The Week in TicketCity Search – April 2nd

Well, the basketball tournament that everyone is supposed to be following finally shows up this week. Yes, the Final Four is this weekend, and the NCAA Basketball Championship will be decided with a 5th seed guaranteed to be in the mix. While the NIT has been on the list for three weeks now, the Final Four has just arrived to the party. It brought a date, too; the Women’s Final Four slides in to round out the top 5.

The top 2 spots flipped, giving the esteemed Mr. Bieber the #1 position for the first time in his extended tenure on the countdown. One I admit was a bit longer than I anticipated. Lady Gaga follows with George Strait in tow at #3. In the bottom 5 we have 1 newcomer, a returning favorite, and where Taylor Swift, another list member with a lengthy tenure, is holding on.

Our newcomer #6 is Aubrey Drake Graham, who shortens thing up a bit and performs under the mononym Drake. The hip-hop hyphenate started as an actor on the show Degrassi: The Next Generation. Despite the name, I sense there were no Ferengi on this particular Next Generation. His new album is called Thank Me Later and is due out sometime this year. He’s currently on tour and will be playing Austin’s Stubbs BBQ at the end of May.

1 2 Justin Bieber
2 1 Lady Gaga
3 3 George Strait
4 - Final Four
5 - Womens Final Four
6 - Drake
7 6 NIT
8 - Masters
9 10 Elton John
10 5 Taylor Swift

The Week in TicketCity Search – March 26th

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Iron Maiden

I think this may qualify as the most changed top 10 ever. 60% of our entries weren’t there last week, some completely new, some old favorites whose time has come again. The top 5 returns to complete concert dominance, with the Lady at the top for a second consecutive week in a row. Despite some managerial hiccups, the esteemed Mr. Bieber remains at #2, while George Strait returns from a long absence.

Pearl Jam appeared, then vanished, and returns again at #4 along with George’s contemporary country compatriot, Taylor Swift at #5. The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) continues a pretty strong showing at #6. You guys know the actual NCAA Tournament is happening, like, right now… right? The Kentucky Derby makes its first 2010 appearance on the countdown at #7. There’s ample time to get seats for this year’s Derby and Oaks.

Jay Z appears after an absence not quite as long as George Strait’s, but a pretty big nonetheless. Our notable newcomer this week is Iron Maiden, another in a long line of venerable rock acts to put in an appearance here. The heavy metal mainstays are working on a new album entitled The Final Frontier and will hit the tour circuit this summer in support of the new album.

1 1 Lady Gaga
2 2 Justin Bieber
3 - George Strait
4 - Pearl Jam
5 5 Taylor Swift
6 4 NIT
7 - Kentucky Derby
8 - Jay Z
9 - Iron Maiden
10 - Elton John

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