Riding high on its success, the record breaking track Despacito is continuing to break records and charts and from what it seems, is unstoppable at the moment. The original soundtrack was released on January 13th of this year, falling at a second position to cross over 1.9 billion views on YouTube and is on its track to being the quickest clip to reach 2 billion views very soon! Shortly after attaining unimaginable success, the duo was joined by the popular teen sensation Justin Bieber to create a remix for the song. In an interview, Luis Fonsi mentions the journey of the song and how Justin Bieber was thrilled to be on board to recreate the magic of the song. Whilst being on tour in Colombia, Bieber was convinced to join the duo considering the love the song had garnered from the public over the months.
While talking about the single in an interview, he shared, “The first verse in Spanish means that you’re the magnet and I’m the metal, so it’s just kind of happening and we can’t control it and that we’re coming together and nothing can stop us. I’m starting to like you more than average, all of my senses are asking for more. The chorus means the suspense that’s kind of building and then all of a sudden you go ‘Despacito’. We even slowed down the track to give it a more dramatic feel.”
Soon after the remix was released in April, the song marched its way up from the 44th position to the 1st position on Billboard Hot 100 and has successfully managed to maintain its number one position for four consecutive weeks now! Apart from breaking viewer records, Despacito is the first part Spanish and part English song to reach the number one spot since Los Del Rio’s ‘Macarena’ in 1996. It is only after breaking a record of 20 years that a Spanish-English song has been listed number one on Hot 100 and that too over the course of four consecutive weeks. Being the longest running foreign language song across many countries, this song has achieved several accolades that have surpassed the imagination of its own creators.