Justin Bieber recently joined artistic forces with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee on a "Despacito" remix, which took the world by storm when he showed off his Spanish-speaking skills. Since it’s debut, the collaboration has become the first Spanish-language song to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list in 20 years.
But on Tuesday, Bieber caused controversy when he made a surprise appearance at 1 OAK in New York City to give partygoers a mini concert. Bieber, who seemed to have forgotten the lyrics from his own hit, was caught singing “blah, blah, blah” instead of the Spanish chorus. “I don’t know the words,” the Biebs told the audience. Of course, after the footage became public fans immediately voiced their disappointment on the singer for not remembering the lyrics.
For many, the teen sensation's decision to sing in Spanish for the first time was a big accomplishment. Fonsi, who revealed the collaboration was the Bieber's idea, applauded Justin for learning how to properly pronounce the words from the song. "Listen, laberinto and manuscrito are big words for us Spanish speakers, so imagine for somebody who doesn't speak Spanish," The Puerto Rican star told NBC. "Let me give all the credit to Mr. Justin Bieber because it was his idea to do the chorus in Spanish. We had a full English lyrics already written out for him, and he said, 'Ahh ah. No. I'm doing this the real way. I'm doing this in Spanish.' He did it on point, so hats off to the Biebs."
There’s nothing slow about how Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” has taken over the music charts worldwide.
The “Despacito” remix featuring Justin Bieber officially hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on Monday, making it the first mostly Spanish-language song to claim the spot since the “Macarena” in 1996. The only other song to achieve this in history was “La Bamba,” according to Forbes.
The original single, which has over a billion views on YouTube, was released in January and quickly climbed the charts in Latin America and Europe. But in the United States, it wasn’t until Bieber remixed the song in April that it began making its way to the top.
When the remix was first released on YouTube, it raked in approximately 20 million views in the first 24 hours and became the biggest debut of a music video on the site in 2017 so far, according to Billboard.
Fonsi spoke about the single’s success on AOL’s Build on Wednesday.
“We’re taking over ‘Macarena,’ baby,” he said. “It’s amazing. It’s a blessing. It’s been such an amazing ride ever since we released the song with Daddy Yankee first thing this year. It just started connecting with people.”
The Puerto Rican star also discussed the importance of the Bieber remix.
“He wanted to join the movement and he asked us to be a part of the song, which I think is great for Latin music to have such a huge superstar to want to sing a song in Spanish,” Fonsi said.