YouTube’s biggest hit Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito which had over five billion views, was apparently deleted for a brief while in an alleged hack. The Despacito video was temporarily removed because several viewers complained that its cover image was replaced with a picture of a group wearing masks and pointing guns. When they attempted to press play, it said the video was unavailable. The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh, had replaced some of the videos’ titles with their own messages, including a call to “free Palestine” alongside their own nicknames.
More than a dozen other artists, including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift are also affected. The original clips had been posted by Vevo.
Five days ago, Despacito had achieved a significant milestone in the history of YouTube, reaching 5 billion views. Despacito is a 2017 Spanish-language hit song and soon went on to a chartbuster single.
Now the number one hit song Despacito is back. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s groove.
The Latin pop song is of reggaeton genre composed in common time with lyrics about having a sexual relationship, performed in a smooth and romantic way. Commercially, the song topped the charts of 47 countries and reached the top 10 often others, making it both Fonsi’s and Daddy Yankee’s most successful single to date. It became the first song primarily in Spanish to top the Billboard Hot 100since “Macarena” (Bayside Boys Mix) in 1996. It ties the longest-reigning number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with 16 weeks. The song is also the longest-reigning number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart with 50 weeks.
Pop star Justin Bieber had appeared in the remix version of Despacito, which was released in July 2017. The video has amassed 98 million views at last count.