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Tomen nota: Regional Mexican’s hot streak in the top 25 wanes this week, with Recodo, Séptima, Chuy Lizarraga, and Ariel Camacho‘s “Te Metiste” dropping off the Hot Latin chart. Banda and norteño acts hold down less than half the chart with 11 of the top 25 spots. The nuevo-Sierreño strums of Los Plebes del Rancho occupy two of those with a couple unlikely hits: a love song from 2014 and a new corrido about the head of their record label. If you’re keeping track at home, this extends Ariel Camacho’s death bump to almost a year.

But Los Plebes aren’t the only guitar heroes to chart this week. “Tomen Nota,” the duet between honey-voiced Adriel Favela and photogenic Sierreño badasses Los Del Arroyo, is threatening to take both acts into new territory: the Hot Latin top 20. This is partly thanks to the eye-catching video, in which our watch-enthusiast anti-heroes use their pistols to turn an everyday game of billiards into BUMPER POOL. On the other hand, said video came out last May, which gave it plenty of time to stream its way onto Hot Latin. I’m guessing the previous Pick to Click is hitting now because its increased radio presence, currently #9 on the Regional Mexican airplay chart, is in turn driving even more streams. ¡Sinergia!

The highest charting new RegMex tune is Roberto Tapia doing a banda take on Espinoza Paz‘s song “Vale La Pena.” Like Tapia’s previous (excellent) hit “No Valoraste,” “Vale La Pena” is starting its chart run with only shitty audio online; it wasn’t on his (excellent) 2015 album. But you can listen to Los Rodriguez‘s norteño version and extrapolate. Their version, at least, is VALE LA PENA.

Further down at #20, hot-fingered guitarist Jesus Ojeda sings a pleasant little banda ditty about (I think) all the loveless sex he likes to have. No shaming — this is actually a welcome and honest sentiment amid all the typical declarations of flutter-hearted AMOR — but the video is one of the wishiest pieces of wish-fulfillment you’ll see this week. Spurned by his gorgeous prometida, Ojeda spends the rest of the song strolling among other gorgeous ladies with the smug demeanor of a dude who always has to be on the bottom. The video ends with Ojeda enjoying not one but two different threesomes. His wristwatch is also visible from a great distance. Could this be the John Mayer we’ve been looking for?

I was all set to confer Pick to Click status upon Carlos Vives‘ “Las Cosas de la Vida,” but overnight our media overlords have blocked all its videos. Looks like an official video featuring Miss Universe (and Vives’ Colombian countrywoman) Paulina Vega is forthcoming. I need a refresher course in what it sounds like: something something starts slow, moves into football stadium stomper, prominent squeezebox. Keep an ear out.

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

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

11. “Pistearé” – Banda Los Recoditos (#4 RegMex)
12. “¿Por Qué Me Ilusionaste?” – Remmy Valenzuela (#5 RegMex)
13. “Hablemos” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho (#8 RegMex)
14. “Vaiven” – Daddy Yankee
15. “DEL Negociante” – Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
16. “Te Busco” – Cosculluela ft. Nicky Jam (or vice versa)
17. “Traidora” – Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony
18. “Broche de Oro” – La Trakalosa de Monterrey (#7 RegMex)
19. “Como Lo Hacia Yo” – Ken-Y & Nicky Jam
20. “Obsesionado” – Farruko

21. “Tomen Nota” – Adriel Favela ft. Los Del Arroyo (#9 RegMex)
22. “No Soy Una de Esas” – Jesse & Joy ft. Alejandro Sanz
23. “Tan Fácil” – CNCO
24. “Pongamonos de Acuerdo” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda (#11 RegMex)
25. “Las Cosas de la Vida” – Carlos Vives

“Sunset” – Farruko ft. Shaggy & Nicky Jam


10. “Te Cambio El Domicilio” – Banda Carnaval

12. “Me Empezó A Valer” – La Séptima Banda
13. “¿Y Qué Ha Sido de Ti?” – Chuy Lizarraga y Su Banda Tierra Sinaloense
14. “La Miel de Su Saliva” – Banda El Recodo
15. “Vale la Pena” – Roberto Tapia
16. “Moneda Sin Valor” – Pesado
17. “Mi Niña Adorada” – Saul “El Jaguar” Alarcón
18. “Quién Fue” – Larry Hernández
19. “El Americano” – Omar Ruiz
20. “Pero Sin Enamorarse” – Jesus Ojeda y Sus Parientes

“El Papel Cambio” – El Komander
“No Valoraste” – Roberto Tapia
“Por Si Estás Con El Pendiente” – Voz de Mando
“Te Metiste” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho