The Week in TicketCity Search – Direction Bowl

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Dec. 9th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 One Direction
2 2 George Strait
3 - Rose Bowl
4 - Sugar Bowl
5 - Alamo Bowl
6 - Cotton Bowl
7 - Orange Bowl
8 - Liberty Bowl
9 6 WWE
10 4 Beyoncé

Look at this way college football fans, if you add all the bowls together, they totally beat 5 kids from the UK. Classic case of a split vote keeps One Direction on top, and George Strait in a comfortable second place.

This brings us to the rich, nougaty center of the countdown, the post-bowl announcement frenzy. The Rose Bowl comes out on top, featuring a showdown between Stanford and Michigan State. Up next is the sweetest bowl, Sugar, which will bring Alabama and Oklahoma together. A bit of local seasoning may have given the Alamo and Cotton Bowls their respective places. They’re followed by Ohio State and Clemson in the Orange Bowl and a Rice / Mississippi State match-up in the Liberty Bowl.

Quite a few more Bowls that finished out of the Top 10, of course, including the final BCS Bowl between Florida State and Auburn. The four team playoff era begins next year. It appears there isn’t a lot of nostalgia for the current system, but just wait 20 years for people start saying things like “things were sooo much better back when we had the BCS game!” Okay… maybe not.

Beyoncé holds onto the top 10, possibly with a last second boot from that brand new album that just appeared out of nowhere. It’s a “visual album”, which appears to translate into “there’s videos for pretty much all the songs.” Which begs the question, nobody noticed Beyoncé filming 17 music videos? The only thing on YouTube is 30 second previews, but still the best option I have this week. So, enjoy your preview of a medium that was considered basically a commercial for a song in days past…

The Week in TicketCity Search – Local Flavors

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Week of
Dec. 2nd
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 10 One Direction
2 4 George Strait
3 - SEC Championship
4 - Beyoncé
5 6 Billy Joel
6 - WWE
7 3 Luke Bryan
8 - Baylor Football
9 - John Mayer
10 8 Pink

Okay, so, fair enough, new tour announced, thus I have no reason to expect the top spot to be otherwise occupied at this point. Occupied with a very, very comfortable margin, of course. George didn’t go down without a fight. He racked up some impressive numbers in a second place performance that would have been an easy win on any other week. The SEC Championship lands in third place as two teams that are not Alabama meet up to crown the winner

Beyoncé’s return this week likely has something to do with her tour winding through Texas this weekend. Fans are running out of time to get to the Mrs. Carter Show, as she will be wrapping things up near the end of the month at the Barclay’s Center. Billy Joel still has gas in the tank, rounding out the top five this week.

Like Mrs. Carter, the WWE will be stomping around Texas in the next couple weeks, with a big PPV in Houston on the 15th followed by three more shows in Austin, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi.

In at #8, Baylor’s season ending game with the Longhorns. There’s still time get your tickets to the big TicketCity VIP Tailgate before the game. I’d go into all the awesome stuff that’s going on there, but suffice to say, it’s happening in a heated tent. Anyone looking at the forecast for Saturday will certainly appreciate that.

John Mayer drops by at #9 this week. Not sure if this is his first appearance or not. He’s part of this week’s rather large fraternity of “people doing stuff in Texas.” Specifically, he’s playing the Frank Erwin Center tonight, so here’s a taste of what you may hear at the concert tonight.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Bringing Obvious Jokes Back

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Nov. 18t
h
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 3 Justin Timberlake
2 1 Drake
3 2 Luke Bryan
4 6 George Strait
5 - Pearl Jam
6 9 Billy Joel
7 - Kanye West
8 - Pink
9 - Miley Cyrus
10 4 One Direction

This is the part of the blog where I say something about “sexy” being returned to the top of the countdown, presumably in serviceable condition. With that out the way, I shall also note the previous weeks’ top 2 made room for the aforementioned “sexy” return. Finally, I’ll say something about George Strait climbing back to fourth place, which is merely a statement of fact and not a tired Justin Timberlake joke.

