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“You can really watch your career progress”: Luke Combs thinks back on all the CMA Fest stages he's played

For country artists, CMA Fest is a benchmark: It happens annually, and each year, performers get to watch their careers grow from the smallest stages all the way up to a headlining slot at Nissan Stadium.

“CMA Fest, for me, has been huge,” says Luke Combs, one of this year's main stage artists. Though he's playing Nissan Stadium now, he had to work his way up through the ranks, and looking back on his early years at the festival is a chance to see how his career has grown.

“It's like this moment in time that exists at the same time every year,” the singer continues. “And you go, Okay, last year I did the stage in the hotel lobby, and now I'm doing the stage in the bar. And then you're at Riverfront, and then you're at Ascend, and then you're here.”

“Here,” of course, is Nissan Stadium: The pinnacle of the festival, where every artist playing CMA Fest hopes to one day end up.

“You can really watch your career progress,” Luke continues. “Obviously, Nissan is the thing that you want to be able to do, and I'm lucky to have gotten to do that.”

CMA Fest 2022 happened in June, but fans can revisit all the action in the CMA Fest television special, which is airing on ABC on August 3. Dierks Bentley and Elle King will host the show.

Fans who tune in will get a front-row seat to all the performance highlights of the most recent festival, including Luke's set. The special will feature his performances of “Beer Never Broke My Heart” plus his new single, “The Kind of Love We Make.”

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Country Daypop

Jake Owen reveals on social media he is 316 days sober

Jake Owen took to social media to share with fans that he is celebrating ‘316 days sober.’

Owen said on Instagram: “317 days ago I embarrassed myself after drinking too much alcohol one night. It wasn’t the first time either. The next day I told myself, ‘never again.’ I am better than that, and the people I love the most deserve better. My family, my little girls, and my friends. Just wanted to share my journey in case anyone woke up this morning and wants to make a change. None of us are perfect… I’m just trying to be the best version of myself these days.”

The post comes just one day after Owen shared another uplifting video message with fans on social media, writing:  “What I’m trying to tell you guys this morning is, is that somebody out there loves you. And I know you love someone, too. And I’m a little sentimental and emotional this morning.”  Owen said he was emotional as his daughter Pearl is preparing to leave for the summer and then head back to school…“My little girl, Pearl, is about to leave for the summer (and) go back to school, and I just want you all to know how much I love you, how much I appreciate you. … Call someone today. Tell them you love them. Everybody deserves to hear from someone how much they’re loved and appreciated. And I appreciate you guys and I love you, and I’m very grateful for this life I get to live thanks to all of y’all. … Be kind to people, tell them you love them, and it’s summertime, baby, get out there in the sunshine.”

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Country Daypop

Luke Combs grants wish for teenage fan fighting cancer

Luke Combs granted a special fan a wish of a lifetime, flying 17-year-old Addison Conely and her family to Ohio for his concert at the Buckeye Country Superfest. Conley, who is battling leukemia, got to watch the concert, and hang out with Combs backstage.

Conley’s mom Staci wrote about the experience in a lengthy Facebook post, thanking Combs and calling it a “trip of a lifetime”… “He chatted with Addi and hung on her every word, talked about his beautiful wife, their brand-new baby, his friend who had cancer twice, once in the third grade and then again last year. How they all shaved their heads to stand with him and Addi talked about how all of her brothers, bf and friend’s did too on the same day she lost her hair. He gave so much love as we listened and cried with their stories they were exchanging. This moment made time stand still. She was genuinely happy and so blown away by his kindness, honestly we all were.”

Combs also brought Conley onstage during the show to perform his song “Better Together” for her. Combs shared a video of the special moment, in which he says: “This is my friend Addi that I met today and Addi’s going through some health things at the moment and I came across her on social media. I had been tagged in a few things and her biggest wish was to come out and see a show. So, we flew Addi and her family out from California to be with us in Columbus tonight and I want to give her the experience of what it really feels like to be up here in front of 60,000 people tonight.”

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Pop Daypop

Rina Sawayama to launch U.S. tour this fall

Rina Sawayama announced tour dates for the U.S. this November. The first of the 13 shows scheduled will take place in Brooklyn on November 1, with Sawayama also making stops in Boston, Charlotte, Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas, Houston, other cities before wrapping the trek in Los Angeles on the 23rd. Tickets are on sale now; for ticket information, head to

Hold The Girl, the upcoming second album from Sawayama, is due out 9/2; to pre-order, head here.

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Calvin Harris shares the tracklist for his album ‘Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 2’

Calvin Harris has revealed the official tracklist for his upcoming album Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 2, set to be released on Aug. 5th.

The DJ and producer has already shared the singles ‘Potion‘ featuring Dua Lipa & Young Thug, ‘New Money‘ featuring 21 Savage, and a collaboration with Halsey, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams called ‘Stay With Me‘.

In addition to those collaborators, Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 2 also features Pusha T, Tinashe, Offset, Busta Rhymes, Latto, Swae Lee, Snoop Dogg, Lil Durk and more.

To check out the full tracklist, head here.

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