The Week in TicketCity Search – Follow the Bouncing Ball

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 11t
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Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 George Strait
2 2 Bruno Mars
3 3 One Direction
4 - Big 12 Tournament
5 8 Rihanna
6 - SEC Tournament
7 6 Taylor Swift
8 4 Houston Rodeo
9 - ACC Tournament
10 - Big East Tournament

Another week and another top 3 clique is born, this time it’s quite the boy’s club. George Strait’s show at the Houston Rodeo is this very weekend and there is still time to get into Reliant Stadium to check it out. This may be your last chance. Sure, the second leg of the Cowboy Rides Away Tour is in 2014, and he might play Houston again, but even if he did, you could still tell all your friends you saw his second-to-last show at the Houston Rodeo. That’s still pretty cool.

What’s going on this weekend? Ah, NCAA Tournament selection. That would mean this week is the (popular) conference tournament extravaganza! The Big 12 comes out on top, with the SEC a couple spots behind, and the ACC and Big East just cling to the bottom of the list. While the Big Dance is a big deal, it has trouble making the list until the Final Four, because the early rounds are spread all over.

The tourneys edged out a lot of concert players this week, but Rhianna benefits as she returns to the top five. Taylor Swift’s rocky patch in media relations due to an apparent inability to comprehend “humor” hasn’t hurt too much, as she slides only one spot this week. The Houston Rodeo, no doubt helped out by Mr. Strait’s appearance, hangs around as well. If interest runs high enough this weekend, they may stick around next week as well.

The Week in TicketCity Search – March 9th

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 5th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 5 Radiohead
2 3 Big Time Rush
3 8 Big 12 Tournament
4 2 Houston Rodeo
5 1 Madonna
6 10 Big East Tournament
7 9 Justin Bieber
8 - Big Ten Tournament
9 - SEC Tournament
10 - Miami Heat

As college basketball fans get ready to fire up their brackets, there’s still the matter of determining out who will populate them. The conference tournaments are in full swing, and figure heavily this week. Holding over from last week, we have the Big 12 and the Big East, both showing some positive movement. The Big Ten and the SEC enter the countdown in the bottom five. There’s still time to get some conference tournament championship tickets, if you want to see your top pick lock down their seed in person.

While popular, the conference tournaments didn’t exactly crowd into the top five. Raidohead walked away with a strong victory, followed by Big Time Rush, making for an odd musical pairing at the top of the countdown. The Houston Rodeo is in full swing. It lost a couple spots this week, but still turns in a strong showing. Lots of big acts coming up next week at Reliant Stadium.

The bottom five is almost all basketball, and hawk-eyed Beiber fans, checking back to see when new concert dates arrive. Not quite yet, I’m afraid. The Heat return to the countdown, reminding us that professional basketball is still rather popular even as the collegiate flavor steals the spotlight a bit.

The Week in TicketCity Search – March 2nd

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Feb. 27th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 3 Madonna
2 5 Houston Rodeo
3 - Big Time Rush
4 - One Direction
5 - Radiohead
6 10 SEC Tournament
7 2 Drake
8 Big 12 Tournament
9 6 Justin Bieber
10 - Big East Tournament

Linsanity has abated, allowing room for the prelude to March Madness to begin. Three big conference tournaments show up on the list this week, though none managed to crack the top 5. Madonna surged back to the #1 spot after falling to #3 last week. She’s followed by the Houston Rodeo, which features a big line of top concert stars this year, including the group in this week’s #3 spot, Big Time Rush.

Since the Nickelodeon’s boys aren’t rushing anywhere else in Texas until July, I have to guess it’s because of their Houston Rodeo show. It’s a banner week for boy bands, as Big Time Rush is followed closely by One Direction. One Direction is a boy band from the UK who achieved some notoriety on the original UK version of The X Factor. At the moment, One Direction fans are just as disappointed as the ones for #9 on the list, as we don’t have anything for them right now.

Radiohead rounds out the top 5, ushering in the basketball heavy bottom 5. The SEC wins the battle of the conference tournaments, followed by the Big 12 and the Big East clings to the bottom of the countdown at #10. The tourneys get underway next week, so expect to see strong showings for all of them on the next countdown.

The Week in TicketCity Search – March 11th

TicketCity Week in Search

Current
Rank
Last
Week
Keyword
Searched
1 1 Justin Bieber
2 - Big 12 Tournament
3 5 Lady Gaga
4 - Houston Rodeo
5 - Arcade Fire
6 - Big East Tournament
7 3 Taylor Swift
8 6 WWE
9 2 Lil Wayne
10 - Bon Jovi

Bigger shifts this week as all the conference level college basketball tournaments play out. This little appetizer to March Madness “proper” posted two entries, the Big 12 Tournament and the Big East Tournament. The SEC Tournament, in case anyone was wondering, was #11. The selection show for the NCAA Tournament is this Sunday. TicketCity will have some extended hours to accommodate buyers who want to get tickets once the teams are announced.

The esteemed Mr. Beiber remains in the #1 spot, while Gaga climbs up a couple spots at the expense of the departed Adele and Taylor Swift. Swift hung in there, but dropped to #7. While one might think the Houston Rodeo, arriving at #4, is sporting related, the major attraction are the concerts that happen every night. Still some big names to go, ranging from KISS to Alan Jackson.

Arcade Fire debuts on the countdown at #5. The… let’s see… one… two… three… um, there’s more… five… six… eight! The eight member Canadian indie rock band from Montreal recently won the Grammy for Album of the Year for The Suburbs. They have a pretty crowded touring schedule starting up in April.

Rounding out the list the Wresltmania-bound WWE falls a few spots to #8, and Lil Wayne takes a big stumble from #2 to #9. Bon Jovi sneaks back into the countdown at the end.

The Week in TicketCity Search – March 19th

The top 5 is interesting this week, with 2 newcomers arriving out of nowhere and Lady Gaga back on top by a big margin after a brief absence. She’s followed by the esteemed Mr. Bieber, who also regains some steam after stumbling down to 6 last week. Following them are our 2 new entrants, one a reunited band and another, well, not the college basketball tournament I would have expected at #4 this week.

First up is the Stone Temple Pilots. Since I’m not in high school anymore, this is no doubt a reunion of the band that first hit big in 1992. Indeed, the Stone Temple Pilots have returned from a hiatus that began in 2003, and are now working on a new album and playing SXSW. The latter tidbit probably explains their sudden popularity on this countdown.

The other newcomer is the NIT, or National Invitation Tournament. The NIT is a post-season tournament that’s now also run by the NCAA and where teams that did not make the more well known NCAA Tournament may be invited to play. According to the richly detailed Wikipedia article, this has caused some stigma to be attached to the NIT. Doesn’t mean there’s won’t some great basketball there, though.

The remainder of the countdown is more familiar, and where Taylor Swift stumbled to after a strong top 3 run. The Black Eyed Peas return and with Wrestlmania just over a week away the WWE hangs in there as well.

Current
Rank
Last
Week
Keyword
Searched
1 - Lady Gaga
2 6 Justin Bieber
3 - Stone Temple Pilots
4 - NIT
5 10 Lady Antebellum
6 8 Conan O’Brien
7 1 Taylor Swift
8 4 Big 12 Tournament
9 - Black Eyed Peas
10 7 WWE