The Week in TicketCity Search – The Monster at the Gates

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 24th
1 5 Eminem
2 - Lollapalooza
3 - NCAA Tournament
4 3 Tool
5 4 WWE
6 9 One Direction
7 - Romeo Santos
8 - KISS
9 1 Lana Del Rey
10 - Sony Open

The Monster Tour dings the top spot this week, helped along with the announcement of additional dates in each of the three cities the duo of Eminem & Rihanna will be visiting this summer. The tour is short, and demand remains high even with the additional dates. Also filed under short-but-sweet, Lollapalooza rockets out of nowhere to capture the second spot. It shares something else in common with the Monster Tour, as Eminem will be headlining the first day.

March Madness slides into the countdown as the tournament reaches the Sweet Sixteen / Elite Eight stage. Just a week to go until the Final Four head to Dallas Cowboys Stadium to crown the champion. So, cross your fingers and hope to salvage a few charred bits of your bracket.

Tool had to make way for basketball, while the WWE had to make room for them both as they round out the top 5. One Direction rebounds a bit this week to land at number six. In at #7 is… wait… one sec…

Okay, after a brief detour through Wikipeida, we find Romeo Santos in seventh place. Mr. Santos, as I’m sure everyone knows, is the former lead singer of the group Aventura. Aventura has landed on the countdown a few times in the past, so he’s got a devoted fan base following along. Of similarly devoted fan bases, but with more avant-garde tastes in makeup, Kiss returns at #8. They’re on tour this summer with Def Leppard.

Hey, remember when Kiss didn’t wear the signature makeup for a few years? Amusingly the official Kiss Vevo channel on YouTube doesn’t want you to forget it. Most of the videos are from that period, including this somewhat random choice, “All Hell’s Breakin’ Loose”. I was going to pan the video for a gratuitous quasi-post apocalyptic setting. But then the chicks started fencing. Yes, fencing. No, I don’t know why, nor do I think the people who shot the video know why, but it was epic.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Stampede!

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Aug. 6th
1 4 Longhorns Football
2 8 Mississippi State Football
3 1 One Direction
4 10 Real Madrid
5 6 Arkansas Football
6 3 Justin Bieber
7 9 Jason Aldean
8 - WWE
9 5 KISS
10 - Texas Rangers

Color me surprised. If you’d bet me 1D would keep the top spot throughout football season, I would have taken that bet. See, now you’re out a free lunch…

Yes, August has dawned and college football clobbers the teens from England, sending them down not one, but two spots to #3. This is a fairly auspicious occasion, as One Direction has owned the countdown since early spring. I had just given up on trying to write title puns for them. Who knew all I had to do was wait another week?

Real Madrid surges back after a little dip to the bottom, heading up to #4, a number you won’t see much in the average soccer game score. College football rounds out the top 5, with the Razorbacks climbing one spot from last week.

Most of our former concert powerhouses populate the bottom five. Some guy named Bieber kicks things off at #6 this week, after falling another 3 spots. Jason Aldean squeaks out a small comeback, after falling from great heights he climbs back to the #7 spot this week. The world of scripted sporting events returns again, as the WWE hits #8. To quote a line from the ’96 remake of Sgt. Bilko: “I like a sporting event in which I know the outcome ahead of time. It’s more organized.”

The Week in TicketCity Search – Always Demand Real Madrid

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
July. 30th
1 1 One Direction
2 5 Dallas Cowboys
3 4 Justin Bieber
4 3 Longhorns Football
5 - KISS
6 - Arkansas Football
7 9 Coldplay
8 8 Mississippi State Football
9 2 Jason Aldean
10 - Real Madrid

1D remains perched atop the countdown, easily fending off challenges from all quarters. Mostly from the old guard and other “popular” musicians, but this week from America’s Team. The Cowboys surge from #5 this week, but that rush isn’t enough to score the top spot. As with most previous attempts, they fell pretty short of the goal in a performance that may have been worthy of a #1 were they not pitted against the all-encompassing power of five teenage boys from England.

That Bieber guy keeps hanging around for some reason, this week quietly climbing back to #3. College football is well represented this week, with the Longhorns slipping a bit to #4, Arkansas appearing in the #6 spot, and Mississippi State holding steady from last week at #8.

KISS, absent for some time despite touring pretty regularly this summer with Mötley Crüe, shows up in the fifth spot. They are swinging through Texas this weekend, so I’m betting that’s why.

Coldplay climbs to the #7 spot while Jason Aldean tumbles pretty hard from a peak in second to #9. Still not sure what caused Mr. Aldean’s sudden rocket ride (almost) to the top last week, but that ride has ended pretty conclusively. Finally, Real Madrid returns again as their US tour continues through early August. They’ll be back in Spain before the month is out, so get your tickets now.

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Direction is Up

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 19th
1 - One Direction
2 1 NCAA Tournament
3 2 Kid’s Choice Awards
4 4 Justin Bieber
5 - Drake
6 3 Austin Rodeo
7 - Bruce Springsteen
8 - Kentucky Derby
9 - KISS
10 - Masters Tournament

One Direction bested all of college basketball in the heart of “madness” this week, so I think that means tween girls everywhere just won the office bracket pool. The UK boy band crushed the competition, even when all things NCAA were yet again bundled into a single entry. The “Up All Night Tour” will be hitting the shores of North America in late May and continue through July.

One Direction will be performing at #3, the Kid’s Choice Awards, so stateside audiences can enjoy a little preview of the tour. Entry #4 is a nominee, so quite a big night for the Kid’s Choice Awards.

In its final week, the Austin Rodeo slipped to #6. Springsteen returns to #7, and the Derby makes another appearance at #8.

In other, slightly more rock-oriented tour news, KISS is paring up with umlaut aficionados Mötley Crüe on “The Tour.” The two hard rock legends will be filling arenas near you starting in July and finishing up in September.

The Week in TicketCity Search – August 27th

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Defending 2009 US Open Womens
Champion Kim Clijsters

The countdown is certainly seeing a lot of movement over the past month. Another week where only the top 5 sees any survivors from the previous week. In a return to form, concert performers regain all top 3 spots, with Rush bouncing back to #2 and Lady Gaga recovering from her fall to regain the #3 slot. That leaves local favorite the Longhorns to take #4 as the only college team to return from the previous week.

Rounding out the week’s top five is Jersey Boys, in a rare appearance from a Broadway show that isn’t Wicked. Likely this is because a touring production of the show is currently playing in our home town of Austin over at Bass Concert Hall. I’ve helpfully linked our local page in the top 10 list so only Austin Jersey Boys shows will appear. Feel free to take a break from football fever and take in a little of the legitimate theatre.

The Razorbacks lead off the bottom 5, in a light week for college football. Drake appears again, after disappearing the previous week. At this point I’m just wishing Drake fans would develop some consistency. Dave Matthews and his eponymous Band appear at #8, joining Kiss in a block of performers who commonly appear and disappear in the rankings.

Finally, the US Open appears on the radar as we near the first serve of the 2010 tournament, now down a Serena Williams. It’s a long tournament, so ample time to get some choice seats to all the action at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

1 2 Justin Bieber
2 8 Rush
3 9 Lady Gaga
4 6 Texas Football
5 - Jersey Boys
6 - Arkansas Football
7 - Drake
8 - Dave Matthews Band
9 - Kiss
10 - US Open
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