The Week in TicketCity Search – Follow the Bouncing Ball

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 11t
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Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 George Strait
2 2 Bruno Mars
3 3 One Direction
4 - Big 12 Tournament
5 8 Rihanna
6 - SEC Tournament
7 6 Taylor Swift
8 4 Houston Rodeo
9 - ACC Tournament
10 - Big East Tournament

Another week and another top 3 clique is born, this time it’s quite the boy’s club. George Strait’s show at the Houston Rodeo is this very weekend and there is still time to get into Reliant Stadium to check it out. This may be your last chance. Sure, the second leg of the Cowboy Rides Away Tour is in 2014, and he might play Houston again, but even if he did, you could still tell all your friends you saw his second-to-last show at the Houston Rodeo. That’s still pretty cool.

What’s going on this weekend? Ah, NCAA Tournament selection. That would mean this week is the (popular) conference tournament extravaganza! The Big 12 comes out on top, with the SEC a couple spots behind, and the ACC and Big East just cling to the bottom of the list. While the Big Dance is a big deal, it has trouble making the list until the Final Four, because the early rounds are spread all over.

The tourneys edged out a lot of concert players this week, but Rhianna benefits as she returns to the top five. Taylor Swift’s rocky patch in media relations due to an apparent inability to comprehend “humor” hasn’t hurt too much, as she slides only one spot this week. The Houston Rodeo, no doubt helped out by Mr. Strait’s appearance, hangs around as well. If interest runs high enough this weekend, they may stick around next week as well.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Are We There Yet?

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 4t
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Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 - George Strait
2 4 Bruno Mars
3 2 One Direction
4 5 Houston Rodeo
5 1 Beyoncé
6 3 Taylor Swift
7 7 Justin Bieber
8 6 Rihanna
9 - Maroon 5
10 10 Pink

A little “local flavor” tops the list this week. With George Strait swinging his last tour through the Houston Rodeo next week, it’s not surprising to see him shoot to the top of the list. He’s probably why the Rodeo gained a spot this week too. Not doubt a lot of central Texas will want to be there at Reliant Stadium for this one. Texans who can’t make it to the Rodeo will have another chance when Strait closes down the first leg of the tour at the Alamodome in June, with Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert.

That’s only the first leg, though. Leg two of The Cowboy Rides Away tour starts up again in 2014. Apparently it is a very long ride.

George’s lightning capture of the top spot threw the rest of the countdown into complete disarray. Bruno Mars takes advantage of the chaos, slipping into the #2 spot, while 1D weathers the storm with only a minor ding. The heat from Beyoncé has cooled a bit; she lands at #5 this week. It would have been tough to sustain those kind of numbers. She’s still on the field, though, more than can be said for her hubby and JT, who made a rather tepid splash last week and have since departed.

Taylor Swift can provide Beyoncé a shoulder to cry on, as she joins the esteemed Mr. Beiber in the bottom five. They are in good company, though, as A-listers Rihanna and Pink hold on for another week, and Maroon 5 returns to the countdown. Their tour with Neon Trees and Owl City (because, I presume, the owls need somewhere to perch) continues through June.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Backup Justin Installed

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Feb. 25t
h
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 Beyoncé
2 2 One Direction
3 3 Taylor Swift
4 8 Bruno Mars
5 - Houston Rodeo
6 7 Rihanna
7 6 Justin Bieber
8 - Justin Timberlake
9 9 WWE
10 5 Pink

Looks like the cool kids have a new clique. The top three remains the same this week with yet another big Beyoncé blow-out. 1D and Taylor Swift retain the second and third spots. Ousted member Justin Beiber remains mired in the bottom five, discarded like one of Swift’s former boyfriends. Bruno Mars is putting in his application to join up, with a solid four point rise that lands him in the forth spot. Mars embarks on the Moonshine Jungle World Tour this summer. Tour dates include either Fitz & the Tantrums or noted Herefordshireian Ellie Goulding.

With this year’s San Antonio Rodeo on the the books, Houston quickly takes over. March provides a wide selection of big concert dates in Reliant Stadium, from Kenny Chesney to Pitbull. George Strait closes things down as his final tour swings through on the 17th.

