The undeniable Despacito, by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, has become the most streamed track ever, Universal Music Latin Entertainment announced.

It earned a combination of global streams of more than 4.6 billion plays across leading streaming platforms in the six months since its release.

The record had previously been set by Bieber for the 2015 hit Sorry, which, along with remixes, has logged 4.38 billion plays.

Despacito is credited to UMLE, Raymond Braun Music Group, Def Jam and Republic Records, and has spent 10 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart.“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,” said Lucian Grainge, chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group.

“Luis Fonsi already had the undisputed, biggest song of the year – and now he’s setting even bigger records. 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.”

Added Jesus Lopez, chairman & CEO of Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula: “Streaming has democratised 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.” – Reuters


RTM takes Despacito off the air

Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will cease broadcasting the global hit song, Despacito, on all its radio and television stations immediately, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

He said the RTM evaluation panel decided to withdraw the approval to play the song after a re-evaluation.

“RTM is ceasing the broadcast of the song on its radio and TV stations with immediate effect,” he said to Bernama after attending the ministry’s Hari Raya open house in Putrajaya on July 19.

Several quarters have called for the broadcast of the song to be stopped, alleging its lyrics are obscene. – Bernama

What the song means

Meanwhile, The Star Online reports that the song, which is about having a sexual relationship, has also hit a sour note with Angkatan Wanita Amanah Nasional. The group called for the Spanish hit to be kept out of Malaysia’s airwaves.

Denouncing Despacito as having sexually explicit lyrics, the group’s Arts And Culture chairperson Atriza Umar said she viewed it seriously as many young children were singing the song without actually understanding the words.

She urged radio stations to stop playing Despacito (meaning “slowly”) which, according to Wikipedia, is a “reggaeton-pop song about having a sexual relationship, performed in a smooth and romantic way”.

Local Bahasa Malaysia radio stations, Atriza added, were also playing the song, resulting in it becoming a phenomenon “that is hard to stop”.

“We respect the right to be entertained but there should be clearer guidelines so that the entertainment does not spoil people but makes them better,” she said.

Despacito lyrics, in English

Yes, you know that I’ve been looking at you for a while
I have to dance with you today
I saw, that your look was calling me
Show me the way that I’m going oh
You you are the magnet and I’m the metal
I’m getting closer and I’m setting up the plan
Just the thought of it accelerates the pulse
now I’m enjoying it more than usual
All my senses are asking for more
This must be taken without any trouble

Slowly
I want to breathe your neck slowly
Let me tell you things in your ears
So that you remember when you’re not with me
Slowly
I want to strip you off with kisses slowly
Sign the walls of your labrynth
And make your whole body a manuscript
Turn it up turn it up….. turn it up, turn it up

I wanna see you dance
I wanna be your rhythm
I want you to show me
Your favourite places places places Places
Let me surpass your danger zones
To make you scream
And forget your name

If I ask you for a kiss , come give it to me
I know that you’re thinking about it
I’ve been trying for some time
Mommy this is giving and giving it
You know that your heart with me makes you bom bom
You know that this baby is looking for my bom bom
Come test my mouth to see what it taste like to you
I want to see how much love do you have
I’m not in a hurry, I want to do the trip
Let’s start slowly then wildly

Step by step, soft softly
We are going to get caught little by little
When you kiss me so skillfully
I think that you’re malicious delicately
Step by step, soft softly
We’re going to get caught, little by little
And it’s just that this beauty is a puzzle
But to put it together here I have the pieces
Slowly
I wanna breathe your neck slowly
Let me whisper things into your ear
So that you remember if you’re not with me
Slowly
I wanna strip you off with kisses slowly
Sign the walls of your laberinth
And make your whole body a manuscript
Turn it up

I wanna see you dance
I wanna be your rhythm
I want you to show me
Your favourite places
Let me surpass your danger zones
Till I make you scream
And forget your name
Slowly
We will do it on the beach in Puerto Rico
Till the waves scream dear lord
So that my seal stays with you

Step by step, soft softly
We’re going to get caught little by little
I want you to show me
Your favourite places places places
Step by step, soft softly
We’re going to get caught little by little
To make you scream
And forget your name
Slowly