Grand opening, grand closing. Within a matter of weeks of Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” claiming the most watched YouTube video ever, the Hip-Hop ballad has been bumped by an international Latin anthem.
In July the streaming service announced that “See You Again” had overtaken Psy’s “Gangham Style” as the number one watched video in YouTube history with 2.994 billion views to date. It has now been dethroned by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito”.
Featuring Reggaeton MC Daddy Yankee, the sexually suggestive Spanish hit 3 billion views on August 4. Originally released in January, the single went viral with a very seductive video treatment shot in Puerto Rico. It has since received several remixes including one by Justin Beiber which became number one on the US singles chart.
Daddy Yankee took to his Instagram account to thank his fans for the historic response saying “Wow just heard that #Despacito just broke youtube record! Thank you all for supporting since day one! @luisfonsi @zuleykarivera @elasticpeople🇵🇷and above all you the fans!”.
Wow just heard that #Despacito just broke youtube record! Thank you all for supporting since day one! @luisfonsi @zuleykarivera @elasticpeople 🇵🇷and above all you the fans! // Wow me acabo de enterar que "DESPACITO" es el video más visto en la historia de @youtube Gracias a todos por ese gran apoyo!! #daddyyankee #luisfonsi #zuleykarivera #elasticpeople 🇵🇷
Framed as a Paul Walker tribute, “See You Again” was originally featured on the 2015 Furious 7 soundtrack. Khalifa has yet to formally comment on losing the record. You can view the video for “Despacito” below.