Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s Despacito has become the most streamed track of all time.
Six months after release, the song, from Universal Music Latin Entertainment, and its remix featuring Justin Bieber, now have combined global streams in excess of 4.6 billion plays across leading streaming platforms.
The stats see Bieber surpass the record that he previously set with Sorry and its associated remixes, which to date have accumulated 4.38 billion plays.
Despacito is currently enjoying its third consecutive week at No.1, its ninth in total. It has sold 1,353,217 copies to date, according to the Official Charts Company. The total comprises 421,671 permanent downloads, 93,154,572 audio streams and 64,006,864 video streams.
Luis Fonsi said: "Streaming is a connector for audiences worldwide and it has helped my music reach every corner of the planet. It is truly an honor that Despacito is now the most streamed song in history.”
Sir Lucian Grainge, shairman & CEO, Universal Music Group, added: “Luis Fonsi already had the undisputed, biggest song of the year – and now he’s setting even bigger records. Streaming has opened up the possibility of a song with a different beat, from a different culture and in a different language to become a juggernaut of success around the world. My congratulations to Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, as well as everyone at Universal Music Latin Entertainment, Republic Records and Def Jam, on this tremendous accomplishment.”
Jesús Lopez, chairman & CEO of Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula commented: "Streaming has democratized music consumption, it has made Latin music increasingly relevant on the charts and it has amplified our songs and videos to a world stage. Despacito has broken every record thanks to Luis Fonsi's talent and creativity, which have positioned him as a pillar of Latin music for the past 20 years. I also congratulate Erika Ender, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber for their valuable contributions, as well as the different teams involved in the success of this song.”