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Luis Fonsi re­flects on the worldwi ac­cep­tance for hit song Des­pac o.

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SEARCH “Des­pac­ito cover” on YouTube and you’ll get over four mil­lion re­sults. The Span­ish reg­gae­ton pop num­ber by Luis Fonsi (pic, right) fea­tur­ing rap­per Daddy Yan­kee and pop star Justin Bieber has fans mak­ing Ba­hasa Malaysia, Hindi and even Ger­man ver­sions of the song.

Re­cently, the hit song made his­tory as the first Span­ish­language song in 20 years to hit No. 1 on the Bill­board Hot 100 charts while in Bri­tain, it has been cer­ti­fied as the long­est-reign­ing for­eign lan­guage No. 1 on the Of­fi­cial Sin­gles Chart.

So what is the se­cret to Des­pac­ito’s phe­nom­e­nal univer­sal ap­peal? In an in­ter­view with Forbes, 39-year-old Fonsi thinks it’s all in the de­tails.

“It’s a catchy song, it’s a great col­lab­o­ra­tion with Daddy Yan­kee, and it has that per­fect bal­ance be­tween all these dif­fer­ent worlds. Peo­ple who just lis­ten to reg­gaetón, they love the song. Peo­ple to pop mu­sic, song, and all bases,”

Des­pac “slowly” Fonsi’s fi s Tenta­cion re­leased est suc­ces Puerto Ric rem­i­niscin Macarena b Rio, the las song to hit o Bill­board o

“It’s crazy was 10 years Macarena was the place. cul­tur­ally that song w though pe know wh ing. It wa dance an it and the Now I ge end of it, – An­geli e i c s . .

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