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Luis Fonsi Explains What “Despacito” Means To Him In Latest Interview

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“Despacito was a song that just started out with my guitar.”

Every few years, a song explodes out of nowhere and takes over the pop music landscape. Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” is one of those songs. Despacito hit YouTube on January 12th, and by April 20th, the song had received a billion views — it is currently nearing the 1.8 billion view mark. In an interview with VEVO, Fonsi explains how he originally worked out “Despacito” on just his guitar, and with the help of several talented musicians, it went from a simple song to the Billboard chart-shattering hit it became. Luis also discusses what “Despacito” means to him, saying, “It’s about just slowing things down.” However, Fonsi explains that “Despacito” can mean different things to different people.

If you’re a fan of the song or want to learn a little trivia, check out the short, behind-the-scenes interview Fonsi gave to Vevo.

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Better Get To Sleep, Luis Fonsi Says The Idea For ‘Despacito’ Came To Him In A Dream

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Better Get To Sleep, Luis Fonsi Says The Idea For ‘Despacito’ Came To Him In A Dream

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“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:

  1. Be a talented musician and singer with decades of hard work and several albums under your belt.
  2. Be from Puerto Rico, so you can write authentically from your Puerto Rican experience.
  3. Have a dream where a perfect melody and lyrics just appear to you.
  4. Go to Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated song writer Erika Ender to help you finish writing it.
  5. Once you’ve gotten that to rise, add a dash of Daddy Yankee, your buddy and fellow Puerto Rican.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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Mariah Carey Fans Are Cheering For Taylor Swift For Knocking ‘Despacito’ Out Of #1 And It’s Hilarious

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Mariah Carey Fans Are Cheering For Taylor Swift For Knocking ‘Despacito’ Out Of #1 And It’s Hilarious

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After spending 16 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, tying the all-time record set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men for their hit song “One Sweet Day,” the summer smash “Despacito” has finally been knocked down to second place. Billboard reported on Tuesday that Taylor Swift’s new song “Look What You Made Me Do” had jumped from its #77th debut spot to #1 in just a week, knocking “Despacito” to second place. Twitter took notice.

Some were just as unamused as this little girl:

She was just trying to nosh on some mac-n-cheese when Snow Felicia walked up. Bye, Ms. White.

Some lumped it in with bigger, sadder news.

Sad way to start the month, indeed. Although Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15th to October 15th, this pain will definitely linger for the next 10 days.

Some were more interested in keeping Mariah Carey’s record intact.

Mariah “Nunez” Carey will be fine, she’s got plenty of records to keep her warm.

People were also reminded that Justin Bieber was on the remix.

Although the “Despacito” music video made it to over 3 billion views without Bieber in it at all, there was a time when he was getting all the praise for helping the song reach #1, even though he couldn’t even really sing it…

It was a good run while it lasted, and though they didn’t surpass “One Sweet Day,” it at least tied, cementing the song’s spot in history.

Feeling the “Despacito” blues? Listen to it being played on two calculators, that should cheer you up.

Credit: It’s a small world/ YouTube

What do you think about “Despacito” being dethroned? About time? Or not fair? Sound off in the comments!


[H/T] Billboard

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