Latin sensation Luis Fonsi is celebrating today as his summer smash song “Despacito” becomes the most streamed song of all time. Reaching over 4.6 billion streams – with the original and the remix combined – the song has now knocked Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” off the top of the list, with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” following up in third place. It means Bieber shouldn’t be too displeased as he’s still number 1 technically with his guest spot on the Latin-infused floorfiller.
Song mastermind Luis Fonsi was overjoyed by the news, stating: ‘Streaming is a connector for audiences worldwide and it has helped my music reach every corner of the planet. It is truly an honour that “Despacito” is now the most streamed song in history.’ It’s also the most popular music video on YouTube this year, reaching a staggering 2.6 million views on the site.
CEO for Universal, Lucian Grainge, said of the record label’s big hit: “Luis Fonsi already had the undisputed, biggest song of the year – and now he’s setting even bigger records. Streaming has opened up the possibility of a song with a different beat, from a different culture and in a different language to become a juggernaut of success around the world.”
“Despacito” was originally released in January 2017, before the popular Justin Bieber-fronted remix dropped in April of this year. Both versions of the song have had astonishing commercial success, reaching the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as becoming the first Spanish-language track to top the chart since the 1996 Los Del Rio smash hit “Macarena.”.
Bieber hit the news not along due to controversy surrounding the pop star’s renditions of it. After forgetting the words to the song’s Spanish verses, Bieber shouted “blah blah blah blah” and made up his own words – receiving criticism for inserting “Dorito” and “Burrito” in place of the forgotten words. He was also called a “Latin King” last month by music streaming service Spotify in an ad since taken down. The decision to pull it was prompted by a backlash calling the advert culturally inappropriate.