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Last weekend NorteñoBlog attended the MoPOP Pop Conference in Seattle, held inside that big blob of Frank Gehry-designed metal that sits in the shadow of the Space Needle. As part of the roundtable panel “Suburban Intersections” (schemed with Annie Zaleski and Anthony Easton, moderated by Karen Tongson), I presented a paper called “Como Los Vaqueros: How Young Regional Mexican Performers Construct, and Deconstruct, Masculinity.” You’ll see it here soon; but while you wait for instructions on how to deconstruct masculinity, here’s my recipe for deconstructed green bean casserole, a perennial Thanksgiving hit, but also good for gardening season:

1. Deep fry long snapped green beans, red onion rings, and whole button mushrooms. (I recently discovered Tyler Florence’s “Fronion Rings” batter, which incorporates frozen fries and xanthan gum and stays crispy way longer than the standard Joy of Cooking batter.)

2. Make sage mayonnaise. (I recommend James Peterson’s method of extracting chlorophyll from spinach and using the chlorophyll as food coloring. It’s a way more appetizing shade of green than regular food coloring, plus you can say you EXTRACTED CHLOROPHYLL FROM SPINACH.)

3. Now that I write it out, you probably wanna switch the order of those two steps.

4. Serve! Dip! Eat!

jenni chiquisWhile at the conference, I caught a fascinating presentation by Yessica Garcia Hernandez, a doctoral candidate at UCSD who’s done extensive work studying Jenni Rivera fandom. You can read some of her papers, for the prestigious likes of NANO and the Journal of Popular Music Studies, here. During the Q&A she pointed out that for true fans, Jenni has never died. We find evidence of that claim on this week’s radio chart, where a duet between Jenni and her daughter Chiquis on the skippy banda tune “Quisieran Tener Mi Lugar” sits at #28. It is a vigorous chingado of los haters.

marilyn no seAnd, surprise surprise, the Riveras aren’t the only women on the radio this week. At #37 we find Becky G’s heartwarming paean to sexy older dudes, “Mayores,” off the top of my head the only instance of a non-regional song lingering on Mexican regional radio after it’s fallen off the all-encompassing Hot Latin chart. And at #31 we find Marilyn Odessa, aka Marilyn, with the snoozy (but well-sung) banda ballad “No Sé.” Marilyn is on Lizos Records, home to the equally snoozy (but huge) Banda MS. Like Chiquis, Marilyn also has a famous Mom, the pop singer Marisela; you can watch the two madres perform together here. And apparently there was some sort of social media dispute between Marilyn and Chiquis, although they seem to have cleared that up.

ANYWAY, Marilyn is poised for success. “No Sé” was written by the ubiquitous Horacio Palencia, and her previous album Boleto Al Infierno (Music Eyes 2014) was produced by the even more ubiquitous Luciano Luna, so she’s got connections in high places. If Lizos can spin YouTube gold out of the stupefyingly dull Banda MS, there’s no limit to how the company could help an act with an actual personality.

chiquis entreToday’s Pick to Click goes to none of the above. Rather, the Blog hands the coveted award to a different Chiquis song from her new album Entre Botellas (Sweet Sound). “Los Chismes” is a cover of a good-time chinga-los-haters polka from another deathless icon, Chalino Sanchez. In the original, Sanchez complains about the gossips who keep disparaging his wife-to-be: She’s ugly! She’s too skinny! (“¡Dicen que eres flaca!”) Being a caballero in love, Sanchez pays them no mind. (Well, besides going to the trouble to write a song about them.) Chiquis turns the song into a big banda cumbia duet with Lorenzo Mendez, and gets him to flip a couple lines in the second verse. In Mendez’s telling, the gossip folks are complaining that Chiquis is a “gordibuena,” a term for a beautiful full-figured woman that Chiquis has proudly claimed for herself. “If I wanted a flaquita,” sings Mendez, “I’d die of hunger.” “You know what’s good,” replies Chiquis, who delivers all spoken asides with her eyebrow raised a mile high. Come for the horny cumbia; stay for the body image empowerment and what might be Chiquis’s best performance on record.

These are the top 50 Hot Latin Songs and top 40 Regional Mexican Songs, courtesy Billboard, as published May 5.

1. “X” – Nicky Jam x J Balvin
2. “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber (67 weeks!)
3. “Te Boté” – Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Bad Bunny
4. “Dura” – Daddy Yankee
5. “Dame Tu Cosita” – El Chombo
6. “Mi Gente” – J. Balvin & Willy William (43 weeks!)
7. “El Farsante” – Ozuna (39 weeks!)
8. “Me Niego” – Reik Featuring Ozuna & Wisin
9. “La Modelo” – Ozuna x Cardi B
10. “Sin Pijama” – Becky G + Natti Natasha

11. “Corazon” – Maluma X Nego do Borel
12. “Echame La Culpa” – Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato
13. “Oye Mujer” – Raymix (#1 RegMex)
14. “Madura” – Cosculluela + Bad Bunny
15. “Tu Postura” – Banda MS (#4 RegMex)
16. “El Baño” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Bad Bunny
17. “Scooby Doo Pa! Pa!” – DJ Kass
18. “Amorfoda” – Bad Bunny
19. “El Prestamo” – Maluma
20. “Sensualidad” – DJ Luian & Mambo Kingz Presentan: Bad Bunny, J Balvin & Prince Royce

21. “Siguelo Bailando” – Ozuna
22. “Downtown” – Anitta & J Balvin
23. “Solita” – Almighty, Ozuna, Bad Bunny & Wisin
24. “Mitad y Mitad” – Calibre 50 (#2 RegMex)
25. “1, 2, 3” – Sofia Reyes Featuring Jason Derulo & De La Ghetto
26. “La Player (Bandolera)” – Zion & Lennox
27. “Dejala Que Vuelva” – Piso 21 Featuring Manuel Turizo
28. “Bipolar” – Chris Jeday, Ozuna & Brytiago
29. “Bum Bum Tam Tam” – MC Fioti, Future, J Balvin, Stefflon Don & Juan Magan
30. “Tiempo” – Banda Los Recoditos (#3 RegMex)

31. “El Clavo” – Prince Royce
32. “El Aroma de Tu Piel” – Gerardo Ortiz (#5 RegMex)
33. “Calidad y Cantidad” – La Arrolladora Banda (#7 RegMex)
34. “Fiebre” – Ricky Martin Featuring Wisin & Yandel
35. “Machika” – J Balvin x Jeon x Anitta
36. “A Lo Lejos Me Veran” – El de La Guitarra
37. “Solo Mia” – Yandel ft. Maluma
38. “Dime” – Revol, J Balvin & Bad Bunny Featuring Arcangel & De La Ghetto
39. “Esta Es Tu Canción” – La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas (#6 RegMex)
40. “Recordando a Manuel” – Lenin Ramirez ft. Gerardo Ortiz y Jesus Chairez

41. “El Monstro 7” – El De La Guitarra
42. “Ahora” – J Balvin
43. “Mi Mala” – Mau y Ricky x Karol G
44. “Azukita” – Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz & Elvis Crespo
45. “Fíjate Que Sí” – Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey (#10 RegMex)
46. “Sutra” – Sebastian Yatra ft. Dalmata
47. “De Las 2” – Noriel / Trap Capos Featuring Bad Bunny & Arcangel
48. “El Problema” – Alfredo Olivas (#8 RegMex)
49. “Fire Up” – T3r Elemento (#40 RegMex)
50. “Como Vuelvo A Enamorarte” – Regulo Caro (#9 RegMex)

“Amantes de Una Noche” – Natti Natasha x Bad Bunny
“La Formula” – De La Ghetto, Daddy Yankee, Ozuna & Chris Jeday
“Amor, Amor, Amor” – Jennifer Lopez Featuring Wisin
“Todo Comienza En La Disco” – Wisin Featuring Yandel & Daddy Yankee
“Robarte Un Beso” – Carlos Vives & Sebastian Yatra (26 weeks!)
“Como Antes” – Yandel ft. Wisin
“Es Tarde” – Juanes
“Quiero Repetir” – Ozuna Featuring J Balvin
“Krippy Kush” – Farruko, Bad Bunny & Rvssian
“Perro Fiel” – Shakira ft. Nicky Jam
“Chambea (Wooo!)” – Bad Bunny
“Criminal” – Natti Natasha x Ozuna
“Mamita” – CNCO
“Se Preparo” – Ozuna
“Vuelve” – Daddy Yankee & Bad Bunny
“Casate Conmigo” – Silvestre Dangond x Nicky Jam
“Loco Enamorado” – Abraham Mateo, Farruko & Christian Daniel


