“Despacito” is about a sexual but romantic relationship between two people. The Spanish word “despacito” translates to “slowly”—which indicates the romance in the relationship.
It is a remix of the popular Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee track “Despacito,” which topped the charts in seventeen countries. The lyrics of the original and the remix are identical, except for Justin Bieber’s intro and the third verse.
Justin shows his versatile talent by singing in Spanish on the track. It was moderately successful before the Bieber remix, reaching #44 on the Hot 100 and topping the Hot Latin Songs chart. However, the week after Bieber’s remix dropped, the song exploded to #9 on the Hot 100, becoming the first top ten of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and the twelve of Bieber. The song climbed on to #1 spot on chart dated 05.27.17, replacing DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One” which also featured Bieber.
By reaching the top 10, it became the first mostly-Spanish language song to do so since “Macarena”, which was number 1 for 14 weeks in 1996 and was last in the top 10 in early 1997.
The song went on to become one of, arguably, the biggest hits of all time. As of August 30, 2017, it is tied with Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” as the longest-running #1 in history, and it’s also the most streamed song in history, the most viewed song in Genius history, and the most viewed video on YouTube in history.
“Despacito” became Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s first #1 and Justin Bieber’s fifth Hot 100 #1 single. He’s the only artist to replace himself at #1 with two sets of songs within 2 years.
Update: ‘Despacito’ Officially Reaches 4 Billion Views On YouTube.
Although ‘Despacito’ means ‘slowly’ in English, it’s success between streaming performance and sales has been anything BUT slow. The video, which doesn’t include Justin Bieber’s additional verses was posted on January 12 of 2017 and it has since raced to the No.1 spot and has been crowned the most-watched video on YouTube.
‘Despacito’ surpasses Wiz Khalifa’s hit from 2015 ‘See You Again’ featuring Charlie Puth, which currently has 3.15 billion views and Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’, which was released in 2012 and it’s been currently watched 2.97 billion times.
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