roberto tapia


If you’ve hung around NorteñoBlog for very long, you’ll know that when I fall for a Roberto Tapia banda single, I fall hard. So it is with his new tune “No Valoraste” — the waltz beat is stiffer than his previous “Me Enamoré” and “Mirando Al Cielo,” but the high-climbing melody sounds great in his upper range. Along with Friday’s brand new video, and having heard it on the radio a couple times last week, “No Valoraste” shoots into Pick to Click status. And by all means watch that video: it’s like Ingmar Bergman shot a novela on the beach using the castoff furniture from Return to Oz. See Tapia and his ex-mujer stalk one another in symbolically opposing color schemes, as they seek cold comfort from an absent God and/or Princess Ozma.

Tapia’s at #4 on the airplay chart, so the streams racked up by this new video should propel him onto the big Hot Latin chart next week.


Further down the airplay chart is another good one, Adriel Favela’s “Te Acuerdas de Tu Amiga.” Favela bears an uncanny vocal resemblance to Hawaiian crooner and feature credit pioneer Glenn Medeiros — or at least he does on his more simpering songs, which “Acuerdas” is NOT. “Acuerdas” is a breakup song (I think) that finds Favela taunting his former mujer with strings of syllables and accordion notes grappling like cartoon adversaries in a dust cloud. In the swinging dick of a video, Favela hangs out with his hot fiancée, a hot nun, and su psicóloga caliente, who has a habit of taking off her glasses and bewitching young Adriel during his sessions. But, bad habits being what they are, he finally wins over the nun, who lets down her hair as they ride together into the roundabout. NorteñoBlog likes to imagine their playful banter as they defrock one another. “Forget your prior engagement — and that’s an order!”

Also hanging out on your airwaves and worth hearing:

La Maquinaria Norteña, who mix up the puro Chihuahua with the puro Zacatecas sax — you might call them bisaxual, if you were a terrible person — and whose logo is a fast machine;

Alfredo Olivas’s “Y Por Lo Pronto,” a fine-if-long-seeming corrido from the accordion slinger, now recovered from his springtime onstage shooting and touring with Gerardo Ortiz;

and Luis Coronel’s teenpop banda “Nada Más Por Eso,” which has drilled its way into my head like a torturer offering repeated assurances of “te amo.”

Ariel Camacho, Banda MS, and the nomenclaturally gifted La Bandononona Clave Nueva de Max Peraza are all inside the Hot Latin top 10 with romantic ballads. (Good ones, in the cases of Camacho and Peraza.) Also, “El Perdón” is still #1 and “Propuesta Indecente” is 112 weeks old. (Puerto Rico has always been at war with the Bronx.)

These are the top 25 Hot Latin Songs and top 20 Regional Mexican Songs, courtesy Billboard, as published September 26.

1. “El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
2. “Ginza” – J Balvin
3. “La Gozadera” – Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony
4. “Propuesta Indecente” – Romeo Santos (112 WEEKS OLD)
5. “Te Metiste” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho (#9 RegMex)
6. “Piénsalo” – Banda MS (#2 RegMex)
7. “Hilito” – Romeo Santos
8. “Cuál Adiós” – La Bandononona Clave Nueva de Max Peraza (#1 RegMex)
9. “Sunset” – Farruko ft. Shaggy & Nicky Jam
10. “Borro Cassette” – Maluma

11. “Aunque Ahora Estes Con El” – Calibre 50 (#3 RegMex)
12. “Malditas Ganas” – El Komander (#12 RegMex)
13. “Mi Vicio Mas Grande” – Banda El Recodo (#6 RegMex)
14. “El Taxi” – Pitbull ft. Sensato & Osmani Garcia
15. “La Mordidita” – Ricky Martin ft. Yotuel
16. “Confesion” – Arrolladora (#5 RegMex)
17. “Perdido En Tus Ojos” – Don Omar ft. Natti Natasha
18. “Baddest Girl In Town” – Pitbull ft. Mohombi & Wisin
19. “Si Lo Hacemos Bien” – Wisin
20. “El Cholo” – Gerardo Ortiz (#7 RegMex)

21. “Después de Ti, ¿Quién?” – La Adictiva Banda (#13 RegMex)
22. “Ahora Que Te Vas” – Christian Daniel
23. “Back It Up” – Prince Royce ft. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull
24. “Se Va Muriendo Mi Alma” – La Séptima Banda (#7 RegMex)
25. “Me Voy Enamorando (Remix)” – Chino & Nacho ft. Farruko

“Solita” – Prince Royce
“Duele El Amor” – Tony Dize
“Calentura” – Yandel
“Sigueme y Te Sigo” – Daddy Yankee
“Fanatica Sensual” – Plan B


4. “No Valoraste” – Roberto Tapia
8. “Un Desengaño” – Conjunto Primavera ft. Ricky Muñoz
10. “Para Qué Amarte” – La Maquinaria Norteña

11. “Te Acuerdas de Tu Amiga” – Adriel Favela
14. “Me Sobrabas Tu” – Banda Los Recoditos (#5 RegMex)
15. “Te Cambio El Domicilio” – Banda Carnaval
16. “Pongamonos de Acuerdo” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda
17. “La Revancha” – La Trakalosa de Monterrey
18. “Cajita de Cartón” – Intocable
19. “Nada Más Por Eso” – Luis Coronel
20. “Y Por Lo Pronto” – Alfredo Olivas

“Veneno” – Duelo
“Suena La Banda” – Los Tucanes de Tijuana ft. Código FN
“Unas Heladas” – Grupo Máximo Grado
“Bonito Y Bello” – La Séptima Banda
“A Lo Mejor” – Banda MS
“El Amor De Su Vida” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda