Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Set Streaming Record

Jay Jacobs
Июля 26, 2017

The song's overwhelming popularity has inspired a number of remixes and parodies (this one is a particular treat), and while both artists have generally welcomed alternative versions of their song, they've recently taken a stand against one in particular: the one done by the Venezuelan government.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's attempt to use Latin hit "Despacito" - which means "slowly" - to inject some cool into his controversial new congress has backfired quickly.

Critics say Maduro is trying to cement a dictatorship by pushing forward with the Constituent Assembly this Sunday.

The new lyrics go on like this: "Our call to the "Constituent Assembly" only seeks to unite the country".

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's "Despacito (featuring Justin Bieber)" predictably tops a third straight Mediabase pop radio airplay chart. Luis Fonsi was the first to respond, saying he did not authorize or was asked for the use or the change of the lyrics of his song.

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"What do you think?" he said, more an exclamation than a question. Maduro presented an altered version of the global hit during his television show on Sunday.

"My music is for everyone to listen to and enjoy, not to be used as propaganda that intends to manipulate the will of a people who are screaming for their liberty and a better future", Fonsi said in a message posted to Instagram. He captioned the picture, saying: "That you illegally appropriate a song [Despacito] does not compare with the crimes you commit and have committed in Venezuela".

Maduro is pressing forward with his pledge to hold a July 30 election to select delegates to a special assembly that will be tasked with rewriting the troubled nation's constitution despite worldwide outcry and a protest movement that has left at least 97 dead.

Millions of Venezuelans have been staging months of protests against Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader narrowly elected to replace the late Hugo Chavez in 2013.

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