Popular Music/Luis Fonsi/Despacito

"Despacito" is a song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper and singer Daddy Yankee as the lead single from Fonsi's 2019 studio album Vida. The song and its associated music video were released on January 12, 2017.

Background and compositionEdit

Shortly after the song's release, Luis Fonsi stated in an interview that his motivation for writing the song was to create a "swinging song" for his new album after two years without releasing new music. When asked about the song, Luis Fonsi said, "“Despacito” was a song that from the time I started writing it I felt that its hook was really catchy and powerful, but at the same time very simple. The lyrics are sensual and the beat of the song will make you want to move. That’s what I wanted to create with this song: a fun track that had that Latin feel with a melody that I feel very comfortable singing and that will make people just dance." When asked about the genre and style, Luis Fonsi stated that he does not consider it to be reggaetón, but that the song has reggaetón energy. He called this style "the new pop."

Luis Fonsi also stated that Daddy Yankee helped give the song the unique "explosion that only he can bring to the table."

On April 17, 2017, a remix of the track featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber was released. Justin Bieber had heard "Despacito" in a Colombian nightclub during a tour in South America and wanted to record a remix version of it. The following day, Luis Fonsi received a phone call from Universal Latin about the intentions for remix and authorized the label to send the track to Bieber. Bieber's manager Scooter Braun contacted his vocal producer Josh Gudwin to work on the song, who flew to Bogotá and recorded Justin Bieber's vocals at Estudios Audiovisión.

Unlike the original version, which is entirely in Spanish, the remix featuring Justin Bieber has some English lyrics as well. Justin Bieber's section at the start of the remix consists entirely of English lyrics. Later in the song, Luis Fonsi sings the bridge in English. The following change was made to the bridge between the original and the remix.

Original BridgeEdit

Despacito

Vamos a hacerlo en una playa en Puerto Rico

Hasta que las olas griten "¡ay, bendito!"

Para que mi sello se quede contigo''

RemixEdit

Despacito

This is how we do it down in Puerto Rico

I just wanna hear you screaming, "¡Ay, Bendito!"

I can move forever cuando esté contigo

¡Bailalo!''

Chart performanceEdit

In the United States, the single debuted at number two on Billboard's multi-metric Hot Latin Songs chart on February 4, 2017, becoming Fonsi's highest-charting single since "Aquí Estoy Yo" on June 13, 2009. Two weeks later, on February 18, 2017, "Despacito" reached number one on the US Hot Latin Songs chart. "Despacito" held the number one spot for 35 straight weeks, until October 14, 2017, when it was dethroned by J Balvin's Mi Gente.

On the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the single debuted at number 88 on February 4, 2017, becoming Fonsi's third entry and Daddy Yankee's seventh. It eventually climbed to number 44 on the chart, reaching this position on April 15, 2017, the weekend before the remix with Justin Bieber was released. The remix caused the already wildly popular song to become much more popular. It reached number one on May 27, 2017.

"Despacito" was the best-selling and most-streamed single of 2017 in the United States, with 2,692,000 downloads sold and 1,322,799,000 streams. It was played a total of 608,000 times on US radios in 2017, making it the year's sixth most-played song. This is more than half of the play count for the number one song, Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You", which accumulated 1,115,000 plays during 2017.

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Despacito" premiered on January 12, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (January 13, 2017, at 05:00 UTC). The video shows both artists performing the song while participating on different parties on the island, featuring model Zuleyka Rivera. The video begins by showing the coast in daylight. The first two seconds show the coastal waters and show the waves breaking over the rocks. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee perform the song in a street while elders are playing dominos, a child is getting his hair cut, two people are talking while listening to the radio, and couples are dancing in the background. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are singing in front of a car with other people sitting on it and dancing near it.

The video received 5,140,000 views in the first 24 hours of its release, setting a record for the highest for a Spanish-language music video in the first 24 hours of release.

The video reached one billion (1,000,000,000) views on April 19, 2017, doing so in 96 days, making it the second-fastest video to reach one billion views, behind only Adele's "Hello", which did so in 87 days. On August 4, 2017, at 17:30 UTC, it became the most-viewed video on YouTube, surpassing Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again", which held the title for 25 days (July 10, 2017 − August 4, 2017). Later that day, "Despacito" became the first video to reach 3 billion views. The following table shows several major view count milestones for "Despacito."

Views Date Achieved
100,000,000 January 27, 2017
200,000,000 February 4, 2017
300,000,000 February 18, 2017
400,000,000 March 4, 2017
500,000,000 March 14, 2017
600,000,000 March 22, 2017
700,000,000 March 29, 2017
1,000,000,000 April 19, 2017
2,000,000,000 June 16, 2017
3,000,000,000 August 4, 2017
4,000,000,000 October 11, 2017
5,000,000,000 April 5, 2018
6,000,000,000 February 24, 2019
7,000,000,000 October 10, 2020

The video held the number one spot until it was surpassed on November 1, 2020, at 11:12 p.m. EST, by Pinkfong's "Baby Shark." On October 10, 2020, "Despacito" reached 7 billion views; later that month, on October 29, "Baby Shark" became the second video to reach this milestone.