Despacito has just exceeded 5 billion views on YouTube, a new record to beat for artists.
Nothing stops Despacito! On YouTube, the video of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee exceeded 5 billion views, a first on the streaming video platform and a record to beat for other artists. It should be noted that the video that made 5 billion views is the clip with only Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. The remix that includes Justin Bieber, meanwhile, has only 7 million views.
For a long time, the number one spot on YouTube was owned by Gangnam Style of Korean PSY, whose clip exceeded one billion views in 2012. And it is only in 2017 that the horse dance was dethroned by “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, who was in turn overtaken by Despacito. It was in August. At that time, the clip was still only 3 billion views on YouTube. On Twitter, Luis Fonsi, of course, thanked all his fans.
And it’s not just on YouTube that Despacito is a hit. The music, which has been heard everywhere in 2017, has also been the most popular song in streaming music.
The success of the title is such that in Puerto Rico, the country where the clip was shot, it had a substantial impact on the tourism industry. Indeed, the song would have increased the interest of tourists for Puerto Rico by 45%.