Latin dance hit Despacito now most-streamed global track

Despacito sets a record as the most streamed music track of all time.
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee in a screenshot from the Despacito music video.
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee in a screenshot from the Despacito music video.PHOTO: YOUTUBE / LUISFONSIVEVO

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Catchy summer dance song Despacito has set a record as the most streamed music track of all time, with some 4.6 billion plays across leading platforms, record company Universal Music said on Wednesday (July 19).

The song, first released in January in Spanish by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and rapper Daddy Yankee and then in a remixed version featuring Justin Bieber, has topped charts in 35 countries around the world and dominated radio play.

Its 4.6 billion streams surpasses the record set by Bieber with his 2015 single Sorry and its remixes, and makes it the most successful Spanish-language pop song of all time.

"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,"Universal Music Group chief executive Lucian Grainge said in a statement.

Despacito has spent 10 consecutive weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, 17 weeks at No 1 in Spain and 9 weeks in the top spot in Britain, Universal Music said.

 

Fonsi, previously little known outside Puerto Rico, said it was "truly an honour that Despacito is now the most streamed song in history."