The story of February was somewhat like the story of January, with the previous month's top seller poised to again take the top spot if not for the introduction of another very popular act. Unlike January, where I got the sense that people weren't really sure that Van Halen was going to tour until it was actually announced on the 5th, Madonna's world tour was pretty much a sure thing, given the well known details of her new album MDNA well before the announcement and, well, her prominent halftime performance at the Super Bowl.
Other than that, a lot of things that happened in January also happened in February. Like Van Halen before her, the Material Girl sold enough tickets to command a comfortable percentage of concert sales on the TicketNetwork Exchange*, 8% in this case. February also saw the return of five acts that made the list in January: Van Halen, who took the second spot this time around; the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Coldplay; Bruce Springsteen; and Elton John.
Of course, only five returning Top 10ers mean that there were five new ones. Like Madonna, The Beach Boys made the list after announcing their 50th Anniversary Tour mid-month. Meanwhile, Roger Waters, the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw Brothers of the Sun Tour, and Eric Church moved up after just barely not making the list last month.
Here's the full Top 10 list for February*: (Click artist's name to view tickets)
- Van Halen
- Bruce Springsteen
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- The Beach Boys
- Roger Waters
- Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw
- Elton John
- Eric Church
That is it for the shortest month of the year. Next time we do this we'll be one hour ahead and in spring.
* As of 3/2/2012 10:00 a.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked by ticket sales.