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Z100 2014 Jingle Ball Line-Up Announced

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It's barely Halloween, but we've already got a Christmas concert to look forward to: Jingle Ball. This year's line-up includes a slew of A-list acts, including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, and Ariana Grande. (Full list below.) The show takes places on Dec. 12, 8 p.m., at at Madison Square Garden. Radio personality Elvis Duran will host.

This line-up looks strikingly similar to the 102.7 KIIS FM Jingle Ball, which will take place on Dec. 5 at the Staples Center this year; several of the artists from the Z100 show will also make appearances at various other Jingle Ball shows happening across the U.S. during the holiday season.

Be sure to visit the Jingle Ball page for more information on tickets to any of these performances.

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Frozen, TSO Prominent in September's Top 10 Events

September's Top 10 Events

In September, we finally saw a little bit of change among the top players, with a return of some former top players. At least in this case, it makes a lot of sense. As the holiday season approaches, people looking for something to do during that time have Christmas and winter on the mind, and that's what last month's Top 10 represents. Thus we see two of the top holiday/winter-themed events: Frozen and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Indeed, of all the tickets purchased last month at TN.com for Frozen shows happening in 2014, nearly 40% were for shows in November, while another 31% were for shows this month*. So over 70% of Frozen ticket purchases in September were for the next couple months.

It makes a lot of sense that some people would purchase for an imminently upcoming show. With its family-friendly nature, it makes a great show to see on a whim, especially on the weekend (where it does best). Others, however, are looking ahead to the holiday period. Interestingly, there were not many sales for December. I wonder if that will change once I revisit this in October's Top 10.

TSO, meanwhile, is all always about Christmas and the holiday season. Whereas Frozen's busiest period is in November, the lion's share of ticket sales for TSO are for December shows. I expect it's because, with TSO, more people want the Christmas theme as close to the holiday as possible. And, in fact, the most popular days for the show are those immediately surrounding Christmas, from December 13 to 26. Of course, as a touring show with a few shows in each city it visits, beggars cannot be choosers, so November also does very well for TSO.

* Rankings and other data are as of 10/8/2014 4:00 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com. Trademarked terms are the property of their respective owners and are used strictly for descriptive purposes and do not imply an endorsement or partnership. TicketNetwork is an online ticket marketplace and is in no way associated with the trademark owners, artists, teams, or productions mentioned.

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Florida Georgia Line won't be an opening act any longer. After opening for popular acts like Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, and Jason Aldean, the country duo said they are "super pumped" to finally headline their own tour.

The tour will support their upcoming album, Anything Goes, which is due out on Oct. 14; it kicks off in Toledo, OH, in January 2015, visiting cities along the East Coast and in the mid-west, before wrapping in Atlantic City, NJ, in May.

See below for tour dates and visit the Florida Georgia Line page for more information on tickets.

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5-Year-Old Playing for Utah Jazz is Cutest Thing Ever

This week, the Utah Jazz made headlines when they added a new player to their team. Five-year-old JP Gibson, who has leukemia, signed a one-day contract with the Jazz and was the star of the last night's scrimmage. Wearing a Jazz jersey with the number "1" on it, Gibson even managed to wow the crowd with his two-handed slam dunk.

Prior to Gibson's superstar moment on the court, he met with Jazz President Randy Rigby and signed his contract in front of the press. His family — Mom (Megan), Dad (Josh), and 2-year-old sister, Elsie — was on hand to celebrate. The event was part of the "Anything Can Be" project, which helps families who are impacted by childhood cancer.

And the press release the NBA wrote announcing the ordeal? It's priceless. The release calls Gibson a "free agent" and says "financial terms were not released" (naturally). Check out some photos from the (adorable) event after the cut.

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Man Spent $25,000 Seeing Rock of Ages Because Why Not?

There are fans — the kinds of people who have positive feelings toward something. And then there are fanatics — the kinds of people who dedicate themselves to That Thing They Love. Abe Calimag falls into the latter category; as a very passionate, very devoted fan of the Broadway show Rock of Ages, Calimag has spent an estimated $25,000 to experience it again and again.

With that $25,000, Calimag has seen Rock of Ages (in all its forms, on Broadway, on film, and in other live renditions) more than 500 times. He's seen the show across state lines, on the Great White Way, in six different countries, and on multiple cruise ships. Because he can.

Calimag says:


People hear a number and think, 'You’re nuts! You can buy a car for that!' People have seen Bon Jovi concerts a hundred times — it’s what they enjoy. This is what I enjoy.

So... if you had $25,000, which show/band/artist/sporting event would you revisit again and again?

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