After the upbeat duet debuted at No. 3 on Hot Latin Songs and topped Latin Airplay, the sultry video racked up over 1 billion global YouTube views.
Luis Fonsi: “Échame la Culpa” is sort of celebrating a breakup, poking fun at the cliche “It’s not you, it’s me.” So I thought it would be cool to have a female perspective [with] a strong female vocalist on it.
Alejandro Duque, GM, Universal Music Latin: Demi just kept coming up. She was the first choice.
Demi Lovato: The first time I heard Luis sing was on “Despacito.” I was immediately intrigued and so excited at the thought of working with him.
Fonsi: She was extremely excited to sing in Spanish, which was really important for me. I didn’t want it to feel forced.
Duque: Demi’s voice is recognizable, but a lot of times when you switch the language, that can get lost. With Demi, you still know it’s her.
Lovato: I knew some Spanish, but I learned a lot more thanks to a tutor and Luis’ help.
Fonsi: I was extremely impressed. These uptempo songs with a lot of lyrics get tricky, even for us fluent Spanish speakers. She was almost perfect in the first take!