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April's Top 10 Events

Although there were some other stories, April belonged to Sir Paul McCartney. The ever popular British rocker released a a stream of North American tour dates throughout the month that helped propel him to the top. Although McCartney was in the Top 10 last September, he also had fewer tour dates scheduled at the time (five versus twenty-one). As has always been the case in this list, volume equals success. More tour dates helped generate more sales this time around.

Despite having plenty of two-night stops — Orlando, FL; Brooklyn, NY; Austin, TX; and Tulsa, OK — the best-performing cities were ones where only one show is scheduled. Indeed, you have to get past Washington, DC; Seattle, WA; and Milwaukee, WI; before you can get to the best-performing two-night city, Brooklyn. The three single-concert cities made up 42% of all McCartney ticket sales on TicketNetwork.com for April.

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Most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows

On Monday it was announced that Madonna will be headlining the halftime show for this year's (well, 2012's) Super Bowl. As reactions and predictions started rolling in, I started thinking about the most memorable halftime shows in Super Bowl history.

Here are my top picks, in chronological order:

Michael Jackson, Super Bowl XXVII

Well, it’s Michael Jackson, so of COURSE it’s going to be a memorable halftime show. I'm sure the anticipation and buzz around this show was incredible, judging by the roar of the crowd. But what makes this performance particularly interesting is how he just kind of stands there for a full minute before turning his head…and then just stands there some more. Once he gets going, though, it’s clear why Jackson is the King of Pop.

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Paul McCartney tour tops ticket sales

As everyone knows (unless you live under a rock), Paul McCartney is coming back to the U.S. this month for a five-city tour! Sir Paul begins his On the Run tour with two days at Yankee Stadium on July 15 and 16. After that, he'll visit Detroit, spend two days in both Chicago and Montreal, and then cap things off in Cincinnati. The tours mark McCartney's first performance at the new Yankee Stadium.

Although he's only playing eight shows, McCartney typically doesn't leave the States without selling out every venue. He's one of the few performers who can completely take over the lead on ticket sales by just announcing a few dates. As an example, see the chart below of the top five artists from last month.

Chart showing the percentage of Paul McCartney tickets sold in June versus other top-selling bands.

As you can see, the McCartney tour completely dominated ticket sales for several days, though demand tapered off later. Still, the sales on those few days made McCartney the top-selling artist of June. The most recent mid-month takeover of this magnitude that I can think of was the Jay-Z and Eminem dates from last year.

Of course, McCartney does so well because he's a former Beatle, but also because he's led a very successful solo career. His ability to continue leading in ticket sales, even after more than 50 years of playing music, is nothing short of amazing.

Paul McCartney Tour Dates

July 15New York, NYYankee Stadium
July 16New York, NYYankee Stadium
July 24Detroit, MIComerica Park
July 26Montreal, CANCentre Bell
July 26Montreal, CANCentre Bell
July 31Chicago, ILWrigley Field
August 1Chicago, ILWrigley Field
August 4Cincinnati, OHGreat American Ball Park