Despacito is the most watched YouTube video, ever

Pop reggaeton track was everywhere last summer - and looks unlikely to go away anytime soon

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Monday 09 April 2018 08:36 BST
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"Despacito" has shattered another YouTube record by becoming the first video to reach 5bn views.

The Spanish-language hit by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee was released in January 2017 and went onto break several records in music streaming, including one for the single with the most weeks at No.1 in the US, with 16 consecutive weeks.

It also became the most-streamed song in the world after reaching 4.6bn plays. "Despacto"'s closest competitor is Wiz Khalifa's track "See You Again" ft. Charlie Puth, which was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2015 action film Furious 7 as a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker.

The title of "Despacito" which uses a classic reggaeton beat, means "slowly", while its incredibly sexual lyrics refer to trespassing danger zones. A remix featuring Justin Bieber also proved hugely popular - the two versions of the song combined make it the "most streamed song in history".

Along with another Latin American track, "Mi Gente", it marked the first time in the Billboard Hot 100's 59 year history that two non-English language songs had ever appeared in the top 10 simultaneously.

Last year, The Independent covered how non-English language songs have found more of an appeal in the UK and the US - particularly Spanish-language music.

"King of Latin Pop" Enrique Iglesias noted: "Contrary to the past, music today has no boundaries. With the continual growth of music streaming, it's exciting to see that fans from all over the world are embracing Latin music and culture."

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