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‘Despacito’ now the most streamed track

/ 12:10 AM August 01, 2017

While “Despacito” means “slowly” in English, this ubiquitous hit has yet to show signs of slowing down.

Only six months after it was released, “Despacito”—the pop song by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and whose remix features pop star Justin Bieber—has become the most streamed track, with 4.6 billion plays in different music platforms.

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“Luis Fonsi already had the undisputed, biggest song of the year—and now he’s setting even bigger records,” Universal Music Group executive Lucian Grainge said in a statement sent to the Los Angeles Times, adding that “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.”

On the other hand, the song’s music video, which currently has 2.678 billion views on YouTube, is also poised to be the most viewed video on the site and overtake the current leader, “See You Again,” which had just dethroned “Gangnam Style” earlier this month.

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