When we found out last year that visitors to TicketNetwork.com were most interested in getting email alerts for when Justin Bieber, we were hardly surprised. As one of the top artists of the last few years, it always makes sense to see him at the top of pretty much anything (though there's one list he hasn't been topping recently). That he didn't tour stateside last year only helped drum up anticipation.
The same is true for Adele this year. Alert sign-ups for Ms. Adkins accounted for just over 19% of the more than 29,000 received this year. However, I think the reasons for her success are more varied than Bieber. 1) Her tour last year was cut off due to throat surgery; 2) She's the top album seller of the year; and 3) She's riding the wave of the fantastic "Skyfall" track. Due to mostly the first two things, I believe, the demand for Adele to return to the stage is about as high as it can be. I guess the question now is whether Adele will deliver. Nothing has been announced yet, but that doesn't preclude something showing up later into 2013.
All that said, Bieber still didn't do too shabby. Despite the ability for alert email sign-ups being cut off after his Believe Tour was announced in May, they still accounted for over 14% of all the sign-ups this year. After Bieber, his former girlfriend Selena Gomez came in a distant third with 5% of sign-ups.
Here is the complete Top 20 Alert Sign-ups list:
* Rankings are as of 12/26/2012 2:00 p.m. EST. List is ranked based by the number of alert sign-ups on TicketNetwork.com.