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Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Discuss the Making of Their Global Hit 'Despacito'

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Discuss the Making of Their Global Hit 'Despacito'

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are on the cover of Billboard‘s 2017 Year In Music issue, out on newsstands now.

Luis on the making of his hit 2017 song: “I woke up with ‘Des… pa… cito’ in my head so clear, I had to research if this was a song I’d heard before. I had the blueprint of the chorus before my morning coffee. [My co-writer] Erika Ender and I felt that if a strong urban voice came in on that second verse, the song could grow even more.”

Yankee, on the collaboration:Fonsi emailed me: ‘Yo, I have this crazy song.’ But something was missing. I came to the studio and did the verse and the pre-hook, ‘Pasito a pasito’ — that was my creation.”

Luis on global success: ” Irealized that this was going to be a game-changer: Instantly I was doing promo in markets where my music had never been played before.”

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Credit: Wesley Mann; Photos: Billboard
Posted to: Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi

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  • Jay

    I follow the iTunes charts, it seems the reason the song was #1 was because of JB since it was the remix at the top and not the original. I am biased, I dislike all of the artist on the track, especially Fonsi but I’m just stating what I saw on the iTunes charts.

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