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.
In case you were suffering from Bieber withdrawal, you won't be in pain for much longer. Today Biebs announced the schedule for his Believe Tour, to go along with the release of Believe, his newest album which will drop on June 19. The tour, which begins September 29, is bringing Bieber back to North America for the first time since the end of 2010. Forty-six shows are currently scheduled for Believe through the end of January 2013. Carly Rae Jensen will join the tour as a special guest.
Though he hasn't been on tour in North America since 2010, Bieber has been busy nonetheless. When he's not having his every movement tracked by the media and fans (both would benefit from this flowchart from last year), he's been working. Last year he brought his previous My World Tour to South America, Europe, and Asia. He also released his second full album, Under the Mistletoe, in November.
The U.S. dates are below. Visit the Justin Bieber tickets page to place an order.
Exactly one year ago today, the TN Team Blog was born. So today we're celebrating the blog's first birthday in our offices with cookies AND brownies (for the full debate, see here). In addition, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorite posts over the past year. Enjoy!
This was Tim's masterpiece way back in June. Not sure if you have the fever? You need this quiz.
This was one of our very first posts. Tim and I are still trying to plan a road trip to go get some delicious pulled pork pierogi stackers.
"I have a video production background, so my love for this post comes mainly from the Larry Bird commercial. As you might know, Larry is standing in front of a blue screen, which is used to create a background behind a person while they're speaking or acting. I like to imagine that the producers intended to use the screen to show some kind of snazzy imagery while Bird was giving his endorsement, but weren't able to get it to work on the day of production. They had Larry booked, though, so they couldn't change the shoot location on such short notice. The other commercials featured have just as much fail to them; that dance scene in the Odgen spot is just so random." — Mike
"This special video blog post has everything: Action, intrigue, heartbreak, crates of pears. So even though I really enjoy looking at pictures of Jimi Hendrix in a fanny pack, I'd have to say that the Cyber Monday blog post is my all-time-favorite from the past year." — Allison
"I especially liked the post about the not-so-true history of the fanny pack because it was hilarious! The images of famous (or infamous) historical figures wearing fanny packs cracked me up!" — Danielle
"These are hilarious commercials that appeal to both hockey and non-hockey fans. Gotta love it. Close runners-up: 'Bring Back the Pack: Awesome fanny packs photo gallery' (come on, obviously just because it's awesome and the pics are funny...and you know I'm a life-long fanny pack supporter) and 'What people are talking about this week: One Direction' (as much as I wanted to hate them, I somehow am now their fan club president...not literally, but you know what I mean)." — Erin
What's your favorite post from our first year? And how long do YOU think a blog-year is? Tell us in the comments!
If you haven't heard of One Direction yet, you've probably been living under a rock in the Arctic. One Direction is a ridiculously popular boy band from the United Kingdom, who first got noticed as finalists of The X Factor in 2010. Now that they've signed with Simon Cowell, released a #1 single and become the first UK group in history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 with their first album, everyone is talking about them.
One Direction just arrived in NYC ahead of their appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, setting off a whole new flurry of discussion. Earlier this week the group just announced a show at Madison Square Garden late in 2012, and rumor has it that Justin Bieber is doing some collaboration with the group. We even talked at length about One Direction on our blog this week, as the group leapt to #2 on our list of March's top-selling concerts. And alongside the real news this week are posts about the best One Direction photos of the day.
It will be interesting to see just how big this thing gets. What do you think? Are they the next Beatles? (And seriously, if you've never heard of them, at least watch the music video above so you can pretend to know things.)