Latin song sets global streaming record, most popular tune in the U.S.

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Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” has become the most-streamed song of all time, just six months after it was released.

The track, which is currently No. 1 in the U.S., U.K., and Australia has been played 4.6 billion times across all streaming services, overtaking Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” which previously held the title.

“Despacito,” which means “slowly” in Spanish, became a sensation overnight. It set a new record on Vevo by becoming the Spanish-language video with the most views in 24 hours (it collected 5.4 million hits). Another Vevo record fell when “Despacito” become the fastest Spanish-language video to reach 200 million views, which it achieved in 22 days. It’s also the fastest-ever music video to reach 2 billion views (154 days).

The unbelievably catchy tune is just the 35th single to top the Billboard Hot 100 for at least 10 weeks. The record for the longest stint at No. 1 is owned by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” which ruled for 16 weeks in 1995-96.

The music video can be watched below:


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