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From the NorteñoBlog Department of Corrections (no, it’s not a Larry Hernández update): Last week when we were looking at the charts from 2004, I speculated that era’s airplay-only Hot Latin chart “placed five RegMex songs inside the Hot Latin top 10, a percentage we never see today.” Well color me morado — this week Banda MS, Ariel Camacho, La Adictiva, Gerardo Ortiz, and Arrolladora have all crashed the Hot Latin top 10 at the same time. Ding ding ding and cigars all around! In all, more than half the top 25 is made up of our guys. And yes, they’re all guys — where are Alicia Villarreal and Los Horóscopos when you need ’em?

What’s new? This week we say adios to one spritely tune by La Séptima Banda and hola to another. “Me Empezó A Valer” is your typical bouncy ode to a treacherous mujer and the cuckold who’s finally mustering the courage to show her the door. Its video, though, is Muy Especial. Turns out the woman was cheating with a good-looking guy at the gym, portrayed by Séptima’s lead singer. When he takes her “home” to “meet his family,” she discovers to her horror that home is a strip club and his family is a cabal of human traffickers. They lock her in a closet — I’m not making any of this up — and put her to work and she winds up half naked and sobbing on the concrete, mascara everywhere. When she texts the dude she cheated on — like, she can’t call the police? — he’s celebrating a promotion or something with his new girlfriend, so he just dismisses her texts. LESSON LEARNED, AMIRITE? Apparently not, because the final frames display the stark message, “LA SEPTIMA BANDA ESTÁ EN CONTRA DE LA TRATA DE BLANCAS.” You know, in case the video didn’t make that clear.

But just as Séptima’s heroine learned too late, there are better options. SUCH good options that NorteñoBlog is forced to offer two vastly different Picks to Click this week. You could, for example, listen to Adriel Favela’s corrido duet with Los Del Arroyo, an exciting Sierreño-meets-norteño, bass-meets-tuba mashup called “Tomen Nota,” the title track from young Adriel’s latest album. Song and video present the smooth-voiced singer in the unlikely role of a tough-talking gangster, leaving his pistols on the billiard table. What’s that? You say Adriel’s pistol is getting in the way of your shot? You’d rather he and his friends NOT set their drinks on the pool table, lest the condensation ruin its pristine surface? Adriel is sure you can come to an understanding. (Also OMG the watches dudes are wearing in this video. I’m beginning to think John Mayer has his priorities in order, which is something you should never think.)

A world away is the only song on the Hot Latin chart featuring a woman, “No Soy Una de Esas” by Jesse & Joy featuring the rasp of Alejandro Sanz. Joy and Alejandro spy one another across the room and wind up singing and dancing to an irresistible horn groove, including a bari sax. Bari sax is like tuba — if you have the opportunity to put one in your song, why would you NOT? As a bonus, the bar’s patrons appear to be putting the billiard table to its correct use. No wristwatch porn or white slavery, though. (I believe that’s also Ted Cruz’s new campaign slogan. Finally somebody’s taking a stand!)

As I noted two weeks ago, Los Plebes del Rancho remain more popular on the internet than they are on the radio. Of the three songs they’ve placed on the big chart, only “Hablemos” also appears on the airplay-based Regional Mexican Songs chart. “Te Metiste” and “DEL Negociante” (#18 and climbing!) are getting most of their boost from streams — especially “Negociante,” which just released an official video that’s up to a million hits. These are the top 25 Hot Latin Songs and top 20 Regional Mexican Songs, courtesy Billboard, as published February 6.

1. “Ginza” – J Balvin
2. “Solo Con Verte” – Banda MS (#1 RegMex)
3. “El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
4. “Borro Cassette” – Maluma
5. “Encantadora” – Yandel
6. “Te Metiste” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
7. “Después de Ti, ¿Quién?” – La Adictiva Banda (#6 RegMex)
8. “Hasta El Amanecer” – Nicky Jam
9. “¿Por Qué Terminamos?” – Gerardo Ortiz (#2 RegMex)
10. “Ya Te Perdí La Fe” – Arrolladora (#4 RegMex)

11. “Vaiven” – Daddy Yankee
12. “Pistearé” – Banda Los Recoditos (#3 RegMex)
13. “Hablemos” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho (#7 RegMex)
14. “¿Por Qué Me Ilusionaste?” – Remmy Valenzuela (#5 RegMex)
15. “Sunset” – Farruko ft. Shaggy & Nicky Jam
16. “Culpa Al Corazón” – Prince Royce
17. “Te Busco” – Cosculluela ft. Nicky Jam (or vice versa)
18. “DEL Negociante” – Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
19. “Traidora” – Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony
20. “Pongamonos de Acuerdo” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda (#9 RegMex)

21. “Broche de Oro” – La Trakalosa de Monterrey (#11 RegMex)
22. “¿Y Qué Ha Sido de Ti?” – Chuy Lizarraga y Su Banda Tierra Sinaloense (#10 RegMex)
23. “No Soy Una de Esas” – Jesse & Joy ft. Alejandro Sanz
24. “Como Lo Hacia Yo” – Ken-Y & Nicky Jam
25. “La Miel de Su Saliva” – Banda El Recodo (#14 RegMex)

“Choca” – Plan B
“El Mismo Sol” – Alvaro Soler ft. Jennifer Lopez
“Mayor Que Yo 3” – Luny Tunes ft. Wisin & Yandel, Don Omar, and Daddy Yankee


8. “Te Cambio El Domicilio” – Banda Carnaval

12. “Quién Fue” – Larry Hernández
13. “Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente” – Voz de Mando
15. “No Valoraste” – Roberto Tapia
16. “El Papel Cambio” – El Komander
17. “El Americano” – Omar Ruiz
18. “Mi Niña Adorada” – Saul “El Jaguar” Alarcón
19. “Tomen Nota” – Adriel Favela ft. Los Del Arroyo
20. “Me Empezó A Valer” – La Séptima Banda

“Sonrie” – Duelo
“Cuál Adiós” – La Bandononona Clave Nueva de Max Peraza
“Se Va Muriendo Mi Alma” – La Séptima Banda