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"Despacito" becomes most watched video on YouTube

August 7, 2017, 12:32 PM

In this April 27, 2017 file photo, singers Luis Fonsi, left and Daddy Yankee perform during the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Fla. Universal Music Latin Entertainment announced Wednesday, July 19, 2017, that “Despacito” has become the most streamed song of all time with more than 4.6 billion plays six months after its release. The song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and a companion remix featuring Justin Bieber, has surpassed the 4.38 billion plays recorded for the previous record holder, which was Bieber’s hit “Sorry.”

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NEW YORK — “Despacito” is breaking yet another record. The popular song’s music video just became the most watched clip ever on YouTube with more than three billion views, toppling the previous record holder, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. 

YouTube announced on Friday that the hit song, which is also the most streamed song of all time, by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, broke a new record. The song 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.

Luis Fonsi wrote on Instagram, “What an honor.. most viewed video in history and first video to reach 3 billion views… y EN ESPAÑOL!”

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