The Week in TicketCity Search – The Monster at the Gates

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Week of
Mar. 24th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
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 – Lizzy’s Back, Tell A Friend

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 17th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 3 Lana Del Rey
2 - Lil Boosie
3 10 Tool
4 2 WWE
5 - Eminem
6 1 Houston Rodeo
7 7 Luke Bryan
8 - George Strait
9 5 One Direction
10 6 World Cup

Apparently my snide comments haven’t dampened the public’s enthusiasm for Lizzie. Granted, this is less obnoxious than the months the esteemed Mr. Beiber spent at the top. Though our new second place entry is certainly giving him a run for his money. It would seem there’s a lot of pent-up demand for a live performance by one Torrence Hatch, known professionally as Lil Boosie. That might have something to do with all those photos I found of him in a very fetching orange jumpsuit.

Tool is a veritable breath of fresh air as they ping-pong back to 3rd place this week, followed by the WWE. The McMahon carnival is moving on from the Lone Star State, so more likely than not, they will be moving on from the countdown pretty soon as well.

Eminem, and, by association, Rihanna, debut at #5 this week as tickets went on sale for the “Monster Tour.” It terms of scope, it’s a little less monstrous than the title implies. The duo will be doing only 3 concerts total, but they will be big stadium ones, in Pasadena, East Rutherford, and Detroit. Or, you know, LA, New York, and Detroit, were one to round-up geographically.

Houston Rodeo is winding down, though there’s still a few days of concerts left. People are also remembering that, theoretically, at least, George Strait isn’t going to be touring for much longer, so he returns to the list. The final tour dates run from March to June. One Direction suffers another setback, and the World Cup clings to #10 this week. Still a few months off, so expect to see stronger results as the games draw closer.

Since the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet, and another Lana tune would likely send me into a coma, let’s turn up the tempo with something from Rihanna instead. Thematically, this one dovetails nicely with the last tour update, as this is basically “Rihanna in a field.” It’s probably not the same field the Backstreet Boys were in, but I bet it’s close. Since it’s a Rihanna video, she doesn’t stick around too long, there’s a beach, some water, and then fireworks at night. The creative vision for it seemed to be: “let’s make a music video.”

The Week in TicketCity Search – Rounding up the Top 10

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 10th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 4 Houston Rodeo
2 2 WWE
3 - Lana Del Rey
4 - Maroon 5
5 3 One Direction
6 - World Cup
7 5 Luke Bryan
8 8 ACC Tournament
9 - Bruno Mars
10 6 Tool

The Houston Rodeo takes the top this week. The rodeo is officially underway, and fans have until the 23rd to see some of the biggest shows in Texas over the next couple weeks. Likewise in Texas, the WWE will be bouncing around the state next week, including a show here in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center tomorrow night.

Lana Del Rey returns to the countdown at #3 with the announcement of a longer US tour. She will be helping concertgoers with sleeping disorders with 16 new dates all over the country.

Maroon 5′s Houston Rodeo show didn’t quite achieve the same demand that Usher enjoyed last week, but it got them to #4.

In at #6 is the thing that’s a huge deal in pretty much every other country but the United States, the World Cup. Sunny Brazil hosts this year’s outing. The kicking of balls begins this June, but this is definitely one to shop for early, as Brazil is a little harder to get to than the average Lakers game. Travel packages anyone?

Luke Bryan hangs onto #7 and the ACC Tournament stays put at #8. Bruno Mars’ tour rolls on, and back to the countdown, while Tool’s brief climb to sixth place ends where it began, back at #10.

So, Lizzy’s back. Let’s see… title track to last’s year’s album, Born to Die. The new one, Ultraviolence, isn’t out yet but the tour announcement suggests it is probably on the way soon. I’m sure the title track is a sold choice, just have to make it through the video. Hmm, she’s sitting down, with tigers. Wow, sounds like she’s not really updated that torch-song tempo of old. I’m sure things will… <yawn> …pick up soon. Any second… zzz now… ZzzzzzZZZZZZZ….

The Week in TicketCity Search – 5 Seconds of This And I’m Asleep

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Feb. 17th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 4 Tool
2 - 5 Seconds of Summer
3 1 Bruno Mars
4 - Miley Cyrus
5 10 Luke Bryan
6 3 One Direction
7 9 Imagine Dragons
8 6 Katy Perry
9 - Lana Del Rey
10 - Justin Timberlake

Well, Tool fans represent. This one I didn’t expect, and it certainly changed up the landscape a bit. Changing it even more is 5 Seconds of Summer, who, for the moment at least, Wikipedia describes as a pop punk band from Australia. As Wikipedia music genre edit wars go, this one is pretty tame so far. If these boys become more famous, expect it to heat up. Nothing like indulging in a bit of schadenfreude watching music nerds argue tirelessly about mundane trivia.

The changes at the top throw Bruno down to third place, from which he finally dislodged One Direction. Since I talked about their 3rd place streak last week, I jinxed it for them. Sorry, guys. Miley Cyrus returns to fill the gap between them, as the first shows of her Bangerz Tour have begun, with the accompanying flurry of tongue-focused press coverage.

The bottom five finds a lot of juggling from last week, along with another new face on the countdown. Lana Del Rey hasn’t announced any new tour dates, but she will be live around the West Coast for a few shows in April. She did announce a new album entitled Ultra-Violence, a term I am primarily familiar with as a difficulty mode in the original Doom. And, yes, I beat the game on said difficulty level, thank you very much.

Because it’s more amusing this way, I present proto-Lana. See, Lana’s real name is Elizabeth Grant, and she released her first music under the name Lizzy Grant. This is 2008′s “Kill Kill” from the EP of the same name. After perusing the channel this is from, it appears this one is much like the rest of her early efforts, 80% stock footage and 20% shots of her singing. No doubt economical for the artist just starting out. Doesn’t seem like the style changed over the years. I could be accused of liking some slow, down-tempo stuff, but even I find her to be the musical equivalent of NyQuil.