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Country Music Gaining In Popularity Among Latino Millennials

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Move over Fifth Harmony and Luis Coronel…

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Young Latinos are turning to a different sound: country.

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Yep, according to a study by the Country Music Association, there has been a 25 percent increase in Latino country music consumers since 2010. Meanwhile, the white audience for country music has only grown by 7 percent in the same time.

Not only are there more Latinos listening to country music, we are slowly outpacing the white community after all, but the study shows that non-whites are willing to pay more for their music.

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We are also more likely to listen to music longer than whites by one hour in the 18-24 age group. The 18-24 age group is the fastest growing population listening to country music growing by 54 percent since 2005.

“We have seen a lot of growth in the composition of our nonwhite audience,” Karen Stump, senior director of market research for the CMA, told The Tennessean. “Even beyond the sheer numbers, the frequency they’re engaging in country music stood out.”

So, next time you are on YouTube and just don’t know what to listen to, why not give Scotty McCreery (who is Puerto Rican) or Caitlin Gutiérrez a listen?

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You can read the full story from The Tennessean here and you can see the full CMA study here.

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They Called Him A Clown When He Went To Bat, But Now No One Is Laughing

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They Called Him A Clown When He Went To Bat, But Now No One Is Laughing

Meet Bartolo Colón. At 42 years old, Colón is the oldest player in Major League Baseball. bartolo-colon-headshot

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And he doesn’t just warm the bench while the young guys do their thing. Colón pitched more than 30 games last season and has already pitched 7 games this year. He also recently passed Pedro Martínez as the second-winningest Dominican pitcher of all time behind Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.

Aside from his age, the Dominican pelotero is also well-known for a few things. Like his major league-sized beer belly…

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And the laughter-inducing hacks he takes whenever he goes up to the plate.

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We all know how hard it is for pitchers to hit a baseball. Colón knows this as well as anyone, so whenever he’s at bat, he gives zero f***s.

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When Colón is at the plate, you’ll see wild swings like this one…

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This one…

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And this one…

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Occasionally, Colón does get on base. And whenever he has to do a little baserunning…

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Look at him go!

Teammates are always there to poke a little fun at the 285-pound pitcher.

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Cool off, big guy!

Well, after years of hacking away at baseballs, Colón finally got the best of an opposing pitcher. He recently hit his first HOME RUN, becoming the oldest MLB player ever to hit their first dinger.

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Mets fans went nuts.

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His teammates couldn’t believe it.

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And Colón took his sweet ass time to round the bases.

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According to the Kansas City Star, it may have been the slowest home run trot in baseball history.

When he got to the dugout, Colón appeared to tell a teammate that his heart was beating like crazy.

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The best part? It looks like Colón knew it was gone before he dropped off his bat. Check out the smile:

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Baseball card maker Topps commemorated the event by creating a baseball card (damn, they work fast these days) and fans are already gobbling it up. According to ESPN, nearly 9,000 cards have already been sold.

READ: Meet The 21-Year-Old Pitcher From Mexico Who Is Already Becoming A Baseball Star

Admit it, Bartolo Colón reminds you of one of your tíos. Click on the share button below to share with friends!