This week’s Pick to Click is right up front, so you can listen while you read about some… updates to Billboard magazine’s chart methodologies. Woo hoo! (Trust me, the song’s pretty.)

This week Billboard magazine changed the way it compiles some of its singles charts, including the Hot Latin chart. The magazine started including streaming data from Pandora, and it “rebalanced the ratio among sales, airplay and streaming, accounting for changes in music consumption patterns, i.e., increases in streaming and decreases in sales.” This rebalancing happens every once in a while, but figuring in the Pandora data is new. You might think we’d notice the Pandora effect on the Hot Latin chart, since Latin music is 11% of what gets streamed on Pandora, where 25% of users identify as Hispanic. It’s also worth noting that, in 2016, two thirds of Pandora’s most popular Latin songs were Regional Mexican, and that the list was dominated by hot young studs singing Sierreño: Ariel Camacho, Los Plebes del Rancho, Crecer Germán, and Adriel Favela‘s genre foray “Tomen Nota.” Teen idols taking over!

ulices-chaidez-smolderingBut if you compare this week’s chart with the one from three weeks ago (or with last week’s), not much seems to have changed. Shakira’s “La Bicicleta” abruptly disappeared from its place in the top 10, and Banda MS‘s “Tengo Que Colgar” now appears only on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart. (Good! Whenever I stream that song it makes my phone run slower.) But on the whole, songs that were climbing before have continued their trajectory, some older songs have dropped off, and Regional Mexican still occupies eight of the top 25 spots, a consistent ratio in recent weeks. Hot young Sierreño stud Ulices Chaidez has two songs in the top 25 — but he did last week, too. So maybe this continuity simply means Billboard got its rebalance right, and that its charts reflect music as it’s actually listened to.

While we’re talking chart data, the Top Latin Albums chart also got an update: it switched from a sales-only formula to “a multi-metric methodology, blending pure album sales, track equivalent album (TEA) units, and streaming equivalent album (SEA) units.” (The big album chart, the Billboard 200, has done this for a while now.) This created much more dramatic changes from last week to this week, mostly in favor of artists whose fans skew younger. The late Juan Gabriel dropped from 12 albums on the chart to five, but the late Ariel Camacho saw his still-heavily-streamed El Karma album come roaring back to #12, not far below Chaidez and Los Plebes. The changes were just as dramatic with reggaeton and bachata albums. Bachata king Romeo Santos now sits at #3, because people still stream the shit out of “Propuesta Indecente” and its parent album, 2014’s Formula, Vol. 2.

tiranosIt’s a much more exciting chart to look at, but it no longer gives us a clear picture of who’s buying albums as albums. On Top Latin Albums, artists can sometimes go to #1 with just a couple thousand sales; which means it’s easy for an eternally popular streaming song like “Propuesta Indecente” to overwhelm some of those lower charting albums. But NorteñoBlog still wants to know that last week, for instance, enough people bought an éxitos collection by Los Tiranos del Norte to propel it to #43. Who were those 250 mustachioed old men??? (FWIW, Billboard will still compile a physical-sales-only chart; I’m just not clear where to find it.) Will this change have any effect on the genre’s still-flourishing production of compilation albums? And when someone streams a song that’s on more than one album, how does Billboard decide which album gets credited for the stream?

These are the top 50 Hot Latin Songs and top 20 Regional Mexican Songs, courtesy Billboard, as published February 11.

1. “Chantaje” – Shakira ft. Maluma
2. “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee
3. “El Amante” – Nicky Jam
4. “Hasta El Amanecer” – Nicky Jam (55 weeks!)
5. “Safari” – J Balvin ft. Pharrell Williams, BIA & Sky (26 weeks!)
6. “Otra Vez” – Zion & Lennox ft. J Balvin
7. “Sin Contrato” – Maluma ft. Fifth Harmony
8. “Chillax” – Farruko ft. Ky-Mani Marley (31 weeks!)
9. “Siempre Te Voy a Querer” – Calibre 50 (#6 RegMex)
10. “Shaky Shaky” – Daddy Yankee (39 weeks!)

