Aladdin Tickets Turn Magic

Discount Aladdin tickets are trending at the top of national theatre queues after 32 shows in NYC went on sale yesterday, said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com. The stage version of Disney’s 1992 animated classic began its Broadway previews last February and after playing to over 100 percent capacity again last week, the musical is now booked for regular performances through January 4, 2015.

It’s been 22 years since Aladdin arrived in theatres. Now, the stage version of Disney’s 1992 animated film classic has finally appeared on Broadway, much to the delight of patrons along the Big Apple’s storied stage-filled strip.

After a preview run began last February at the New Amsterdam Theatre, tickets were released yesterday to 32 more shows, with 218 full dress performances now on the books through January 4 of next year.

Adapted for the stage by writer Chad Beguelin and eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, the play features hit songs from the film, plus several more written for Broadway.

The production, directed by Tony-winner Casey Nicholaw, features Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed as Aladdin and Jasmine, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar (reprising his part from the movie), and recent Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart taking on the role of the Genie, a tough gig given actor Robin Williams’ memorable movie moxie.

“Like the film, the play is generating rave reviews in its own right. Not only was it nominated for a remarkable five Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score,” said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com, “James Monroe Iglehart, who stars as the genie, also won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor.

The story, created from centuries-old folk-tales including “One Thousand and One Nights”, was a massive box office success and sold a record-breaking 25 million VHS recordings. In the musical, Aladdin, played by Adam Jacobs, is a charismatic street rascal in Agrabah, who stumbles upon an ancient lamp that proves to be much more than meets the eye.

Unwittingly, he frees the lamp’s rib-tickling Genie, played by James Monroe Iglehart, who grants him three wishes. Transformed from vagrant to prince, Aladdin catches the eye of the beautiful Princess Jasmine, played by Courtney Reed, who is longing for an adventure. Unfortunately, the wicked royal vizier Jafar and his minions are plotting to use the lamp for evil and it is up to Aladdin to keep Agrabah out of his grasp.

The original soundtrack for the film won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Score for composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Menken also wrote songs for “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Newsies”.

The film’s music also tallied a BAFTA Award nomination, while the song “A Whole New World” earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year with lyricist Tim Rice. In addition, the movie album is one of the best-selling animated film soundtracks of all time, with nearly two and a half million copies sold in the U.S. alone as of April 2014.

New York City’s New Amsterdam Theatre will host shows five nights a week throughout Aladdin’s run on Broadway, including Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee shows, along with evening shows on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

According to the production’s website, Aladdin promises to be a “vibrant and fabulous stage spectacular that audiences of all ages will love!”

Jimmy Buffett Tickets Surf

Beach-baked balladeer Jimmy Buffett is off on his latest cruise and discount tickets are surfing at the top of trending concert sales queues nationwide, said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com. The tropical troubadour released seats to his October 21st concert in Portland yesterday as part of his This One’s For You trek which sails into Bristow, Camden, Wantagh, Elkhorn, Hershey and Las Vegas after hitting the beach at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan with John Fogerty tonight July 26, 2014.

Surprise. Jimmy Buffett was born on Christmas Day. Perhaps that’s why the surf-soaked singer-songwriter has such a sunny disposition; and why he’s like the gift that keeps on giving for millions of loyal `parrot-heads’ around the globe, as he’s toured literally every year since 1976.

Buffett, now 67, has indeed come a long way since he began in Nashville as a country artist and recorded his first album, the folk-rock Down to Earth in 1970. During this time, Buffett could frequently be found busking or street-performing for tourists in New Orleans as well.

Then, country music singer Jerry Jeff Walker took him to Key West on a busking expedition in 1971 and Buffett was hooked. He moved to the Key and bought into the laid-back beach-bum persona he’s known for today; and he began mixing country, folk and pop music with coastal and tropical themes into his now hot “gulf and western” sound.

This year’s tour, the tropical troubadour’s 38th consecutive effort, began in April in Tampa and surfed into Raleigh, Charlotte, West Palm Beach, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Spring, Austin, Cuyahoga Falls, Bethel, Mansfield, Cincinnati and Burgettstown.

After appearing with John Fogerty tonight at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, the tour sails on to the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia on August 16; Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey on Aug 18 and the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on August 21, 2014.

