I'm beginning to feel a bit like a broken record, but the Ringling Bros. Circus just does that well when it's on fire, as does Monster Jam. Indeed, those two events dominated the ticket sales landscape for yet another month. For Ringling, it's the fifth time in the top spot in the last seven months, and this month's lead was quite convincing, leaving everyone else in the dust. Maybe it'll go for another streak of three, but we'll have to wait until next month to find out.
I'm more interested in discussing Bruno Mars. Sales for his tour's tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com were close to rivaling Monster Jam. Had some things been different, he might be in the second spot. Still, ticket sales for these shows did extremely well, which is why he got the third spot.
Hey, Ringling Bros. is #1 in the Top 10 again! That's four times in the last six months it has held the top spot. It would have had an overwhelming lead as well, if it weren't for Monster Jam, which was almost at the top but couldn't quite make it.
These two events show up in the top spots so often because, other than being popular in their own right, tickets are typically low-priced and many shows are available. In the case of January, the Ringling Bros. circus had a boost in ticket sales for events in Miami, FL; Charlotte, NC; Nashville, TN; and Birmingham, AL. Though Miami was the city with the most tickets sold, the biggest single event was the January 25 show in Nashville.
The opposite was true of Monster Jam, which saw big sales for events in Houston, TX; Anaheim, CA; Tampa, FL; and Atlanta, GA. The biggest seller was the January 18 show in Houston.
Out with the old and in with the new. We're another year down, and it's just about time to look ahead to the coming months. However, as we settle into 2014, let's take a moment to see what happened in terms of ticket sales at TicketNetwork.com in 2013.
As it turns out, for me at least, there are few surprises in the overall Top 10 list:
Indeed, this list looks very familiar for anybody who has followed the monthly Top 10 lists over the past year. First, thanks to some very affordable tickets, and a never-dampening enthusiasm for its popular circus show, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus has the top spot in the overall Top 10. Earlier this year, the show spent three straight months in the number spot. It was also #1 in March. Even when it wasn't number one, it was almost always near the top, usually in the second position.
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.
The time has finally come: Trans-Siberian Orchestra has taken the #1 spot in the TicketNetwork.com 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: