Los Rieleros del Norte Earn First No. 1 in 14 Years with “Cuéntame”

Los Rieleros del Norte are back on top after a long time…

The Mexican Grammy-nominated Regional Mexican band returns to the No. 1 spot for the first time in 14 years on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart dated September 24 with “Cuéntame.”

Los Rieleros del NorteIt’s their first single released via Fonovisa after a nearly decade-long break from the label.

The song — released on July 29 — ascends 7-1 in its seventh week with 5.73 million in audience impressions, a 44% gain, earned in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 18, according to Luminate.

It’s the biggest jump to the top in 2022. Which other track has jumped at least 5 rankings this year? “JG,” the team-up by La Adictiva and Luis R. Conriquez, which climbed 6-1 (September 10-dated list).

“Cuéntame” gives Los Rieleros their fifth No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay. It’s their first win in almost a decade and a half, after “A Punto de Llorar” ruled for one week in June 2008.

In between, the El Paso, Texas-based band placed 17 tracks including four top 10s, among those the No. 3-peaking “El Columpio,” with Banda Los Sebastianes and La Maquina Norteña in 2021.

The band first landed at the summit on its fifth chart visit, over two decades ago, when “Te Quiero Mucho” reached No. 1 in 1999. Let’s look at their champs across the years:

Peak, Title, Weeks at No. 1
Oct. 30, 1999, “Te Quiero Mucho,” 10
Dec. 16, 2006, “Dime Quién Es,” 9
Sept. 15, 2007, “Un Juego,” 1
June 14, 2008, “A Punto De Llorar,” 1
Sept. 24, 2022, “Cuéntame”

Elsewhere, “Cuéntame” takes Los Rieleros to upper region on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart. It’s also the band’s fifth top 10 and first since 2008.

Alejandro Fernández Earns Fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with La Arrolladora-Collaboration “Nunca Dudes En Llamarme”

There’s no doubt Alejandro Fernández knows how to create hit music…

The 51-year-old Mexican singer, nicknamed El Potrillo, has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart with “Nunca Dudes En Llamarme,” his collaboration with La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de Rene Camacho.

Alejandro Fernandez,The track rises from No. 3 to the summit on the chart dated September 17.

“Nunca Dudes En Llamarme” takes the Greatest Gainer honors of the week boosted by a 35% gain in audience impressions, to 6.54 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 11, according to Luminate.

The new champ, released July 15 via UMLE, reaches the penthouse in its eighth week on the chart, after its top 20 debut (at No. 16 on the July 30-dated ranking).

“Nunca Dudes En Llamarme” gives La Arrolladora its 17th No. 1 among 45 chart appearances. The band concurrently enters a tie with Intocable for the fourth-most.

Let’s take a look at the leaderboard:

22, Calibre 50
18, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga
18, Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga
17, Intocable
17, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho
16, Conjunto Primavera
16, Los Tigres del Norte

Meanwhile, Fernández scores his first champ in over a year – his fifth in total. He clocked his last No. 1 through another team-up: “Duele,” with Christian Nodal, in April 2021.

Elsewhere, “Nunca Dudes En Llamarme” takes La Arrolladora to the upper region on the all-genre Latin Airplay ranking with a 13-8 lift.

With the move, the Sinaloans claim their 22nd top 10, the fifth-most among regional Mexican acts. Plus, Fernández captures his 21st, also the fifth-most among Latin pop acts.

Luis R. Conriquez Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with La Adictiva-Collab “JGL”

Luis R. Conriquez has his first chart-topper…

The Mexican singer/songwriter’s collaboration with La Adictiva has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart dated Sept. 10 as “JGL” rises to the top spot after spending four weeks in the top 10.

Luis R. Conriquez, La Adictiva“JGL” rises 6-1 boosted by a 50% increase in audience impressions, to 6.6 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 4, according to Luminate.

The song was released February 18 via Anval.

In addition to earning each of its credited acts a new No. 1, the new champ also gifts the label its ninth chart topper and first after it took over atop Regional Mexican Airplay for four weeks in December 2021, also through a La Adictiva track: “Ya Solo Eres Mi Ex.”

With the move, La Adictiva claims its 11th champ dating back to its first and longest leading title “Te Amo y Te Amo” in 2011 (nine weeks at No. 1).

Conriquez, meanwhile, achieves his first No. 1 in his sixth appearance and after two earlier top 10s. His maiden entry, “El Buho,” peaked at No. 6 in September 2021, while his collaborative turn on Giovanny Ayala’s “Quien Se Apunta,” reached No. 7 on the Aug. 13-dated tally.

Here’s a recap of the regional Mexican groups with the most leaders on Regional Mexican Airplay since its inception in 1994:

22, Calibre 50
18, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
18, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
17, Intocable
16, Conjunto Primavera
16, La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de Rene Camacho
16, Los Tigres del Norte
11, La Adictiva Banda San José de Mesillas
8, Los Tucanes de Tijuana

Elsewhere, “JGL” rallies 20-8 on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart. It’s La Adictiva’s 13th top 10 and Conriquez his first in his third chart appearance.

Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga Earns 18th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart

Make that four chart-toppers in a row for Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga.

The Mexican banda’s first collaboration with Grupo Firme, “El Reemplazo,” has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay tally dated September 3.

Banda el RecodoThe original version of “El Reemplazo” finds its home on Grupo Firme’s 2020 LP Nos Divertimos Logrando Lo Imposible.

The new version, alongside Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga, was released May 31 via LGA/Music VIP. It takes over atop Regional Mexican Airplay (rising 4-1) as the Greatest Gainer of the week, thanks to a 28% gain in audience impressions, to 5.7 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending August 28, according to Luminate.

“El Reemplazo” trades places with La Fiera de Ojinaga’s “Luna de Miel” with a 4-1 dip after its one-week reign.

For Banda El Recodo, “El Reemplazo” is its fourth consecutive win among a collection of 18 champs. The 18th No. 1 moves the group into a tie for the second-most No. 1s since the chart launched in 1994. They tie Banda MS’ 18 rulers, while Calibre 50 remains ahead with 22 leaders.

Notably, Banda El Recodo is just the third band, alongside Intocable and Los Tigres del Norte, to score No. 1 titles in four decades.

Here’s a recap of his No. 1s in the 1990s, 2000s, ‘10s and now ’20s:

Peak, Title, Artist
Feb. 20, 1999, “Adorable Mentirosa,” Juan Gabriel Con Banda El Recodo
Dec. 4, 1999, “Te Ofrezco Un Corazón,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
May 20, 2000, “Yo Se Que Te Acordarás,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
March 31, 2001, “Y Llegaste Tú,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Aug. 24, 2002, “No Me Se Rajar,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
April 19, 2008, “Tómame O Déjame,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Feb. 14, 2009, “Te Presumo,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Dec. 5, 2009, “Me Gusta Todo De Ti,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
June 19, 2010, “Dime Que Me Quieres,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Dec. 10, 2011, “Te Quiero A Morir,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Aug. 11, 2012, “Sin Respiración,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
April 6, 2013, “La Mejor De Todas,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Nov. 23, 2013, “Vas A Llorar Por Mí,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
July 25, 2015, “Mi Vicio Mas Grande,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Oct. 9, 2021, “Qué Tienen Tus Palabras?,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Feb. 19, 2022, “Esta Vida Es Muy Bonita,” Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
June 11, 2022, “Brindo,” Mario Bautista & Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Sept. 3, 2022, “El Reemplazo,” Grupo Firme & Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga

The new win gifts Grupo Firme its fifth No. 1.

In October of 2021, Grupo Firme marked a career milestone as the third act to score an entry on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 with a regional Mexican song — when “Supérame (En Vivo Desde Culiacán, Sinaloa)” (one of their five Regional Mexican No. 1s) entered the Hot 100.

Beyond its Regional Mexican Airplay coronation, “El Reemplazo” concurrently makes progress on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart with an 18-12 trek.

La Fiera de Ojinaga Earns First No. 1 on a Billboard Chart with “La Luna de Miel”

La Fiera de Ojinaga is celebration a special first…

The Mexican group celebrates its first coronation on a Billboard chart with “La Luna de Miel” as the single ascends 2-1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay ranking dated August 27.

La Fiera de Ojinaga“La Luna de Miel,” released February 10 via Azteca Records, trades places with La Maquinaria Norteña’s “50 y Cincuenta” — after the latter’s one-week in charge — despite a 2% dip in audience impressions, to 5.9 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending August 21, according to Luminate. 

La Fiera de Ojinaga reigns in its 11th visit to the chart, dating back to the band’s first appearance in 2018.

