On Sunday (July 9), reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee became the first Latin artist to reach the No. 1 spot on Spotify’s worldwide chart with 44.7 millions of monthly listeners and dethroning Ed Sheeran.
Yankee’s ascend to No. 1 is likely in part thanks to his Luis Fonsi collaboration “Despacito” (and the Justin Bieber remix that has held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks straight) — although the number of streams counts for both Daddy Yankee and Fonsi, who is close behind at the No. 3 spot globally. But in addition to “Despacito,” Yankee has an extensive catalog of songs like “Shaky Shaky” (which has 187 million streams to date) and “La Rompe Corazones” (128 million), also attributing to his rise.
There are countless versions and parodies of the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “Despacito” up on YouTube in every language. But this instrumental version by 2Cellos may be the most impressive yet.
The duo’s Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser covers the Latin hit with no accompaniment whatsoever, alternating their cellos through the melodic lines, rhythmic bass and percussion patterns of “Despacito” effortlessly. The video, shot in what appears to be a storage room, ends with a rousing sing-along with Sulic and Hauser showing off their vocal chops after killing it on the strings.
“It’s Summer time and we just had to do a video of this song for you guys!!! ENJOY!!” wrote 2CELLOS wrote after posting the video, which garnered 3 million views in the first three days it’s been online.