Welcome to The New TicketCity Blog

Greetings. As I’m sure loyal readers have noticed, the look and feel of The TicketCity Blog has undergone a bit of a refresh. We’re not just taking on the design, though. The blog has been and will be a lot more active. Hopefully you’ve already noticed that as well.

TicketCity folks will be presenting information here that may not fit so well in 140 characters, or even on a Facebook status update. On the TicketCity Blog we’re not so concerned about character count, but about giving you the information you need in as much space as needed. Whether it’s some insights on current events, or maybe a few juicy secrets about us, this space will be a lot more alive.

There will be some additional regular features as well, along the lines of my own “Week in Search” updates.

Let us know what you think of the changes, both visually and with our new features. As the one somewhat responsible for that look and feel, I promise I won’t get my feelings hurt if you don’t care for it. Our comments are open and we welcome participation. You can still reach us on Twitter and Facebook, too.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Feburary 18th

TicketCity Week in Search

Current
Rank
Last
Week
Keyword
Searched
1 2 Taylor Swift
2 - Justin Bieber
3 1 Lil Wayne
4 4 Lady Gaga
5 - Kings of Leon
6 - Bon Jovi
7 5 Katy Perry
8 - Glee Live! In Concert!
9 - Adele
10 3 Willie Nelson

Ah, February, when young netizens hearts turn to thoughts of spring concert tours and leave behind the chill of winter sports. Well, at least until March Madness…

The all concert top 10 this week sees Taylor Swift make it to the top again, sending Lil Wayne down to #3 to make room for… Oh, the esteemed Mr. Beiber has returned. Fresh off his Grammy ‘controversy’ the Beeb shows up in second place again. Actually, he should be happy with the outcome, the Best New Artist Grammy is known to come with a bit of baggage. Taylor Swift also lost that one… to Amy Winehouse. Just consider that bullet dodged and move on.

Lady Gaga never even got the nomination and she’s doing pretty good at #4. Kings of Leon return to the countdown at #5 after a long absence. Much the same can be said of Bon Jovi, who hung in for a while there last year but eventually faded.

A couple new arrivals at 8 and 9. The first is Glee Live! In Concert! I suspect this has something to do with the cast of the television show Glee! being… live… in concert… There may be additional exclamation points as well, I can’t be sure.

The second new entry is Adele, a soul and blues singer from the UK. She did win the Best New Artist Grammy, and only made it to #9 on the countdown. Her first album came out in 2008, which she wrote when she was 19. I have to admit the first thing that makes me think of is a line from Adventures in Babysitting.

The Week in TicketCity Search – February 11th

TicketCity Week in Search

Current
Rank
Last
Week
Keyword
Searched
1 3 Lil Wayne
2 5 Taylor Swift
3 - Willie Nelson
4 6 Lady Gaga
5 2 Katy Perry
6 10 Monster Jam
7 - San Antonio Rodeo
8 9 Linkin Park
9 - WWE
10 - Kid Rock

It’s that time of year again, when the only sports on the countdown are the ones where the qualifier “entertainment” is firmly attached. That means concert tours once again dominate the top 5, with Lil Wayne climbing the charts the past few weeks and finally making it to #1. Taylor Swift also climbs but only makes it to the #2 slot.

That brings us to #3, featuring home town favorite Willie Nelson who will be featured on another home town favorite, Austin City Limits Live, this Sunday and Monday. I’m a little surprised that combo didn’t spike to #1.

After Willie is a rich, nougaty center of pop goodness, with Lady Gaga and Katy Perry rounding out the #5, one which also included hip-hop, country pop, and outlaw country. Quite the eclectic mix this week.

It’s rodeo season in Texas, and the San Antonio Rodeo kicks off this weekend with a full slate of concert performers for the next couple of weeks, including Train, Miranda Lambert, and Martina McBride. The Houston and Austin Rodeos will start up in March, both with more big name concert performers. And, presumably, various varieties of cows.

The Week in TicketCity Search – February 4th

TicketCity Week in Search

Current
Rank
Last
Week
Keyword
Searched
1 1 Super Bowl
2 - Katy Perry
3 2 Lil Wayne
4 - Chris Cornell
5 - Taylor Swift
6 10 Lady Gaga
7 5 Janet Jackson
8 7 Jason Aldean
9 - Linkin Park
10 8 Monster Jam

The Super Bowl remains on top. I think that’s the one they show when the Puppy Bowl is on Animal Planet. New to the countdown and clocking in at the #2 spot is Katy Perry. While experiencing quite a bit of success over the past year or so, she’s been absent from the countdown because she hasn’t been on tour since fall of 2009. The California Dream Tour will run this month through November, so Miss Perry may be hanging around for much of the year to make up for that lost time.

Lil Wayne drops one spot to #3 and Chis Cornell returns to the countdown at the 4 spot. The former(ish) Soundgarden lead vocalist is playing the Paramount Theatre here in Austin on April 1st. I doubt that’s going to be a joke, so go ahead and order tickets.

Countdown mainstay Taylor Swift returns to the #5, and is joined by Lady Gaga, who climbs to #6 from #10. Gaga will be in central Texas in mid-March, which is already a hot ticket, and only promises to become a bit more toasty as the shows draw closer.

The remainder of the countdown is some shuffling, with Janet Jackson, Jason Aldean, and Monster Jam all giving up positions, and Linkin Park returning after a very brief absence. Linkin Park’s run through Texas is a lot closer, with dates in Houston and Dallas in mid February.

The Week in TicketCity Search – January 28th

TicketCity Week in Search

Current
Rank
Last
Week
Keyword
Searched
1 1 Super Bowl
2 - Lil Wayne
3 9 Pro Bowl
4 - Rush
5 3 Janet Jackson
6 - Coachella
7 5 Jason Aldean
8 7 Monster Jam
9 4 Dayglow
10 - Lady Gaga

The Bowl of all Bowls remains at the top this week, and the sky remains blue, grass green. The Pro Bowl moved up the list, but couldn’t quite make it to the number 2 spot. That got taken by chart newcomer Lil Wayne, who has very recently announced the “I Am Music II” Tour. So recently, in fact, that there’s no inventory available for any of the shows as of yet. That will likely change pretty quickly. It appears he has a very busy schedule for the spring tour.

Rush fans return the prog-rock trio to the number four spot this week. They’re followed by Janet Jackson, who slips a bit from 3 to 5.

Starting off the bottom five is the Coachella Music Festival. This year’s festival is headlined by Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and the ever humble, man of the people Kanye West. The festival happens April 15-17, in the middle of the Empire Polo Fields, which are over this hedge.

Rounding out the list Jason Aldean, Monster Jam, and Dayglow (an eclectic mix if I ever saw one) shuffle around a bit. Gaga shows up again at #10 as her new round of stateside dates draws ever closer.