So between planning this post and actually writing it, up to 12" of snow descended upon Connecticut, so I guess a good New England winter is finally here. What won't be here much longer is the year. We bid goodbye to 2012 tonight and welcome 2013 with celebrations galore.
As the new year starts, much is going on. Here's just some of it:
Justin Bieber: Biebs continues his Believe Tour on January 5, with several dates throughout the month, before heading to Europe.
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George Strait & Martina McBride: George Strait begins his farewell Cowboy Rides Away Tour on January 18. The tour will span two years and the first leg will feature special guest Martina McBride.
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Soundgarden: Soundgarden also has a tour beginning on the 18th: it's Winter 2013 North American Tour. The grunge band will play through mid-February.
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Other Concerts in January:
- Lady Gaga brings her Born This Way Ball Tour to North America beginning on January 11.
- Luke Bryan begins a tour on January 17.
- Muse begins a tour on January 21.
Happy Friday the 13th! Check out this week's list of popular discussion topics:
Friday the 13th
Of course, the most popular discussion for a day like today is just how lucky or unlucky today is going to be. Those with friggatriskaidekaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th) are probably just staying at home in bed, others are watching Friday the 13th, and some people are just going about their normal, everyday lives without any idea of the peril they may be risking. What do you do on Friday the 13th?
In this edition of the Concert Top 10, Justin Bieber still reigns supreme (was there ever any doubt?), holding steady to his commanding lead, which is fairly considerable given that he only came in on top by a hair in May. The event that almost beat it, American Idol Live!, actually completely dropped out of the Top 10 in June.
Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney took two spots. This is a first for the Top 10. How can someone double-dip, you ask? Well, Chesney is part of a tour with Luke Bryan, but he also had a solo performance on June 20. As it's not part of the Brothers of the Sun Tour, it needed to be split up. Something that's interesting is, if Bryan were part of that event, it would have helped the BotS to convincingly overtake Bieber.
It's Friday again (how time flies!), and with it comes another week of popular stories. Check out our list below:
I'll Have Another
I'll Have Another is the horse who won the Kentucky Derby (at right) as well as the Preakness Stakes, setting him up for a chance to become the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown if he managed to pull out a win at the Belmont Stakes this weekend. But news came this morning that I'll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes due to a tendon injury, and a lot of people who don't normally care about horse racing seem to be pretty upset.
America's Got Talent
Many of you have probably seen the "America's Got Talent" audition of Timothy Poe, whose heartwarming story about overcoming a war injury and the resulting stutter to be a great singer was inspiring to everyone. (If you haven't seen it, look right.) But now his story is being questioned, as there is evidence the military photo he used was not his, and there is no record of an injury or a Purple Heart in his service career. If the accusations are true, Poe will have a lot to atone for.
If ever there was a story in star power, it is Justin Bieber. In 10 short days he managed to climb his way to the top of the Top 10 list, and he has a decent shot of being the top seller for June as well. Interestingly, it was a pretty close race, and American Idol Live nearly claimed the crown, but in the end more fans came out for Bieber. It doesn't hurt that it's been more than a year since he toured North America
Then there is One Direction. Last month, the exit question was, "Can One Direction keep up the pace, or will they also begin dropping down on the list?" As it turns out, yes, they began to fall down the list. It wasn't for lack of popularity, though. It happens almost every time a band first sells tickets for a tour. After the initial excitement for the tour dies down, and the first round of ticket purchases happens, the band sells fewer tickets in any given week. Depending on the band's ability to attract people to their concerts, they might fall off the radar completely, but One Direction will likely remain a top-selling act for some time to come.