“Final dates for the tour have been recently added, including concerts at the Alpine Valley Music Center in Elkhorn, Wisconsin on August 23; a gig with Alan Jackson at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Penn. on August 30; two dates at the MGM Grande Garden Arena on October 18 and 25, and a gig at the Moda Center in Portland on October 21st.”

Born on December 25, 1946, (otherwise known as Christmas Day), James William “Jimmy” Buffett is an American singer–songwriter, author and businessman. The blithe balladeer, who began performing in 1965, is known for his music, which often portrays the lush lifestyle of a sun- and alcohol-soaked beach bum with a wandering eye and weakness for decadent, drunken, self-destructive and devil-may-care behavior.

Together with his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett has recorded several hit songs, most notably “Margaritaville” and “Come Monday.” His loyal fans are known as “Parrot-heads.”

In addition to his music career, Buffett is also a best-selling writer and successful businessman. He is involved in two restaurant chains named after two of his best-known songs, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Margaritaville.” The singer is also very active in charity and disaster relief efforts. (Source: wikipedia.org)

One Direction Tickets Score

Discount One Direction tickets are scoring big at the top of trending concert sales queues, said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com. After winning a boatload of awards this year, the British-Irish boy band is in the midst of their 71-date global Where We Are tour and take the field in North America at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario on August 1, 2014.

It’s good news for dedicated Directioners around the North American continent. The popular British-Irish boy band hits the shores on August 1, 2014 for a 37-date, 25 city swing through the heartland.

Currently back from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and performing at home in Dublin, Manchester, Edinburgh and London, the boys will be wrapping up the European leg of their international itinerary soon.

After kicking off the North American leg of their Where We Are tour at the Rogers Centre in Toronto with a two-nighter, One Direction heads for MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Nationals Park in D.C. and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Next on the schedule in August are concerts at Ford Field in Detroit, LP Field in Nashville, NRG Stadium in Houston, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and Soldier Field in Chicago before hitting the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on September 11 and 12, 2014.

“One Direction just scored a Brit Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six Teen Choice Awards, three MTV EMAs and a Moonman for Best Song of the Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards,” said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com.

After debuting in 2010 on the U.K. version of X Factor, One Direction has risen to the top of international stardom. The group is made up of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. All of the group members hail from the U.K., except for Horan, who is from Ireland. The band played at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony and made history as the first British group to top the Billboard 200 with a debut album, Up All Night.

The track also became 2011′s fastest-selling UK debut album. The album’s lead single, “What Makes You Beautiful”, debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. The boys also won Best New Artist, Best Pop Video and Best Share-Worthy Video for “What Makes Your Beautiful” at the MTV 2012 VMAs.

After playing the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on September 11 and 12, the band hits the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on the 16th; Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas on the 19th; the IHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept 20; Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on the 21st; Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on the 23rd; Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans, Louisiana on the 25th and PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, North Carolina on the 27th and 28th.

October dates include appearances at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on the 1st and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on the 3rd. Currently the North American wrap is set for the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on October 5, 2014.

 

Discount Mötley Crüe Tickets Rip

Renowned bad boy band Mötley Crüe opened their farewell trek earlier this month with support act shock rocker Alice Cooper, sparking the latest riff of top trending ticket sales nationwide, said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com. The hard-living Los Angeles heavy metal hair band has 55 cities left on their tour including Reno, Ridgefield, Auburn, Wheatland, Chula Vista, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Sioux City, Tinley Park, Clarkston, Toronto and Cuyahoga Falls after rocking the Shore Line Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California tonight July 23, 2014.

It is said boys will be boys, a statement the crew of heavy metal glam band Mötley Crüe take very seriously. In fact, the boys are so good at being bad, each is noted for their hard-living, hedonistic lifestyle and the daring, destructive personas they have pursued.

All have had repeated run-ins with the law and spent time in prison. Each has suffered from alcoholism and long addictions to drugs such as cocaine and heroin. And, of course, all have had countless high-profile escapades with women and are heavily tattooed.

During their careers, they have also amassed worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million, garnered seven Platinum or multi-Platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, three Grammy nods, four New York Times bestsellers and countless sold out tours around the world.

“The band’s ninth and most recent studio album, Saints of Los Angeles, was released in June of 2008 and was certified Gold in January 2012. But, after more than 30 years of heavy metal, Mötley Crüe say they’ve had enough and that this is their farewell tour,” said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com.

