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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:

Concerts

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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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.

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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.

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