Rihanna’s Diamond’s tour heats up, a tad, as she slides into the #6 spot. Something that has an outside chance to shake things up a bit at the top appears in the #8 spot, in a bit of a “Justin cluster.” The Timberlake version has been otherwise occupied with his acting career for a while now, but he’s back with a new album and tour. The album, The 20/20 Experience, arrives later this month, and the tour will be hitting some of the biggest stadiums in the US this summer. The venue list is pretty much a who’s who (or maybe what’s what?) of packing in very large numbers of people in the same place.

Jay-Z will be joining Timberlake on the tour, keeping Mr. Carter occupied while Mrs. Carter is on her own tour. It will be interesting to see if the double bill of Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake can generate the sort of buzz Beyoncé is currently riding. I would have expected a bigger debut if that was going to be the case. There is ample time for this little rivalry to shape up, so we will see who’s at the top come the summer.

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Goggles Did Nothing

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Feb. 18t
h
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 Beyoncé
2 5 One Direction
3 4 Taylor Swift
4 3 San Antonio Rodeo
5 7 Pink
6 8 Justin Bieber
7 - Rihanna
8 6 Bruno Mars
9 - WWE
10 - Jimmy Buffett

Apparently the half-life of the average Fall Out Boy is pretty short. The radioactive frenzy for Fall Out Boy tickets departed faster than a gamma ray through Marie Curie. Beyoncé comfortably endures in her fallout sheltered top spot. The boys from Britain swing back into second place after a rocky couple of weeks, and Taylor Swift moves back into third after a more graceful one point drop.

The San Antonio Rodeo continues to hold onto the top 5, cheating a bit by actually “happening right now.” You’ve got until the weekend to check out the shows. Darius Rucker closes out the entertainment portion of the show on the 23rd. The rodeo finals are on the 24th.

Bieber enjoys a bit of a rebound as well, though smaller and just enough to lead off the bottom five this week. He’s joined by Rihanna, whose Diamonds Tour will open in March. The opening act in the US will be A$AP Rocky, with David Guetta a possible opener for the European leg of the tour. That won’t start up until June, so Rihanna fans state-side will have ample to catch her between now and then.

Bruno Mars clings to the #8 spot after sliding a couple notches, and, with Wrestlemania fast approaching, the WWE returns to the countdown at #9. Considering they’ve already started hyping next year’s Wrestlemania, this one will probably be a great deal. As for next year’s show at the Superdome, I’m sure they’ll exercise the sort of tasteful restraint they’re known for when promoting a show using the Roman numerals for 30.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Up and Atom, Almost

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Feb. 11t
h
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 Beyoncé
2 - Fall Out Boy
3 4 San Antonio Rodeo
4 3 Taylor Swift
5 2 One Direction
6 - Bruno Mars
7 8 Pink
8 7 Justin Bieber
9 - Pearl Jam
10 - Houston Rodeo

Beyoncé crushes the competition this week in a win by a very wide margin. She cracked four digits in this week’s total, a rare feat and one that leaves the competition in the dust… at the bottom of a canyon. The rest of the top five put in what, any other week, would have been exemplary performances, starting off with the debut of countdown newcomer Fall Out Boy.

Fall Out Boy is back from a three year break with an upcoming new album, Save Rock and Roll, and tour to promote it. The album won’t drop until April and the tour doesn’t start up until May, but after a three year wait, fans of the alt rock quartet are eager to get tickets for their return. We will see how much staying power they have over the next few weeks.

Rodeos figured out how to coexist on the countdown this week, even if there’s a bit of a gap. San Antonio gains a spot for #3, and Houston just makes it by securing the #10 spot. One could give Houston a break, as Bruno Mars’ show there seems to have driven his appearance in the #6 spot.

Pearl Jam sneaks into the bottom 5 as fans search for some seats to a single show at Wrigley Field. Those who can’t make the Wrigley Field show do have one other option, you just need to get to London. It’s not as bad as you think, though, it’s London, Ontario. There are unconfirmed plans for a far fuller concert tour in the fall of 2013, so your options may open up with a little patience.