In the meantime, legions of fans, fearing potential withdrawal symptoms, have gone on a massive ticket-buying binge to witness their farewell blast with renowned rocker Alice Cooper, aka the Godfather of Shock Rock.

The glam metal group’s last hurrah, dubbed The Final Tour, opened earlier this month and has been scheduled to hit 67 cities in 38 states throughout the summer and fall after opening at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The current wrap is set for the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington on November 22, 2014.

The group was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981 by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil. Over they years, they have become known as the world’s most notorious rock band and one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time.

In a press conference before the tour, Neil, Mars, Lee and Sixx each signed a “cessation of touring agreement”. They sat next to tombstones bearing their names and had a lawyer present while cameras rolled.

The band’s opener, Alice Cooper, has attained widespread commercial success as well. Known for his stage shows featuring guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors and baby dolls, Cooper has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a grandly theatrical and macabre brand of rock designed to shock.

His work consists of 26 studio albums, 46 singles, 10 live albums, 21 compilation albums, 12 video releases, and an audiobook. Six of his studio albums have achieved platinum status in the United States, while two have achieved gold status.

Cooper has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards since his first official release, Pretties for You, in 1969. His latest studio release was 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare. Cooper was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 as well.

New music is on the table too. Lee recently told Billboard that the band just recorded a new track, “All Bad Things Must End,” which is expected to be released in concordance with the tour. The tour will also serve to promote an upcoming country-music album paying tribute to the band, due for release in summer 2014, and their movie “The Dirt”, due for release in 2015.

Luke Bryan Tickets Roll

Discount Luke Bryan tickets continue to trend at the top of concert sales queues nationwide as the latest leg of his popular That’s My Kind of Night Tour trucks on, said Marta Ault at online ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com. The smooth-singing Country cowboy has extended his trek with tour mates Lee Brice and Cole Swindell and will head to Atlanta, Foxborough, Philly, Darien Center, Saratoga Springs and Cuyahoga Falls after performing tonight at the Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a double-header at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Birmingham, Alabama next Wednesday and Thursday, July 23-24, 2014.

Silver-tongued superstar Luke Bryan just keeps on trucking. Part of it may be the singer-songwriter’s smooth, sincere smile and somewhat shy hometown demeanor.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the handsome yet humble Country crooner’s latest album Crash My Party opened at Number One last August on the Billboard 200 chart. Selling over 528,000 copies out of the chute, it was the best debut for a Country album by a male artist since 2004.

Then there’s Bryan’s latest tour, which continues to play to packed houses across the heartland. In fact, one of his recent shows performed to over 50,000 fans in the stands at Heinz Field, the largest concert attendance ever at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ storied home turf.

And, based on his top trending ticket sales, Bryan can expect similar turnouts for his shows at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles on August 15, and when he steps into Chicago Bears country on August 31 at Soldier Field.

“Luke Bryan and crew still have over 32 concerts scheduled and ticket sales continue to lead the pack,” said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com. “Plus his music has received considerable radio play, while his latest single “Play It Again” is the top song on the Slacker Top 40, making him the first country artist ever to top the chart and spend an unprecedented four weeks at Number One on the Country music radio airplay charts.”

Bryan’s latest album features the title track “Crash My Party,” a double Platinum-selling, three-week Number One. It also contains “That’s My Kind of Night,” also a double Platinum-selling Number One, “Drink A Beer,” another Platinum-selling three-week chart topper and now, “Play It Again,” a Platinum-selling track that has spent four weeks at Number One.

The two-time ACM awards show co-host also recently celebrated the Number One debut of his digital Spring Break EP, titled “Like We Ain’t Ever.” Combined, Luke’s six Spring Break series EP’s have sold over 825,000 copies.

Now 38, Bryan also saw tremendous success in 2013. He sold out all dates on his Dirt Road Diaries Tour and performed for an estimated 1.3 million fans. He won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Entertainer of the Year award and Vocal Event of the Year (“Only Way I Know”) with Eric Church and Jason Aldean.

On top of that, he scored back-to-back Number One singles, his first Number One album debut and multi-Platinum album sales. In addition, his 2013 shows grossed $44.4 million, earning him the 15th-highest-grossing North American touring act of the year, according to concert trade publication Pollstar. After selling out all dates so far this year, he is expected to top those numbers in 2014.

