Just after making history by becoming the most viewed YouTube video of all time, the music video for Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee has now become the first clip to hit 3 billion views on the platform.
“Despacito” became an international smash hit this year, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The record-breaking video does not include the popular remix with Justin Bieber; that version has been viewed more than 464 million times.
“Despacito” is on track to become the first video to reach three billion views on YouTube. The video is also the most “liked” video on YouTube.
It’s been a close race to the 3 billion mark, with Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” surpassing Psy’s “Gangnam Style” as the most viewed video a few weeks back, only to be eclipsed by “Despacito” this week. As of posting, “See You Again” sits at 2,998,297,290 views.
“Despacito” has already been named most streamed song of all time.
On July 19, the song’s label, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, said “Despacito” in its original and remixed versions had reached 4.6 billion streams across platforms including YouTube and Spotify.
The track with its reggaeton beat went viral soon after its January release and found an even more colossal audience in April when pop star Justin Bieber appeared in a remix.
The Bieber version has logged 12 weeks at number one on the US singles chart, the first Spanish-language song to reach the top spot since “Macarena” in 1996 and matching the 12-week reign earlier this year of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”
“Despacito” means “slowly.”
“See You Again” was featured in the 2015 action movie “Furious 7” and intersperses scenes from the film with Khalifa rapping and Puth singing as they overlook a sandy coast.
The song was a tribute to Paul Walker, an actor in “The Fast and Furious” film franchise who died in a car wreck.
In YouTube record terms, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” was left in the dust Friday with 2.92 billion views.
It should only be a few days (or perhaps even just one day) before “Despacito” becomes the first video in history to reach three billion views. It originally looked as if “See You Again” was going to claim that honor, but now it’s clear that the Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi will go down in history as the first musicians to pass that incredible milestone, and it’s not as if people are going to stop watching the colorful clip just because it’s finally reached three billion plays. “Despacito” will continue to tack on millions of plays to its cumulative total every day for weeks or months to come, and it is entirely possible that the hot Latin single will also become the first to reach four billion watches, though it’s difficult to estimate how long that could take.
That video became the first to reach one billion views on YouTube and caused the site’s engineers to scramble to make changes when it topped 2.1 billion views, previously thought to be the maximum possible.
“What an honor.. most viewed video in history and first video to reach 3 billion views… y EN ESPAi‘OL!!” singer Luis Fonsi wrote in an Instagram post.
“Thank you to everybody involved @daddyyankee @zuleykarivera @elasticpeople Thank you, the fans for celebrating this song with us y gracias Puerto Rico por ser el escenario mas hermoso del mundo. Que viva la miºsica latina #Despacito #RecordBreaking #ThisIsHowWeDoItDownInPR #LaPerla.”