“Despacito” is a success, but it was banned in Malaysia


Despacito, which was released in January, has been at the top of Billboard Hot 100 for weeks. The official video for “Despacito” on YouTube received its one billionth view on April 20, 2017 after 97 days, becoming the second-fastest video on the site to reach the milestone behind Adele’s “Hello”.t received its two billionth view on June 16 after 154 days, making it the fastest video on the site to reach the milestone. With its 3.3 million certified sales plus track-equivalent streams, “Despacito” is one of the best-selling Latin singles in the United States.


Fonsi stated that he made “Despacito” a danceable song because “Latinos are known for being happy people” and that he feels the need of happy music. But not all people are equal ! Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak in Malaysia decided however that “RTM is ceasing the broadcast of the song on its radio and TV stations with immediate effect”, arguing its lyrics are obscene, supposedly sexually explicit, not suited to Eastern culture and Islam. But local Malay radio stations were also playing the song resulting in it becoming a phenomenon that was hard to stop.


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