The Week in TicketCity Search – This Week’s 80s Fashion Dispatch

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
May 6th
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Week
Event
Searched
1 3 Taylor Swift
2 2 One Direction
3 8 Paul McCartney
4 - Justin Timberlake
5 7 Beyoncé
6 - George Strait
7 - Bruno Mars
8 9 Justin Bieber
9 - ACL Fest
10 - Maroon 5

Homecoming week here on the countdown, as a lot of former top performers crowd in. A homecoming of sorts for Taylor Swift, who returns to the #1 spot after some time. She’s never been too far from the top for many months, and the momentum of the Red Tour only appears to be strengthening. Various lads from that most United of Kingdoms round out the top 3.

Popping into fourth place is Justin Timberlake. Timerlake’s Legends of Summer Tour with Jay-Z is already booked. His recent pop is thanks to the announcement of the tour after that one. Following a short break, Timberlake goes solo for The 20/20 Experience World Tour. That gets underway in October, and will be keeping fans warm throughout the cooler months into 2014.

Beyoncé rounds out the top 5 and George Strait opens the bottom 5. His big June 1st Alamodome concert will likely ensure we’ll be seeing him for the next few weeks. Bruno Mars, who had a short, but solid top 3 run, returns at #7, where’s he is followed by current bottom 5 fixture, the esteemed Mr. Bieber.

Timberlake’s next tour wasn’t the only announcement this week. The 2013 ACL Fest lineup was announced at midnight on the 7th and resulted in a frenzy of early interest. Headliners this year appeal to the usual eclectic variety of fans, and include Depeche Mode, Kings of Leon, The Cure, Eric Church, and Muse.

For the element of that eclectic variety that may not be quite so aware of why Depeche Mode is headlining (or that they existed), here’s a little ditty from 1984 I saw played on MTV! (Weird, right? I mean… music, on MTV). Enjoy the hair…

The Week in TicketCity Search – Buffett Blew into Town

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Apr. 29th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 - Jimmy Buffett
2 4 One Direction
3 2 Taylor Swift
4 5 Kentucky Oaks
5 - George Strait
6 Darren Criss
7 - Beyoncé
8 - Paul McCartney
9 10 Justin Bieber
10 - Kentucky Derby

I believe I know where Mr. Buffett is gonna go when the volcano blow: top of the TicketCity Week in Search Countdown! This (horrible) joke brought to you by the fact that I’m old enough to have grown up with the song “Volcano” as a staple of top 40 radio. It is also part of “The Big 8″ you’re likely to hear at any Buffet concert, including the one tonight at the Austin 360 Amphitheater. Thanks to the wind, you still have a chance to see this leg of the Songs From Somewhere Tour after it was rescheduled from last night.

Lots of movement across the countdown, though as usual the boys in 1D aren’t doing a lot of it. After a slight falter, they’re back at #2, followed by Miss Swift, who lands at #3.

The Oaks gains a spot. Last chance to get your Derby on this weekend. The most exciting 2 minutes in sports just makes it to the countdown at #10. Ladies, if you’ve been thinking: “I’ve got this really big hat and no place to wear it,” then you can’t miss the Derby.

George Strait rounds out the top 5. As expected, the June 1st show at the Alamodome is heating up. George will likely have a good run the next few weeks. He’s followed by Darren Criss, who is… um… one sec… from Glee! Yes, Wikipedia tells me that he is from Glee, and that I am… um… old, yes, old.

Both Beyoncé and Paul McCartney return this week. Each of their tours will get underway this month, so perhaps Beyoncé will one again become the powerhouse she was months ago.

 

The Week in TicketCity Search – Swift Rush to the Top

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Apr. 22nd
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 - Rush
2 4 Taylor Swift
3 - The Lumineers
4 2 One Direction
5 3 Kentucky Oaks
6 - Bruno Mars
7 - Dallas Cowboys
8 - New Orleans Saints
9 - Carrie Underwood
10 8 Justin Bieber

At the risk of having my interneting privileges revoked, I won’t make any snarky comments about Rush, who landed at the top of the countdown this week. They’re on the Clockwork Angels Tour, which takes them through August with over 20 more dates. Taylor Swift reverses a downward slide and returns to the #2 spot.

