The start of the NFL season is always highly anticipated, so it's not surprising that fans are already snatching up tickets to see their favorite teams compete, both in pre-season games and otherwise. The Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, and Dallas Cowboys are among the most recent NFL teams to make their tickets available for purchase.
The Dallas Cowboys — known as "America's Team" — starts the season with the Hall of Fame game, Cowboys vs. Dolphins, on Aug. 4. Although officials say Quarterback Tony Romo won't play in the July 30 game, he said he wished he was. This comes after Romo had to undergo surgery to remove a cyst on his back back in May.
Meanwhile, both the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns start their preseason games by playing each other on Aug. 8.
In concerts, Luke Bryan will stop at the Watershed Festival on Aug. 2. Then he heads on the road for his Dirt Road Diaries tour, which begins Aug. 8 in Wheatland, CA. His tour dates in Nashville and Cincinnati, concerts that take place in the fall, go on sale this weekend.
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Summer starts Friday, and one of my favorite parts of the season (aside from beaches and warm weather) is the album and concert boom. Lots of artists go on tour over the summer, and to prep for those tours, they usually release a new album. Hot off the heels of Kanye's "Yeezus" (which came out yesterday!), here are seven albums to get hyped for, as well as the artist's latest single and tour info.
The album: Magna Carter Holy Grail
Release date: July 4
Why it could be good: His album title promises something great, and Jay-Z tends to deliver. Although there hasn't been an official single, info about the album has leaked, and the producer list is a great one: Jahlil Beats, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, The-Dream, J. Cole, and Just Blaze are among them.
The tour: Find tickets to Jay-Z with Justin Timberlake on the Legends Of The Summer tour.
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.
Although there is a lot of shifting after the top two positions, the top two spots in February pretty much stayed the same as January. Tickets for Monster Jam Trucks and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus continued to sell at a very quick pace all throughout the month. As with last month, both shows, and Monster Jam in particular, far outstripped any other event.
Meanwhile, as was highly expected, Beyoncé announced a tour and almost immediately placed on the top-seller list. Also, Luke Bryan continued his ascent. Finally, Jason Aldean appeared back on the list for the first time since September (incidentally, while touring with Luke Bryan), Kenny Chesney and Fleetwood Mac are back after dropping off for a month, and Taylor Swift and Wicked are hanging in there.
* Rankings are as of 3/4/2013 11:00 a.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.