This week Niall Horan, Dawin, and Fatboy Slim all debut on the WT20. What are there songs all about?
Just like on the hit charts all over the world, the Justin Bieber-assisted Spanish language hit, Despacito has finally reached the number one spot on Y101’s Weekly Top 20. Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee all owe a lot to the Canadian pop star for giving their song a worldwide boost.
This week also, former One Direction singer Niall Horan debut on the charts, along with breakbeat legend Fatboy Slim. Here are quick facts about their songs that will make them even better!
#1 ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
- ‘Despacito’ is only the 7th non-English language number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The first non-English number one hit charted in 1958 and it went to the Italian ‘Volare’ by crooner Domenico Modugno. [DOME-NIKO MODO-NYO]
- Meanwhile in the UK Charts, "Despacito" is the first non-English language number one hit since Psy's "Gangnam Style" in 2012. The last song featuring Spanish to hit the UK Charts was Sak Noel's "Loca People" in 2011.
- Luis Fonsi, the song’s co-writer, told Billboard magazine that "It feels amazing to know that a mostly Spanish song is #1. Language isn't a factor. Music unites us!"
‘Where U Iz’ by Fatboy Slim
- Where U Iz is Fatboy Slim’s latest music project since partnering with Talking Heads genius David Byrne in 2010. The two music legends created an electronic concept album about Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos called Here Lies Love.
- There are still a lot of discussions on the internet trying to figure out the source of the vocal hook sample “You can't beat that with a bat”. Some speculate that it came from a verse of the 1992 song, The Choice is Yours by hip-hop duo Black Sheep.
- The line ‘You can't beat that with a bat’ is a 90’s hip-hop lingo that is used as a response to something that is a good deal.
‘Slow Hands’ by Niall Horan
- Slow Hands is the second single from Niall Horan's debut solo album. The song was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by frequent One Direction songwriter Julian Bunetta.
- Niall Horan said they wrote this “concept about being in a bar”. He described the song as having a “funkier, sexier groove” than his debut release, This Town. He said that he wanted Slow Hands to be a “little bit cheeky with the lyric”.
- Slow Hands was one of the last to be written for Niall Horan’s debut album, having only been written in February. Horan also said the song was written because he thought his album was “missing a bit of grit”.