Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's 'Despacito' Is First Clip to Hit 4 Billion Views on YouTube

12Oct - by MarthaCobb

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” is still outsprinting every other video on the planet. 

The Latin mega-hit just clocked-up a staggering 4 billion views on YouTube, a new benchmark on the giant streaming platform. 

“Despacito” means “slowly” in English, but its sales and streaming performance has been anything but. The video, shot in Spanish and without Justin Bieber's additional verses, was first posted on Jan. 12 this year and has raced to the crown as most-watched video on YouTube, besting Wiz Khalifa’s 2015 hit “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth (currently at 3.15 billion views) and Psy’s former record-setter “Gangnam Style” from 2012 (with 2.97 views).

“Thank you for supporting family. Thanks Puerto Rico,” tweeted Fonsi with news the big milestone.

Since its release, “Despacito” has wrecked a long list records, including one that stood more than two decades. First up, “Despacito” set Vevo records for most views a Spanish-language video in 24 hours with 5.4 million hits, as well as for the fastest such video to reach 200 million views, 2 billion views and 3 billion views. The track also racked-up 4.6 billion streams in just six months, another record, according to Nielsen Music's U.S  Mid-Year Report.

And just last month, “Despacito” landed a 16th week atop the Billboard Hot 100, the most weeks at No. 1 ever for a single, equaling the reign Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's “One Sweet Day,” which ruled for a long stretch in 1995-96.