When: Sat., Sept. 16, 8 p.m. 2017
While the Trump Administration was busy enacting anti-immigrant policies, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi’s Spanish-language megahit “Despacito” was busy becoming the official song of the summer. Featuring reggaeton star Daddy Yankee, “Despacito” is now the most streamed song in the history of the internet and the first Spanish-language single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart since the “Macarena” back in 1996. Also remarkable is the fact that Fonsi has been successfully building his music career for nearly two decades. Now 39, Fonsi established himself as a hit-maker in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America with his 1998 debut album Comenzaré and found greater success with the follow-up Eterno in 2000. While some might see his 2001 collaboration with Christina Aguilera (“Si No Te Hubiera Conocido”) as a product of record companies riding the coattails of the manufactured “Latin Explosion” of the late 1990s, “Despacito” seems more a reflection of the changing demographics in America. Considering the recent wave of artists (Enrique Iglesias, Sia and Nicki Jam to name a few) riding high with Spanglish versions of their hits, it seems bilingual and Spanish-language hits might become the new norm.