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Despacito: Officially the highest-winning Latin song

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“Despacito” hit the airwaves on 13 January, 2017 and has been a successful music track widely acknowledged by music lovers around the globe prior to its record-breaking achievement at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, where it was crowned the Most Award-winning Latin song.

The 2017 summer hit by Puerto Rican pop artist Luis Fonzi featured Daddy Yankee and was popularized by a remix version with Justin Bieber.

Since its release, the popular Latin song has since inspired many parodies and remixes, with millions of “likes” and billions of views.

Despacito remains the most viewed and liked YouTube video of all time. It holds record as the first video to reach 3 million views and 4 million in just 272 days. In the song, Justin Bieber sang in Spanish for the first time in his flourishing music career, making the lyrics even more popular in English-speaking countries.

Having amassed over 100 million views from the audio YouTube version on its release date, “Despacito” debuted in the U.S. music chart as the 2nd placed Hot Latin Songs and eventually hit to top spot, where it remained for 22 weeks.

As of April 9, 2018 Despacito, had been viewed over 5 billion times on YouTube although Vevo shut it out of its music list after a reported hack that targeted Drake, Shakira and Taylor Swift.

“Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalogue were subject to a security breach today, which has now been contained,” the company said of the hack after reinstating the video with its correct view count. “We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalog to be restored to full working order. We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach.”

Despacito is a Spanish word for “slowly.” The single is a music track from Fonsi’s upcoming studio album to be released by Universal Music Latin.

Co-written by Fonzi, Daddy Yankee and Erika Ender, the Panamanian singer/songwriter and Latin Music Award winner, Despacito video was shot in La Perla, a neighborhood in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and a local bar La Factoría.

Lyrics in the popular Latin song is about having a sexual relationship performed in a smooth and romantic way.

Fonzi and Daddy Yankee never had a single so hot and loved in over 47 countries. Despacito was rated among top 10 across countries in the world. The song remained top on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 16 weeks, the longest-reigning song in history, and has won several awards such as Latin Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Short Form Music Video and Best Urban Fusion/Performance.

Here’s the English translation of Despacito:

Yes, you know that I’ve been looking at you for a long time

I must dance with you today (DY)

(Daddy Yankee)

I saw that the look in your eyes was calling me

Show me the path that I will take (Oh)

(Luis Fonsi)

You, you’re the magnet and I’m the metal

I am getting closer and making a plan

Simply thinking about it makes my heart race (Oh yeah)

(Daddy Yankee)

Now, I’m already liking it more than usual

All of my senses are asking for more

We cannot do this in a rush

(Luis Fonsi)

Slowly

I want to breathe in your neck slowly

Let me murmur things in your ear

So that you remember if you’re not with me

Slowly

I want to undress you in kisses slowly

Firmly in the walls of your labyrinth

And of your body, I want to create a manuscript

Up, up

Up, up, up

I want to see your hair dance

I want to be your rhythm

Want you to show my mouth

Your favorite places (Favorite, favorite baby)

Let me trespass your danger zones

Until I make you scream

And you forget your last name

(Daddy Yankee)

If I ask for a kiss come give it to me

I know that you’re thinking about it

I’ve been trying to do it for awhile

Mami this is giving and giving it to you

You know that with me your heart goes bom bom

You know that from me that babe is looking for a bom bom

Come try my mouth and see if you like its taste

I want to see how much love fits in you

I’m not in a rush I want to experience this trip

Let’s start slowly, then savagely

Step by step, soft then softly

We come up against each other, little by little

When you kiss me in that state of distress

I see that you are malice and delicacy

Step by step, soft then softly

We come up against each other, little by little

And it’s just that your beauty is a puzzle

But to finish it here I have the missing piece

(Luis Fonsi)

Slowly

I want to breathe in your neck slowly

Let me murmur things in your ear

So that you remember if you’re not with me

Slowly

I want to undress you in kisses slowly

Firmly in the walls of your labyrinth

And of your body, I want to create a manuscript

Up, up, up, up

I want to see your hair dance

I want to be your rhythm

Want you to show my mouth

Your favorite places (Favorite, favorite baby)

Let me trespass your danger zones

Until I make you scream

And you forget your last name

Slowly

We’re gonna do it on a beach in Puerto Rico

Until the waves scream Oh Lord

So that my seal stays with you

(Daddy Yankee)

Step by step, soft then softly

We come up against each other, little by little

(Luis Fonsi)

I want you to show my mouth

Your favorite places (Favorite, favorite baby)

(Daddy Yankee)

Step by step, soft then softly

We come up against each other, little by little

(Luis Fonsi)

Until I make you scream

And you forget your last name

Slowly.

 

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