The Week in TicketCity Search – March 19th

The top 5 is interesting this week, with 2 newcomers arriving out of nowhere and Lady Gaga back on top by a big margin after a brief absence. She’s followed by the esteemed Mr. Bieber, who also regains some steam after stumbling down to 6 last week. Following them are our 2 new entrants, one a reunited band and another, well, not the college basketball tournament I would have expected at #4 this week.

First up is the Stone Temple Pilots. Since I’m not in high school anymore, this is no doubt a reunion of the band that first hit big in 1992. Indeed, the Stone Temple Pilots have returned from a hiatus that began in 2003, and are now working on a new album and playing SXSW. The latter tidbit probably explains their sudden popularity on this countdown.

The other newcomer is the NIT, or National Invitation Tournament. The NIT is a post-season tournament that’s now also run by the NCAA and where teams that did not make the more well known NCAA Tournament may be invited to play. According to the richly detailed Wikipedia article, this has caused some stigma to be attached to the NIT. Doesn’t mean there’s won’t some great basketball there, though.

The remainder of the countdown is more familiar, and where Taylor Swift stumbled to after a strong top 3 run. The Black Eyed Peas return and with Wrestlmania just over a week away the WWE hangs in there as well.

1 - Lady Gaga
2 6 Justin Bieber
3 - Stone Temple Pilots
4 - NIT
5 10 Lady Antebellum
6 8 Conan O’Brien
7 1 Taylor Swift
8 4 Big 12 Tournament
9 - Black Eyed Peas
10 7 WWE

The Week in TicketCity Search – March 12th

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While March hasn’t yet been officially diagnosed with any mental disorders, the NCAA basketball conference tournaments figure heavily in this weeks countdown. The Big 12, Big East, and SEC all put in appearances as last minute shoppers jockey for seats to the championship games. Those opportunities are quickly evaporating, as Saturday brings the conference games to close and Sunday is the NCAA Tournament selection show. So, gentlemen, start your brackets… specifically the one to your left…

Taylor Swift did remain atop the countdown, and John Mayer surged a bit to #2. The esteemed Mr. Bieber put in his poorest performance in recent memory, dropping to the bottom five to join the WWE and a couple of countdown newcomers. The more notable of the two new entries to the countdown is, of course, Conan O’Brien, whose recently announced comedy tour is a very sudden, very big hit before the first show has even gone on the books.

The other countdown newcomer is the country music group Lady Antebellum, whom Wikipedia informs me is made up of 3 people, 2 of whom aren’t ladies at all. I have to say I find that a little disappointing. In any case, they’re playing both the Houston and Austin Rodeos in almost back to back performances, which is no doubt helping to fuel the interest on our site.

1 1 Taylor Swift
2 4 John Mayer
3 - Houston Rodeo
4 - Big 12 Tournament
5 8 Big East Tournament
6 3 Justin Bieber
7 9 WWE
8 - Conan O’Brien
9 10 SEC Tournament
10 - Lady Antebellum

2010 Grammy Winners On Tour

The music industry handed out small replicas of an obsolete piece of audio equipment last night. Many of the winners are fixtures on my weekly Friday updates, and a few may be this summer as they have tours in the offing. So here’s the list of the major category winners. You can pick up tickets to current tours or sign up to get updates when tickets become available for future tours.

Album of the Year
Best Country Album
Taylor Swift

Best Dance Recording
Lady Gaga

Record of the Year
Kings of Leon

Song of the Year
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Best Pop Vocal Album
Black Eyed Peas

Best Rap Solo Performance

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Lady Antebellum

Best Rock Album
Green Day

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Jason Mraz

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Jamie Foxx & T-Pain