Yes, 'Despacito' might actually break Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's record
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber have topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber may be the ones to break the long-standing record for most weeks atop the Billboard 100.
The “Despacito” remix featuring Bieber has now topped the charts for 12 weeks, tying Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” for the longest streak of 2017. But more impressively, the track is on its way to possibly matching the all-time record of 16 weeks, which was set in the mid-90s by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day.”
Talking to EW in June, Fonsi weighed in on the meaning of a Spanish-sung record having such great success in the U.S. “It’s amazing, especially given the times that we’re living in,” he said. “It feels like we’re in a divided world with politics, [but] when you hear “Despacito” and you see someone who doesn’t speak Spanish trying to get the words right… it shows the power of music. We’re coming together.”
Not a bad run for a song that Bieber may not know the words to.