N'Sync might not actually be going on tour again (sorry), but we can report that when boy bands do actually go on tour they can still top sales charts. That was the case during March, as Big Time Rush and newcomer One Direction had the most sales at TicketNetwork.com.
Though Big Time Rush was the winner of the month, the real story here is One Direction. They're a band that came almost literally out of nowhere. Okay, not nowhere. Actually, they came out of the UK version of the X-Factor, where they placed third during the show's seventh season. After that, they worked on an album for a while and released it late last year. They were pretty much nobodies in the U.S. until earlier this year, when people really started noticing them. How drastically did their introduction to the U.S. change their fortunes here? This drastically:
As you can see, One Direction's popularity in the U.S. started to grow at just about the same time that their album was released, but it really started to gain steam when they toured with Big Time Rush earlier this year and appeared on The Today Show last month. The final spike, of course, was when tickets went on sale at the end of last month.
One Direction's success here is being called a new "British invasion" by some commentators, but I think how well they do here largely depends on the success of their tour. So far, though, things are looking up for them.
Other things happening last month, of course. Aerosmith released some tour dates, KISS and Mötley Crüe announced a double-headliner, and a bunch of other fine artists continued selling tickets.
Here's the full Top 10 list for March*: (Click artist's name to view tickets)
- Big Time Rush
- One Direction
- KISS & Mötley Crüe
- Bruce Springsteen
- Jason Aldean & Luke Bryan
- Iron Maiden
That is it for March. We'll see you around the same time in May.
* As of 4/2/2012 10:00 a.m. EDT. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.