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One of country music's fastest rising stars is young singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. In 2006, she made her major label debut at the age of 17 with an eponymous album that debuted within the Top 20 on the Billboard 200. Two years later, she followed with "Fearless," an album that spent eight straight weeks at the top of the music charts.
While Swift started out as a supporting act on a number of country music tours, she quickly showed her power at the box office as a headliner for special concert events and festival appearances. In 2008, AEG Live and The Messina Group announced that Swift's first-ever headlining tour was in the works. The extensive six-month trek, which is scheduled to hit more than 50 cities, was announced early in February 2009 and is sure to be a standout during the summer touring season.
Taylor Swift is still a young women, but she certainly understands the importance of giving back. Swift's contributions this year include a $4 million gift to the Country Music Hall of Fame and 14,000 books to the Nashville Public Library.
TicketNews®' top events rankings for the week ending November 25, 2012, remained relatively similar compared to those from the previous week. While there were some shake ups in position, there were only two newcomers.
TicketNews®' exclusive top venues rankings saw quite the shake up for the week ending November 18, 2012. Consistent frontrunner the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, home of "The Book of Mormon," fell to its lowest position in months coming in at No. 8. This fall has opened the door to a whole new group at the top of the venues rankings.
Tickets to upcoming concerts from Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are among the onsales for the weekend ending November 19, 2012, as compiled by TicketNews®.
This weekend's onsales list begins with tickets to Taylor Swift's The Red Tour. Swift is hitting the road starting in March in support of her record selling album Red. The Red Tour is schedule to run through September 2013 touching down in stadiums and arenas across North America. Joining Swift on tour is singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran who recently released his debut studio album + in the United States this summer. Tickets for The Red Tour in Washington D.C.; Pittsburgh, PA; Tampa, FL; Detroit, MI; Toronto, ON; Kansas City, MO; Chicago, IL; and Los Angeles, CA are among the weekend onsales.
After slipping to the second position late October, "The Book of Mormon" is back on top of TicketNews®' top events ranking list for the second consecutive week.
The week ending November 11, 2012 saw some highly anticipated tours surge into the top three.
Taylor Swift will be hitting the road across the United States and Canada early next year for a large tour supporting her fourth studio-length album, "Red" which was released on October 22. Swift made the announcement last Friday on ABC News' primetime television special "All Access Nashville with Katie Couric – A Special Edition of 20/20."
The Red tour will be hitting 58 venues across North American throughout the spring and summer of 2013. Swift will kick off the tour on March 13 in Omaha, Nebraska. Along the way Swift will make stops in cities including Miami, Houston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Chicago, as well as three Canadian provinces. Taylor and company will wrap up the tour with three consecutive nights of performances in Nashville, Tennessee on September 19, 20 and 21.
KIIS FM, a Clear Channel Radio station has announced that its yearly Jingle Ball event will expand to two nights this year. The hit radio station announced that the event is set to take place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, December 1 and Monday, December 3.
The popular holiday event has drawn such a large crowd in past years that KIIS FM has decided to expand to two nights of performances. The event will not be on consecutive nights however, giving the staff a day to recuperate after the first night of performers.
TicketNews has released its exclusive events rankings for the week ending Sunday, May 1, and after one week out, Taylor Swift made it back to the number one spot, power scoring a 4.25.
Coming in at number two this week was long time Latin pop group Maná (2.94), followed by Wicked (three, 2.68) and Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj (four, 2.51). The first sports entry of the week were Miami Heat tickets to the home games of their NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Boston Celtics in at number five (2.05). Miami defeated Boston in Game 1 of the series on Sunday, with Game 2 scheduled for tonight.
This weekend's onsales start with tickets to three upcoming concerts from pop superstar Taylor Swift. Routinely selling out her tour dates, Swift has upcoming shows in Austin, TX, Jacksonville, FL and Columbia, SC, among today's onsales. Tickets are also on sale today for upcoming shows from Jennifer Hudson, including stops in Las Vegas, Toronto, and Indianapolis. Hudson has some additional dates on sale Saturday, including stops in Boston and Detroit.
Taylor Swift has taken over the top spot once again in TicketNews' exclusive events rankings for the week ending Sunday, April 17. Swift returned to the number one spot last week after six weeks out of first place, and she did it again this week, power scoring a 5.35.
Wicked came in at number two (3.44) in the rankings, and Prince finished the week at three (1.98). New Yorkers love their teams in the playoffs, this week snapping up New York Rangers tickets for their NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (four,1.88) and New York Knicks tickets for the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (six, 1.68).