Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero (born April 15, 1978), known by his stage name Luis Fonsi, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and actor, best known for the hit song “Despacito“. Fonsi was born on April 15, 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the oldest child of Alfonso Rodríguez and Delia “Tata” López-Cepero. He has three younger siblings: Jean Rodríguez, who also is a singer, Tatiana Rodríguez and Ramon do Salotti. As a child, Luis Fonsi showed signs that music was going to direct his life – as a child, he imitated the stars of the popular group Menudo, and joined the San Juan Children’s Choir. After living on the United States mainland for one month, Fonsi spoke English without a hint of an accent. He entered the Dr. Phillips High School, and participated in a group called “Big Guys.” They sang at school parties and local festivals. One of the members of the group, Joey Fatone, later joined NSYNC.
In November 2009, Luis Fonsi was awarded a Latin Grammy Award for “Song of the Year” for his composition “Aquí Estoy Yo“. In 2011, Fonsi released the album Tierra Firme, and went on tour to promote it throughout Latin America. In 2014, Fonsi released his album 8, a reference to his eighth career album. He then did a tour named “Somos Uno” in 2014–15. He also mentioned that acting would be on his career path and that he wouldn’t mind acting with Mexican actors and actresses. In January 2017, “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee was promoted and released. The music video has reached two billion views on YouTube, with the song becoming number one in nearly every Latin Billboard chart. In April 2017, the song was given an English remix featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The remix featuring Bieber reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending May 27, 2017, becoming both Fonsi and Yankee’s first number one on the chart, and Bieber’s fifth. Bieber promoted the remix at one of his shows in Puerto Rico, inviting Fonsi onto stage to perform the duo with him.
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