In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Luis Fonsi seemed unbothered by Bieber's screw-up. "That chorus is not easy to sing, even for fluent Spanish singers like myself," Fonsi said Wednesday. "It's got a lot of lyrics, it's kind of tongue-twisty."
The "Despacito" remix came together after Bieber was introduced to Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's track while on tour in South America. After hearing "Despacito" in a club, Bieber reached out to Fonsi's team. "He saw how people reacted, and right away he was like, 'I want to be a part of this movement,'" Fonsi toldRolling Stone. Bieber's appearance, he added, is "big for Latin music."
The Bieber-featuring "Despacito" remix is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the song's third straight week at the top. The hit is the first mostly Spanish-language chart topper in more than 20 years. The last No. 1 with mostly Spanish lyrics was the Bayside Boys remix of Los del Río's monster hit "Macarena" back in 1996.