It took two years for the Chihuahua natives to score its first top 10, through the No. 5-peaking “En Otro Canal” in October 2020.

Further, the band narrowly missed the No. 1 spot on Regional Mexican Airplay earlier this year when “No Paras de Hacerme Feliz” reached No. 2 in February 12-dated survey.

“La Luna de Miel” concurrently makes progress on the all-genre Latin Airplay tally with a No. 9 lift, after spending two weeks at No. 10.

La Fiera, the five-member ensemble fronted by Mauricio “Pikaro” Palma, is one of the leaders of the norteño-with-sax format within Regional Mexican music.

La Maquinaria Norteña Earns First No. 1 on Any Billboard Radio Chart with “50 y Cincuenta”

It’s a special first for La Maquinaria Norteña

The Mexican American band has scored its first No. 1 on a Billboard radio chart as “50 y Cincuenta” ascends from No. 3 to rule the Regional Mexican Airplay chart dated Aug. 20.

La Maquinaria NorteñaIt’s their first leader spanning a decade of career entries.

“50 y Cincuenta,” released via Azteca/Fonovisa/UMLE on June 10, arrives at the summit in its ninth week.

It evicts Christian Nodal’s “Vivo En El 6,” which falls to No. 5 after its three-week reign, with a 7% gain in audience impressions, to 6.1 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending August 14, according to Luminate.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of our fans,” the band tells Billboard. “The excitement is as great and as it is gratifying when one of our songs becomes so popular it reaches No. 1 on a Billboard chart.”

While La Maquinaria claim their first radio No. 1, the band secured its first champ almost a decade ago, when the album Vives En Mi debuted and peaked atop the Regional Mexican Albums chart in 2013.

“50 y Cincuenta,” composed by Keith Nieto, Cesar Valdivia and Alfaro Aylín, is the first single from the group’s forthcoming EP, Al Derecho y Al Reverso, slated for a November release. Plus, the new champ lands amidst La Maquinaria Norteña’s eponymous 2022 24-date tour, which kicked off July 1 in San Pedro de Chiautzingo, Mexico.

“50” also gives the New Mexico-based group its first No. 1 in its 26th visit to the chart. The band’s maiden appearance, “Ayer y Hoy,” reached the top 40 in 2011. La Maquinaria has since clocked 11 top 10s, including “Con Honor a Ti,” featuring Grupo Firme, in 2020 and “Amores Van y Vienen,” with La Nueva Estrategia,” in January (both reached No. 6, their previous highest-charting songs until “50 y Cincuenta” climbed higher).

“Thanks to our team for their professionalism,” the group add. “Without you our growth as a band wouldn’t be possible.”

For Nieto, “50” concurrently grants him his first leader as a producer on Regional Mexican Airplay. He clocked a No. 5 through La Fiera de Ojinaga’s “En Otro Canal” in October 2020.

While La Maquinaria reaches a new level of recognition with its first win among regional Mexican stations, “50” also gifts the group its highest-charting entry on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart, pushing 11-9; also its first top 10 since its maiden visit in 2013. Previously the group notched a No. 17 with “Con la Boca Abierta” in 2019.

Christian Nodal Earns 14th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with “Vivo En El 6”

Make that 14 hits for Christian Nodal

The 23-year-old Mexican singer has extended his record for the most No. 1s on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay chart as his latest single “Vivo En El 6” rises from No. 4 to rule the July 30-dated survey.

Christian Nodal,“Vivo En El 6” leads with 8.1 million in audience impressions, up 32%, earned in the U.S. in the week ending July 24, according to Luminate.

“Vivo En El 6” ensures Nodal’s unbroken record of chart-toppers among solo acts on Regional Mexican Airplay with 14 No. 1s. Gerardo Ortiz, with 11, has the second-most No. 1s. Among all acts, Calibre 50 continues to lead with 22 champs.

As “Vivo” jumps 4-1, it captures the week’s Greatest Gainer honor within the 40-deep title ranking.

