The Week in TicketCity Search – One Direction to the Finish Line

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Oct. 29th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 One Direction
2 6 US Grand Prix
3 3 Justin Bieber
4 6 Maroon 5
5 - SEC Championship
6 9 Miami Heat
7 - BCS Bowl
8 7 George Strait
9 - NY Knicks
10 5 Taylor Swift

Despite all that horsepower the F1 racers couldn’t quite outrun One Direction. They got close, though. With the actual race next weekend, it will be interesting to see if the USGP can pull out a win against the fleet English boy band. The esteemed Mr. Bieber is left to spin his wheels in the #3 spot this week, and Maroon 5 pulls ahead, gaining two places to end up at #4. How are the racing puns working out for you?

With a little less than a month before the big bowl announcement weekend, we’ve got some eager post-season college football fans looking for the SEC Championship and the BCS Bowl. That action will only heat up in the next few weeks.

The NBA is looking a little stronger this week. The Heat climb up a few spots to open up the bottom five. Joining them this week are the Knicks, who debut at #9 on the countdown this season.

Both George Strait and Taylor Swift tumble this week, with Swift suffering the biggest fall. She lands at #10. Bit of a lull between now and when her Red concert tour officially starts next year. Fans in LA will have a chance to see her at the KIIS Jingle Ball on December 1st, though. You can check out all the holiday Jingle Ball concerts here.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Red & Maroon

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Oct. 29th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 4 One Direction
2 6 Maroon 5
3 1 Justin Bieber
4 3 Mississippi State Football
5 - Taylor Swift
6 5 US Grand Prix
7 10 George Strait
8 - Dallas Cowboys
9 - Miami Heat
10 2 Jason Aldean

After all those months, Mr. Bieber regains the crown only to lose it a week later. It falls to none other than arch boy band rival, One Direction. An unexpected reversal of fortune, especially considering 1D still hasn’t started up their 2013 Tour. Spoiler Alert: it starts in 2013. Maroon 5 enjoys some good fortune of their own, riding the buzz of their tour announcement to the #2 spot.

Fresh off her own tour announcement is Taylor Swift. The Red Tour starts up next spring and rolls right on through summer. It features England’s newest folk-pop sensation, Ed Sheeran, as the opening act. Major buzz on this tour propels Swift to the #5 spot this week, and probably higher next week.

The USGP starts off the bottom five, dropping one spot, followed by George Strait, who turns around last week’s dive and climbs back to the #7 spot. Late season Cowboys fans are putting in some effort, bringing the team back to the #8 slot.

The Heat show up to remind us the NBA season has begun. After clenching the title last year, they’ve got momentum going into this season and are favorites to put another one on the mantle. There’s a lot of basketball between them and the Finals, though, and we’ve got tickets to almost all of it.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Direct to 3D

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jun. 18th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 One Direction
2 - Dave Chappelle
3 2 Justin Bieber
4 4 Coldplay
5 8 Texas Rangers
6 3 College World Series
7 7 Jason Aldean
8 5 Miami Heat
9 - Katy Perry
10 - Van Halen

It would seem the Beliebers have given up. I confess to a bit of disappointment, as a solid battle for the top spot makes things a bit more interesting. On the other hand, there was a surprise #2 this week, so the war for pop supremacy can take a break. Dave Chappelle’s unexpected mid-week show in Austin catapulted him to second place on the strength of a very short window of searches. That show ended up in a bit of headline-making controversy.

Coldplay and the Texas Rangers round out the top 5. Coldplay sat at #4 for three weeks running, an interesting feat. The rock vets are booked solid through August, so lots of opportunity to catch them as the make the North American rounds.

The College World Series falls three spots to #6. The CWS will wrap up early next week, depending on how the games shake out. The double elimination system makes for pretty interesting brackets. Jason Aldean hangs onto the #7 spot and the Heat fall to #8. The Heat did manage to capture the title, ending the series in a dominant 4-1 performance.

Katy Perry returns to the countdown after missing a week, though she has not released any new concert dates. I remain convinced the interest it due to her upcoming theatrical release Katy Perry: Part of Me, in 3D, no less. Again, not selling tickets to that, but I’m not adverse to having to look up Katy Perry each week to find out what she’s up to.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Taking Back Those Directions

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jun. 11th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 2 One Direction
2 1 Justin Bieber
3 - College World Series
4 4 Coldplay
5 8 Miami Heat
6 5 OKC Thunder
7 9 Jason Aldean
8 - Texas Rangers
9 - US Grand Prix
10 6 Kenny Chesney

Stunning reversal in the battle for tween pop supremacy. Beliebers are retreating on all fronts under a reinvigorated push by the five boy British Invasion that is One Direction. Results were close once more this week, but when the dust cleared, One Direction returned to the top. I figured with the sound victory last week, the esteemed Mr. Bieber would be on top for the foreseeable future.

Then again, I reason I’m not the best person to forecast trends in tween pop.

One of two championships on the countdown this week, the College World Series, enters the countdown at #3. Game 1 starts today at the shiny, almost new TD Ameritrade Park. This is year two at this park, after Rosenblatt Stadium passed the torch. Winner of the past 2 CWS, South Carolina, is once again in the running this year. The Stony Brook Seawolves are playing the Cinderella card this year, having defeated powerhouse LSU in the regionals to advance to the CWS, a first for an America East Conference team.

The NBA Finals settle into the center of the countdown. The Heat have a slight edge here, but only just tied up the series. This is the Heat’s second trip to the Finals with LeBron, where they’ve been defeated once. There’s at least three more games to go before LeBron will know if he’s got something fill that empty spot on his mantle place.

The US Grand Prix makes its inaugural appearance on the countdown. The latest, greatest incarnation of this F1 racing event will be in our backyard, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. The Formula One Expo is going on in Austin this weekend, where TicketCity will have some folks who can answer your questions in person. Or you can look at the really cool cars, either way. The Expo will certainly wet your appetite for the race, which isn’t until November, ample time to get your tickets to this bit of racing history.

I’ll Have Another…Heat Finals Appearance

I had been looking forward to this post all week. Writing and re-writing this entire piece in my head on how I’ll Have Another was the first horse in decades to win the Triple Crown, and then I heard the news. I’ll Have Another would become the third horse in the sport’s history to drop out of the Belmont after winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown. This was a devastating day in sports to say the least.  But then Game 7 of the Boston Miami series started…

After LeBron’s 45 point performance in Game 6, I didn’t know what to expect in Game 7. Let’s just say I was not let down. With the return of Chris Bosh, the “Trio” was finally re-united and put on a great show for their home crowd. Bosh returned with a solid performance of 19 points and 8 rebounds. Wade and James were at it again showing why they are two of the best in the game, scoring a combined 54 points and taking the TicketCity Play of the Week.

The LeBron to Wade to LeBron alley-oop, as its being referred to, could not have come at a better time. The Celtics had taken a quick lead towards the end of the half and looked to be gaining some momentum. With forty seconds left in the half, The King makes an acrobatic steal and it’s LeBron and Wade on the run. While this has become quite customary during a Miami Heat game, this instance in particular showcases the unmatchable chemistry between these two guys.

After the monstrous two-handed jam by LeBron, the crowd depletes any momentum the Celtics thought they had. The Heat would go into the locker room trailing the Celtics at half time, but would pick up right where they left off and come out with a 101-88 win to advance to the Finals for the second year in a row. The Miami Heat will take on the OKC Thunder in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is on June 12 in Oklahoma City at 8:00 pm.

Now for the TicketCity Play of the Week: