It was a cultural moment in a year of swift changes.
Much like the #MeToo movement brought attention to the sexual harassment of women, “Despacito” and later “Mi Gente” brought into clear view Latino artists’ rising influence in the American and music scene.
With staggering numbers, both the Spanglish “Despacito” by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and “Mi Gente” by Colombian-born J Balvin and French artist Willy Williams in full-on español, hit #1 on Spotify’s most streamed songs worldwide.
With 4.5 billion (and growing) YouTube views, “Despacito” became the most viewed of all-time video while “Mi Gente” followed with 1.4+ billion views landing at #3 for top music videos of 2017.
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