The Week in TicketCity Search – It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Aug. 13th
1 1 Longhorns Football
2 2 Mississippi State Football
3 3 One Direction
4 - Dallas Cowboys
5 5 Arkansas Football
6 6 Justin Bieber
7 7 Jason Aldean
8 - Bruce Springsteen
9 - Alabama Football
10 8 WWE

Strange week, as over half the countdown hasn’t budged since last week. Probably a first, though I will admit I haven’t exactly been keeping track of that particular stat. My gut is telling me it’s unprecedented, and I’m going with it. This means the ‘Horns and the Bulldogs remain on top, followed by former champ One Direction.

I see now that the boys (from England) are on a bit of a break between tours, so this is no doubt why they’ve cooled off a tad. They are doing a couple shows between now and the the kick-off of the aptly named “2013 Tour” in… 2013. March, 2013, to be specific.

The Boys (from Dallas) return to the countdown this week, forcing a break in our holdovers from last week. They replace Real Madrid, who have finished up their US tour and are safely back in Spain now. Local Real Madrid fans (or anyone who can foot the travel bill) can still pick up from tickets from us for home games at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Another group of countdown attendees content to remain in their place form the rich, nougaty center this week. Returning favorites sneak in below them, as The Boss pops into the #8 slot. Springsteen has been on tour most of the summer and isn’t slowing down for a while. There are many more arenas to be rocked between now and November.

The Crimson Tide made an early impact on the countdown in the run-up to football season but drifted away. They return this week, though just under the wire. The WWE is the only returning entry that changed places, though not in a good way. They drop from #8 to #10. With Summerslam this weekend, they may not be able to hold on next week.

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 – And The Gold in Boy Bands Goes To…

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
July. 23rd
1 1 One Direction
2 3 Jason Aldean
3 5 Longhorns Football
4 2 Justin Bieber
5 6 Dallas Cowboys
6 - Texas Rangers
7 - Houston Texans
8 7 Mississippi State Football
9 - Coldplay
10 - WWE

Much like the silver medal in basketball at the Quadrennial International Amateur Warm Weather Sporting Competition recently underway in the capital of the United Kingdom, getting second place on the countdown is just as good as gold these days. 1D does not appear to be going anywhere, leaving Jason Aldean to clear that last hurdle and hit the #2 spot. This has been his best run in countdown history, and in other times, he’d have easily secured #1.

Football heats up this week as well, with the Longhorns moving up 2 spots to #3 and the Cowboys gaining a spot to round out the top 5. The Texans enter the countdown at #7, where Mississippi State made room for them by sliding to #8. That’s 40% of the countdown and we’re just about to August. NFL fans can enjoy preseason match-ups starting in just 2 weeks. College football fans have a little longer to wait, but September is right around the corner.

It would be remiss not to note Bieber Fever appears to be in complete remission, as he falls to #4.

The boys of summer aren’t done yet, and the Rangers reappear in the #6 spot this week. Also returning after an absence is Coldplay, who have drifted in and out this summer as their Mylo Xyloto Tour continues its major North American leg before returning to Europe at the end of August.

Finally, after an even longer absense, the WWE returns to the countdown. SummerSlam might be the reason for that, as it will land in the Staples Center for a 4th time in a row on August 19th.

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Obvious Choice

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
July. 9th
1 1 One Direction
2 2 Justin Bieber
3 4 Jason Aldean
4 8 Real Madrid
5 - Longhorns Football
6 6 Dallas Cowboys
7 - Mississippi State Football
8 - Madonna
9 - Teen Choice Awards
10 - Boston

We’ll pretend I wasn’t off last week, though honestly, I ran the numbers and I wouldn’t be saying anything different about the #1 spot. Yes, the summer of 1D continues unabated. Can pretty much see the proverbial touch being passed from the esteemed Mr. Bieber, who once again comes up far short of a win. Such is the way of things, and it’s a nice torch while you have it, but eventually even One Direction will be handing it over to the next bunch. Oh, and if you know who that’s going to be, let us know.

Jason Aldean lands the #3 spot. Aldean’s a regular, though rarely cracks the top five when he does appear. He’s had a strong few weeks on the countdown. It will be interesting to see if he makes it up to #2. Real Madrid slips into the spot he departed, on the strength of a four spot climb. The international soccer club’s US tour is the strongest I ever recall for any big European team.

Rounding out the top five is the faint but ever growing rumble of college football season. The Longhorns, a common sight on the countdown in the fall months, arrive fairly early this year, bracketing the Cowboys with another college team, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. Need to be clear about any team named “Bulldogs.” Seriously, have you seen how many there are?

Concerts round us out, starting with Madonna, whose MDNA tour is legging through Europe at the moment, but returns stateside in August. The Teen Choice Awards enter at #9. Doesn’t look like One Direction is on the bill at the moment, but something tells me there’s some bookers working overtime to make sure they show up. Carly Rae Jepsen is going to be there, maybe she can give them a call…