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With a weary sigh of resignation, NorteñoBlog supposes it’s time to discuss “CicatrIIIces.” (That particular alternate spelling is cooler than the official “Cicatrices”; it also beats YouTube’s “Cicatriiices,” which just looks like someone at DEL was pisteando when they typed it.) The song is already Regulo Caro’s biggest U.S. chart hit, up this week to #11 on the Hot Latin chart and #2 on Regional Mexican airplay, where the DJs hit the “CicatrIVces” button more often than they should. That’s the same radio peak as Caro’s previous, superior hit “Soltero Disponible.” Both songs come from the lovelorn imagination of Omar Tarazón, who wrote “CicatrVces” in collaboration with new songwriter Maria Fernanda Diaz. (Here she is dining with Regulo’s cousin Gerardo Ortiz.)

“CicatrVIces” is fine for what it is: a swinging midtempo “don’t kiss me ’cause it’ll hurt” ballad, along the lines of Jake Owen’s “Alone With You.” The brass chart uses colorful and elaborate shifts in a way that fairly screams “POST-TWIINS BANDA.” But “CicatrVIIces” doesn’t spark and pop like the nasty “Soltero.” Its lyric and jaunty swing rhythm are too polite, so the normally badass Caro sounds like he’s licking his wounds rather than showing off his scars. He seems to recognize this — the action-packed “CicatrVIIIces” video shows him and his mujer robbing a diner Pulp Fiction-style, as though to compensate for the song playing overhead. It beats the Chili Peppers’ “Scar Tissue,” but praise doesn’t get any fainter than that.

“CicatrIXces” = NO VALE LA PENA

In other news from a slow week, Banda MS’s “Solo Con Verte” falls off the airplay chart but remains the only norteño or banda song inside the Hot Latin top 10, after a whopping 30 weeks on the chart. I’m guessing most of that traffic comes from the video, now streamed by more than 210 million fans of slow motion eternal bliss.

Meanwhile, fans of Eminem’s second album and FREEDOM OF SPEECH! have watched Gerardo Ortiz’s violent “Fuiste Mia” video enough to discover there’s a song attached, propelling the single onto the airplay chart.

These are the top 50 Hot Latin Songs and top 20 Regional Mexican Songs, courtesy Billboard, as published June 18.

1. “Hasta El Amanecer” – Nicky Jam
2. “Duele El Corazón” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Wisin
3. “Bobo” – J Balvin
4. “La Bicicleta” – Carlos Vives & Shakira
5. “Ginza” – J Balvin (46 weeks!)
6. “El Perdedor” – Maluma
7. “Encantadora” – Yandel
8. “Solo Con Verte” – Banda MS (30 weeks!)
9. “Obsesionado” – Farruko
10. “Andas En Mi Cabeza” – Chino & Nacho ft. Daddy Yankee

11. “Cicatriiices” – Regulo Caro (#2 RegMex)
12. “Me Va a Pesar” – Arrolladora (#1 RegMex)
13. “Hasta Que Se Seque El Malecón” – Jacob Forever
14. “Me Vas a Extrañar” – Banda MS (#5 RegMex)
15. “Espero Con Ansias” – Remmy Valenzuela (#4 RegMex)
16. “Si No Es Contigo” – Banda El Recodo (#3 RegMex)
17. “Tan Fácil” – CNCO
18. “Préstamela a Mi” – Calibre 50 (#8 RegMex)
19. “DEL Negociante” – Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
20. “Picky” – Joey Montana ft. Akon and Mohombi

21. “Ay Mi Dios” – IAmChino ft. Pitbull, Yandel & Chacal
22. “Embriagame” – Zion & Lennox
23. “Corazón Acelerado” – Wisin
24. “Ya Me Enteré” – Reik
25. “No Lo Hice Bien” – Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
26. “Que Caro Estoy Pagando” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
27. “Me Está Gustando” – Banda Los Recoditos (#9 RegMex)
28. “La Carretera” – Prince Royce
29. “Shaky Shaky” – Daddy Yankee
30. “Nadie Como Tú” – Banda Clave Nueva de Max Peraza (#6 RegMex)

31. “Not a Crime (No Es Ilegal)” – Play-N-Skillz x Daddy Yankee
32. “Fuiste Mia” – Gerardo Ortiz (#16 RegMex)
33. “Todo o Nada” – Alfredo Olivas (#11 RegMex)
34. “Desde Esa Noche” – Thalía ft. Maluma
35. “Una En Un Millon” – Alexis & Fido
36. “Bien Servida” – Los Gfez ft. Diego Herrera (#10 RegMex)
37. “La Ocasión” – DJ Luian & Mambo Kings Presentan: De La Ghetto Featuring Arcangel X Ozuna X Anuel
38. “Baby” – Jencarlos ft. Lennox
39. “Shalalala” – Tito “El Bambino”
40. “Ella Y Yo” – Pepe Quintana ft. Farruko, Anuel AA, Tempo, Almighty, and Bryant Myers

41. “Baila Conmigo” – Juan Magan ft. Luciana
42. “Ya Lo Supere” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
43. “A Donde Voy” – Cosculluela ft. Daddy Yankee
44. “Algo Contigo” – Gente de Zona
45. “Rumbo A Maza” – Los Titanes de Durango
46. “El Guitarrero” – Julión Álvarez ft. El Coyote (#15 RegMex)
47. “Imaginar” – Victor Manuelle and Yandel
48. “El Mentado” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
49. “Por Haber Sido Mia” – Noel Torres (#14 RegMex)
50. “Pero Sin Enamorarse” – Jesus Ojeda y Sus Parientes (#13 RegMex)

¡Adios!
“La Llamada de Mi Ex” – Chiquito Team Band
“El Error” – Reykon
“Panda” – Almighty ft. Farruko
“Solo Yo” – Sofia Reyes & Prince Royce
“50 Sombras de Austin” – Arcangel & DJ Luian
“Como Lo Hacia Yo” – Ken-Y & Nicky Jam
“Traidora” – Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony

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7. “Broche de Oro” – La Trakalosa de Monterrey

12. “Tomen Nota” – Adriel Favela ft. Los Del Arroyo
17. “Amor de los Pobres” – La Original Banda el Limón
18. “Juro Quererte” – Hijos de Barrón
19. “Hay Amores” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda ft. Pancho Barraza
20. “Lleno de Nada” – Duelo

¡Adios!
“Amarte Es Hermoso” – Los Huracanes del Norte
“Ya Te Perdí La Fe” – Arrolladora
“¿Por Qué Terminamos?” – Gerardo Ortiz
“Me Empezó A Valer” – La Séptima Banda
“Yo Quisiera Entrar” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
“Vale la Pena” – Roberto Tapia

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