As we go into the Independence Day weekend, it's hard to think of a band on this list as more of an American music tradition than The Eagles. It is true, as I wrote last month, that country music is the top genre in most of the nation, but I doubt Luke Byan comes up on the Top 20 (or 10) list of classic artists. The same is also true of the other American artist on the list, Bruno Mars. They may yet become legends in their own right, but at the moment they're too new. When it comes to all-things American, The Eagles is a long-standing tradition like baseball and fireworks (even though it's actually a Chinese invention).
It is therefore fitting that they should take the #1 spot for June's Top 10 Events list. The "History of The Eagles" tour kicks off on Saturday, July 6, in Louisville, KY, and fans have been claiming the tickets in droves. During the month of June, the city for which Eagles fans most purchased tickets at TicketNetwork.com was Dallas, TX. The Eagles will have two concerts at American Airlines Arena on October 11 and 12. The Dallas shows were among the ones the band announced on May 30. Sales for this city far outstripped any others, and there's quite a bit of time to go before October 11, so it will likely do even better as the date approaches.
If there is a real winner for not just the entire month, but the entirety of 2013 to date, it's definitely Luke Bryan. Country music has always been one of the biggest genres here at TicketNetwork.com (and in most of America), and more tickets for Bryan's shows have sold at TN.com than for any other country performer all year*.
Country music these days appears to be a lot like pop music (and some would say it's exactly the same thing). A performer that is popular one year might be displaced by another the following year. For a long time, Kenny Chesney was at the top of the genre, followed by Jason Aldean. This year it is Luke Bryan's turn.
Bryan has been in the Top 10 all year, but May is the first month he is at number one. He did briefly made it to the top spot last July as part of a tour with Jason Aldean, but this is the first time he's done it on his own merits.
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.
With Bruno Mars now claiming the second spot and Monster Jam (just barely) at the very bottom, the two-month dominance of the monster truck show is over. Although the events are still doing quite well — enough to earn it a place in March's Top 10 — it lost its lofty position thanks in part to the passing of a popular event in Dallas, TX, at the end of February.
In its place is the other family-friendly and affordable show, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Mars, meanwhile, is in the Top for the first time since we started the series last year.
Rounding out the first five is P!nk, who returns after briefly being there last October, and Taylor Swift, who returns to the first five after falling to the second half in February. And, currently in the second half we see Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z's tour, which enters the list for the first time, while George Strait is back after a month off, and the Dave Matthews Band returns for the first time since last June.
* Rankings are as of 4/3/2013 4:00 p.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.
Although there is a lot of shifting after the top two positions, the top two spots in February pretty much stayed the same as January. Tickets for Monster Jam Trucks and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus continued to sell at a very quick pace all throughout the month. As with last month, both shows, and Monster Jam in particular, far outstripped any other event.
Meanwhile, as was highly expected, Beyoncé announced a tour and almost immediately placed on the top-seller list. Also, Luke Bryan continued his ascent. Finally, Jason Aldean appeared back on the list for the first time since September (incidentally, while touring with Luke Bryan), Kenny Chesney and Fleetwood Mac are back after dropping off for a month, and Taylor Swift and Wicked are hanging in there.
* Rankings are as of 3/4/2013 11:00 a.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.