The Week in TicketCity Search – Buffett Blew into Town

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Apr. 29th
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.


Popularity of the Kentucky Derby

The popularity of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby brings horse racing to a national stage. The attendance at the Derby surpasses all other stakes races and continues to draw larger crowds; in fact, last year’s Derby broke records with more than 165,000 in attendance and $187.0 million in wagering from all sources. From the most expensive hats ($2750!) to the world’s largest Mint Julep, we were blown away by the larger than life stats and facts about the Derby in the infographic below.

Strong drinks, deep pockets, big hats and fast horses- what makes the Derby your favorite horse race?


Kentucky Derby Performance Trends Throughout the Years

There have been 138 Kentucky Derbies, and one is on the horizon. But are today’s horses the fastest of all time? Take a look at the results throughout history in this motion graphic from Ticket City.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Beatles, Horses & Motorcycles

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Apr. 15t
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 Kentucky Derby Experience

An insider’s look at the Kentucky Derby. With the fastest horses, the biggest hats, and the grandest parties, sports reporter Chip Brown provides a sneak peek into the 2013 Derby Experience.