Luis Fonsi is a Puerto Rican pop singer. His Despacito Remix, with Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, is the first mostly Spanish-language song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since the Macarena did in 1996. Despacito means “Slowly.” It hit #1 on May 27, 2017.
The only other Spanish-language song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 was the Los Lobos remake of the Ritchie Valens classic La Bamba in 1987.
This is the first Hot 100 No. 1 for both Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. It’s Bieber’s fifth.
The music video is also setting records. It is the third fastest video to reach 200 million views after Psy’s Gentleman and Adele’s Hello. The video is charmed with the beautiful smile of Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe 2006 also of Puerto Rico.
Celebrities around the world are making their own versions of the song.
Despacito should be with us for a while and we’ll look for Grammy recognition next year.