The Week in TicketCity Search – Setting Up Shop At Number 1

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Week of
June 3rd
1 6 Mumford & Sons
2 2 One Direction
3 3 Luke Bryan
4 1 George Strait
5 8 Beyoncé
6 7 Justin Bieber
7 - San Antonio Spurs
8 9 Justin Timberlake
9 - College World Series
10 10 Bruno Mars

This week welcomes a lot of returning faces and a single shuffle in the top 3. On the strength of some last-minute searches, George Strait still managed to land the #4 spot, but it’s Mumford & Sons that replace him at the top. This is the English folk rock quartet’s first time at #1. Their show this weekend at the Austin360 Amphitheater is probably helping out a bit there.

Five other guys from the same archipelago hang tight in second place, as does Luke Bryan, who remains in third. Rounding out the top five is Beyoncé, who will be reaching our shores later this month. Buzz for her tour has been pretty solid for months now, so it should be a strong contender for top three once it actually kicks off.

Justin Beiber makes his best showing in a while, climbing up to the sixth spot. The Spurs, who had to wait a little longer than most expected to figure out who they’d be facing in the NBA Finals, follow the Beebs. The (eventual) results were as most expected, so will the Spurs be up to denying LeBron another championship?

The other sporting event on the countdown this week is the College World Series, which begins June 15th at the now only relatively new TD Ameritrade Park. The contest for the top prize in college baseball lasts through the rest of the month, ending on the 25th or 26th.

Here’s the week’s #1 with “I Will Wait.” I like “Little Lion Man” better, but it’s got a dirty word in the chorus. To quote one Ralph Parker, “THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words…”

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Cowboy Rides Half Away

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Week of
May 27th
1 George Strait
2 One Direction
3 Luke Bryan
4 Taylor Swift
6 Mumford & Sons
7 Justin Bieber
8 Beyoncé
9 Justin Timberlake
10 Bruno Mars

George Strait’s gig at the Alamodome hits the top of the countdown this week, surprising no one. This is the last stop of this leg of The Cowboys Rides Away Tour. George will be on the horse and riding for at least 20 more dates in 2014, so fans who can’t make this show will have another shot next year. He’ll be joined by both Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert for the Saturday show.

1D’s residency remains solid. They are a few short weeks away from their show at the BB&T Center which kicks off a rather plentiful set of dates in the States. There seems to be no shortage of demand for them, either. Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift to provide some additional country flavor to the top five, where the WWE rounds things out.

The other set of familiar Brits, Mumford & Sons kick off the bottom five. They (probably) lack the screaming tween girl fan base of 1D, but have done very well nonetheless. They also beat out some rather poppy contenders in the remainder of the countdown, from Beyoncé to Bieber to Bruno.

Timberlike kinda ruined the whole ‘B’ thing I had going there.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Racing to the Top

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Week of
May 13th
1 1 Taylor Swift
2 4 Justin Timberlake
3 3 Paul McCartney
4 2 One Direction
5 - Luke Bryan
6 - V8 Super Cars
7 5 Beyoncé
8 7 Bruno Mars
9 - Boston Bruins
10 - Texas Rangers

Who’s who of big summer concert tours in the top five this week. Taylor Swift enjoys another week at the top, followed by Justin Timberlake. Timberlake’s success may, ironically, be due more to his fall tour announcement than his actual summer tour. Either way, Timberlake fans who’ve been missing him on stage will have a lot to love in 2013.

A returning Luke Bryan follows the Brits on the countdown. Bryan’s latest album, Spring Break…Here to Party, arrived last month, and his summer tour is in full swing. The tour features guests Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line, giving fans a lot of great country music for their ticket.

Racing at the Circuit of the Americas starts off the bottom five. The V8 Super Car Test event finishes up this Saturday, so you can still have time to check out this unique style of racing.

Beyoncé tumbles a bit this week, and Bruno climbs up to catch her. Rounding things out we’ve got a couple of pro teams. The Bruins going up against the Rangers in the second round of the NHL Playoffs, and the Texas Rangers are, just, you know, playing baseball.

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

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Week of
May 6th
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 – Backup Justin Installed

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Week of
Feb. 25t
1 1 Beyoncé
2 2 One Direction
3 3 Taylor Swift
4 8 Bruno Mars
5 - Houston Rodeo
6 7 Rihanna
7 6 Justin Bieber
8 - Justin Timberlake
9 9 WWE
10 5 Pink

Looks like the cool kids have a new clique. The top three remains the same this week with yet another big Beyoncé blow-out. 1D and Taylor Swift retain the second and third spots. Ousted member Justin Beiber remains mired in the bottom five, discarded like one of Swift’s former boyfriends. Bruno Mars is putting in his application to join up, with a solid four point rise that lands him in the forth spot. Mars embarks on the Moonshine Jungle World Tour this summer. Tour dates include either Fitz & the Tantrums or noted Herefordshireian Ellie Goulding.

With this year’s San Antonio Rodeo on the the books, Houston quickly takes over. March provides a wide selection of big concert dates in Reliant Stadium, from Kenny Chesney to Pitbull. George Strait closes things down as his final tour swings through on the 17th.

Rihanna’s Diamond’s tour heats up, a tad, as she slides into the #6 spot. Something that has an outside chance to shake things up a bit at the top appears in the #8 spot, in a bit of a “Justin cluster.” The Timberlake version has been otherwise occupied with his acting career for a while now, but he’s back with a new album and tour. The album, The 20/20 Experience, arrives later this month, and the tour will be hitting some of the biggest stadiums in the US this summer. The venue list is pretty much a who’s who (or maybe what’s what?) of packing in very large numbers of people in the same place.

Jay-Z will be joining Timberlake on the tour, keeping Mr. Carter occupied while Mrs. Carter is on her own tour. It will be interesting to see if the double bill of Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake can generate the sort of buzz Beyoncé is currently riding. I would have expected a bigger debut if that was going to be the case. There is ample time for this little rivalry to shape up, so we will see who’s at the top come the summer.