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The world waits, selfie sticks and hair product poised and ready, for 20-year-old heartthrob Luis Coronel to release his next album. Uncharacteristically, NorteñoBlog will cut the guy some slack. Fielding a lawsuit from a former producer and going reggaetón would slow down anyone’s career. The last time I went reggaetón, the local barnyard animals went unmasturbated for months. It was chaos.

cheyo carrilloAfortunadamente, the job of “young dreamy norteño singer with enviable hair” is not so hard to fill, and this week’s charts have two hopefuls squeezing through the Coronel-shaped void. At #20 on the Regional Mexican radio chart is L.A.’s teen corridero Cheyo Carrillo, who rarely settles for the typical fade-with-fauxhawk look, instead coaxing volume and body with frightening abandon. As a pre-teen, his accordion skills landed him a gig with Los Bukanas de Culiacán, and then with El Komander. This got him noticed by Komander’s label bosses and noted amoral purveyors of candy everybody wants, the Valenzuela Twiins. NorteñoBlog slept on last year’s self-titled debut album (on Twiins-affiliated La Disco Music), which included an authoritative version of Komander’s “Soy de Rancho,” but desafortunadamente I haven’t made the same mistake with this new single, the romantic banda snooze “No Es Normal,” released by Fonovisa and written by industry lifer Adrian Pieragostino. The video features a young, apparently dorky woman who wears glasses but is secretly hot, and lots of slow motion chewing. The song features some rote brass charts. Es normal, pero NO ES VALE LA PENA.

crecer germanAt #19 on the radio and #45 on the Hot Latin chart, which also accounts for streaming and downloads, is Fonovisa’s other great new teenage hope Crecer German. He’s got the fade, the fauxhawk, and the steadily increasing volume — check, check, aaaaand check — but unlike Coronel and Carrillo, German plays Sierreño trio music with a tubist. A year and a half since Ariel Camacho died, Sierreño is growing into unlikely teen idol music, with Camacho’s band Los Plebes del Rancho setting their heavily-streamed videos amid the foibles of young amor. German’s “Quién Te Entiende” video features more slo-mo romance — no chewing this time, just an excruciating tableside service — but his music also seems stuck. Imagine Los Plebes with no imagination or virtuosity in the lead guitar and tuba parts. You basically end up with three guys brooding acoustically for what feels like forever. Fonovisa was probably smart to sign this dude, because he’s been scoring millions of hits with his indie videos — “Quién” started life on the Coco and Rancho Humilde labels — but let’s hope they do something to goose up his band. NO VALE LA PENA.

ulices chaidezBut help is on the way! Billboard is reporting that 16-year-old Ulices Chaidez and his song “Andamos En El Ruedo” are at #11 on the Regional Mexican Digital Songs chart, which I didn’t know existed but it makes sense. Chaidez and his own band of Plebes just got signed to Camacho’s label DEL, and they play their Sierreño with excitement and virtuosity. “Andamos” is this week’s Pick to Click — after an opening tuba flourish, Chaidez y sus Plebes reel off a strutting ring-walk of a corrido, wielding a machete, some empty threats, and licks for days. Also making him more Camacho than Coronel: his hat obscures his hair.

These are the top 50 Hot Latin Songs and top 20 Regional Mexican Songs, courtesy Billboard, as published August 13.

1. “Duele El Corazón” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Wisin
2. “Hasta El Amanecer” – Nicky Jam (29 weeks!)
3. “La Bicicleta” – Carlos Vives & Shakira
4. “Bobo” – J Balvin
5. “El Perdedor” – Maluma
6. “Me Vas a Extrañar” – Banda MS (#1 RegMex)
7. “Shaky Shaky” – Daddy Yankee
8. “Andas En Mi Cabeza” – Chino & Nacho ft. Daddy Yankee
9. “La Carretera” – Prince Royce
10. “Chillax” – Farruko ft. Ky-Mani Marley

11. “Ya Me Enteré” – Reik
12. “Me Va a Pesar” – Arrolladora (#2 RegMex)
13. “Fuiste Mia” – Gerardo Ortiz (#5 RegMex)
14. “Me Está Gustando” – Banda Los Recoditos (#3 RegMex)
15. “Que Caro Estoy Pagando” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho (26 weeks!)
16. “Cicatriiices” – Regulo Caro (#4 RegMex)
17. “No Lo Hice Bien” – Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
18. “Ay Mi Dios” – IAmChino ft. Pitbull, Yandel & Chacal
19. “Espero Con Ansias” – Remmy Valenzuela (#7 RegMex)
20. “Embriagame” – Zion & Lennox

21. “La Ocasión” – DJ Luian & Mambo Kings Presentan: De La Ghetto Featuring Arcangel X Ozuna X Anuel
22. “Nunca Me Olvides” – Yandel
23. “Amor del Bueno” – Calibre 50 (#9 RegMex)
24. “Te Dirán” – La Adictiva Banda (#18 RegMex)
25. “Deja Que Te Bese” – Alejandro Sanz ft. Marc Anthony
26. “Todo o Nada” – Alfredo Olivas (#8 RegMex)
27. “Baila Conmigo” – Juan Magan ft. Luciana
28. “Corazón Acelerado” – Wisin
29. “Algo Contigo” – Gente de Zona
30. “Quisiera” – CNCO

31. “Imaginar” – Victor Manuelle and Yandel
32. “Una En Un Millon” – Alexis & Fido
33. “A Donde Voy” – Cosculluela ft. Daddy Yankee
34. “¿Desde Cuándo No Me Quieres?” – Banda Carnaval (#11 RegMex)
35. “Yo Si Me Enamoré” – La Séptima Banda (#10 RegMex)
36. “Bien Servida” – Los Gfez ft. Diego Herrera (#14 RegMex)
37. “Not a Crime (No Es Ilegal)” – Play-N-Skillz x Daddy Yankee
38. “Si No Te Quiere” – Ozuna ft. Arcangel & Farruko
39. “Yo Quisiera Entrar” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
40. “Casi Nada” – Karol G

41. “Ella Y Yo” – Pepe Quintana ft. Farruko, Anuel AA, Tempo, Almighty, and Bryant Myers
42. “El Mentado” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
43. “Rumbo A Maza” – Los Titanes de Durango
44. “Bailar” – Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo
45. “Quien Te Entiende” – Crecer German (#19 RegMex)
46. “Sola” – Becky G
47. “Quiéreme (Ámame)” – Intocable (#13 RegMex)
48. “Take It Off” – Lil Jon ft. Yandel & Becky G
49. “Todo Es Diferente” – La Maquinaria Norteña (#12 RegMex)
50. “Acercate” – De La Ghetto

“La Mejor de Todas” – Zacarias Ferreira
“En Esta No” – Sin Bandera
“Como Sanar” – Frank Reyes
“Obsesionado” – Farruko
“Ginza” – J Balvin (52 weeks!)


6. “Si No Es Contigo” – Banda El Recodo

15. “Amor de los Pobres” – La Original Banda el Limón
16. “Me Gustas” – El Coyote y Su Banda
17. “Como Quiera Sigo Vivo” – Los Rieleros del Norte
20. “No Es Normal” – Cheyo Carrillo

“Ataúd” – Los Tigres del Norte
“Nadie Como Tú” – Banda Clave Nueva de Max Peraza
“Préstamela a Mi” – Calibre 50
“Tengo Que Colgar” – Banda MS
“Ya Lo Supere” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho