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Last summer I did an analysis of how far people travel to get to a festival, thinking that most people were willing to go far from home to get to them. In fact, people did not travel very far. As it turned out, the largest chunk of people was only willing to travel up to 150 miles from home to attend a festival.

That was festivals; what about regular concerts? Well, at the time I generally knew that people traveled only short distances to get to them. What hadn't been done was an actual analysis. Now one has been done and the results are pretty stark.

Not only are people also willing to travel only up to 150 miles to get to a regular concert, it is the upper limit pretty overwhelmingly. While the numbers for festivals varied a lot (between 33% and 90% depending on the festival), with regular concerts the norm is almost always 60% of attendees only traveling 150 miles or less.


Wicked trumps all other Broadway shows for tour sales

I've done several posts lately about Broadway shows, either past or present, and how well or poorly they were/are received. But this week I got a little curious at how well those same Broadway shows do once they go on tour around the country. Which ones are the most popular, and which ones lose their shine after leaving the Great White Way?

2012 Broadway Tour Sales pie chart

So, I compiled some stats. Using sales from sites that use the TicketNetwork® Exchange, I looked up sales so far in 2012 for shows on tour that are currently on Broadway or were on Broadway sometime in the last year, and found 18 shows that fit the criteria. I expected Wicked to top the list, but I had no idea just how dominant it would be! It turns out that Wicked makes up nearly half of all the Broadway tour sales based on total gross dollar amount (see the pie chart at right if you're a visual person). This means that Wicked has made almost as much money on the Exchange in 2012 as 17 other shows put together. Crazy.

As for the rest of the shows, I've put together a list of the top 10 touring Broadway shows in terms of sales, as well as the highest average ticket prices:

 Top Selling Broadway Tours Highest Avg. Ticket Prices
1. Wicked 1. The Book of Mormon $300.72
2. The Lion King 2. War Horse $200.68
3. Jersey Boys 3. Chicago - The Musical $172.25
4. Mamma Mia! 4. The Lion King $153.82
5. The Book of Mormon 5. Wicked $152.07
6. American Idiot 6. La Cage Aux Folles $150.17
7. Billy Elliot 7. Mamma Mia! $142.47
8. Million Dollar Quartet 8. Billy Elliot $139.41
9. War Horse 9. Jersey Boys $137.44
10. Mary Poppins 10. Mary Poppins $135.22

You can see how some shows like The Book of Mormon made the list of top-selling shows even though there are many fewer tour dates currently on sale. That's because the average ticket price is much higher, so the total gross dollar amount adds up quickly. What's even more impressive is that Wicked makes up such a large portion of sales with a lower average ticket price; that means it's sold even more tickets to take in the amount of money it did.

Tell us what you think of these stats in the comments; are they surprising or pretty predictable? And if you're looking for Broadway or tour tickets of your own, check out our theater page.

* As of 3/20/2012 1:00 p.m. EDT.


After winning six awards at the Grammys on February 12, you might expect that Adele tickets sales would tick up. Or at least they would if she actually had an upcoming tour. But although she doesn't have a tour that's been announced yet, that didn't stop more than a 1000 people from wanting to find out when she would next have tickets on sale. That was the effect of Adele's good night at the Grammys: an 87% increase in the number of performer alert sign-ups on* during and the week after the ceremony compared to the week leading up to it.

Number of alert signups for Adele before, during, and after the Grammy Awards. Read more...

The New York Knicks have maybe the most passionate fan base in the NBA while also playing in the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. But what is a little more surprising is that the Knicks games are more of a tourist attraction for basketball fans from around the globe than you would think.

Recently, I noticed that many of the orders for Knicks tickets were coming from countries outside of the U.S., so I decided to see how many there were. What I found was pretty striking. Of all the tickets purchased on for Knicks games at MSG, 66% of them were purchased by international customers. That means that two of every three orders placed are from countries other than the U.S.

What makes that number even more startling is when you compare it to the rest of the NBA. Only 7% of sales for tickets from the other 31 NBA franchises are from other countries, and that includes the Toronto Raptors, a team located in another country!

NBA fans from 24 different countries have purchased Knicks tickets this season, with France having the most sales, accounting for 28% of all tickets sold. People have traveled from as close as Canada and Mexico and as far as China and Russia. The chart on the right has a full breakdown of all the countries' sales.

The more I looked into this topic, the more random facts I kept finding.


Justin Bieber continues to dominate the alerts page with alert sign-up box

As promised, the time has come for the follow-up to our September post about the alerts. Since then, the total number of sign-ups hasn't quite doubled, but it's quickly getting there, based on the latest data from the TicketNetwork Exchange. There are now over 52,000 sign-ups for over 3,600 artists, shows, and teams.

Other than that, however, not much has changed. Justin Bieber still has the greatest number of alert sign-ups, and his share of the total has gone up, from 21% in September to 33% currently. Chris Brown, Usher, Adele, and Lil Wayne have entered the top twenty, while Cody Simpson, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, and The Budweiser Fest have left it. The rest of that list remains the same, albeit with some swapped positions. Here is the complete Top 20 Alert Sign-ups list:

Top 20 Performers With Alert Sign-ups

1. Justin Bieber
2. Eminem
3. Prince
4. Miley Cyrus
5. Lil Wayne
6. Nickelback
7. Mindless Behavior
8. Drake
9. Pink
10. Chris Brown

11. Il Divo
12. Usher
13. Kevin Hart
14. Lady Gaga
15. Adele
16. The Rolling Stones
17. Beyonce
18. Green Day
19. Winter Classic
20. Bruce Springsteen

*As of 12/19/11 10:00 a.m. EST.