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    Ariana Grande Was Almost Featured In ‘Despacito’. Here’s What Happened

    2017’s song of the summer ‘Despacito‘ gave Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee the biggest hit of their career, and one of the most successful songs of Hollywood. The remix, featuring Justin Bieber became a peak moment in his career, topping charts and smashing records.

    More than six years after the song’s release, Fonsi has revealed that Justin wasn’t the first choice for the remix. It was, in fact, another one of Scooter Braun’s clients- Ariana Grande. Here’s why she declined the offer and the song went to Justin Bieber instead.

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    Why Did Ariana Grande Decline The Offer To Sing ‘Despacito’?

    Ariana Grande and Luis Fonsi
    Ariana Grande and Luis Fonsi

    Unquestionably the biggest song of 2017, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, gained even more popularity after Justin Bieber joined on a remix. Though the remix is much loved, Fonsi has just revealed that if thimgs went a different way, Ariana Grande might have been featured on the song instead

    Luis discussed how the big remix came together in a recent interview, recalling his initial attempts to enlist Grande.

    Speaking to The Interview with Yordi Rosado, Fonsi said that Justin reached out in an attempt to see if a collaboration could be possible, through Scooter Braun. Scooter however was already familiar with the song as Fonsi had approached him to see if Ariana wanted to jump on the remix.

    “We had talked to Scooter Braun, because he also managed Ariana Grande, and we told him it’d be cool to have her on the song. I don’t know why, but nothing ever really happened.”

    Of course, Bieber’s involvement in the song also significantly contributed to it’s success as millions of people heard him sing in Spanish for the first time on an official song. Fonsi has also previously revealed that Bieber was actually supposed to sing in English but chose Spanish instesd. “The funny thing is we actually have a version of the song fully recorded in English, and he knew that” Luis Fonsi said. “Instead of using that, he decided to use the Spanish version, even though he doesn’t speak Spanish himself and made sure he was phonetically pronouncing the words correctly.”

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    Despacito’s Success

    Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi in Despacito
    Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi in Despacito

    Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song “Despacito” remained at the top of Billboard’s charts, having been streamed over 4.6 billion times. For that year, there wasn’t one place where the song wasn’t played. And everyone across the globe were googling what the song means. It broke records, climbed charts, and dominated majority of radio stations that year.

    The song also set records for being the most-streamed song ever. Fonsi holds seven Guinness World Records for the song’s success. It broke the records for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin and the longest duration on the Billboard charts in addition to having the most views on YouTube and continuing the most weeks on Billboard’s “Hot Latin Song” list for 56 straight weeks.

    The song continues to hold significance as one of the most famous Spanish songs to achieve success of this level, and is also the biggest song Fonsi and Yankee have had in their careers.

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