In concert with his best-selling albums and tour, Bryan was also nominated this year for three ACM awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Plus, Bryan’s latest album, “Crash My Party,” remains at Number 11 on the Billboard charts, more than eight months after its release.

Discount Jason Mraz Tickets Jump

Discount tickets to two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz‘s upcoming tour opened today and immediately rocketed to the top of trending discount concert ticket queues across the nation, said Marta Ault at BuyAnySeat.com. Best known for his huge global hit “I’m Yours”, Mraz’s upcoming 33-city North American tour hits San Francisco, L.A., Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Atlanta, Nashville, Boston, Hartford and the Big Apple among numerous other markets after opening with a two-night hometown gig at the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego on August 22, 2014.

Jason Mraz is yours. He started strumming and singing at Java Joe’s in Ocean Beach after moving to San Diego in 1999. After performing at the coffee house each week for nearly three years, he dropped his debut album Waiting for My Rocket to Come in 2002, with the hit single “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”.

In 2005, Mraz finally went mainstream with his second album, Mr. A-Z, which peaked at Number Five on the Billboard 200. Then in 2008, his third album – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things – debuted at Number Three on the Billboard 200 and became a gigantic global hit, thanks in part to the hugely popular single “I’m Yours”.

“I’m Yours” peaked at Six on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Mraz his first Top Ten single. The track then spent a record 76 weeks on the Hot 100, unheard of at that time. His fourth album, Love Is a Four Letter Word, peaked at Number Two on the Billboard 200, his highest-charting album to date.

Mraz has won two Grammy Awards and received two additional nods, and has also won two Teen Choice Awards, a People’s Choice Award and the Hal David Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. He has earned Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications in over 20 countries. He has also toured North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and parts of Africa.

As of July 2014, Mraz has sold over seven million albums, and over 11.5 million digital singles. The artist is also a social activist whose philanthropic efforts span wide-ranging issues including the environment, human rights and LGBT equality.

Discount Motown Tickets Sing

Discount tickets to Motown - The Musical continue to top the charts both on Broadway and now in the Windy City with its new national touring production, said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketpace BuyAnySeat.com. The inside story of the 1960’s soul music hit factory has grooved at over 100 percent capacity since it opened at the storied Lunt-Fontanne over a year ago, while its new top-shelf national tour opened at the historic Oriental Theatre in Chicago May 1 and continues to pack the vaunted 3,250-seat venue.

The sweet sensuous sound of soul. It still sells, just as it has since the early sixties. This may explain why Motown – The Musical has been such a solid hit at the Lunt-Fontanne on Broadway (albeit more with audiences than critics) for more than a year now.

It might also explain why the musical has now launched a top-flight national tour, which opened to rave reviews at the ornate 1926-era Oriental Theatre in Chicago on May 1 and performs through August 9, 2014.

From there, the 29-city tour hits the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco from August 15 through September 28 and opens at the State Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday October 3, 2014.

“Motown, like its incredible catalog of over 100 hits, is very popular,” said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com.

Performing on Broadway since March 2013, the musical about Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, starring Brandon Victor Dixon as Gordy and Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross, has proved to resonate very successfully with audiences.

Berry Gordy helped develop the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye. According to press notes, the show charts Gordy’s “incredible journey from featherweight boxer to music heavyweight… and it tells the story behind the hits as Smokey finds his unique voice, Diana skyrockets to stardom, and Berry fights the odds to turn his improbable dream into a triumphant reality.”

Broadway theatre-goers give Motown an almost perfect rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, while critics are less enthusiastic with a 2.9 out of 5 rating. Despite this somewhat curmudgeon-like critical appraisal, attendance capacity has remained at the top of the charts since the production opened, based on tracking data compiled by entertainment-link.com.

In addition, the play received four 2013 Tony Nominations, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Valisia LeKae), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Charl Brown), Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Orchestrations. And, it grabbed two 2013 Outer Critics Circle Nominations: Outstanding Actress in a Musical for Valisia LeKae and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Raymond Luke as a young Michael Jackson.

Costume designer Emilio Sosa, with everything from casual resort wear to formal couture beaded gowns required to be part of the mix, says Motown is “one of the largest costumed shows to hit Broadway in a very long time.” There are an estimated 350 outfits, 70 percent of which are his designs, and 135 different wigs.

Then there’s the choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams. And, of course, the soundtrack of 60 classics from the legendary Motown catalogue, including: “Get Ready,” “Shop Around,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “What’s Going On,” “My Girl,” “Tears of a Clown,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Between 1961 and 1971, the dynamic Detroit hit factory had 110 Top 10 hits.

Concerning the new touring cast’s debut run in Chicago, reviewer Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, in his May 8, 2014 review of the 2 ½ hour production, wrote: “The songs are why most people are coming for a glamorous downtown night out and they are performed with style, panache and elegant choreography, often with a precise re-creation of signature Motown moves.”

“The touring cast certainly is the equal of the one in New York, although different figures now stand out. I was most taken with Jarran Muse, a soulful Marvin Gaye, and Nicholas Christopher, a dead ringer for Smokey Robinson. Elijah Ahmad Lewis, the very talented ensemble member who plays Stevie Wonder, deserves bigger billing. So do plenty of others in the very talented union ensemble.”

Yankees Tickets Top Order

Discount New York Yankees tickets are currently batting at the top of the order in terms of all paid sports events across the nation, said Marta Ault at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com. Following the Yanks, today’s top ranking sports ticket leaders are the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies ahead of the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota tonight.

As baseball heads into the All-Star break, the Oakland A’s continue to dominate the power rankings with a 59-36 record. After the break, they face 52-42 Baltimore in their first meeting since Orioles’ Manny Machado’s suspension for bat-flinging.

“Currently, MLB Baseball is well past midway through the 162-game regular season with about 67 games left for each team.” added Ault.

The 2014 season began on March 31. This year’s 162-game schedule, split equally between home and away games for each of MLB’s 30 squads, runs through Sunday, September 29.

Originating in 1869, Major League Baseball or MLB constitutes one of the major professional sports leagues of the United States and Canada. It is made up of 30 teams—29 in the United States and one in Canada. With the International Baseball Federation, MLB also manages the World Baseball Classic.

Currently, there are 2,430 games played in a regular season, with up to 20 more played by each team in the post-season. The sheer number of games played, as well as the sport’s 30 teams and American roots, gives MLB Baseball the highest season attendance of any sports league in the world. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also known as the “Midsummer Classic”, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fans for starting fielders, by managers for pitchers, and by managers and players for reserves.

The game is meant to mark a symbolic halfway-point in the MLB season (though not the mathematical halfway-point which, for most seasons, is usually found within the previous calendar week). Both of the major leagues share a common All-Star break, with no regular-season games scheduled on the day before or the day after the day of the All-Star Game itself.

In all, 84 All-Star games have been played (including two games per year from 1959-1962), with the National League winning 43, the American League 39, and 2 ties. Since 1988 the American League has dominated, winning 18 of 23 with one tie, including a 13-game unbeaten streak (12-0-1) from 1997 to 2009. The National League ended their 13-year drought with a 3-1 victory in 2010 and won again in 2011 and 2012.

For this week’s power rankings ahead of tonight’s All-Star game, the Oakland Athletics have maintained their top spot, followed by the Los Angeles Angels at 57-37, Detroit Tigers at 53-38, Los Angeles Dodgers at 54-43, Milwaukee Brewers at 53-43, Baltimore Orioles at 52-42, Atlanta Braves at 52-43, Washington Nationals at 48-39, San Francisco Giants at 52-43 and Seattle Mariners with a 51-44.

Top Five Best-Selling Shows Online Shock Some, Surprise Others

The scandalous, shocking but ultimately sweet musical Book of Mormon is the top ticket taker so far this year as of July 7th, with $10.5 million in internet sales based on recent data from one of the largest national exchanges, said Felina Martinez at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com. While these numbers do not include non-internet-based or other private or venue-driven sales, nor data from all internet ticket exchanges, the top online sellers after the Book Of Mormon are Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney and Wicked, posting ahead of perennial powerhouses like Beyoncé, the New York Yankees, the Eagles and World Cup soccer.

Entertainment is big business in America. In fact, according to the most recent data published by Forbes, Americans spend almost as much on entertainment as they do on health care: 5.6 percent of their annual income for those hot tickets versus just a bit more at 5.9 percent for that crucial coverage.

But hey, all work and no play right? There’s family and friends to spend memorable moments with: rock concerts to hit, big ball games to catch, blasphemous Broadway plays to ponder, movies to be marveled at, restaurants to try. When it comes to memories to be made, the list goes on and on.

