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Music video by Luis Fonsi performing Despacito. (C) 2017 Universal Music Latino
“Despacito” is a song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee from Fonsi’s 2019 studio album Vida.
Released on January 12, 2017, the song was written by Luis Fonsi, Erika Ender and Daddy Yankee, and produced by Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres.
A remix version featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber was released on April 17, 2017, which helped to improve the song’s chart performance in numerous countries, including various number-one positions.
Popularizing Spanish-language pop music
“Despacito” has been widely credited by music journalists as being instrumental in popularizing Spanish-language pop music in the mainstream market again.
It is a reggaeton and Latin pop song composed in common time with lyrics about desiring a sexual relationship, performed in a smooth and romantic way.
“Despacito” received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who praised the fusion between Latin and urban rhythms, its catchiness, and its text painting.
Record of the Year
It has received Latin Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Urban Fusion/Performance, and Best Short Form Music Video at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards.
The best Latin songs
“Despacito” has been also ranked among the best Latin songs of all-time and the best songs of 2017 by various publications, which referred to it as one of the most successful Spanish-language tracks in pop music history.
The song topped the charts of 47 countries and reached the top 10 of six others.
Billboard Hot 100
In the United States, it became the first song primarily in Spanish to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Los del Río’s “Macarena” in 1996, subsequently tying the longest-reigning number one on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time with 16 weeks, as well as becoming the longest-running number-one on the Hot Latin Songs chart with 56 weeks.
It also became the first Latin song to receive a diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. The music video shows both artists performing the song in La Perla neighborhood of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and local bar La Factoría.
Most-viewed YouTube video
It was the most-viewed YouTube video of all-time from August 2017 to November 2020.
It became the first video on the site to reach the milestones of three, four, five, six, and seven billion views.
Despacito became available for digital download on January 12, 2017 on Universal Music Latin. The physical release began on April 30, 2017 in Europe as a two-track single, including the original and pop version.
The song was recorded in Miami, Florida in 2016.
Produced by Mauricio Rengifo and Andres Torres; the second is known for his work with David Bisbal and Ricky Martin. And the first producer (Rengifo) is better known as El Dundee from Colombian pop duo Cali & El Dandee.
“Despacito” is a song that combines Latin American pop with 89 bpm reggaeton. Her implicit and with hidden meaning texts relate to the smooth and romantic relationship between girls and boys, which greatly complicates the use of any allegories and their explanation.
However, Luis Fonsi himself stated that some of the lines are free for interpretation.
Lyrics and Music Writers: Erica Ender, Raymond Ayala, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee
Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero (born April 15, 1978), known by his stage name Luis Fonsi, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and actor. He is known for multiple songs, one of them being “Despacito” featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee.
Latin Grammy Award nominations in the Record of the Year
Luis Fonsi received his first Latin Grammy Award nominations in the Record of the Year category and won Song of the Year thanks to the song “Aquí Estoy Yo”. The song also won three Billboard Latin Music Awards.
“Despacito” became Fonsi’s biggest success winning four Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Latin Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards and received three Grammy Awards nominations. He also won one Latin American Music Award for “Échame la Culpa” with Demi Lovato.
As of 2018, he has broken six Guinness World Records and sold more than 11 million records with “Despacito”. “Despacito” was the most-watched YouTube video of all time until November 2020, with over 7 billion views.
Luis Fonsi was born on April 15, 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the oldest child of Alfonso Rodríguez and Delia López-Cepero. He has two younger siblings: Jean Rodríguez, who also is a singer, and Tatiana Rodríguez.
Growing up, Luis Fonsi idolized the stars of the popular group Menudo, and the San Juan Children’s Choir.
He attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, and participated in a group called “Big Guys.” They sang at school parties and local festivals. One of the members of the group, Joey Fatone, later joined *NSYNC.
In 1995, Luis Fonsi enrolled at Florida State University School of Music on a full scholarship, He also joined the school’s choir, the Florida State University Singers, and sang with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Eventually, he dropped out in order to pursue a career in music. Soon after, he was offered a recording contract by Universal Music Latin.