Malaysian state TV and radio won't play 'Despacito'

The only good thing that has emerged from the row is the uniformity of rage in both the incumbent and opposition parties

The only good thing that has emerged from the row is the uniformity of rage in both the incumbent and opposition parties

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" is now the most streamed track in the history of music.

The communications minister stressed that the decision "applies only" to the public broadcaster, saying that "all other TV and radio stations are guided by their own evaluation processes". "Despacito" was previously denounced by another Islamic party Amanah, the party called out Malaysian Airwaves to stop playing the song on the plane as younger children are being affected by the track without understanding the lyrics.

The song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi has been named the most streamed song of all time worldwide, and is also popular in Malaysia.

Private stations, YouTube, and other media for streaming such music is still allowed and will be available.

She has stated that the music is unsuitable for children and can prove to the detrimental to the conservative Malaysian society
She has stated that the music is unsuitable for children and can prove to the detrimental to the conservative Malaysian society

Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said that RTM will cease broadcasting the global hit song, "Despacito", at all its radio and television stations immediately. Although the label has not yet mentioned the detail of the 4.3 billion figure, just a quick look at it would mean that it is plausible.

Universal Music Latin Entertainment recently announced that the song hit 4.6 billion plays since it's release in February, 2017- ousting Justin Bieber's Sorry which had a cumulative play of 4.38 billion.

In Spotify alone, the song has a combined 1.183 billion streams (both the original and the one featuring Justin Bieber).

"Despacito", the mega-hit by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee - as well as a partial English version with Justin Bieber - has been far and away the song of the summer with all-day radio play and its recent record-breaking turn as the most-streamed song of all-time with 4.6 billion plays in three months since its April release. Actual play counts are not yet publicly available for some sites, but it's easy to assume that the total on that platform adds another few hundred million to the mix.

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