Here’s a recap of Nodal’s No. 1s since his first Regional Mexican Airplay win in 2017:

Peak Date, Title, Artist (if other than Nodal)
April 8, 2017, “Adios Amor”
Sept. 30, 2017, “Probablemente,” featuring David Bisbal
March 10, 2018, “Me Deje Llevar”
August 11, 2018, “Te Falle”
Dec. 22, 2018, “No Te Contaron Mal”
May 4, 2019 “Nada Nuevo”
August 24, 2019, “De Los Besos Que Te Di”
May 9, 2020 “Se Me Olvido”
Sept. 12, 2020, “Aqui Abajo”
Jan. 30, 2021, “Dime Como Quieres,” with Angela Aguilar
April 24, 2021, “Duele,” with Alejandro Fernandez
May 22, 2021, “2 Veces,” with Los Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho
Nov. 27, 2021, “La Sinverguenza,” with Banda Ms
July 30, 2022, “Vivo En El 6”

Beyond its Regional Mexican Airplay coronation, “En El 6” cracks the top 10 on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart as the song rallies 12-4 in its ninth week.

With its growing airplay performance, Nodal enters a tie with Ortiz for the third-most top 10s among regional Mexican solo performers, trailing Marco Antonio Solis’ 27 leaders and Alejandro Fernández’s 20.

Jenni Rivera’s Family to Release New, Never-Released Music by the Late Banda Queen

There’s new music by Jenni Rivera headed your way…

As the 10-year anniversary of the late Mexican American singer’s death in a plane crash over Mexico (in December, 2012) approaches, her family is planning to share new music with the world.

Jenni RiveraNever-released music she left recorded before her death will see the light of day, according to daughter Jacqie Rivera, who in January took over from her aunt Rosie Rivera as head of the Jenni Rivera estate.

“It’s definitely music in Spanish, it’s more than one song, and it’s regional Mexican,” Jacqie Rivera tells Billboard in her first interview since she took over her mother’s estate. “I think it’s very important that we tie in how she started, what [music] put her up there, and share that.”

The new tracks will be part of a full-fledged album of brand-new Rivera songs set for release before the end of the year. The set will include at least some of the 11 other unreleased songs that the Rivera estate found after Jenni Rivera’s passing, and will be released by Sony Music U.S. Latin. Several of the tracks will be produced by Sergio Lizárraga, the head of Banda MS and owner of Lizos Music.

Music in English is also on the way, although plans for those releases have yet to be finalized.

The music releases are the core of a series of actions that the estate is spearheading this year. Among them is a concert commemorating Rivera’s death — which will feature performances by her children, and which Jacqie Rivera describes as “a la Coachella” — and a long-planned biopic, which has long been discussed but is now firmly in the planning stages.

The moves signal a change of direction in the management of Jenni Rivera’s estate, which had been helmed by her sister, Rosie, since her death. Now, the reins have amicably passed to Jacqie, the second of Rivera’s five children. (The five are recording star Chiquis Rivera, Jacqie Rivera and Michael Marín from Rivera’s first marriage, and Jenicka and Johnny Angel, from her second marriage.)

All five siblings are now part of the estate’s advisory board and are actively involved in major decision-making, says Jacqie.

“The little decisions, I make them. For the big decisions, we all get together and we all vote,” she explains. “My little brother Johnny is working alongside with me, especially for the music. He’s always been involved in producing, and we’re working closely together. But we definitely need each other, all of us together, to really do it. There’s always meetings, phone calls, zooms. We’re all busy but we make it happen.”

When Rivera died in 2012, at 43 years old, she was the single most successful woman in regional Mexican on the Billboard charts — with over 26 entries on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart — and at the pinnacle of her career. But she was also on the verge of much more.

She was on the verge of a major crossover, having become the first Latina ever to sign a production deal to star in her own TV series on a major U.S. network and about to have her own residency in Las Vegas. On the verge of a cinematic career, Rivera played her first role in a major film, Filly Brown. On the verge of fulfilling her dream of becoming the “Latina Oprah,” with the continued success of her weekly radio show, Contacto Directo con Jenni Rivera. And on the verge of massive stardom in Mexico, following her stint as the most popular coach on season 2 of La Voz.

Perhaps most importantly to her, after years of being the sole provider for her family, she was finally finding the time to truly enjoy her children and her grandchildren. But her death left her children reeling. Only now, says Jacqie, does she feel ready to take control of her mother’s estate.

“My mom was such a big part…she was our everything,” says Rivera. “I don’t think any of us kids would have been ready to do this job because it’s a lot of work. For sure, I’m ready now.”

As part of the changes implemented since she took over, Rivera tapped Izabel Nicholas as general manager for Jenni Rivera Enterprises and Oswaldo Rossi has remained as the estate’s lawyer. Entotal Agency, the management firm headed by Jorge Sánchez and Tom Muzquiz with Pitbull as a partner is handling artist management.

