"Despacito" Passes "See You Again" for Most YouTube Views Record
The video's rise is particularly impressive, given that it only premiered in January.
The Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber chart-topper "Despacito" just notched yet another coveted title: the track's beachfront music video is now the top-viewed video on YouTube.
With 2,994,056,666 views as of publishing, "Despacito" snatches the all-time YouTube views crown from previous record-holder, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" (2,993,712,651 views). It was a short run for "See You Again," which only dethroned the 5-year title-holder, PSY's "Gangnam Style," in mid-July.
Notably, the "Despacito" music video isn't even at full star power — Bieber does not appear in the San Juan-filmed visual, which is soundtracked by the original Fonsi & Yankee track, rather than the Bieber remix. But the video's rise is particularly impressive, given that it only hit YouTube in January. By contrast, "See You Again" took more than two years to snatch the all-time views record.
But are we really surprised? It's far from the first title awarded to "Despacito," a smash hit that has ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks and counting. The track is currently tied with Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" for holding the longest command of the Hot 100 in 2017. Oh, and it's still in the clear lead for Billboard's Song of the Summer, too.
Watch the full "Despacito" visual below — or re-watch, as it seems just about everyone has had a look or two already.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.