The Week in TicketCity Search – January 8th

Welcome back to the first update for 2010. I was not available to make these highly trafficked updates the past couple Fridays as I was on vacation, where, I’m proud to say, my major accomplishment was catching up with the Doctor on BBC America. Not surprisingly, the National Championship wins the week easily. Of course, the outcome of the game left the office a bit morose, so perhaps it’s best it probably won’t be around next week.

While 2010′s college football championship is now in the record books, the NFL gearing up to keep football fans attention for the rest of the month with their playoffs. Interest in brackets is high, as traffic to the bracket posts on this blog fitfully illustrates. While we haven’t, as a rule, posted those brackets to the the actual TicketCity website, I think will go ahead and put a version up there, as there seems to be some interest, entering the countdown at #2.

The remainder of the list is getting back to “normal,” with Miley Cyrus returning to join Taylor Swift and latest list mainstay Lady Gaga. Justin Bieber is still hot, and has added some dates in February and March. After a long absence Lil Wayne returns. He is still working on a forthcoming rock album, Rebirth, now scheduled for release in February, 2010.

1 5 BCS Bowl
2 - NFL Playoff Brackets
3 - Lil Wayne
4 2 Lady Gaga
5 3 Justin Bieber
6 - Dallas Cowboys
7 5 Taylor Swift
8 - Miley Cyrus
9 7 Nick Jonas
10 - Winter Games

The Week in TicketCity Search – Dec 4th

No surprise the Big 12 Championship remained on top this week, though I had thought the SEC Championship would climb a little higher. Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift held the entire SEC at bay, though. The return of KISS to the countdown, and number 5, rounds out the top.

John Mayer fans pushed their former pop-y current blues-y favorite up a couple notches to start the bottom 5. Miley fell a little further than usual down to the 8th slot and young Justin Beiber actually managed to hold on to a spot in the countdown at #10, another surprise.

That leaves us with the fact that December is the start of Bowl season. Two more bowls make appearances, not coincidentally the two whose participants are all but formalized. They are not, in fact, “official”, so we can’t add their names to our ticket listings quite yet. Suffice to say, there would be considerable surprise if the Cotton Bowl didn’t feature Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss and the Rose Bowl was not Ohio State vs. Oregon.

1 1 Big 12 Championship
2 2 Lady Gaga
3 3 Taylor Swift
4 6 SEC Championship
5 - KISS
6 8 John Mayer
7 - Cotton Bowl
8 5 Miley Cyrus
9 - Rose Bowl
10 4 Justin Bieber

The Week in TicketCity Search – November 27th

What happens to the Top 10 on a big holiday weekend… not much it turns out. Now that the Big 12 Championship has been set, it climbs from 5 to 1. No doubt this sudden surge of interest is partially attributable to the presence of our home town team, the Longhorns, in the championship game. The remainder of the top 5 is a pop tour-de-force with Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Miley Cyrus all there to welcome this week’s chart newcomer Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber is a 15 year old Canadian pop singer whose debut album My Word was released on November 17th. A recent autograph signing for Mr. Bieber was the cause of near-riot at the Roosevelt Field Mall where a Def Jam Recordings (really?) record exec got arrested for what the media liked to play up as “failure to tweet.” People hate on Wikipedia as a source, but I’d not be able to relate most of that information without it, as I am far outside Mr. Bieber’s target demo in both age and chromosomes.

The bottom 5 shows interest in the SEC championship remains strong, if not quite what it was over the past couple weeks. As both Big 12 and SEC championships are this weekend, it’s likely both may experience a last minute surge. The recent Texas-Texas A&M rivalry game contributed to both teams appearing in the countdown. John Mayer slips a bit and Aventura returns once more after a few weeks absence.

1 5 Big 12 Championship
2 1 Lady Gaga
3 6 Taylor Swift
4 - Justin Bieber
5 2 Miley Cyrus
6 4 SEC Championship
7 - Texas A&M Football
8 7 John Mayer
9 - Aventura
10 9 Texas Football

The Week in TicketCity Search – November 11th

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Looking for fairly boring photos of Lady
Gaga is like a fun Internet scavenger hunt.

The never ending battle between pop and country-pop got interesting this week, as Lady Gaga pushed Taylor Swift from a formerly rather secure perch at the top of the countdown. Taylor tumbles to sixth place in the process, as the desperate scramble to fill up on tickets to her latest set of concert dates has subsided a bit, it seems. Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour is gearing up for a November 27th kick-off date, with a full calendar through April of next year.

Miley and Bon Jovi both move up a spot as the SEC Championship has a softer slide than Taylor, and the Big 12 Championship remains firmly in 5th place. Making his first appearance on the countdown is John Mayer, whose new album Battle Studies dropped on November 17th. Mayer is playing a couple dates in 2009 before his concert tour expands in January 2010.

Rounding out the Top 10 the Rose Bowl remains steady a 8, while the Longhorns peek in once more at 9. Buzz continues to build on the team for a spot in the Big 12 Championship and the BCS Bowl beyond. Finally, the WWE rushes in from the outside to interfere in the countdown title match and swipe the #10 belt. That will conclude the surprisingly smart mark commentary for this week.

1 1 Lady Gaga
2 3 Miley Cyrus
3 4 Bon Jovi
4 2 SEC Championship
5 5 Big 12 Championship
6 1 Taylor Swift
7 - John Mayer
8 8 Rose Bowl
9 - Texas Football
10 - WWE

The Week in TicketCity Search – November 13th

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There aren’t any CMAs left.

Merry Friday the 13th. Big split this week, with an all-returning Top 5, and an all-new Bottom 5. Taylor Swift, who I learned from last week’s Saturday Night Live is very tall, remains atop the countdown, again by a handy margin. Following Miss Swift is the 2009 SEC Championship, which has garnered quite a bit of interest over the past couple weeks. That interest exploded last weekend as Alabama basically clenched their appearance. Both Florida and Alabama are considered locks at this point.

Miley remains secure at #3, while Bon Jovi climbs to 4 and the Big 12 Championship, which is a bit murkier even now, falls to 5. That ushers in the bottom 5, where an odd mix of seasonal shows, side projects, college football, and comedy turns up. On the musical side, Not So Silent Night is an alt rock / punk rock ensemble show featuring Muse, AFI, Vampire Weekend, and more. According to Wikipedia, Puscifer is a side project of noted winemaker Maynard James Keenan, who, in his spare time not making wine, fronts a band named Tool.

Rounding out the Top 10 is our first taste of bowl fever, as The Granddaddy of Them All fittingly posts the first appearance of a bowl on the countdown. TCU fans also brought their team some recognition. Finally, Dane Cook is on tour and posts the first showing of a comedian ever on the countdown.

1 1 Taylor Swift
2 10 SEC Championship
3 3 Miley Cyrus
4 6 Bon Jovi
5 2 Big 12 Championship
6 - Not So Silent Night
7 - Puscifer
8 - Rose Bowl
9 - Dane Cook
10 - TCU