Billy Joel showed up last week, and I didn’t say anything, mostly because I was wondering if he’d stick around. Lo, he has done that, and climbed up three spots. He doesn’t get out quite as much as he did in the 80s, but fans will be able to see him again next January. Fun fact, when he announced in ’93 that River of Dreams was going to be his last pop album, I scoffed. Fully admit he’s kept that promise the last 20 years (holy crap), but time is on my side…

The rest of the bottom five features some of the recent, usual suspects in the on-again, off-again bunch. Kanye, Pink, and Miley have all been sighted recently, but have had trouble maintaining a stable presence on the countdown. One Direction barely clings to the top 10, but cling they do.

Since Billy made it a second week, no reason not to engage in a little nostalgia. Way back in that greatest of decades, the 1980s, this video was played a lot on a network called MTV, and it starred a lady named Christie Brinkley, with whom Mr. Joel fell in deep smit. They got married and lived happily ever after… or divorced in 1994… one of those.

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Cowboys Ride On

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Week of
Nov. 4t
h
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 Drake
2 - Luke Bryan
3 7 Maimi Heat
4 3 George Strait
5 2 Dallas Cowboys
6 - Pink
7 - Justin Timberlake
8 6 SF 49ers
9 - NY Knicks
10 - WWE

Some shuffling in the top 5, but Drake holds on to #1 this week. Luke Bryan, one of a few performers who have been bouncing on and off the countdown for the past few month, bounced back to #2. He is followed by the Heat, who make a nice jump up from #7 as we’re moving deeper into the regular NBA season. The 2 time defending champs have racked up a 4-2 record so far.

George Strait and the Dallas Cowboys have to settle for slightly lower positions in the top five. George may not have kept the #1 spot, but he’s been a solid top five performer so far. So have the Cowboys for that matter, something new for them.

Returning much like Mr. Bryan, both Pink and Justin Timberlake re-re-re-re-enter the countdown at #6 and #7. Pink’s Truth About Love Tour is back on track after a little vocal rest and recuperation. The 20/20 Experience World Tour hasn’t slowed down at all; the next stop at the Izod Center.

The Knicks join the Heat this week, though not quite so high, and the WWE returns. Their bigger PPVs land earlier in the year, so fans may be grabbing tickets early for Survivor Series and Wrestlemania.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Aubrey Ascendant

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Oct. 28t
h
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 2 Drake
2 - Dallas Cowboys
3 1 George Strait
4 7 Pearl Jam
5 - Kanye West
6 4 SF 49ers
7 - Maimi Heat
8 - NFR
9 6 Jason Aldean
10 - Denver Broncos

More survivors this week, and a small shuffle at the top. George Strait’s dream of a long stay in first place ended a bit early. He does end up at a very respectable #3, giving up the top spot to Drake, who returned only last week. The Cowboys also return. Their choppy run this year on the countdown is certainly different from previous years, though overall I believe they’ve been on the countdown more thanks to it.

Pearl Jam climbs to #4 and Kanye returns to the #5 spot. Bad news for Kanye fans, though, as he’s had to postpone some tour dates as the 60-foot circular LED screen used in the show was damaged in a highway accident while on the way to the Vancouver show. Anyone who thinks you can perform without a custom-made 60-foot circular LED screen simply doesn’t have the music in their, like, soul, man.

The 49ers’ solid run continues. While they’ve not really reached the top, they’ve been on the countdown for weeks now. The Heat return to remind us the NBA’s 2013-14 season is officially underway.

The National Finals Rodeo enters at #8 this week. The ten-day extravaganza of the best rodeo has to offer starts up December 5th at its usual home, The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. I probably made the “When you think Las Vegas, rodeo is the first thing that comes to mind” joke every year at this point, so I’ll skip it this year.

Process of elimination suggests we’re going with Pearl Jam today. Their latest video and single is “Sirens.” The song holds up, but the video has a whiff of “not-trying” about it.