Inside the History of “Despacito” & Its Game-Changing Impact

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Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Erika Ender wrote “Despacito,” and they knew it’d be “special” but they had no idea how they’d make history.


On January 12, 2017, Universal Music Latin released the song along with a music video that was filmed in La Perla, which is a neighborhood in Puerto Rico.

But before we can talk about its success and all of the records it broke, we need to remember how it all happened.


The song’s lyrics were actually born in 2015 in Fonsi’s home in Miami.

“I woke up one morning with this despacito in my head, and it was pretty much that chorus melody and obviously just the word despacito…that’s all I had. So then I recorded it on my phone,” Fonsi recalls to E! News. “Then we were at the studio in my house with Erika Ender, she’s a great songwriter from Panama, and that’s where I said, ‘Maybe we can pick up from this idea that I had. It’s a feel-good song and let’s just mess around with the word despacito.’ That was kind of where we started, and that afternoon we finished the song.”


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