Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Set Streaming Record

Posted July 26, 2017

"Despacito" means "slowly" in Spanish, but the song's swift rise to the top has been unbelievable.

"Despacito", which means "very slowly" in Spanish, is a song very popular since its release in January.

The song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and dancehall star Daddy Yankee and its accompanying remix featuring Justin Bieber have combined global streams of more than 4.6 billion plays across leading streaming platforms, the label said.

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A remix of Despacito has figured prominently in Mr Maduro's campaign for this Sunday's vote, which will elect a "constituent assembly" to redraft the constitution over the heads of the opposition-controlled parliament.

He presented the reworked version of the song during his weekly television show on 23 July.

"What can you expect from a person who has robbed the lives of so many young people filled with dreams?" "At no point was I ever consulted, nor have I authorized the use or change of lyrics of "Despacito" for political ends, much less in the midst of the deplorable situation that is taking place in a country I love as much as Venezuela". "My music is for all of those that want to listen to it and enjoy it, not to use it as propaganda that tries to manipulate the will of the people that are crying out for their freedom and a better future". He also said that Maduro illegally using a song does not compare to the crimes he is committing and has committed in Venezuela.

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The new development comes amid the ongoing protests in the country, which has been facing a political turmoil for the past several months.

The plans for the constituent assembly have been criticized by world leaders and US President Donald Trump has warned that if the elections happen, there will be economic sanctions.

Protests intensified in May after Maduro called for a rewrite of the country's constitution in a bid to control the ongoing protests against his government.

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