The most recent cumulative data, now roughly 11 years old, indicates that in 2004, Americans spent $705.9 billion on entertainment, a figure equivalent to the entire gross national product of Canada — or Australia, for that matter at the time. These estimates come from Unity Marketing Group, of Stevens, Pa.

“So far in 2014, The Book Of Mormon has sold $10,410,542 in tickets on the exchange, while Luke Bryan comes in at $9,295,042, Katy Perry at $9,001,245, Paul McCartney at $8,365,108 and Wicked at $8,099,563,” said Felina Martinez at online discount ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com.

Rounding out the top 15 sellers at the exchange are: Lee Brice at $7,794,370, Cole Swindell with $7,728,235, Bruno Mars with $7,348,166, Jason Aldean at $7,265,218, Fleetwood Mac at $7,245,340, Disney On Ice with $7,229,318, Jay-Z with $6,115,031, Florida Georgia Line at $5,842,861, Beyoncé with $5,830,547, and Beyoncé and Jay Z’s latest On The Run Tour at $5,824,031 in ticket sales.

It is interesting to note that if these numbers were to be combined, Beyoncé would easily make the top five. Other leaders include FIFA World Cup soccer at 16th with $5,240,187 in ticket sales to date, the Eagles at 18th with $4,883,206 and the New York Yankees currently ranked 23rd with $4,631,639.

According to CreditLoan.com data, Americans currently spend 33.9 percent of their annual income on housing, 17 percent on transportation and 12.8 percent on food.

Silly, smart-mouthed, scandalous and shocking religious satire The Book of Mormon continues to attract flocks of faithful fans and has remained at the top of trending theatre sales ever since it opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway in March of 2011.

The nine-time Tony Award winning musical is still playing to over 100% capacity at the O’Neill, while two traveling productions continue to tour the U.S. and are currently in Portland, Oregon and Detroit.

Discount Queen Tickets Reign

Discount tickets to Queen and Adam Lambert’s Summer Tour have rocked to the top of trending concert sales queues nationwide, according to Marta Ault at BuyAnySeat.com. The classic 1970’s British rockers with Lambert as front man opened their tour in June and hit Auburn Hills, Orillia, Toronto, Montreal, Philly, New York, Uncasville, Columbia, Boston, East Rutherford and Atlantic City after performing at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas tonight July 10, 2014.

No question about it, Queen definitely rules. They have the most popular track on the planet called “We Are the Champions”. In fact, in 2009, that cut and their “We Will Rock You” were both inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, with “We Are The Champions” voted the world’s most favorite song in a global music poll.

As one of the best-selling musical acts of all time, the band has sold over 150 albums worldwide including 18 Number One albums, 18 Number One singles, and ten Number One DVDs.

Truth be told, ever since their first hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 1976, iconic British rock band Queen has done anything but bite the dust. As of 2005, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Queen albums have spent a total of 1,322 weeks (26 years) on the UK Album Charts, more time than any other musical act.

And now, like they have in the past, original band members Roger Taylor and Brian May are teaming up with Adam Lambert for this year’s summer Tour. Queen performed with Lambert on American Idol in 2009, at the MTV European Music Awards in 2011, on a European tour in 2012 and at last year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

“Since taking the runner-up spot in the eighth series of American Idol, Adam Lambert has won international acclaim for his rich tenor voice, as well as his theatrical style and on-stage showmanship. But he admits following in the footsteps of Queen band founder Freddie Mercury – regarded by many as the greatest rock band front-man – has not been easy,” said Marta Ault at online ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com.

“The tour has played to sold out crowds since it opened in June.” added Ault.

After forming in 1970, Queen’s 1977 album, News of the World, contained two of rock’s most recognizable anthems, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”. By the early 1980s, Queen was known as one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, and their performance at 1985′s Live Aid was voted best live act in history by an industry poll in 2005.

In 1991, founder and front man Freddie Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS. John Deacon, the other original member, retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor infrequently performed together, including a collaboration with Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers which ended in May 2009.

Earlier in 2002, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was also voted “the UK’s favourite hit of all time” in a poll conducted by the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles Book, and in 2004 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2007, they were also voted the greatest British band in history by BBC Radio 2 listeners. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the band is also the only group in which every member has composed more than one chart-topping single, and all four members of Queen were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.