Demi Lovato on How Luis Fonsi Helped Her Spanish for Their Bilingual Hit 'Echame la Culpa'

Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato
Courtesy of Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato onstage in Miami. 

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!

This article originally appeared in the April 21 issue of Billboard.