Conspiracy Theory Thursday: I Want to Beliebe

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I Want To Beliebe

Though largely overshadowed by such moments as Nicki Minaj’s callout of Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift being Taylor Swift, and Cyrus’s batsh*t, trippy performance with Wayne Coyne, Justin Bieber’s live medley of “Where Are Ü/What Do You Mean?” brought out the “wow” when he apparently broke down crying following his set. It was yet another noteworthy moment at Sunday’s MTV VMAs. I have to admit, “Where Are Ü” is pretty catchy, but he lost me at “What Do You Mean?”

Mind you, the bridge in the song is a spoken word piece of sophomoric philosophizing, which I have transcribed below and made into an inspirational quote you’d see on Pinterest because it has all the emotional depth of a kumquat. (Actually, now that I really think about it, maybe that whole spoken word thing is perfectly in line with the name of the song.)

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Skrillex Announces "Mothership" Tour

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This morning, Skrillex announced "The Mothership Tour," his latest set of solo dates and festival appearances. The 17 date tour will begin on May 23 at the Zoo Amphitheater in Oklahoma City, OK, and end on July 30 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME. In addition, Skrillex will visit several festivals between now and the end of the summer, including this week's appearance at South by Southwest, the Ultra Music Festival at the end of the month, and his sets at Bonnaroo in June.

See below for the U.S. tour dates and visit the Skrillex page for more information on tickets.

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Electronic music continues to grow in 2012

DJ performing at a nighclub.

Last year I did some research on the growth of electronic music on the TicketNetwork.com Exchange, and found that at the time Tiësto and deadmau5 were two of the biggest artists on the Exchange. Now that we're a year apart from the first post, it seems a good time as any to provide an update.

First off, some numbers for the genre as a whole. I compared the same two periods in both years, January 1 to October 10. As it turns out, the number of ticket purchases for the genre grew by 112%. This isn't as much growth over 2010, which was 447%, but still decent for an emerging genre (in terms of touring performances). The number of artists represented in the genre at TN.com also grew, from 37 to 64.

The lineup of top artists has also changed, partially due to growth, and partially due to some tours ending and others starting. For example, last year deadmau5 topped the list, but he hasn't performed much this year. Instead Avicii has taken over his place; tickets for his events represent 18% of all electronic music tickets sold during the period. The other artists in the Top 5 include Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Pretty Lights, and Bassnectar. Skrillex tickets in particular have seen a modest growth in sales. They hasn't surpassed deadmau5, as I predicted last year, but are still up 35%.

At the end of the year we'll take a closer look at how electronic music has done at TN.com in 2012, especially compared to other concert genres.

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