Universal Music Group today announced that Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” has officially become the most-streamed song to ever hit the web. The song, originally released in January and later remixed with a verse by Justin Bieber, has been streamed more than 4.6 billion times across various outlets, mainly YouTube which makes up for the majority of streams.
By becoming the most-streamed song of all time, “Despacito” replaces Bieber’s own song “Sorry” at the #1 spot which currently has 4.38 billion streams. “Streaming is a connector for audiences worldwide and it has helped my music reach every corner of the planet,” said Fonsi in a statement. “It is truly an honor that ‘Despacito’ is now the most streamed song in history.”
“Streaming has democratized music consumption, it has made Latin music increasingly relevant on the charts and it has amplified our songs and videos to a world stage,” said Jesús Lopez, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula. “‘Despacito’ has broken every record thanks to Luis Fonsi’s talent and creativity, which have positioned him as a pillar of Latin music for the past 20 years. I also congratulate Erika Ender, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber for their valuable contributions, as well as the different teams involved in the success of this song.”
In addition, “Despacito” is the first song since 1996’s “Macarena” to hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a place where it’s been for the past ten weeks. Obviously, if you continue listening to the earworm Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Bieber have created, you’ll probably just increase its streaming numbers by large margins in the near future. I think I just added an additional 1,000 streams myself.