The Week in TicketCity Search – Touchdown, Luke Bryan

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Aug 19th
1 3 Luke Bryan
2 7 MS State Football
3 6 Houston Texans
4 - Taylor Swift
5 5 Dallas Cowboys
6 - SF 49ers
7 - Longhorns Football
8 8 Selena Gomez
9 - Razorbacks Football
10 - Auburn Football

Its beginning to look a lot like football season,
mascots in ev’ry slot.
But the prettiest sight to see are the tickets that will be
at your own front door.

Okay, not “ev’ry,” but I had to round a bit for the song parody to work. It is over half, so I’ve got the math on my side. Which is strange, because math and I generally do not get along well at all.

After weeks of near misses, Luke Bryan reaches the apex of his music career, capturing the top spot on the TicketCity Week in Search. The football shake-up leaves a number of previous contenders nowhere to be found. 1D missed the top completely for the first time in months while last week’s champ, Bruno Mars, conquered and departed.

Who were the pigskin favorites this week? The NFL’s usual suspects, the Texans and Cowboys, are joined by the 49ers, while on the college side, Mississippi State climbs even higher, and pulls along Auburn, Arkansas, and Texas. None of these teams are strangers to the top 10 from seasons past.

In between the football frenzy, former champ Taylor Swift returns with a solid landing at #4. The clock is ticking on the Red Tour. Fans have until the end of September to see the show live.

While the thought crossed my mind to rock the Perry Como with the original “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas”, that would be a bit unfair to Mr. Bryan’s achievement this week. So here’s the video for “Crash My Party.” Yes, there are pickup trucks and flannel shirts.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Mars Attacks (and Wins)

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Week of
Aug 12th
1 6 Bruno Mars
2 - Elton John
3 2 Luke Bryan
4 1 One Direction
5 4 Dallas Cowboys
6 9 Houston Texans
7 5 MS State Football
8 - Selena Gomez
9 - Justin Timberlake
10 - Keith Urban

Pretty big shake up this week. Bruno Mars nails the top spot in a five point jump, leaving 1D only a week to enjoy their return. Out of the clear blue sky, Elton John takes the second spot. John, who is recovering from surgery to remove his appendix, will be doing four weeks at Caesar’s Palace starting mid-September. Not sure why the sudden explosion of interest, but I’m sure Elton doesn’t mind.

Elton’s arrival and Mars’ Hail Mary play leave Luke Bryan nowhere to go but down, landing softly at #3, while 1D’s landing was not quite so elegant. Wrapping things up in the top are the venerable Cowboys, who are even in their 2 preseason contests to date.

The Texans follow, kicking off the bottom five, in one of the few times I’ve used that idiom relevantly. The Bulldogs round out the rich, nougaty, football center of this weeks’ countdown.

Selena Gomez makes her countdown debut this week. Despite claims of focusing on a film career, she’s put out her solo debut album, Stars Dance, and is hitting the road for a late summer / fall tour. Joining her on the countdown, not the tour, are returning favorites Justin Timberlake and Keith Urban. Urban has been absent from the top 10 for a while now, but is back with a new fall tour featuring Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch.

Selena’s debut on the countdown and Selena’s debut single from her latest album, that’s synergistic enough, I suppose. This appears to be the standard attractive-pop-star travelog sort of vid, with some bonus HD stock footage of waves thrown in for good measure.

The Week in TicketCity Search – August 19th

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1 2 Justin Bieber
2 9 Texas Longhorns Football
3 1 Dallas Cowboys
4 4 Mississippi State Football
5 5 Selena Gomez
6 8 Washington State Football
7 10 Taylor Swift
8 - Jason Aldean
9 6 Adele
10 - Journey

Wow, football fans, I’m a little disappointed in you this week. Bieber ascendant once more while the NFL preseason is under way and we’re less than two weeks from the first college football games. The home town favorites slide in there at #2 and #3, followed by Mississippi State, who is hanging steady at #4, a fate shared by the other concert performer in the top five this week.

Quite a few holdovers from last week. Washington State climbs a couple spots to kick off the lower five. So does Taylor Swift, who tumbled to #10 last week, but has rebounded a few spots this week. She’s followed by Jason Aldean, who took a week or so off the countdown and is now back at a respectable #8. Adele’s slide continues, ending this week almost at the bottom.

Finally, peeking in at #10 is this week’s countdown newcomer, Journey. Hardly a newcomer to touring, Journey is on the road this summer after releasing a new album, Eclipse, back in May. The current tour includes special guests, and fellow classic rock hit makers, Foreigner and Night Ranger. I believe the show will provide an excellent nostalgia rush, and I will not stop doing so.

The Week in TicketCity Search – August 12th

TicketCity Week in Search

1 2 Dallas Cowboys
2 1 Justin Bieber
3 - Rascal Flatts
4 3 Mississippi State Football
5 6 Selena Gomez
6 8 Adele
7 - Brad Paisley
8 - Washington State Football
9 - Texas Longhorns Football
10 5 Taylor Swift

Mixing things up a bit. The Dallas faithful have put the Cowboys on top this week as NFL preseason games get underway. Pent up demand for the recently saved NFL season has been pretty impressive so far. Guess that old adage about remembering how much you appreciate something when its about to be taken away rings true this year. Dallas knocked the esteemed Mr. Bieber off his recently reclaimed perch. New and hot this week is Rascal Flatts who secure the #3 spot as their Flatts Fest Tour continues.

Mississippi State dropped a spot this week, ending up at #4, a fate avoided by Selena Gomez and Adele. Both songstresses gain this week, rounding out the top five and starting off the bottom five. They’re followed closely by another country star, Brad Paisley. No stranger to the countdown, Brad hasn’t appeared recently. He is playing some dates this September as part of the H2O II: Wetter and Wilder World Tour. The tour includes other artists like Darius Rucker, Sunny Sweeney and The JaneDear Girls.

College football teams flip a bit this week, with the Pac-12 and the Big (slightly less than) 12 represented. Taylor Swift suffers a bit of fall but still manages to hang onto the #10 spot to round things out this week.

The Week in TicketCity Search – August 5th

TicketCity Week in Search

1 3 Justin Bieber
2 5 Dallas Cowboys
3 10 Mississippi State Football
4 3 Katy Perry
5 6 Taylor Swift
6 8 Selena Gomez
7 - Pittsburgh Steelers
8 1 Adele
9 - Alabama Football
10 - Texas A&M Football

Well, it’s the first week of August and it appears thoughts have definitely turned to football. While the esteemed Mr. Bieber did recapture the top spot, we’ve got half a countdown full of football teams, both pro and college on the list this week. The Boys move up to the second spot, and I will say the contest there was pretty tight. They may make it to the top next week. Mississippi State’s fans really came through, moving the Bulldogs up from tenth to third, a big achievement.

Katy Perry kicks off a return to our regularly scheduled concert tours, followed by Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. All three ladies have been bouncing around the top 10 for a few weeks now. If the Bulldogs were the week’s big winner, then Adele was on the other end of that equation, falling to #8 from the top spot last week.

The new football entries all ended up in the bottom five, starting with the Steelers, who have some buzz going into the recently-saved NFL season. We will see how long that buzz lasts as the month goes on. Aggies fans also have some buzz to enjoy, as does Alabama, who are considered strong favorites not only for the SEC title, but another National Championship this season.