Smash hit ‘Despacito’ becomes most viewed YouTube video

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NEW YORK: Despacito—the racy Spanish-language global smash hit throbbing with sexual innuendo—racked up another record Friday, supplanting See You Again as the most watched video on YouTube.

As of early Friday afternoon on the US East Coast, Despacito had logged 2.995 billion views on YouTube, ahead of rap ballad See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth at 2.994 billion.

The triumph of Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s song crushed a short reign for See You Again, which only clawed into the number one spot last month topping the extraordinary four-and-a-half-year run of Korean artist Psy’s Gangnam Style.

“Wow,” Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee, who is featured on Despacito, said to his nearly 17 million followers on Instagram. “Thank you all for supporting since day one!”


Despacito “ has already been named most streamed song of all time.

On July 19, the song’s label, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, said Despacito in its original and remixed versions had reached 4.6 billion streams across platforms including YouTube and Spotify.

The track with its reggaeton beat went viral soon after its January release and found an even more colossal audience in April when pop star Justin Bieber appeared in a remix.

The Bieber version has logged 12 weeks at number one on the US singles chart, the first Spanish-language song to reach the top spot since Macarena in 1996 and matching the 12-week reign earlier this year of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You.

Despacito means “slowly.”

See You Again was featured in the 2015 action movie “Furious 7” and intersperses scenes from the film with Khalifa rapping and Puth singing as they overlook a sandy coast.

The song was a tribute to Paul Walker, an actor in “The Fast and Furious” film franchise who died in a car wreck.

AFP

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