The video for the original version of “Despacito” became the first video in YouTube history to hit 3 billion views earlier this month.
“This is a historic day for Latin music! I’m incredibly thankful for all of my fans and their amazing support. Feeling very blessed right now,” Fonsi said in a statement to the Associated Press on Monday.
“Despacito” was nominated for song of the summer at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday but — confusingly for many — lost to Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Llif3.”
“Despacito’s” popularity even permeated “Sesame Street,” which aired a segment featuring Ernie parodying the song about his rubber duckie (el patito).
Nielsen Music said the song has sold 2.239 million digital tracks. It has more than 513 million on-demand video streams and 464 million on-demand audio streams.
“Despacito” has been no. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin chart for almost double the length as Billboard’s Hot 100, at 30 weeks, which also makes it Billboard Hot Latin’s longest-running chart-topper.