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'Despacito' dethrones Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth song as YouTube's most-viewed

'Despacito' dethrones Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth song as YouTube's most-viewed”

Not content with already being the most streamed song of all time or the first Spanish-language song to be No. 1 in the USA since "Macarena" in 1996, Luis Fonsi's global smash hit is now also the most viewed video in YouTube history.

It only took 204 days for "Despacito" to garner 2,996,733,449 (and counting) views on Youtube, knocking off previous recorder holder Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" from the top spot.

To check the ridiculousness of how fast "Despacito" ascended to the top spot, unlike Psy or "See You Again", they amassed almost 3 billion views in less than eight months. Barring any setbacks, it will also soon become the first YouTube video with three billion total views, as it is likely to pass that milestone sometime over the weekend.

The bilingual jam "Despacito" has been on fire this summer: the tune just entered its 12th week atop the Billboard Hot 100, tying Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" for the biggest song of 2017 so far. It was only No. 5 on the most-watched list when Khalifa's track claimed the No. 1 spot last month.

Both "Despacito" and "See You Again" have raked in millions of views each day, but the former is growing more rapidly with 14 million to 19 million new views daily. The music industry has changed.

"I recognize the influence that [YouTube] has", Daddy Yankee told Billboard Friday. The rules of music have changed.

In YouTube's press release, Fonsi said breaking the record was "truly incredible, not only for me but for Latin music and our culture".



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