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Luke Combs has a Stapleton-sized breakthrough with "This One's for You"

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ABC/Mark LevineLuke Combs‘ debut album, This One’s for You, has now officially been certified platinum, a feat that’s drawing a comparison with country superstar Chris Stapleton.

Luke’s first record is the fastest debut country album to reach the one-million sales mark since Stapleton’s 2015 breakthrough, Traveller. This One’s for You managed to go platinum in just over a year — 58 weeks — and is currently spending its seventh week atop Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart.

The North Carolina native also has two platinum and one gold single to his credit. He’ll do his fourth single, “She Got the Best of Me,” Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

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Kelsea Ballerini sings karaoke at dive bar with Halsey after pop star's Nashville show

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ABC/Mark LevineKelsea Ballerini may be burning up the road these days with Keith Urban on the Graffiti U World Tour, but Wednesday night, she found time to take in pop star Halsey‘s show at Ascend Amphitheater in Music City.

“100% ready to girl crush on Halsey tonight in Nashville,” the “I Hate Love Songs” hitmaker announced on Twitter.

Later on Instagram, Kelsea shared a photo with her friends at the concert, tagging Halsey and adding “If you hear someone screaming castle uncontrollably, it’s 100% me.”

“Castle” is the pop star’s platinum single that was included in the movie The Huntsman: Winter’s War. You could also spot Kelsea singing along to Halsey’s 2017 smash, “Bad at Love,” in her Instagram Story.

After the show, Kelsea got even closer to her girl crush.

“Well me and Kelsea Ballerini ended up doing a karaoke rendition of ‘Picture’ by Kid Rock in a dive bar where no one knew our names, so how was your night?” Halsey tweeted.

The dive bar turned out to be Santa’s Pub, where country newcomer Kalie Shorr caught a short Instagram clip. Kelsea and Halsey also did their version of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Landslide.”

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Kenny Chesney's Trip Around the Sun ranks with the tours of Timberlake, Taylor, Springsteen and more

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Jill TrunnellKenny Chesney is the only country artist to land in the top ten, as Pollstar ranks the top tours so far this year. The “Get Along” hitmaker comes in fifth on the list, an impressive feat since his ticket prices are typically much lower than his contemporaries.

“What we do isn’t just country, it’s life,” he says of the ranking that finds him among the likes of Pink, the Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi.

“For the people who come every summer,” Kenny adds, “whether they love rock or pop or whatever, they’re gonna feel the music, but they also know they’ve lived these songs. For me, it’s the artists who rock me, who make me feel something, whose music is part of my life that I go back to again and again, and that’s what I try to give the fans every single night we hit the stage.”

This weekend, Kenny takes his Trip Around the Sun Tour to St. Louis, Missouri, before the release of his new album, Songs for the Saints, next Friday.

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Watch now: Sam Hunt heads South of the Border for new "Downtown's Dead" video

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ABC/Mark LevineSam Hunt sets out on a Mexican adventure in his new video for “Downtown’s Dead.”

Shot South of the Border, the clip starts as the Georgia native rides his motorcycle through a nearly-abandoned town. Along the way, Sam’s bike breaks down, sending him walking the streets on foot, eventually hitching a ride. By the time the video’s over, he’s back on the open road.

You can check out the new video for the top-20 hit on YouTube now.

Saturday night, Sam plays Target Field in Minneapolis on Luke Bryan‘s What Makes You Country Tour — XL Stadium Sized trek.

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Nashville notes

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Texas music legend Pat Green will play his hit “Wave on Wave” Saturday, September 15 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, during the halftime show of the Northern Iowa vs. Iowa game. The song has become the anthem played during the traditional wave to the patients at the nearby Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

John Berry has been added to the lineup of the Alabama & Friends #JSUStrong Tornado Relief Concert September 26 in Jacksonville, Alabama. Tickets are 90% sold-out for the show that features Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and more. Money raised will help Jacksonville State University rebuild after the devastating storm that hit the campus in March.

If you missed Luke Combs performing his #1 hit, “One Number Away,” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you can watch his performance on YouTube.

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