“Despacito” Breaks Some Records

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber soars to a record-breaking 42nd week at at No. 1 on the ranking dated Feb. 17.The hit surpasses the 41-week reign of Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando,” featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, in 2014-15, Billboard reports.l

Erika Ender, one of the six writers of “Despacito,” tells Billboard of the feat, “This song has been so unpredictable and so surprisingly wonderful, as are the spontaneous and authentic emotions for those who are able to connect, with any heart and in any language. I’m happy for this new record for Latin music.”

“Despacito” first led the chart dated a year ago this week, rising to its first frame at No. 1 on the Feb. 18, 2017-dated tally. It spent 35 consecutive weeks at No. 1 and then ceded the summit to J Balvin and Willy Willliam’s “Mi Gente,” featuring Beyoncé, for 12 weeks, beginning Oct. 21. “Despacito” then returned for another seven weeks at No. 1 (so far).

Along the way, “Despacito” also made history atop the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, ruling for 16 weeks beginning May 27, 2017. The song tied Mariah Careyand Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” for the most weeks at No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 59-year history.