“It sounds a little cliche and a little cheesy, but it’s the truth.”
Get out your notepads and thinking caps, because Luis Fonsi is here to take you to school. He was recently on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” to perform, but also took the time to give away his biggest secrets to writing a hit song. It just so happens there was a secret formula to creating “Despacito,” a song that has dominated the airwaves, staying at number one all over the world and in the U.S. for 16 weeks (tying the all time record), and garnered over 3 billion views on YouTube. So here’s what you’ll need:
- Be a talented musician and singer with decades of hard work and several albums under your belt.
- Be from Puerto Rico, so you can write authentically from your Puerto Rican experience.
- Have a dream where a perfect melody and lyrics just appear to you.
- Go to Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated song writer Erika Ender to help you finish writing it.
- Once you’ve gotten that to rise, add a dash of Daddy Yankee, your buddy and fellow Puerto Rican.
- After you get that all out of the oven, and it’s hot, fresh and ready to go, throw in a sexy music video with a former Puerto Rican Miss Universe winner, catchy dance moves, and the smiles of Puerto Rican locals from the colorful “La Perla” neighborhood.
- Release it all into the world, and once it starts blowing up, have Justin Bieber, one of the biggest names in pop music, garnish it with a verse in Spanish and share it with all of his fans, too.
- This is optional, but make sure that when performing it live, Bieber can’t actually sing it and improvises it with insensitive babble.
And voila, folks, there you have it. All the ingredients and steps necessary to have one of the biggest songs of all time. Tune in next time where we show you how to get snubbed at the VMAs.
And now for dessert, watch Luis Fonsi perform “Despacito” on “The Tonight Show.”
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