Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's fans can't get enough of infectious tune Despacito - their music video has just surpassed a record six billion views on YouTube. The Latin hitmakers released the track back in January, 2017, and more than two years on, it's still proving to be a top pick. On Sunday (24Feb19), Despacito officially became the first promo in YouTube history to smash the huge milestone, leading its closest competitor - Ed Sheeran's Shape of You - by 1.9 billion views. According to officials at the video-streaming site, during the height of the Grammy-nominated tune's popularity, its promo was being streamed an average of 25.7 million times per day. That figure has since dropped significantly, but it's still at an impressive 2.8 million average views a day so far in 2019, reports Billboard. Despacito has continued to break boundaries ever since its debut - it became the first video to break three billion views on YouTube, before going on to make history as it crossed four and five billion, too. Meanwhile, the remixed single, featuring Justin Bieber, is still flying high in the charts - it earned its 100th week on the U.S. Hot Latin Songs Chart just before Christmas (18), and remains in third place in its 109th week on the Billboard countdown. Only to Romeo Santos has spent more time on the rundown - his 2013 song Propuesta Indecente currently holds the title as the longest-charting track on the Hot Latin Songs list with 125 weeks.

Taylor Swift has her 'Swifties' swirling this morning after she wore what to appears to be an engagement type ring, during a rare public outing with her boyfriend. Swift, was out on the town celebrating her 'SNL' performance on Saturday night in NYC. Like usual, Taylor joined the cast for it's after party at Zuma in NYC. The singer showed up to the event hand in hand with her boyfriend actor Joe Alwyn. Taylor's fans, the 'Swifties,' noticed a sparkling ring on her finger, and the engagement rumors started flying.
Casting for Walt Disney Pictures‘ live-action The Lion King continues today as reports confirm that John Oliver is set to voice Zazu. Oliver, who is best known for hosting HBO‘s Last Week Tonight, joins a cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and James Earl Jones reprising his animated role as Mufasa. Although still unconfirmed, director Jon Favreau has stated that Beyonce is his top choice to voice Nala. Favreau, who previously launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, is bringing to The Lion King the same level of photo-real effects he brought to The Jungle Book. Look for The Lion King to hit the big screen July 19, 2019.
Disney are enjoying a surge of success as of late, with their new takes on classic tales such as 'The Jungle Book' and 'Beauty and the Beast' proving to be extremely popular. Bringing them to live-action, the movie company are able to do things on a bigger scale than ever before, and that's set to continue with live-action remakes for 'The Lion King', 'Mulan' and 'Aladdin' on the way. Announcing the news as part of the D23 Expo, Disney took to social media to tell fans that Mena Massoud would be taking the titular role in 'Aladdin', alongside 'Power Rangers' star Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and A-lister Will Smith as the Genie. No reveal has yet been made as to who'll be taking on the villain of the film, Jafar, but British actor Tom Hardy is supposedly a frontrunner. Directed by Guy Ritchie , this classic is sure to be another huge hit for Disney. 'Aladdin' is set to hit movie theatres on March 29, 2019. source contact music

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