"Despacito" Is Now the Most-Viewed YouTube Video Ever

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Directed by Carlos Perez, the video's rise to YouTube stardom is incredibly impressive since it was only posted this January.

The song is already the most streamed ever with the counter moving upwards of 4.6 billion. This in turn means that it's now the most-viewed music video on YouTube, surpassing Wiz Khalifa's See You Again and Psy's Gangam Style.

The Latin American hit by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee has clocked up nearly 3 billion views.

"Thank you to everybody involved ... thank you, the fans for celebrating this song with us". "I recognize the influence that the platform has", he said.

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This also adds to Daddy Yankee's own records as an artist. "Gangnam Style" took the lead for most-watched video back in 2012 when the record was only 808 million views. "And YouTube has a big responsibility, and I recognize it. Breaking a record is overwhelming, and I'm happy to keep inspiring others to do the same".

"What an honor. most viewed video in history and first video to reach 3 billion views. y EN ESPANOL!" singer of the song Fonsi captioned a celebratory video on Instagram Friday. The music industry has changed.

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.