Despacito Video Makes New Youtube Record
Luis Fonsi’s video Despacito got more than three billion hits! In this picture he is posing at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California – Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are celebrating after their summer smash Despacito became the most-viewed video on YouTube.com with more than three billion hits.
The visuals for the catchy track, which was directed by Carlos Perez, officially overtook Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s See You Again clip on Friday to snag the title with 2,993,786,682 views in just 203 days, compared to the Furious 7 theme tune’s 2,993,651,270 clicks, and on Saturday, Despacito became the first promo in YouTube history to smash the three billion milestone.
Fonsi, who filmed the video in his native Puerto Rico, has taken to Instagram to thank fans for helping him set the new record, which doesn’t include the 4.7 million plays the audio link for the Justin Bieber remix has also garnered.
“What an honor.. most viewed video in history and first video to reach 3 billion views… y EN ESPANOL (and in Spanish)!!,” Fonsi writes. “Thank you to everybody involved @daddyyankee @zuleykarivera @elasticpeople Thank you, the fans for celebrating this song with us and thanks Puerto Rico for being the most beautiful setting in the world. Long live Latin music!”
Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee also expressed his joy over the news, posting, “Wow just heard that #Despacito just broke youtube record! Thank you all for supporting since day one!”
See You Again has since also cracked three billion views, but still trails the 3.04 billion Despacito boasts.
Khalifa and Puth’s 2015 song, which serves as a tribute to late Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker, served as the most-viewed video title for less than a month, after surpassing the five-year record held by South Korean pop star Psy’s Gangnam Style in July 2017.