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Despacito Songwriters Andres Torres, Mauricio Rengifo Ink Deal With Milk & Honey

 

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Milk & Honey has signed Andres Torres and Mauricio Rengifo, the men behind "Despacito," to a co-management deal with Sebastian Krys of Rebeleon Entertainment.

Songwriters and music producers Torres and Rengifo really scored a jackpot with "Despacito," the Spanish-language summer hit from Luis Fonsi and featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. However, proving that they are not just one-hit wonders, Torres and Rengifo, who has been working together for two years now, followed up "Despacito" with "Echame La Culpa," a song by Fonsi with Demi Lovato.

Over the years, the two has also worked with OneRepublic, Morat, and Sebastian Yatra to name a few.

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"We couldn't be more excited to represent this hit-making duo as they just moved to Los Angeles on the heels of their 2017 success," said Lucas Keller, president and founder of Milk & Honey. "Their records and ear for sound design and production is some of the best I've heard in both the pop and latin genres. There is a lot ahead, they're only just getting started."

"Despacito," released in January 2017, was a commercial success. In August, its music video became the most viewed in the history of YouTube. The song also topped the Billboard Hot 100, the first Spanish song to receive the honor since Bayside Boys' 1996 hit "Macarena."

Nielsen also named the song as the biggest hit in the United States in 2017. In its annual year-end report, the company revealed that the single shifted 6.663 million equivalent copies in combined sales and on-demand streaming. Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" and Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" made it to the second and third place respectively.

However, it was not just a viral hit. "Despacito" won for awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the year, at the Latin Grammys. It was also nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 60th Grammy Awards where the song competes with Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, and Jay-Z.

The mega hit also won two trophies, Best Collaboration of the Year and Favorite Song — Pop/Rock, at the 2017 American Music Awards in November.

Torres and Rengifo join Milk & Honey's growing list of hit-makers that include Sir Nolan, Oak Felder, David Hodges, Rick Costey, and Jamie Hartman. The studio was behind several hit singles like Lovato's "Sorry Not Sorry," Imagine Dragons' "Thunder," Alessia Cara's "Scars To Your Beautiful," and many others.

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