“Being part of the Jenni Rivera team is an honor and a privilege,” says Sánchez, whose company started working with the estate in March, at the recommendation of BMI CCO Alex Flores. “Working with Jacqie and Jenni Rivera Enterprises represents a great experience due to her vision, respect and the enthusiasm. Jenni Rivera died in the prime of her life, and the music she left behind reflects this vitality. We have a great task ahead, with many and amazing releases plus other projects from one of the most important names and legacies in Latin music.”

It all amounts to an outpouring of material that would have made Jenni Rivera proud, says Jacqie, whose eyes brighten when asked what she thinks her mother would tell her if she could see her now.

“I think she would remind me of what my name means: Jacqueline is a form of Jacob, and Jacob is a go-getter,” she responds. “She would always remind me of what my name meant. [So I think she would say] ‘You got this, you can do this.’ And as a mom, she’d also tell me I’m doing a good job — because sometimes, you really don’t know.”

Banda MS Earns 18th No. 1 on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with “Hay Que Hacer Dinero,” Featuring Eden Muñoz

Banda MS is celebrating another chart-topper…

The Mexican banda group rises to No. 1 for an 18th time on BillboardRegional Mexican Airplay chart with “Hay Que Hacer Dinero,” featuring Eden Muñoz, which rises to the summit on the July 2-dated ranking.

Banda-MS“Hay Que Hacer Dinero” ascends 5-1 with a 34% increase in audience impressions, to 6.9 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 26, according to Luminate.

With the new champ, the Sinaloan band breaks from a tie with Banda El Recodo for the second-most No. 1 titles among all acts on Regional Mexican Airplay. Calibre 50 leads the category with 22 leaders. Muñoz, who scored his first No. 1 as a solo act less than two months ago with the three-week ruler “Chale!” (starting with the May 21-dated chart), captures his second.

 

Here’s a rundown of the Regional Mexican Airplay No. 1 scoreboard:

22, Calibre 50
18, Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga
17, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga
16, Conjunto Primavera
16, Intocable
16, La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho
16, Los Tigres del Norte
13, Christian Nodal
11, Gerardo Ortiz
11, La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas

 

Concurrently, “Hay Que Hacer Dinero” breaks into the top tier on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart with a 15-6 climb in its sixth week.

 

The push prompts a 23rd top 10 for Banda MS, which now ties with Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga for the third-most, trailing Marco Antonio Solis’ 27 top 10s and Calibre 50’s 25.

 

Elsewhere, “Hay Que Hacer Dinero” debuts at No. 49 on Hot Latin Songs, which blends airplay, digital sales and streaming data. With the new arrival, Banda MS adds a 32nd career entry, while Muñoz his second as a soloist.

 

Calibre 50 Earns Record-Extending 22nd No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay Chart with “Miranos Ahora”

Calibre 50 has another chart-topper…

The Regional Mexican band has notched its record-extending 22nd No. 1 on Billboard‘s Regional Mexican Airplay chart as “Miranos Ahora” rises 4-1 on the June 18-dated ranking.

Tony Elizondo, Calibre 50Calibre 50 continues to have the most No. 1s since the chart’s launch in 1994.

In second place are Banda El Recodo de Cruz de Lizárraga and Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga, each with 17 No. 1s.

“Míranos Ahora” was released on March 11 via Andaluz/Disa/UMLE. It takes the No. 1 spot thanks to a 13% boost in audience impressions, to 7 million, earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 12, according to Luminate.

The song trades places with “Brindo” by Mario Bautista and Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga as it dips 1-4.

With the new No. 1, Calibre 50 improves its career totals to 22 No. 1s on Regional Mexican Airplay.

Here’s a look at the leaderboard:

22, Calibre 50
17, Banda El Recodo de Cruz de Lizárraga
17, Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
16, Conjunto Primavera
16, Intocable
16, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de René Camacho
16, Los Tigres del Norte

“Míranos Ahora” arrives atop the tally after Calibre 50 last led with “Si Te Pudiera Mentir,” which topped the chart for two weeks in January.

The band also makes progress on the all-genre Latin Airplay chart as “Míranos Ahpra” ascends 15-7.

The move earns Calibre 50 its 25th top 10, the most among Regional Mexican groups, and the second-most among all regional Mexican acts, trailing only Marco Antonio Solis’ 27 top 10s.