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It’s not quite our one-year anniversary — that’ll come next week — but NorteñoBlog has been at this funny business for 51 weeks and in all that time, Billboard‘s Latin charts have always contained a song by either Gerardo Ortiz or El Komander. UNTIL NOW. Well, really until two weeks ago, when Komander’s “Malditas Ganas” dropped off the chart. “Malditas Ganas” entered the chart back in May, hi-fiving Ortiz’s “Eres Una Niña” as it sauntered out and paving the way for Ortiz’s “El Cholo” a week or three later. (NorteñoBlog doesn’t need your fancy “fact checkers.”) And now “Ganas” and “Cholo” are both gone, and NB’s heart is empty, and… ooh, what’s that! New Chuy Lizárraga!

Please note: it’s entirely possible that both Banda MS and Julión Álvarez have been on the charts the entire length of the NB’s existence, much like well-known Methuselan beard “Propuesta Indecente” (116 WEEKS!), but frankly, that last bit of data gathering has plum tuckered me out and I would like to listen to some songs now.

The Hot Latin Top 10 is a complete reshuffle of a month ago. (NOBODY. EVER. GOES. IN. and NOBODY. EVER. COMES. OUT.) So we’ll just skip down to #11, where Bomba Estéreo have repurposed their excellent single “Fiesta” to include a rap by new Bomba Estéreo superfan Will Smith. This isn’t Smith’s first visit to the Latin charts: “Men In Black,” “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” and “Wild Wild West” were all monster hits that received Latin airplay and broke the Hot Latin top 40 back when the Hot Latin chart allowed for such things. (Weirdly, “Miami” doesn’t seem to have received the same bienvenido.) This may, however, be the first time someone has tried to rhyme “mamacita” with “beer-a.” Let’s hope it’s the last. Smith’s other intriguing line is this odd bit of post-coital pride: “Woke up behind her/ No gas in me, I’m a Tesla.” Yo homes, smell you later!

Roberto Tapia’s “No Valoraste” video hasn’t received as many views as I expected, but as predicted, it was still enough to bump the airplay hit up to the big chart; this previous Pick to Click entered the top 25 on October 10 and currently sits at #16. And our fresh-faced frenemy Luis Coronel scores his fourth Hot Latin hit, his second inside the top 25, with the unrelentingly lovey “Nada Más Por Eso.”

New on the Regional Mexican airplay chart:

Arrolladora score with a spritely but saccharine celebration of their Mexican heritage (#11);

Accordion hero Remmy Valenzuela scores his second accordion-free power ballad (#16);

The young norteño bands Voz De Mando and Grupo H100 close out the top 20 with a love song and a corrido, respectively.

Which leaves Chuy Lizárraga! His take on Espinoza Paz’s banda ballad “¿Y Qué Ha Sido de Ti?” is a solid piece of chart bait, with the tuba bassline prodding the higher masses of brass and the whole horn chart adding up to some complex counterpoint. Lizárraga’s tenor climbs from husky rasp to clear wail — “MALo MALo MALo, por las MALAAAAAAS” — and NB hereby bestows on it Pick to Click status.

These are the top 25 Hot Latin Songs and top 20 Regional Mexican Songs, courtesy Billboard, as published October 24.

1. “Ginza” – J Balvin
2. “El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
3. “Propuesta Indecente” – Romeo Santos (116 WEEKS OLD)
4. “Sunset” – Farruko ft. Shaggy & Nicky Jam
5. “La Gozadera” – Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony
6. “Borro Cassette” – Maluma
7. “Te Metiste” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho (#9 RegMex)
8. “Hilito” – Romeo Santos
9. “Piénsalo” – Banda MS (#3 RegMex)
10. “Cuál Adiós” – La Bandononona Clave Nueva de Max Peraza (#1 RegMex)

11. “Fiesta (Remix)” – Bomba Estéreo and Will Smith
12. “Después de Ti, ¿Quién?” – La Adictiva Banda (#6 RegMex)
13. “Aunque Ahora Estes Con El” – Calibre 50 (#7 RegMex)
14. “Pongamonos de Acuerdo” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda (#5 RegMex)
15. “Se Va Muriendo Mi Alma” – La Séptima Banda (#4 RegMex)
16. “No Valoraste” – Roberto Tapia (#2 RegMex)
17. “Mi Vicio Mas Grande” – Banda El Recodo (#6 RegMex)
18. “Baddest Girl In Town” – Pitbull ft. Mohombi & Wisin
19. “Te Busco” – Cosculluela ft. Nicky Jam (or vice versa)
20. “La Mordidita” – Ricky Martin ft. Yotuel

21. “El Taxi” – Pitbull ft. Sensato & Osmani Garcia
22. “Choca” – Plan B
23. “Ahora Que Te Vas” – Christian Daniel
24. “Confesion” – Arrolladora (#15 RegMex)
25. “Nada Más Por Eso” – Luis Coronel (#9 RegMex)

“Me Voy Enamorando (Remix)” – Chino & Nacho ft. Farruko
“Back It Up” – Prince Royce ft. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull
“Si Lo Hacemos Bien” – Wisin
“Perdido En Tus Ojos” – Don Omar ft. Natti Natasha


8. “Te Cambio El Domicilio” – Banda Carnaval
10. “Para Qué Amarte” – La Maquinaria Norteña

11. “Se Me Ve Lo Mexicano” – Arrolladora
12. “Un Desengaño” – Conjunto Primavera ft. Ricky Muñoz
13. “¿Y Qué Ha Sido de Ti?” – Chuy Lizarraga y Su Banda Tierra Sinaloense
14. “Te Acuerdas de Tu Amiga” – Adriel Favela
16. “¿Por Qué Me Ilusionaste?” – Remmy Valenzuela
17. “Debajo del Puente” – Los Huracanes del Norte
18. “Y Por Lo Pronto” – Alfredo Olivas
19. “Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente” – Voz de Mando
20. “Nada Que Hacer” (aka “Chuy Verduras”) – Grupo H100

“Más Que Clavado Contigo” – El Dasa
“Cajita de Cartón” – Intocable
“Me Sobrabas Tu” – Banda Los Recoditos
“Malditas Ganas” – El Komander
“El Cholo” – Gerardo Ortiz (#7 RegMex)
“La Revancha” – La Trakalosa de Monterrey