The Week in TicketCity Search – August 8th

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Hayley Williams

This is certainly an interesting week. Over half the countdown wasn’t there last week, and, first and foremost, the top entry doesn’t sing. While the 1985 Chicago Bears proved it’s not out of the question for a football team to release a hit single, it does remain highly unlikely. The Cowboys reach the top of the countdown as we’re about a week away from their first preseason game. This shuffles our usual suspects down a couple spots.

Paramore appears out of nowhere to romance the #4 spot. That was kind of punny… I apologize… especially since they don’t even spell it that way. Paramore is a alt rock band fronted by Hayley Williams out of Franklin, Tennessee. They are the headliners of the 2010 Honda Civic Tour, which this year includes Tegan and Sara and New Found Glory.

Rounding out the top 5 is the Longhorns, also rapidly approaching their season kickoff. The bottom five is an interesting assortment, leading off with comedian Kathy Griffin, followed by Rush and a returning KISS, who have been absent for a while. Pretty sure that this is Bob Dylan’s first time on the countdown, and I’ll forgo explaining who he is. Dylan’s consummate artistry is in excellent company as the live tour of So You Think You Can Dance finishes out the countdown.

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Last
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1 10 Dallas Cowboys
2 2 Justin Bieber
3 1 Lady Gaga
4 - Paramore
5 7 Longhorns Football
6 - Kathy Griffin
7 - Rush
8 - KISS
9 - Bob Dylan
10 - So You Think You Can Dance

The Week in TicketCity Search – July 30th

By a squeaker this week Gaga returns to the top of the countdown. It was very close. Almost had to check for hanging chad. How’s the decade old humor working for you? While the top 2 spots haven’t changed much for months, the number three this week goes to the WWE, who spent a lot time in our backyard recently. They’re on their way to other markets, so probably won’t be figuring so strongly in the countdown next week.

The big ManU tour culminated in a game against the “MLS All-Stars”, pushing MLS into the top 10 this week. It was between them and searches for Manchester United directly, so I give it them this week. Rounding out the top 5 is Drake, who has joined the populous fraternity of countdown entrants who appear and disappear from one week to the next.

Leading off the lower 5 is John Mayer, who has been touring most of the summer and made a few appearances on the countdown. Following him is the Jonas Brothers, who have not posed any threat to the esteemed Mr. Bieber’s dominance of the top 2 spots. I wondered a while back if they would, and that question has been answered with a resounding ‘no.’ The initial pop for Dave Matthews Band has cooled a bit, as they fall from 3 to 9, leading to the Dallas Cowboys who sneak in at #10 this week as the NFL preseason rapidly approaches.

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Week
Keyword
Searched
1 2 Lady Gaga
2 1 Justin Bieber
3 4 WWE
4 - MLS
5 - Drake
6 - John Mayer
7 8 Longhorns Football
8 - Jonas Brothers
9 3 Dave Matthews Band
10 - Dallas Cowboys

The Week in TicketCity Search – July 23rd

The Dave Matthews Band shoots to top 3 out of nowhere, knocking out Cirque, who falls down to #7. Gaga climbs up a spot but still isn’t able to knock the esteemed Mr. Bieber off the top. The WWE remains solid at #4 as their Texas dates draw closer; we will probably be seeing more of them for at least another couple of weeks.

The Man U tour in the states rounds out the top 5. Their match against the Kansas City Wizards is this Sunday, and the tour wraps up with the big game against the MLS All-Stars next Wednesday in Houston. Don’t let World Cup fatigue get to you, there’s still time to get tickets for both and catch this unique experience.

Wicked boomerangs back into the countdown once more, leading off the bottom five, where we find Cirque and the Longhorns, who drop a couple spots from their #6 debut last week. Rush peeks in at nine, leading us to the first complete newcomer to the countdown we’ve had in a long time. To Wikipedia!

Trey Songz is an R&B/soul singer from Petersburg, VA, which is a few miles south of my own hometown, Richmond. He first released material under the alias “Prince of Virginia,” which is interesting, because I wasn’t even aware the position had been filled. Since I moved I just haven’t been keeping up with news out of my native commonwealth. Mr. Songz is prepping for the release of his latest album Passion, Pain & Pleasure on September 14th, and is embarking on the Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour to promote it.

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1 1 Justin Bieber
2 3 Lady Gaga
3 - Dave Matthews Band
4 4 WWE
5 10 Manchester United
6 - Wicked
7 2 Cirque du Soleil
8 6 Longhorns Football
9 - Rush
10 - Trey Songz

The Week in TicketCity Search – July 16th

Big changes this week as departing tours and ending championships leave some holes in the countdown. Things are still pretty similar in the top 3; where my prediction last week that the Esteemed Mr. Bieber would lose some ground as his tour departed our little slice of toasty real estate has proven somewhat false. He returns to number 1, followed by a strong showing for Cirque and then Lady Gaga, who falls to #3. After that, the remainder of the countdown is almost all new.

The WWE starts us off. After the strong showing for a local show a few weeks ago, it is not surprising they’re surging ahead of dates in Houston, Beaumont, San Antonio, and others in around Texas around the end of the month. There’s ample opportunity to see action in the squared circle around Texas this month. In a minor thematic shift, James Taylor follows the WWE, with a set of shows up in Carnegie Hall in… 2011.

Our local college football team appears at the #6 spot. I’m told they’re rather popular. We’re about a month and a half out from the season openers in September so the initial rush for 2010 Longhorns tickets is on. The opener is in Houston on the 4th of September while the first home game is the 11th.

Rounding out the remainder of the countdown is a concert block of returning performers, including Tom Petty, who has been absent a while, and Adam Lambert, who appeared back when his tour was first announced but hasn’t been seen since. Finally, it seems people are taking my advice from last week about getting your soccer fix with the ManU Tour, which will end up with the big MLS All-Star game in Houston on the 28th. Still great seats available for that one, so check it out.

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Last
Week
Keyword
Searched
1 2 Justin Bieber
2 6 Cirque du Soleil
3 1 Lady Gaga
4 - WWE
5 - James Taylor
6 - Longhorns Football
7 - Tom Petty
8 9 Tool
9 - Adam Lambert
10 - Manchester United

The Week in TicketCity Search – July 9th

The Lady ascends to the top spot, where she will probably remain for the rest of the month as her concert dates in central Texas rapidly approach. Still time to get your tickets for the shows Dallas and Houston. The esteemed Mr. Bieber has fallen to #2 and we’ll see how well he does the remainder of the year. He won’t be back to our little slice of Texas until next November.

The World Cup, fever for which has only managed to catapult it to #3, is nearly over. Take heart, though, if you’re looking for your soccer fix in slightly more accessible locations, you can always check out Manchester United touring the US for some friendly matches later this month.

Wicked tour in Houston remains popular, climbing up a spot as Aventura falls from the number 2 spot as their tour departs for more far off, exotic places… like East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cirque events return this week after dropping out; demand certainly seems to be somewhat fickle for these shows. Michael Buble gains a few notches as he heads towards some central Texas dates in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas.

That leaves the Yankees, who pop back in to the countdown instead of the Rays this week, and countdown favorites Tool and Phish, both of whom have a talent for appearing and disappearing week to week. This is an “appear” week, we will see what happens next week.

Current
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Last
Week
Keyword
Searched
1 3 Lady Gaga
2 2 Justin Bieber
3 6 World Cup
4 5 Wicked
5 2 Aventura
6 - Cirque du Soleil
7 10 Michael Buble
8 - New York Yankees
9 - Tool
10 - Phish