del negociante

Since Billboard‘s Latin charts tend to turn over slower than car engines during Chicago winters, the scene doesn’t look much different than it did two weeks ago. All titles in the Top 10 remain the same, with more than half of them occupying the exact same positions. The presidential primary campaign chart tenure of King Romeo’s indecent proposal has reached 118 weeks, and there are only six new songs, four on the big chart and two on the Regional Mexican airplay chart. Plus — and this makes NorteñoBlog howl hot tears of pain — both of Pitbull’s songs, “El Taxi” and “Baddest Girl In Town,” have left the Top 25. Beep beep, sir; beep beep.

But! As you know, NorteñoBlog has a bit of a thing for the late Ariel Camacho, whose “Te Metiste” is still sitting pretty at #7 Hot Latin without placing on the Regional Mexican chart, meaning people continue streaming and/or downloading the heck out of it. (Probably streaming.) Other songs in this predicament: Arrolladora’s “Confesión” and Recodos’ “Mi Vicio Más Grande,” both of which boast expensive-looking novela-lite videos.

In what is possibly an elaborate Day of the Dead scheme, there’s more Camacho chart action bubbling debajo. Amaya Mendizabal at Billboard:

On Hot Latin Songs, regional Mexican group Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho earns the Hot Shot Debut with “Hablemos” (No. 44), marking the second week in a row that the act has scored the highest entrance. (“El Rey de Corazones” entered at No. 50 on the Oct. 31 chart.)

That’s right: old-ass Camacho songs that predate his DEL Records career, their videos available well before his February death, are still debuting on the Hot Latin chart higher than all the other new songs. I’m pretty sure this has more to do with the slowness of the season than with any sudden interest in Camacho; after all, #44 and #50 are relatively low debut positions. For comparison, Ricky Martin’s “Adiós” debuted at #22 earlier this month, and Camacho’s own “El Toro Encartado” entered at #27 right after he died.

But that’s not to say nobody’s releasing new music. Mendizabal continues:

[Camacho’s group] Los Plebes del Rancho recently toured with regional Mexican star Gerardo Ortiz, performing a tribute to Camacho, featuring 18-year-old singer José Manuel Lopez Castro, a recent signee to DEL Records. The new iteration of the group released single “DEL Negociante,” on Oct. 4 under the name Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho. The track reached No. 3 on Regional Mexican Digital Songs (chart dated Oct. 31).

Imagine if, after Jim Morrison died, the remaining Doors had immediately hired a new singer and scored a hit with a song called “Elektrafying Bizness,” an ode to Elektra Records president Jac Holzman and his savvy music biz acumen. Imagine further that it was a cover of an Arthur Lee song. That’s essentially what we’ve got here. “DEL Negociante” is a corrido, originally by Revolver Cannabis and sung from the point of view of DEL’s founder Angel Del Villar in terms of glowing reflection. Angel doesn’t care if you don’t like his tattoos. Plus he cares about his family. Give him a cookie.

(There’s probably a more apt comparison here involving Suge Knight or someone, but it’s not coming to me. Commenters go!)

Anyway, Revolver Cannabis’s version of “DEL Negociante” is probably the best thing discussed today, but most of these new songs are old and/or uninspiring, so NorteñoBlog is withholding this week’s Pick to Click out of spite. Though if you haven’t yet heard Calibre 50’s “La Gripa,” a previous Pick now at #19 airplay, skip to it!

These are the top 25 Hot Latin Songs and top 20 Regional Mexican Songs, courtesy Billboard, as published November 7.

1. “Ginza” – J Balvin
2. “El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
3. “Sunset” – Farruko ft. Shaggy & Nicky Jam
4. “Propuesta Indecente” – Romeo Santos (118 WEEKS OLD)
5. “La Gozadera” – Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony
6. “Borro Cassette” – Maluma
7. “Te Metiste” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
8. “Piénsalo” – Banda MS (#5 RegMex)
9. “Hilito” – Romeo Santos
10. “Cuál Adiós” – La Bandononona Clave Nueva de Max Peraza (#1 RegMex)

11. “Después de Ti, ¿Quién?” – La Adictiva Banda (#4 RegMex)
12. “Pongamonos de Acuerdo” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda (#3 RegMex)
13. “El Vaivén” – Daddy Yankee
14. “Se Va Muriendo Mi Alma” – La Séptima Banda (#2 RegMex)
15. “Aunque Ahora Estes Con El” – Calibre 50 (#9 RegMex)
16. “Te Busco” – Cosculluela ft. Nicky Jam (or vice versa)
17. “No Valoraste” – Roberto Tapia (#6 RegMex)
18. “Mi Vicio Mas Grande” – Banda El Recodo
19. “Choca” – Plan B
20. “El Mismo Sol” – Alvaro Soler ft. Jennifer Lopez

21. “Nada Más Por Eso” – Luis Coronel (#8 RegMex)
22. “La Mordidita” – Ricky Martin ft. Yotuel
23. “No Quería Engañarte” – Victor Manuelle
24. “Confesion” – Arrolladora
25. “Que Se Sienta El Deseo” – Wisin ft. Ricky Martin

“Ahora Que Te Vas” – Christian Daniel
“El Taxi” – Pitbull ft. Sensato & Osmani Garcia
“Baddest Girl In Town” – Pitbull ft. Mohombi & Wisin
“Fiesta (Remix)” – Bomba Estéreo and Will Smith

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

11. “Se Me Ve Lo Mexicano” – Arrolladora
12. “¿Y Qué Ha Sido de Ti?” – Chuy Lizarraga y Su Banda Tierra Sinaloense
13. “Te Acuerdas de Tu Amiga” – Adriel Favela
14. “¿Por Qué Me Ilusionaste?” – Remmy Valenzuela
15. “Un Desengaño” – Conjunto Primavera ft. Ricky Muñoz
16. “Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente” – Voz de Mando
17. “Y Por Lo Pronto” – Alfredo Olivas
18. “Debajo del Puente” – Los Huracanes del Norte
19. “La Gripa” – Calibre 50
20. “Abrázame” – Pesado

“Nada Que Hacer” (aka “Chuy Verduras”) – Grupo H100