Despacito most viewed YouTube video

Despacito most viewed YouTube video

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" is now the most-viewed YouTube video of all time. The new reigning music video, directed by Miami's Carlos Perez, is of the original song - not the version most people know, featuring Bieber.

Despacito, released less than seven months ago, is one of the fastest growing videos of all time and has been breaking records ever since it went live.

The announcement came from the website on Friday after the Latin American hit clocked up nearly three billion views (2,993,786,682), overtaking previous record holder See You Again, by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth for the Furious 7 movie soundtrack. Barring any setbacks, it will also soon become the first YouTube video with three billion total views, as it is likely to pass that milestone sometime over the weekend. It now owns the pole position on the Billboard Hot 100 for a twelfth consecutive week and recently earned the top spot in our ranking for 2017's Song of Summer.

To check the ridiculousness of how fast "Despacito" ascended to the top spot, unlike Psy or "See You Again", they amassed almost 3 billion views in less than eight months.

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It seems like it was an inevitability that "See You Again" would be surpassed, but "Despacito" didn't take long to grab the throne.

Here's the video in the unlikely event you haven't seen it already.

"The music industry has changed, the rules of music have changed and YouTube has a big responsibility [in it] and I recognize it", Yankee said.

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