Van Halen dominates January's concert top 10 list

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It's always interesting to look back at the previous month to see which artists and bands sold the most tickets, because you don't always know what to expect. What may have seemed like an uptick in sales at the beginning of the month may peter out by the end. Likewise, something that didn't even land on the radar on the first day can end up dominating the month by the last day. With that in mind, I present a new monthly TN Team Blog series, where I look back at which artists and bands made the Top 10 list for concert ticket sales on the TicketNetwork Exchange.*

When January started, it seemed to be Coldplay's to own, but any hope of them coming out on top (they were December's #2 act) was quickly shoved aside when the Van Halen schedule was announced on January 6. By the end of the month, Van Halen ticket sales represented nearly 10% of all concert sales on the Exchange. They were without a doubt the number one band; nobody else even came close.

That wasn't a real surprise, though. I mean, come on, it's Van Halen! It would have been a tragedy if they didn't sell a lot of tickets. What was a surprise was who else showed up in the Top 10: The Fresh Beat Band. This toddler-focused group, comprised of characters from the Nick Jr. series, clocked in at a comfortable #9. Lots of tour dates and low-priced tickets helped make them an easy choice for parents looking to expose their kids to family-friendly music and dance.

Here's the full Top 10 list for January*: (Click artist's name to view tickets)

  1. Van Halen
  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  3. Tool
  4. Coldplay
  5. Nickelback
  6. Drake
  7. Bruce Springsteen
  8. Elton John
  9. The Fresh Beat Band
  10. The Black Keys & Arctic Monkeys

That's it for January. Check back next month for the February Top 10 list.

* As of 2/3/2012 11:00 a.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked by ticket sales.