11. “Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)” – CNCO
12. “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres” – Ozuna
13. “Vente Pa’ Ca” – Ricky Martin ft. Maluma
14. “Vacaciones” – Wisin
15. “Te Quiero Pa’ Mi” – Don Omar & Zion & Lennox
16. “Afuera Esta Lloviendo” – Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda (#1 RegMex)
17. “Adios Amor” – Christian Nodal (#11 RegMex)
18. “Cuatro Babys” – Maluma ft. Bryant Myers x Noriel x Juhn
19. “Regresa Hermosa” – Gerardo Ortiz (#2 RegMex)
20. “Culpable Tu” – Alta Consigna (#16 RegMex)

21. “Te Regalo” – Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes
22. “Moneda” – Prince Royce ft. Gerardo Ortiz
23. “Porque Me Enamoré” – Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes
24. “Me Está Tirando el Rollo” – Banda Los Recoditos (#5 RegMex)
25. “Otra Cosa” – Daddy Yankee & Natti Natasha
26. “Tú No Vive Así” – Mambo Kingz & DJ Luian presenta Arcangel x Bad Bunny
27. “A Ver a Que Horas” – Banda Carnaval (#4 RegMex)
28. “Olvidame y Pega la Vuelta” – Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony
29. “En La Intimidad” – Ozuna
30. “La Mala y La Buena” – Alex Sensation + Gente de Zona

31. “Ya No Me Duele Más” – Silvestre Dangand ft. Farruko
32. “Que Gano Olvidandote” – Reik
33. “A Poco” – Raúl Casillas (#7 RegMex)
34. “Ando Bien” – Omar Ruiz ft. Gerardo Ortiz (#19 RegMex)
35. “Manicomio” – Cosculluela
36. “Al Filo de Tu Amor” – Carlos Vives
37. “Yo Sí Te Amé” – Arrolladora (#8 RegMex)
38. “El Paciente” – Alfredo Olivas (#13 RegMex)
39. “Sola” – Anuel AA ft. Daddy Yankee, Wisin, Farruko y Zion & Lennox
40. “Pa’ Que No Me Anden Contando” – Voz de Mando (#10 RegMex)

41. “Me Llamas” – Piso 21 ft. Maluma
42. “Amorcito Enfermito” – Hector Acosta “El Torito”
43. “Me Estorbas” – Pesado (#9 RegMex)
44. “Hello” – Karol G & Ozuna
45. “El Chisme” – Reykon
46. “Traicionera” – Sebastián Yatra
47. “Te Vas” – Ozuna
48. “Corazon de Seda” – Klasico ft. Ozuna
49. “Por El Momento” – Nicky Jam ft. Plan B
50. “No Quiere Enamorarse” – Ozuna ft. Daddy Yankee

¡Adios!
“Pa’ Que Me Invitan” – Jencarlos ft. Charly Black
“Fuego” – Juanes
“Si No Te Quiere” – Ozuna ft. Arcangel & Farruko (26 weeks!)
“Nunca Me Olvides” – Yandel (26 weeks!)
“La Bicicleta” – Carlos Vives & Shakira (32 weeks!)

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3. “Tengo Que Colgar” – Banda MS

12. “Que Caro Estoy Pagando” – La Adictiva Banda
14. “Como Si Fuera Real” – La Maquinaria Norteña
15. “En Estos Dias” – Regulo Caro
17. “Transparente” – Jonatan Sanchez
18. “Un Hombre Con Suerte” – Duelo
20. “Vale La Pena” – Banda El Recodo

21. “El México Americano” – El Komander
22. “No Lo Hice Bien” – Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
23. “El Mas Grande Amor” – Cheyo Carrillo
24. “El Hombre del Equipo” – Grupo Maximo Grado
25. “Tendrás Que Renunciar a Mi” – Los de la Noria
26. “Arrepentido” – Intocable
27. “Por Eso Volvi” – Nano Machado y Los Keridos
28. “Por Enamorarme” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
29. “Sin Esencia” – La Poderosa Banda San Juan
30. “Ya Me Vi” – El Dasa

31. “Amar a Mi Nivel” – Los Huracanes del Norte
32. “Ya No Me Perteneces” – Siggno
33. “Ya Me Vi Contigo” – Grupo H-100
34. “Cóctel de Olvido” – Leandro Ríos
35. “Hoy Me Toca Perder” – La Energia Norteña
36. “El Popeye” – Fuerza de Tijuana
37. “Volé, Soñé y La Ame” – Norteño 4.5
38. “Caricias Clandestinas” – Remmy Valenzuela
39. “El Mayor de Mis Antojos” – La Original Banda El Limón
40. “La Fiesta Comenzó” – La Arrolladora Banda

¡Adios!
“Eran Mentiras” – Marco Antonio Solis
“Amigos Para Que” – La Reunion Norteña
“El Cuento Perfecto” – Banda Los Sebastianes
“Te Dirán” – La Adictiva Banda
“Cómo Te Llamas” – La Trakalosa de Monterrey
“Quien Te Entiende” – Crecer German
“Amor del Bueno” – Calibre 50

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