The Week in TicketCity Search – Roaring Prisms

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jan. 20th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 5 Luke Bryan
2 7 Houston Rodeo
3 3 One Direction
4 - Katy Perry
5 - NY Knicks
6 - Justin Bieber
7 9 Justin Timberlake
8 8 WWE
9 6 Super Bowl
10 1 George Strait

Interesting shake-up this week, with modern country securing the top spot and classic country taking a pretty big tumble. Luke Bryan makes the leap from #5 to snatch the crown from George Strait who hangs on, but only barely, at #10. Bryan is again part of the summer Country Megaticket shows, and judging by his performance here, the most anticipated among a strong group of performers.

Not only part of the Megaticket, Luke will be showing up at the #2 spot as well. The Houston Rodeo makes a strong climb from #7 last week. With little more than a month to go, expect some strong showings from the Rodeo in the coming weeks.

As mentioned earlier this week, Katy Perry’s new tour will be hitting North America this June. The Prismatic Tour is currently in Europe, but will be spending most of the summer in the US and Canada, wrapping up in Houston in October.

In what I can only assume is a bit of halo effect from “current events,” the Esteemed Mr. Bieber returns to our hallowed countdown halls. Not sure if the lack of any concert dates is a disappointment or a relief to the intrepid searchers…

Tradition demands I use a Katy Perry vid since she debuted on the countdown this week. I already posted the new one in the tour update, so we’re back to “Roar” now. The video is the touching story of a plane crash survivor learning to make her way in the jungle, and make clothes out of salad. The best fact I know about the video is that Katy Perry has a real pet cat named Kitty Purry, who is not the tiger in this video (or any other tiger, for that matter).

The Week in TicketCity Search – Maroon 5 Standing By

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Week of
July 29th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 3 Justin Bieber
2 - Pearl Jam
3 2 One Direction
4 4 Beyoncé
5 7 Justin Timberlake
6 - Maroon 5
7 - Dallas Cowboys
8 8 Luke Bryan
9 9 Houston Texans
10 - Lollapalooza

With the Gold Cup in the history books for another couple of years (we won in a 1-0 scorcher), the countdown turns to that other sort of football. Or it will towards the bottom, at least. Like a healthy immune system, the top five eventually expels all sports-related entities and returns to its natural, concert-only state. This week the esteemed Mr. Bieber recaptures the top spot from which he was exiled months and months ago.

Pearl Jam hits the countdown in a big way, as their recently announced fall tour heats up. The band will release a new album, Lightning Bolt, ahead of the first tour date, followed by 24 more dates in North America. The band then takes trip down under in January.

Also returning this week, though hardly breaking from touring, is Maroon 5. They’ve been on the road already this summer, and are now teamed up with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane for the 2013 edition of the Honda Civic Tour. As in previous years, fans can enter a contest to win a Honda Civic with colors customized by the headliners.

The Cowboys and Texans share spots on the countdown this week as the NFL preseason is almost upon us. Very much upon us is the Lollapalooza festival, which begins today and lasts the weekend. Headliners include The Killers, Mumford & Sons, and The Cure.

Wait, The Cure? What year is this!?

The Week in TicketCity Search – Gold Is A Heavy Metal

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Week of
July 22nd
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 5 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 1 One Direction
3 3 Justin Bieber
4 2 Beyoncé
5 7 Bruno Mars
6 6 Taylor Swift
7 10 Justin Timberlake
8 4 Luke Bryan
9 - Houston Texans
10 - Black Sabbath

The countdown has a healthy golden glow about it this week, pregnant with possibilities… and cups. The CONCACAF finals are this weekend at Solider Field in Chicago, pitting the plucky United States team against the towering might of… Panama. Well, as spec scripts go, this one might be a tough sell, but I’m sure the action on the field will great.

Sadly the lads from 1D didn’t get any boost from the royal baby news, and fell before the might of the Gold Cup. To second place, so it’s not all that bad, I suppose. Bieber didn’t seem all that troubled by the shake-up at the top, but Beyoncé had to make some room.

This week’s new entries to the countdown arrive at the very (very) end. (Non-Association) Football season steadily approaches, and this week the Texans volunteer for the reminder.

A rare countdown newcomer lands at #10, but one hardly unfamiliar to metal fans the world over. Black Sabbath reunites for a world tour, fronted by the band’s most famous “alumni,” Ozzy Osbourne. Sabbath returns not only for the reunion tour, but a new album, 13. The album is Sabbath’s first studio effort since 1995, and the first since 1978 with Ozzy on vocals. To sum it all up for the fans of heavy metal: this is probably something you don’t want to miss.

Considering the occasion, here’s some classic Black Sabbath, in a prime example of what music videos were like in the early 1970s. Do not be alarmed by the lack of camera movement and shots that go on in excess of two seconds. Feel free to be slightly alarmed by the hairstyles, though.

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Gold Cup Runneth… Around… On Fields

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Week of
July 15th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 One Direction
2 3 Beyoncé
3 2 Justin Bieber
4 4 Luke Bryan
5 - CONCACAF Gold Cup
6 5 Taylor Swift
7 - Bruno Mars
8 6 Lil Wayne
9 - WWE
10 7 Justin Timberlake

Some musical chairs this week at the top. 1D keeps the streak going, but the Biebs and Beyoncé trade places as Mrs. Carter’s Tour keeps going strong. Luke Bryan wisely stays out of it, content to hold down the number four spot, while the week’s biggest wild card drops in on the fifth spot.

The western hemisphere’s entry in the category of longest pro sports league acronym, CONCACAF, is nearing the culmination of is biennial Gold Cup championship. The Spanish-speaking of its many fans may know it as the Copa de Oro. The final is booked at Soldier Field in Chicago on the 28th, ample time to get tickets for the big show.

The Gold Cup’s sudden success did delay Taylor Swift’s charge for the top. She’s joined by someone also familiar with the neighborhood and looking for a comeback, Bruno Mars. Lil Wayne’s momentum stalled and he drops two spots, landing just above the wrestling ring. The WWE usually pops in this time of year in the run up to the Summerslam PPV.

Here is Bruno in his latest video, providing flashbacks to the sort of video effects I probably thought were cool in the early 80s.

Oh, and don’t forget to comment on how I’m wrong about CONCACAF being the longest pro sports league acronym in the western hemisphere. This is the internet, after all.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Phishing for Better Rankings

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Week of
July 8th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 One Direction
2 2 Justin Bieber
3 4 Beyoncé
4 7 Luke Bryan
5 - Taylor Swift
6 - Lil Wayne
7 - Justin Timberlake
8 - Phish
9 - Dallas Cowboys
10 - John Mayer

Reunion of sorts in the top five, with 1D, Bieber, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift all back. Swift has been out of play recently, but there is certainly no shortage of concert dates left in the Red Tour. It won’t wrap up until the end of the September.

The bottom five is a mix of returning favorites, starting with Lily Wayne. Wayne is headlining the America’s Most Wanted tour, with TI and, date depending, either 2 Chainz or Tyga. The tour lasts through the end of August.

Phish is back once more. They too will be busy until the end of August, playing multi-day mini-festivals at amphitheaters and pavilions around the US.

The week’s one sporting event is the Cowboys. The NFL preseason is just a few weeks away and excitement builds steadily. College is right behind. Noticed a few of the usual college suspects making their way up towards the top 10 this week.

I sense it’s probably not the greatest idea to go with a Lil Wayne vid, and no one has time to make it through an hour and half Phish jam, so I’ll use this space to welcome back Jon Mayer to the countdown with a video of him providing tips on how to look like Carlos Santana.