Spanish conquers US song chart with Fonsi's 'Despacito'

Source:AFP Published: 2017/5/23 19:08:39

Spanish conquers US charts

Luis Fonsi Photo: IC

More than 20 years after the "Macarena" sensation, a Spanish-language song has again conquered the US singles chart - Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi's "Despacito."

The song has soared to the top of the charts through an assist by pop celebrity Justin Bieber, who appears on a remix version with a breathy opening verse in English.

"Despacito," which also features the Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee, is a pop track driven by a reggaeton beat. The lyrics to the song, whose title means "slowly," are full of sexual innuendos.

"Despacito" on Monday came in at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart of top-selling US singles, the second straight week it has taken the highest spot.

Nearly three-quarters of sales or streams of the song were for the remix with Bieber, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

"Despacito" has ruled the US Latin chart for 16 straight weeks and has racked up more than 1.5 billion views on YouTube.

The song is the first mostly Spanish-language track to top the mainstream US chart in 21 years.

In 1996, "Macarena" by the Spanish duo Los del Rio conquered the US as it set off an international dance sensation, with the song even figuring at the Democratic Party's 1996 convention.

The music video, which features Puerto Rican actress and 2006 Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, was on Monday the 24th most-watched ever on YouTube, the highest for a 2017 release.

The all-time most-watched video is "Gangnam Style" by Korean dance-pop artist Psy, another rare non-English track to become a major US hit.

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