news of Spotify making its way to scores of new countries globally last week, with Jamaica making the list for the Caribbean, Alkaline is now the face of its first Jamaican-focused playlist Back A Yard.
The playlist currently consists of 51 authentic dancehall tracks from the genre’s leading headliners, highlighting user demand for these tracks via their streaming numbers.
Powering the streams are his loyal fans who took to Twitter when his latest track Top Prize was released last month. The hashtag #TopPrizeAlkaline and #TopPrizeAlbum trended high for an entire weekend.
Since its release on February 12, the single has reached close to 900,000 streams across DSP with over a million views on his YouTube channel. The track is currently featured on several ‘ones to watch’ lists from Pandora, Apple Music and the top 100 Deezer tracks list.
Indication of the track’s popularity was evident at his recent show in Tampa, Florida. The highly anticipated performance, his first in 15 months, was met with rapturous applause from eager fans who drank from his musical fountain, singing hit after hit for close to an hour.
Delivering tracks such as City, Formula, Block & Delete and One More Time, fans were sent into a frenzy, first serving as background vocalists then as lead singers on the various singles. There were more than 1000 people in attendance. While performing his latest single, screams and salutes permeated the air with an almost overzealous set of fans daring to pull the 27-year-old artiste closer. Alkaline will also be releasing a 14-track album soon.