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Women charting with norteño and banda music remains an unfortunately rare phenomenon, like snow in April or seeing an owl in the wild. So NorteñoBlog is stoked to see not one but two women on the Mexican radio charts this week. At #10 is actress/singer/”novia de America” Lucero, with a banda remake of Joan Sebastian’s 1980 countrypolitan tune “Hasta Que Amanezca”. With its repeated demands of “Ámame!”, it’s as forceful a love song as anything from Taylor Dayne’s Imperative Period, and Lucero really lets her voice fly around the melody’s contours. VALE LA PENA

Diana-reyes-la-pasion-tiene-memoriaThen at #18 we’ve got Diana Reyes with the banda song “La Pasión Tiene Memoria,” a song that appeared on her 2015 album but just got a video. It’s a Jekyll-and-Hyde deal with lovey verses detailing the memories of love, and then an angry chorus, in a different key and tempo, where Reyes goes crazy and feels everything overflowing inside her. The switch from verse to chorus is jarring, but Reyes’ voice remains a wonder and the song is growing on me. And it’s definitely better than anything off her dull new album Cuando Tuve Ganas. VALE LA PENA

(Although, la pura verdad, I think I prefer the new Jekyll-and-Hyde video from Chiquis Rivera, “Horas Extras,” to both. Give me a week to ruminate.)

luna aplausoAnd it’s not just women getting in on the “women” act! At #17 we find Edwin Luna, his Banda la Trakalosa, and his perennially nascent acting chops performing “Un Aplauso,” which is sadly not a Lady Gaga remake. Rather, it’s a springy ode to all the women in your neighborhood: the video includes teachers, a bodybuilder, a doctor performing a graphic C-section, and many other vital professional mujeres. Luna being Luna and the dick wanting what it wants, he opens the song with a verse commending women who don’t cheat on their men, even when they’re tempted by several suitors. But then he gets to the vital professional stuff. With guitar and accordion butting up against the horns, the hombres in Trakalosa haven’t sounded this vital themselves in a while. VALE LA PENA

Since the default setting of this genre is Male Gaze, most norteño videos continue to feature the female form in various states of undress. Chief purveyor of such videos is the Global Publicidad corporation, known for their expensive-looking aerial shots, extravagant interior shots, surprisingly cheesy ringtones, and a heavy reliance on slow motion cleavage. This week they’ve delivered three such offerings:

joss-favela-por-que-no-te-enamoras-snap-b— At #13, lauded singer-songwriter Joss Favela has the chewy heartache ballad “Porque No Te Enamoras,” featuring norteño scenester and tiger aficionado Beto Sierra as The Boyfriend, and Favela in some sort of behind-the-scenes Cyrano role, I think. At one point he surprises the would-be girlfriend by leaving a gift-bowed Pomeranian in her parked car. She does not find this stalkery and creepy, as you might expect, but seems slow-motion pleased with the situation. NO VALE LA PENA

— Over on the “Tocadas” chart, which measures radio spins rather than total audience, indie stalwart Fidel Rueda finds himself slow-motion bereft in “Uno Más”. His exquisite apartment seems to scream, “You’ll get over it.” NO VALE LA PENA

Impacto Sinaloense - No Es Tan Fácil— Also on the Tocadas chart, we find the tuba-based norteño sextet Impacto Sinaloense with this week’s Pick to Click, the intense “You should be mine” waltz “No Es Tan Fácil.” It’s possible I’d like this song less if I was a woman who spoke the language, but it seems to border right on the edge of heartfelt and threatening, especially when singer Alex Morales protests too much by promising “no amenazo.” Besides that, the beat lurches like the best of Calibre 50, and the band is tight while still finding pockets for individual flourishes of radness.

Speaking of Calibre, they’ve just popped up on the Tocadas chart as well, with a Michelob jingle called “Las Ultras.” Like the subject, it’s pretty weak swill, although the party-hearty video does feature people pouring beer on Sousaphones and plenty of dressage on the beach. Hmmmm, “Dressage on the Beach…” [NorteñoBlog races to liquor cabinet.]

These are the Top 20 “Popular” songs in Mexico, as measured by monitorLATINO. Don’t confuse “Popular” with the “General” list, which contains many of the same songs but also “Shape of You,” “Something Just Like This,” “I Feel It Coming,” and Dvicio’s “Casi Humanos,” which combines the rasp and riff from “Every Breath You Take” with a heaping glop of bro-country “whoooaaaa”s.

1. “Adios Amor” – Christian Nodal
2. “Durmiendo En El Lugar Equivocado” – La Adictiva
3. “Que Se Canse de Llamar” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
4. “Es Tuyo Mi Amor” – Banda MS
5. “Caricias Clandestinas” – Remmy Valenzuela
6. “Siempre Te Voy a Querer” – Calibre 50 (20 semanas!)
7. “Eres Vida” – Duelo
8. “El Paciente” – Alfredo Olivas
9. “Me Esta Tirando El Rollo” – Banda Los Recoditos
10. “Hasta Que Amanezca” – Lucero

11. “Traicionera” – La Arrolladora
12. “Ella Es Mi Mujer” – Banda Carnaval
13. “Porque No Te Enamoras” – Joss Favela
14. “Dentro de Tu Corazon” – Banda Los Sebastianes
15. “Cuéntale” – La Séptima Banda
16. “Afuera Está Lloviendo” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda (27 semanas!)
17. “Un Aplauso” – Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa
18. “La Pasion Tiene Memoria” – Diana Reyes
19. “Los Ángeles Existen” – Pesado
20. “Vale la Pena” – Banda El Recodo

¡Adios!
“Ya No Me Va a Doler” – Banda La Misma Tierra
“Uno Más” – Fidel Rueda
“Y Si Pones Atención” – Diego Herrera
“Los Viejitos” – Marco Flores y La Jerez
“Nunca Voy a Olvidarte” – Bronco ft. Christian Castro
“Me Falta Un Corazón” – Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa
“Nada de Nada” – Pepe Aguilar ft. Ángela Aguilar
“Tengo Ganas” – Valentín Elizalde ft. El Komander

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