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December's Top 10 Events

As I noted last month, timing is everything. With a full month advantage this time around, the One Direction ticket sales tallied up quickly and nobody else even had a chance.

It is the first time since last September that 1D has held the #1 spot. Although that may seem strange at first, remember that this is the band that started selling tickets for 2013 before they even started touring in 2012. One Direction fans do not wait, and 2012 was one of those odd years where ticket sales were so early that it was a long time before they picked back up again. The greatest chunk of tickets usually sells on the onsale date, anyway, and this past December was no different.

November's Top 10 Events

The time has finally come: Trans-Siberian Orchestra has taken the #1 spot in the Top 10. Unlike last November, when its chance was shot down by an 11th hour (pun intended) entrance by Taylor Swift, TSO had no real competition this time around. It could have potentially been toppled if the One Direction tour had been announced a week earlier, but timing was everything last month.

So, too, is the fact the TSO has so many events. Only an extremely popular act can come close, but only if they have enough events going on sale. George Strait also did well last month, but only had a couple events on sale.

With a tour like TSO's, it's a little difficult to judge how one specific show does compared to the rest, and indeed no one specific show stands out for November. What I can write about is what venues did the best overall, and in this case there is a clear winner: Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, PA (on a side note, it seems to be Philly's week). In a distant second was Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Here are the top five venues:


October's Top 10 Events: George Strait Leads the Pack

October's Top 10 Events

If you're going to go big, make sure to do it convincingly. That's the trend we're seeing for last month's Top Ten, as ticket sales for the final dates of George Strait's "Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour far outstripped any other event at

This shouldn't surprise anyone too much. After all, we've known that the final dates are in 2014 for a little over a year, and on October 24 speculation arose that Strait's final tour date will be on June 7. So now is the time to get your tickets if you want to see him before he hangs up his hat for good, and fans have indeed responded to impending final dates in a big way.

The tour dates with the most ticket sales last month included the January 17 show with Eric Church, the February 7 show with Martina McBride, the February 15 date with Little Big Town, the April 5 show with Lee Ann Womack and Merle Haggard, and the February 28 date with McBride.

* Rankings and other data are as of 11/4/2013 3:00 p.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on

September's Top 10 Events: Ringling Bros. Went for Three

September's Top 10 Events

In the last Top 10 in mid-September, it seemed that the Ringling Bros. Circus was heading for a third month at the top. Well, I can now report that that has indeed happened! This makes Ringling the first event to top the list for three months in a row since this series was started.

Last month I noted that it was Ringling's affordable tickets that was keeping it at the top, but what does that mean exactly? Well, the success of any event is based on demand for the tickets plus pricing them at a level ticket buyers are willing to pay. In September, the overall average selling price for Ringling Bros. tickets listed on was $41. Between all the cities on the Ringling tour, average prices were mostly in the $30 range.

August's Top 10 Events

For a second month, the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus is at the top of the list. If you're not keeping track, the last time this happened was with Monster Jam Trucks in January and February. Before that it was with Taylor Swift in November and December.

Ringling Bros. in doing very well indeed thanks to plenty of affordable tickets, and its heyday might not be over. For the first time since I started reporting all of the Top 10 events for August 2012, it seems very possible that a non-concert, sport, or theater event will claim the top spot a third time in a row. It's not a guarantee, just a possibility. However, I think there's some evidence for it. There are a couple reasons it could happen:

  1. Ringling Bros. is already in the top spot (just barely). It's challenged by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but sales for TSO could potentially slow down after initial onsales are complete. Last year TSO made the list in September, but didn't get near the top until November.
  2. Other than TSO, there is no other strong contender. Luke Bryan's tour ends in October, so sales will naturally slow down as that wraps up. The same is true of Jason Aldean, who came in a distant third this month.

Ultimately, only time will tell, so come back next month for the results!

* Rankings and other data are as of 9/18/2013 1:30 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on