‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber takes the lead on Radio Songs chart
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s "Despacito" featuring Justin Bieber has held control of the Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks now and is only gaining where it counts. The track has crowned the Digital Songs and Streaming Songs charts and in the latest tracking week, it takes over Radio Songs after being locked in at No. 2 behind Bruno Mars’ "That’s What I Like." The update is reflected on the July 11 refresh.
"Despacito" is No. 1 on Digital Songs for a 10th straight week with nearly 80 percent of sales deriving from the version featuring Bieber. The track was purchased 129,000 times compared to last week’s 136,000 copies downloaded, down just six percent. Since the chart began in 2005 after merging all digital sales into one tally, only 11 songs have spent at least 10 weeks at No. 1. On Streaming Songs, "Despacito" stays put at the top for a ninth week having 61.2 million hits through officially recognized platforms.
It’s airplay that continues the trio’s lead solidly. On Radio Songs, it moves from No. 2 to No. 1 with 149 million impressions in the United States. It is the first time that a mostly Spanish song has led the chart in its history with 1996’s "Macarena" by Los Del Río peaking at No. 7 (though it crowned the Hot 100 chart). The song also rises to No. 1 on Pop Songs, also known as Mainstream Top 40. It is also the first time that a song largely in another language has crowned that tally.
Justin Bieber now scores his third radio hit following 2016’s "Sorry" and "Love Yourself," the latter commanding the chart for 11 weeks. Both Fonsi and Daddy Yankee earn their first radio No. 1.
Charts are refreshed each Tuesday following the tracking week which runs Friday through Thursday for sales and streaming, and Monday through Sunday for radio airplay.