For a song whose title translates to the word “slowly” in English, the rise of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” to the top of the YouTube charts has been anything but sluggish.
With its music video posted to the website Jan. 12, “Despacito” became the most-watched video and the first to cross the three-billion view threshold, YouTube confirmed on Friday.
Fonsi’s song surpassed previous record holder “See You Again,” a song by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth written for the “Furious 7” soundtrack. The “See You Again” music video hit YouTube in April 2015.
The view counter for “Despacito” read 3,005,873,220 as of Friday evening. The audio remix featuring Justin Bieber, also on Fonsi’s channel, had nearly 470 million views.
Fonsi’s Spanish pop hit – which has been No. 1 on the charts for 12 straight weeks – won’t be alone in the three-billion view club for very long at all. The view counter for “See You Again” stood at 2,995,680,461 as of Friday evening, and it should hit the mark any day.
“Despacito” is the most “liked” video in YouTube history.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.