The Week in TicketCity Search – March 5th

Things nearly return to normal in the top 5 as the Vancouver Games are behind us. Though it seems some folks are already setting their sights a couple years into the future and investigating what our friends in England will be doing in 2012 in London. Taylor Swift returns to a familiar position, top of the countdown, followed by newcomer and sudden-very-hot-ticket Phoenix.

Phoenix is a French alternative rock band who’ve been touring on their most recent album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. I realize our page for them is “Phoenix The Band”, but that’s because Phoenix “The City in Arizona” was around before they were a garage band in suburban Paris in 1995, and, more importantly, before they became famous.

The esteemed Mr. Bieber returns to #3, while John Mayer climbs to number #4. The bottom five shows signs of what’s to come, as 2 conference championships appear, the Big East and the SEC. Certainly they may post bigger showings next week, before some form of March Madness / Final Four terms take over. It is is March, after all. Calibash heads up a couple notches, while the Dave Matthews Band peaks in at 7 and the WWE and the upcoming Wrestlemania hold steady at 8 this week.

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1 3 Taylor Swift
2 - Phoenix
3 5 Justin Bieber
4 7 John Mayer
5 1 Summer Games
6 8 Calibash
7 - Dave Matthews Band
8 - Big East Tournament
9 9 WWE
10 - SEC Tournament

The Week in TicketCity Search – February 26th

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Again the quadrennial winter sports competition is the week’s winner by a huge margin, thanks to the many various ways people searched for it, though none included “quadrennial winter sports competition”, sadly. Elton John bolts to the top of the week’s concert performers, kicking the esteemed Mr. Bieber from the #2 slot down to 5, while Taylor Swift held steady at #3.

Entering the chart at #4 is Chromeo, whom Wikipedia informs me is an “electrofunk” duo from Montreal, Canada consisting of “Dave 1″ and “P-Thugg”. In doing so, Wikipedia is also subtly informing me that I am getting old. Chromeo played a gig in Vancouver during those aforementioned games, which probably lead the spike in interest. Right now we don’t list any more events, but Chromeo fans can sign up to receive updates if more become available.

The Black Eyed Peas drop back into the countdown at #6 after a short break, followed by John Mayer who has shown some staying power over the past few weeks. This week’s other new entry is Calibash, which is a concert put together by Los Angeles radio station Latino 96.3. Again, no tickets are up right now, but keep checking back.

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1 1 Winter Games
2 6 Elton John
3 3 Taylor Swift
4 - Chromeo
5 2 Justin Bieber
6 - Black Eyed Peas
7 4 John Mayer
8 - Calibash
9 5 WWE
10 7 Michael Bublé

John Mayer is on Tour!

Wow! I knew working at TicketCity was going to be awesome but it is even better than expected- I just landed some great seats to the John Mayer concert in Austin on March 8th thanks to our wonderful VP of Purchasing, Lou Chaump. (Yes, we are hiring!)

I saw John Mayer in Dallas during his last tour and I promise you it was one of the best live shows I have ever been to.  His light show is fantastic, the crowd is outrageous, and his band is unbelievable.  I remember one of my favorite parts of the show was when John and his guitarist stood back to back and played at the same time on the same guitar! It was very impressive.

If you have not seen John Mayer live, I highly recommend doing so…QUICK! He is on a national tour now through April 10th, 2010 so don’t miss out on a truly amazing show!

There are 12 days left until the show so here are 12 fun facts about John Mayer:

1. John decided he wanted to learn to play the  guitar at the age of 8 after watching Michael J. Fox play “Johnny B. Goode” in Back to the Future

2. One of his biggest musical influences is Stevie Ray Vaughan

3. John first played guitar at age 13 and played his first blues club performance at 15

4. After high school graduation, John Mayer spent 15 months working as a full-service gas station attendant for $7 an hour in order to save up to buy a 1996 Stevie Ray Vaughan signature Stratocaster – a guitar he still uses to this day

5. John spent two semesters at Boston’s Berklee College of Music then dropped out to pursue music in Atlanta, Georgia

6. His first record label, Aware Records, found him after his performance at music festival South by Southwest in early 2000

7. Mayer earned his first #1 single with the song “Daughters”

8. John has won 5 Grammy awards since 2003

9. He is a collector of watches

10. His past girlfriends include Jennifer Love Hewitt, Vanessa Carlton, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelley & Jennifer Aniston

11. His Twitter account, @JohncMAyer has over 3 million followers!

12. John has released 4 studio albums: Room for Squares (2001), Heavier Things (2003), Continuum (2006), Battle Studies (2009)

Expect a blog with lots of pictures 3/9!

The Week in TicketCity Search – February 19th

This week the Games handily fend off the challenge from the WWE, though the later remains in the top 5. The Games reached #1 by a huge margin, probably the widest yet seen when all 8+ of the various terms used to search were added together. I do that regularly, though in this case a top 10 list of basically the same entry repeated with different names may have been an amusing diversion. Have maintain some standards, though. The remainder of the top 5 include the usual suspects, capped off by the esteemed Mr. Bieber.

With the loss of the Super Bowl and the All-Star Game, the lower 5 gets mixed up a bit. Starting off is a newcomer to the list but hardly to the concert-going public: Elton John. He’s been on tour solo and playing some dates with fellow “pianoman” Billy Joel over the past few months. Both fine choices in pop piano, though Hornsby was always my favorite, at least back when was playing pop piano.

Monster Jam returns to the list after being absent, and rounding things out is the SEC Basketball Tournament. The SEC is always one of the most popular conferences as far as championships are concerned. TicketCity has tickets to all the major conference tournaments, SEC included. All these are merely the appetizers to the main course, March Madness itself and the run-up to the Final Four.

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1 1 Winter Games
2 3 Justin Bieber
3 5 Taylor Swift
4 7 John Mayer
5 2 WWE
6 - Elton John
7 6 Michael Bublé
8 - Jimmy Buffet
9 - Monster Jam
10 - SEC Tournament

The Week in TicketCity Search – February 12th

An odd combo at the top this week. The pinnacle of international sports competition at the highest levels… and the WWE. Suffice to say there is a market for both, and I’m not sure I can find fault with anyone who may consider a flying arm bar slightly more riveting entertainment than curling. Be that as it may, there was a pretty significant gap between 1 and 2. Concerts round out the Top 5, with the esteemed Mr. Beiber retaining the #3 spot, the Black Eyed Peas climbing a couple notches to #4 and Taylor Swift remaining at #5.

Michael Bublé heads up the lower half of the countdown. This crooner makes his debut on the countdown touring with is latest album, Crazy Love. Ordinarily I might poke a little fun at him, but apparently he was an uncredited extra on the X-Files at one point, so I’m giving him a pass. Either that, or Wikipedia is messing with me, a possibility one should never completely discount.

Rounding the remainder is John Mayer, who seems to have been in a really sharing mood recently. The Super Bowl managed to hang onto the countdown despite only being relevant for a short time. It seems to have gotten some help with people searching for next year’s game on Monday. Never too early to start your Super Bowl shopping. Finally, this weekend’s “big game”, the NBA All Star Game, squeezes in at #10.

Current
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Last
Week
Keyword
Searched
1 1 Winter Games
2 9 WWE
3 3 Justin Bieber
4 6 Black Eyed Peas
5 5 Taylor Swift
6 - Michael Bublé
7 4 John Mayer
8 2 Super Bowl
9 - Bon Jovi
10 - NBA All Star Game