11. “Que Tonteria” – La Septima Banda
12. “Me Hubieras Dicho” – Joss Favela
13. “Diez Minutos Mas” – Los Huracanes del Norte
14. “Me Dejé Llevar” – Christian Nodal
15. “Ni Diablo Ni Santo” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda
16. “El Corrido del Nano” – El Fantasma
17. “Seremos” – El Bebeto
18. “Que Bonito Es Querer” – Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes
19. “Vete” – Geru y Su Legión 7
20. “No Voy a Detenerte” – Pesado

21. “Amor Traicionero” – La Maquinaria Norteña
22. “El Que A Ti Te Gusta” – Voz de Mando
23. “Tú” – Duelo
24. “Segunda Opción” – Banda Carnaval
25. “Para No Acordarme de Ella” – Luis Coronel
26. “Zapateado Endemoniado” – Marco Flores y La Jerez
27. “Hola Mi Amor” – El Chapo de Sinaloa
28. “Quisieran Tener Mi Lugar” – Chiquis Rivera & Jenni Rivera
29. “Bella” – Wolfine
30. “Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti” – Los Angeles Azules Featuring Pepe Aguilar

31. “No Sé” – Marilyn
32. “Privilegio” – Banda Rancho Viejo de Julio Aramburo La Bandononon
33. “Fino Pero Sordo” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda Featuring Hansen Flores
34. “Narco de Narcos” – Crecer German
35. “Los Cuervos” – Kanales ft. El Fantasma
36. “Mil Cadenas” – Los Rieleros del Norte
37. “Mayores” – Becky G ft. Bad Bunny
38. “Parrandeando” – Los Tucanes de Tijuana
39. “Despedida de Soltera” – La Energía Norteña

“Corrido de Juanito” – Calibre 50
“Lo Más Seguro” – Jorge Medina
“La Suerte” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
“Simple y Práctico” – Espinoza Paz
“Caso Perdido” – La Maquinaria Norteña
“Que Me Amas” – Siggno
“Secuelas de Amor” – Chayín Rubio
“Pude Haber Sido Yo” – Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa
“Me Está Doliendo El Alma” – La Original Banda el Limón
“Como Los Vaqueros” – Lenin Ramirez Featuring Ulices Chaidez
“Mi Todo (Por Fijarme En Tu Belleza)” – Jesús Ojeda y Sus Parientes
“Casitas de Cojoyo” – Kanales
“Batallandole” – Enigma Norteña ft. La Séptima Banda
“Qué Caro Estoy Pagando” – La Adictiva Banda
“Claro Que Duele” – Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon
“Me Derrumbé A Tus Pies” – La Fiera de Ojinaga Featuring La Energía Norteña
“Complemento Perfecto” – Cardenales de Nuevo León
“Entre Beso y Beso” – La Arrolladora Banda (#1 RegMex)
“Rafa Caro” – T3R Elemento (#38 RegMex)
“El Color de Tus Ojos” – Banda MS (#7 RegMex)
“No Te Pido Mucho” – Alta Consigna (#2 RegMex)
“Loco Enamorado” – Remmy Valenzuela (#10 RegMex)
“No Me Hubiera Enamorado” – Cornelio Vega y Su Dinastia (#4 RegMex)
“En Vida” – Banda Los Sebastianes (#6 RegMex)
“Palma Salazar” – Gerardo Ortiz (#25 RegMex)
“En Definitiva” – Alfredo Olivas
“Corona de Rosas” – Kevin Ortiz ft. Ulices Chaidez (#19 RegMex)
“Queria Que Lloraras” – Ulices Chaidez y Sus Plebes (#8 RegMex)
“Mi Vida Eres Tu” – Virlan Garcia (#9 RegMex)
“Como No Adorarla” – Banda Carnaval (#13 RegMex)