Puerto Rican pop song 'Despacito' becomes most-streamed track in history

In just six months, Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" has become the most-streamed song of all time, with over 4.6 billion plays across global streaming platforms.

Let that sink in.

The song was released in January and the record includes streams from the “Despacito” remix featuring Justin Bieber, which was released in April

The Puerto Rican pop hit surpasses Justin Bieber’s 2015 track “Sorry,” which held the previous all-time streaming record with 4.38 billion plays.

According to TIME magazine, Fonsi is the first Latino artist to lead in Spotify streams.

The popular tune has been a major hit on YouTube, with well over 2.5 billion views.

The song has even been credited with giving Puerto Rico’s tourism economy a boost.

In case you're wondering, “Despacito,” means “slowly” in Spanish and speaks to the sensual nature of the seductive track.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
 It's not the 'race card', it's my reality - rugby journo Vata Ngobeni

It's not the 'race card', it's my reality - rugby journo Vata Ngobeni

Despite his credentials, rugby journalist Vata Ngobeni says he's always felt undermined in the world of rugby because he is black.

Don't shut Delft taxi rank, go after illegal operators - Blue Downs CPF

Don't shut Delft taxi rank, go after illegal operators - Blue Downs CPF

Suspected taxi violence has returned in Delft, where a taxi boss was shot and killed at the local taxi rank on Monday.

WC school for the deaf in need of financial aid after hostel blaze

WC school for the deaf in need of financial aid after hostel blaze

The principal has asked for aid in the form of financial contributions in order to help towards restoring the hostel building.

Facebook is coming for everything including Netflix and YouTube users

Facebook is coming for everything including Netflix and YouTube users

Popular social media networking site, Facebook will soon be launching its own online video streaming content.

How to make money on YouTube in South Africa

How to make money on YouTube in South Africa

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield asks Google South Africa’s Luke Mckend how to make money on YouTube.

The best way to listen to music is to hire it

The best way to listen to music is to hire it

The industry noted for being significantly disrupted by technology is getting its groove back.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

The chilling call Henri van Breda made to emergency services on the night his mother, father and big brother were hacked to death.

Everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Allon Raiz on “Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science behind Why Everything You Know about Success Is (Mostly) Wrong”.

CT's desalinated water may have long-term health risks, scientists warn

CT's desalinated water may have long-term health risks, scientists warn

Desalination is not a risk-free solution to the water crisis and could have health implications, local experts have argued.

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife says abuse allegations spread by EFF leader Julius Malema are an attempt to tarnish his reputation.

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

Professor William Landman explains what El Nino is and its effects on the coming seasons in the Western Cape.

Is Shakespeare still relevant to SA's school curriculum?

Is Shakespeare still relevant to SA's school curriculum?

How relevant is Shakespeare in SA's English literature which is written in a manner that no one speaks today?

3 reasons for the petrol price hike (and why it will hurt more than you think)

3 reasons for the petrol price hike (and why it will hurt more than you think)

Economist Dawie Roodt says that the petrol price hike is going to boost the cycle of inflation and force interest rates up.