In an article out this week by Rolling Stone, Daddy Yankee commented on the success of “Despacito,” his huge international hit with Luis Fonsi. According to Rolling Stone, the song had the second fastest climb to a billion views on YouTube ever, only behind Adele’s “Hello.”
The song is poised to do as good or better than the last Spanish language song to break the top 10 back in 1996: “La Macarena.” That’s right, not since the year your parents were doing “The Macarena” has a Spanish language song made it to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. “Despacito” is currently sitting at number three.
Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi currently have the hottest Spanish language song on the Billboard 100 since this was a thing:
“Heeeeey Macarena, hay!”
Although they’re sitting at #3 in the US, they have already reached Number One in the UK.
— Official Charts (@officialcharts) May 12, 2017
Which marks the first time a song by a Puerto Rican (or in this case Puerto Ricans with both Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi on the track) has gotten to the top of the UK charts since “Livin La Vida Loca.” According to Forbes, it’s the first foreign language song to reach the top of the UK charts since Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
“Despacito” might move past “Gasolina” and become Yankee’s biggest hit, climbing to a billion views in only 97 days…
Although it’s still got a long way to go before it gets the most Youtube views ever. “Gangnam Style” still holds that title with 2.85 billion views.
He was so excited about the view count, Yankee himself tweeted about it, too.
— Daddy Yankee (@daddy_yankee) April 20, 2017
And he threw in a scraggly looking arrow just incase you didn’t see it.
The remix with Justin Bieber was the special sauce, helping the song soar into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Yankee was all about Bieber’s role in the remix. He praised Bieber’s style and involvement in the remix saying, “What I heard is that he [Bieber] was in the club in Colombia and heard the song… He liked it and jumped on it. Justin Bieber always does a great job when it comes to interpretation. I like the way he makes music.”
All in all, Daddy Yankee is ecstatic about the attention he and Luis Fonsi are getting for this song.
He finished up his interview by saying, “Right now we’re surpassing the numbers for ‘Macarena… So our names are going to be part of music history.” We’re excited to see if they get to number and surpass Macarena, it’s about time Latinos get to the top of The Hot 100.