Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

'Despacito' cracks 3 billion views, becomes most-watched YouTube video ever

'Despacito' cracks 3 billion views, becomes most-watched YouTube video ever

Now, YouTube experiencing a much higher viewership in recent months has favored the rise of Despacito.

Recently, "Despacito" also became the most globally streamed song ever...

With 2,995 billion views, "Despacito" has surpassed the title "See You Again" from rapper Wiz Khalifa, soundtrack to the film "Fast and Furious 7", which was Friday at around 14: 30 GMT 2,994 billion views.

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"Despacito", the Puerto Rican smash hit by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, is now the most-watched YouTube video of all time. Earlier, See You Again defeated Psy's Gangnam Style to secure the numero uno spot. But global streaming juggernaut Despacito was always destined to overtake See You Again at some point this summer. Daddy Yankee, on Instagram, thanked the viewers and said YouTube had "a big responsibility" in the changing music industry.

In a video message sent to TIME, Daddy Yankee honored the record-breaking success of the inescapable track on the video platform. The rules of music have changed.

The original video, minus Justin Bieber's remix, has managed to cross three billion views - 3,021,564,095 as of writing - which makes it the first music video to do so. It has been staying steady at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 for twelve weeks.

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