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A lot changed last month in the Top 10. One Direction returned to the top, displacing the Ringling Bros. Circus, but just barely. Meanwhile, theater staple Wicked and the popular Book of Mormon moved up, thanks to a burst in orders.

Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra have entered the list for the first time, due to the fact that they haven't had tours since last year. Notably, Lady Gaga has not displaced One Direction. There was a time when she would have topped this list, perhaps alternating with Justin Bieber. However, tickets have been on sale for a little more than a week; we'll give her some extra time to climb.

Speaking of performers not doing as well, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan are slowly, but surely, slipping down the list. This isn't very surprising, given that their tour is wrapping up. But it is the first time since May that they haven't been in the top three.


This week: a unique Mad Men-inspired video, an embarrassing baseball error and the stir around Michelle Obama's nails.

Mad Men Rickroll

A comedian compiled dozens of one-word clips of "Mad Men" scenes to create a whole "music video" to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." Enjoy. And don't say I didn't warn you.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention has caused quite a stir, but not just for political reasons. Apparently women everywhere are clamoring over the nail polish she wore during the speech, which turned out to be...well, read the article.

Baseball error

Awkward Rockies error

It's one of the easiest parts of the game: the catcher just has to throw the ball back to the pitcher after each pitch. But in this case, the pitcher missed the catch, allowing the Braves to score an unearned run and, ultimately, win the game.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

This week we cover a big announcement from One Direction, a big trade between the LA Dodgers and Boston Red Soz, and not-so-big news about Bill Cosby.

One Direction reveals release date for their second album

Yesterday, the popular boy band One Direction announced the release date of their sophomore studio album. Titled Take Me Home, it will drop on November 13, just short of a year since their debut album Up All Night, was released. The first single from the album, "Live While We're Young," will be released on October 1.

Boston Red Sox trade Gonzales, Beckett, Crawford, and Punto to the LA Dodgers

Last Saturday the Boston Red Sox traded first baseman Adrian Gonzales, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford, and infielder Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, the Dodgers sent first baseman James Loney, pitcher Allen Webster, infielder Ivan DeJesus, Jr., and two players to be named later to the Red Sox. The nine-player trade shed $250 million from the Red Sox payroll and is the biggest deal in Dodgers history.

Yes, Bill Cosby is still alive

On Monday Bill Cosby was the target of a hoax announcing that the 75 year old actor had died. Cosby is still alive, but it's not the first time he's been subject to the hoax. He was reported dead twice in 2010. The rumor mill struck two other times this week, as Bill Nye "the Science Guy" was also reported dead Monday morning, and comedian Russell Brand was reported dead on Sunday.

If you're in the United States or Canada, enjoy your Labo(u)r Day. Everyone else, enjoy your weekend!

As of July 31 both of the acts mentioned in the headline have been in the Top 10 for five months, so it's only fitting that they should claim the top two spots for the July list. While One Direction has never left the top 5, the Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan tour has slowly climbed its way up.

The big loser is Justin Bieber, who's dropped completely off the list after holding the top spot for the last two months. It's the biggest downward movement since Van Halen fell from #2 in March. However, it is possible that Bieber will return as the September 29 tour beginner gets closer.

What happened? I can only speculate, but I'll call it the Newbie Effect, which seems to work on sales in two ways. First, the initial excitement for Justin Bieber is long gone. Bieber Fever was at its peak back in 2010, when he was #1 or #2 for nine months. Second, much of that excitement has transferred to One Direction. It's likely that Bieber would be doing better right now if they'd never come along, but they did and so he's not.

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July has lots of things to look forward to, including Independence Day (July 4) and Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13). But what about live events after the fireworks are over? Check out our guide for the top July events:


American Idol Live: The hit talent show is hitting the road once again, kicking off a tour on July 6 in Detroit, MI. The show will visit dozens of cities before ending its tour in Milwaukee, WI, on September 11.

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Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks: The duo is joining forces for a brief summer tour. The Heart & Soul Tour begins in Cleveland, OH, on July 20, continuing through August 9.

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One Direction: The newest hit boy band continues its 2012 trek across North America through July 1. Tickets are also available for NEXT July (and June and August) for their 2013 dates.

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Other Concerts in July:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd begins July 8.
  • Iron Maiden and Journey begin their respective tours July 21.
  • Celine Dion continues her Las Vegas residency.
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