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While NorteñoBlog was away from the charts over Christmas, something unexpected happened. The listening public, perhaps because they were feeling unusually decent, STOPPED LISTENING TO “PROPUESTA INDECENTE.” Or at least they listened to it less. And because King Romeo’s ballad had spent more than one year on the Hot Latin chart, and because it had lately dropped to #5, and because Billboard writes you off the Hot Latin chart after a year if you drop below #5 — OUR LONG NATIONAL INDECENCY IS OVER!!!!! “Propuesta Indecente” ended its record 125-week chart run the week of January 2. We extend a hearty congratulations to King Romeo and all those who have swooned in his name.

(Alternate lead: “Propuesta Indecente” was destroyed January 2 when a small band of resistance fighters blew up its thermal oscillator, destabilizing the star-killing juggernaut and exiling King Romeo to his recording studio. In a prepared statement the King said, “Don’t worry, I’ll build another one,” and then chuckled with craven glee.)

Maybe coincidentally, the week of January 2 saw an enormous number of Regional Mexican songs climbing the Hot Latin chart: 14 out of the top 25, to be exact. (Usually the top 25 contains around 10 or 11.) Since that week the number has dropped to 13, many of which are holdovers from last year, but there are a few interesting things happening.

Interesting thing 1: Besides the two Ariel Camacho ballads in the Top 10, Camacho’s band Los Plebes Del Rancho has climbed to #23 with its ode to DEL Records label head Angel Del Villar. New recruit José Manuel Lopez Castro sings and (answering yesterday’s question to myself) plays lead guitar. NorteñoBlog discussed this Revolver Cannabis cover when it came out last November: “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.” Top commenter mrowster added, “José Manuel Lopez Castro = Michael Stull.”

Interesting thing 2: Neither “DEL Negociante” nor Los Plebes’ “Te Metiste” (#6) is inside the Regional Mexican top 20, which measures airplay; they’re getting most of their action from streams or sales. “Te Metiste” is #6 on the Latin Streaming chart and #8 on the Latin Digital Songs chart; I’m not sure how “DEL” shakes out because it’s too low on both charts. Conversely, the Regional Mexican #3 hit, Banda Carnaval’s “Te Cambio El Domicilio,” remains strictly an airplay phenomenon — it has yet to appear on the big Hot Latin chart.

Interesting thing 3: Omar Ruiz’s tribute to American cocaine trafficker George Jung, “El Americano,” has been hanging around the bottom reaches of the Regional Mexican top 20 for the past few weeks. It’s two and a half years old. Last year Ruiz sang the song to Jung in person, an occasion NorteñoBlog’s Manuel named one of the Top 5 W.T.F Corrido Moments. The song’s W.T.F.-ness just keeps growing.

Interesting thing 4: Larry Hernández, currently awaiting trial for kidnapping, assault, and battery, is on the radio with a song decrying the abuse of women.

These are the top 25 Hot Latin Songs and top 20 Regional Mexican Songs, courtesy Billboard, as published January 23.

1. “Ginza” – J Balvin
2. “El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
3. “Solo Con Verte” – Banda MS (#2 RegMex)
4. “Borro Cassette” – Maluma
5. “Después de Ti, ¿Quién?” – La Adictiva Banda (#1 RegMex)
6. “Te Metiste” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
7. “El Vaivén” – Daddy Yankee
8. “Encantadora” – Yandel
9. “Te Busco” – Cosculluela ft. Nicky Jam (or vice versa)
10. “Hablemos” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho (#6 RegMex)

11. “Sunset” – Farruko ft. Shaggy & Nicky Jam
12. “Pistearé” – Banda Los Recoditos (#5 RegMex)
13. “¿Por Qué Terminamos?” – Gerardo Ortiz (#8 RegMex)
14. “Ya Te Perdí La Fe” – Arrolladora (#7 RegMex)
15. “Pongamonos de Acuerdo” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda (#4 RegMex)
16. “¿Por Qué Me Ilusionaste?” – Remmy Valenzuela (#9 RegMex)
17. “Culpa Al Corazón” – Prince Royce
18. “Se Va Muriendo Mi Alma” – La Séptima Banda (#10 RegMex)
19. “Traidora” – Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony
20. “Mayor Que Yo 3” – Luny Tunes ft. Wisin & Yandel, Don Omar, and Daddy Yankee

21. “¿Y Qué Ha Sido de Ti?” – Chuy Lizarraga y Su Banda Tierra Sinaloense (#11 RegMex)
22. “El Mismo Sol” – Alvaro Soler ft. Jennifer Lopez
23. “DEL Negociante” – Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
24. “Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente” – Voz de Mando (#14 RegMex)
25. “Choca” – Plan B

“Que Se Sienta El Deseo” – Wisin ft. Ricky Martin
“Propuesta Indecente” – Romeo Santos (KABOOM!)

3. “Te Cambio El Domicilio” – Banda Carnaval

12. “Cuál Adiós” – La Bandononona Clave Nueva de Max Peraza
13. “No Valoraste” – Roberto Tapia
15. “El Papel Cambio” – El Komander
16. “La Miel de Su Saliva” – Banda El Recodo
17. “El Americano” – Omar Ruiz
18. “Quién Fue” – Larry Hernández
19. “Mi Niña Adorada” – Saul “El Jaguar” Alarcón
20. “Sonrie” – Duelo

“Debajo del Puente” – Los Huracanes del Norte
“La Gripa” – Calibre 50
“Nada Más Por Eso” – Luis Coronel
“Piénsalo” – Banda MS
“Aunque Ahora Estes Con El” – Calibre 50