What was expected to be the song of the summer is now breaking records, thanks to a little help from the Biebs. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s bilingual smash “Despacito” and its Justin Bieber-featuring remix have combined for 4.6 billion streams across all major platforms, making it the most streamed song of all time, according to an announcement from Universal.
Ironically, the previous record holder was Bieber’s “Sorry” with 4.38 billion streams, but he probably doesn’t mind knocking himself out of the number-one spot. “Despacito” has also prompted increased tourism in Puerto Rico, Fonsi’s home country that he mentions in the bridge of the track.
Bieber has received backlash for his inability to perform the song, dodging water bottles at concerts after revealing he does not in fact speak Spanish. Fonsi has come to the pop star’s defense on multiple occasions, citing the difficulty of Bieber’s verse even for Spanish speakers.
It’s clear that Bieber’s lack of Spanish knowledge hasn’t been a hindrance to the success of “Despacito.” At the rate the song is being streamed, it’s likely to keep the top spot well into the foreseeable future.
See what all the fuss is about below. As you may have imagined, the “Despacito” video is one of YouTube’s biggest, with about 2.66 billion views.