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May's Top 10 Events: Luke Bryan ascends to the top

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May's Top 10 Events

If there is a real winner for not just the entire month, but the entirety of 2013 to date, it's definitely Luke Bryan. Country music has always been one of the biggest genres here at TicketNetwork.com (and in most of America), and more tickets for Bryan's shows have sold at TN.com than for any other country performer all year*.

Country music these days appears to be a lot like pop music (and some would say it's exactly the same thing). A performer that is popular one year might be displaced by another the following year. For a long time, Kenny Chesney was at the top of the genre, followed by Jason Aldean. This year it is Luke Bryan's turn.

Bryan has been in the Top 10 all year, but May is the first month he is at number one. He did briefly made it to the top spot last July as part of a tour with Jason Aldean, but this is the first time he's done it on his own merits.

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What do a heart-wrenching episode of an HBO show, a singing 8-year-old in a music video, and sloths have in common? Absolutely nothing, but we are talking about them this week.

Game of Thrones Reactions

Technically, what happened in last week's episode of "Game of Thrones" was public knowledge prior to its air date, since George R. R. Martin released the third book in his series in 2000. But not all of us have read his novels and instead only watch the HBO series... SO THE EPISODE HURT. I won't say anything except: why? And why am I such a masochist? And why does George R. R. Martin hate us so much? Sigh. Thankfully, I'm in good company. Videos of "Game of Thrones" fans reacting to the episode have made their way around the internet. (NSFW language at the source.) The episode has effectively divided the entire fan base into "show watchers" — people like me, who will not speak of such a mortifying experience — and "book readers" — those who knew what was coming and thought it was toootally funny when the rest of us were horrified. TV watchers unite! ...As we cry ourselves to sleep waiting for the season finale this weekend.

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