The Lumineers make their countdown debut this week. The indie folk rockers have been raising their profile in the past year or so, and their self titled debut album has been certified Platinum. The group is quite busy for the next couple months, which is good for all the fans who’ll be seeing them all over the country. That includes the fans around Austin at tonight’s show in the shiny new Austin360 Amphitheater.

One Direction falls out of the top three, though that will likely be a brief inconvenience, and the Oaks slips a bit down to #5.

Bruno Mars returns this week after short but strong run earlier this year. His tour has yet to officially kick off, that’s not until June, so he may not have the momentum to hang around too long.

Finally, a little early NFL fever hits the countdown this week. With the official 2013 schedules out and the draft ongoing, it’s not too surprising fans are getting the urge to check out some games.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Beatles, Horses & Motorcycles

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Apr. 15t
h
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 3 Paul McCartney
2 4 One Direction
3 - Kentucky Oaks
4 6 Taylor Swift
5 10 Rihanna
6 - MotoGP
7 - Kid Rock
8 7 Justin Bieber
9 - Beyonce
10 - Kentucky Derby

Paul McCartney classes up the joint at #1 this week. He dropped in at three last week and spent little time politely queuing his way to the top. The previous champs Mumford & Sons are nowhere to be found. The boys in 1D decided to slip into the McCartney motorcade and return to the #2 spot after what was their worst performance in some time last week: the dreaded #4.

Concerts couldn’t keep hold of the countdown permanently. We’re about 2 weeks out from Derby weekend in Louisville. The more economically friendly Oaks enters the countdown in the third spot. The Derby just slides into the countdown at #10. I’m sure it will be climbing up a bit over the next couple of weeks.

Epic segway time.

Speaking of horsepower… the MotoGP shows up at #6. MotoGP is a more Twitter-friendly way of saying Motorcycle Grand Prix, which is impressive because it predates Twitter by a while. The very Twitter unfriendly “MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas” is on for this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas here in Austin. For the record, the spec on a MotoGP engine calls for 240 horsepower. That’s a lot of Derbys.

Of interest on the concert side this week, Kid Rock’s latest tour has earned him the #7 spot, and Beyonce, once queen of the countdown, had returned, but at the slightly more modest #9 spot. She’s playing dates in Europe at the moment, but will return stateside this June when she will likely make a much stronger play for the top once more.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Is Famous, Was Famous, Will Be Famous

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Apr. 8t
h
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 10 Mumford & Sons
2 4 Maroon 5
3 - Paul McCartney
4 3 One Direction
5 - Rolling Stones
6 - Taylor Swift
7 8 Justin Bieber
8 - Depeche Mode
9 - Bruno Mars
10 - Rihanna

It’s only a question of when. When, precisely, you’ll be catching a concert this summer. With NHL and NBA playoffs not quite close enough, MLB opening day fever settling down, and the Derby still a few weeks off, the countdown is completely musical this week.

Mumford & Sons completes a rise to the top that took only two weeks. The London folk rockers have a busy touring schedule over the next few months, and fans eager to see them. Maroon 5 was close, but couldn’t secure the top spot.

England is well represented this week, on both ends of the age spectrum. One Sir Paul McCartney lands with a bang at #3. He’s playing a limited number of dates in May and June, driving up the usual high demand for his tickets. At one time Sir Paul was part of a group of young men in a band, similar in a certain (somewhat) vague sense to One Direction, whom he managed to dislodge from the #3 spot.

Yet another group of English band mates round out the top 5. The Rolling Stones are prepared to embark on the second leg of the 50 and Counting Tour. While 2012 was the official 50th anniversary of the band’s first gig in London, no reason not to keep it going. The Stones are known for long tours, and this one doesn’t look to be any different.

Down in the bottom five, we’re four English bands and counting, as Depeche Mode appears at #8. Having covered folk rock, pop, classic rock, we end up on synthpop. Depeche Mode’s new album, Delta Machine, arrived in March, and their tour will start up at the end of summer, moving into September and beyond.