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Despacito singer Luis Fonsi says he was impressed by Justin Bieber's Spanish

Despacito singer Luis Fonsi says he was impressed by Justin Bieber's Spanish
From CBC - December 14, 2017

The man behind the song of 2017, Despacito, says he did not know the song was going to be a record-breaking hit when he was writing it.

"I woke up one morning with Despacitoin my head and I thought, 'Hmm, that could be interesting,'"said Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi, in an interview with CBCToronto's Dwight Drummond.

The song flowed pretty quickly after that,thanks to a simple rhyming scheme and a solid rhythm.

"It was so simple ... the way everything came together with the melody, with the track, it just felt special and I said let's just wait and see how people react."

The Biebereffect

The reaction came quickly. First the song, performed by Fonsiand Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee, wooed Latin audiences, then it found new fame whenCanadian Justin Bieberdecided to remix it.

"I got a very early call from my label saying that Justin Bieber is trying to get in touch with me and I thought it was a joke," Fonsisaidwhile in Toronto on Wednesday.

It was not a joke. Bieberhad heard the song in a club and wanted to sing a version himself. So Fonsisent him the lyrics and the instrumentation, unsure of what he'd get back.

"We had an English version for the song so that's what I thought he was going to do," Fonsisaid. But 24 hours later, Fonsi was shocked to hear the Biebsvoice crooning in Spanish.

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