Bruce Springsteen Is Christmas #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart Of 2016

Merry Christmas everyone! Now, take a sip of that bucks fizz, pop on those new slippers you’ve been given and settle in for the top 10 of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart of 2016.  With a year of relentless touring under his belt, following the release of ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ last December, Bruce Springsteen has taken the top spot from last year’s chart queen Adele, who this year is sitting pretty in second place. But not content with a year full of shows, being awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom last month and releasing his autobiography, Born To Run, in September, he will hit the road again with the E Street Band in 2017 for a run of Australian dates during January and February.

Amazingly Coldplay find themselves in exactly the same position they were in on last year’s chart, #3, though this time they are sharing the top five with cockney comedian Micky Flanagan and Canadian rapper Drake, whose fourth album, ‘Views’, reached #1 on the UK album chart this spring. Having announced the end of his retirement and live return earlier this year Phil Collins finds himself at #6 on the chart, followed by pop superstar Justin Bieber, who next summer will play three huge UK and Ireland shows.

Reunited rock legends Guns N Roses are at #8, having recently announced three UK shows as part of the European leg of their Not In This Lifetime tour. Following closely behind them are Take That, who will support their forthcoming new album, ‘Wonderland’, with a spring UK arena tour, which will include six nights at the O2 in London. Taking up the final space on the top 10 of the chart is Beyoncé, who led the recent Grammy nominations for her album ‘Lemonade’.

So, as the countdown of the year’s top 50 best-selling artists on Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart draws to a close, if you missed them, check out Parts OneTwoThree and Four.

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Staff Picks: Jacob Brookman

Jacob’s Albums of 2016

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

For his third studio release, Sturgill ‘Future of Nashville’ Simpson has delivered a concept album of incredible poise with a lyrical cogency that elevates it beyond its country roots to something altogether more ambitious and emotionally versatile. ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’ is a series of life lessons to his newborn son, and yet never veers into cloying sentimentality, instead taking the listener on a journey over the high seas rich in humour, sensitivity and love. But the best thing about this record is the near-perfect arrangement and production, which utilises the the late Sharon Jones’ Dap Kings brass section to devastating effect. An actual modern classic.

Chaleur Humaine – Christine and the Queens

It’s been a mega year for Héloïse Letissier, AKA electro-pop rising star Christine and the Queens. Her stunning debut album, ‘Chaleur Humaine’  is a record of intelligence, guile and delicacy, and rejoices in its synthetically swaggering electro stylings. Letissier is a performer capable of conveying Bowie-esque otherness through tightly choreographed performances, while her blend of Franglais confessional lyrics and electro grooves makes ‘Chaleur Humaine’ an album of fine emotional control. Rightly or wrongly, there is often an intellectual gap between performers who dance, and ones that play their instruments. ‘Chaleur Humaine’ bridges this gap with distinction, and makes it seem ridiculous.

A Tribe Called Quest. We Got it from Here- Thank You 4 Your Service

In a year where musical heroes seemed to drop like flies, one name that may not have made the front pages in the UK was that of ATCQ founder-member and solid gold hip hop pioneer Phife Dawg who passed away in March at the age of 46. He managed to lay down the majority of his vocals for his band’s first release in 18 years – ‘We Got It from Here – Thank You 4 Your Service’ prior to his death. It’s an album shot through with the conscientious and erudite rhymes that made them one of hip hop’s most popular groups during their 80s and 90s heyday, and despite its complex and tragic creation, confidently demonstrates an aristocratic mastery of hip hop production. It’s a shame that Phife Dawg is not around to enjoy the acclaim the record deserves.

Common – Black America Again

Though Common’s 11th studio album was recorded before the November 8 election of Donald Trump, its themes clearly recognise the deep rooted cultural challenges that persist in America. Little wonder; Common is wordsmith who has spent his career honing a distinctive style of syncopated jazz-rap that is heavily informed by politics, society and the artist’s own Christian faith. ‘Black America Again’ is a superb record of rootsy sample-led hip-hop cuts interlaced with complex lyrical stylings and elegant turntablism. He’s an artist who sometimes goes under the radar – especially in the UK –  but who continues to be one of hip-hop’s most vital voices.

Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks and, like fellow rock leviathans U2 and Coldplay, The Rolling Stones know their format and are not changing it anytime soon. ‘Blue and Lonesome’ – the Stones’ first album in 11 years – was recorded over three days at British Grove Studios in West London, and is a collection of rough ‘n’ ready blues covers for the connoisseur. It won’t change anyone’s mind about The Rolling Stones, and they will continue to be treated with derision by hipsters universally, but this is their best album in years. Loud, obnoxious and they sound like they’re having fun.

Jacob’s Music Videos of 2016

Jamie xx – Gosh

Taken from Jamie xx’s  ‘In Colour’, October saw the release of a new video from Greek-French director Romain Gavras, the London-based visionary behind promos for M.I.A.’s Bad Girls and Jay-Z & Kanye’s No Church in the Wild. The video is coming-of-age story set in Tianducheng – a Chinese city conceived as a recreation of Paris – and features an albino teen, Hassan Kone, who is worshipped by peroxided school kids. Completely unique, sinister and hyper-real, the promo marks out a director who has spent the past 10 years developing a visual language of gritty realism and high-impact physicality.

Beyoncé – Formation

During a year when ethnic divisions in Western societies have been radically realigned, Queen Bey has formalised herself as an essential spokesperson for many American minorities and women everywhere. Her video album, ‘Lemonade’ has managed to channel many of the hopes and fears of people of colour while the music promo to lead single Formation – directed by Melina Matsoukas – delivers a host of brilliantly executed set pieces. Flooded suburbs, abandoned swimming pools and grand French Quarter mansions play host to her oft-otherworldly ability to move.

Bonobo – Kerala

This alt-electro video features a terrified Gemma Arterton stumbling around a London suburb as a sequence of supernatural visions appear before her. Adopting a variety of glitchy video loops that have previously been used by the director Bison in his work for Jon Hopkins and London Grammar the promo is half-nauseating, half-instantly re-watchable. Furthermore, the visuals offer more hidden phenomena with every watch – from levitating rocks and chameleonic cars to vast, twisting buildings. See if you can spot them all.

Coldplay –  Up & Up

Hate Coldplay as much as you want, it only makes them try harder. The third single from their seventh studio album, ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ isn’t just the best music video they’ve ever produced – it’s the best thing they’ve ever done. Directed by two highly talented Israeli filmakers, Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, the Grammy-nominated video features a host of impossible situations mixing space, time, scale, form and more. Stunningly imaginative, rich and resonant.

Grimes – Kill v. Maim

The visuals for Kill V. Maim are half Tank Girl, half Cameo’s Candy, and feature the singer – who co-directed the video with her brother Mac – in a series of increasingly kinetic cyber dystopias. Whether Grimes is hurtling through a fantastical cityscape in a pink convertible, doing battle in a grotty subway station or rocking out in a warehouse club, the world of the video is frenetic, hyper-real and psychedelic. She’s a unique talent, a proper artist.

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Reading Festival Reaches #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart


With the event only two weeks away Reading Festival has topped Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart, followed closely by V Festival, which will take place next week. Meanwhile, last week’s top spot holders, Avenged Sevenfold, have dropped to #7 and Justin Bieber is a non-mover in fourth place.

Death Grips have done well to enter the chart at #8, while below them are Pixies, having fallen from #6 last week. Beyonce is also on her way down the chart, coming in at #15, as is Jamie T, who now holds the penultimate position.

On sale in the next week are some seriously big name shows. You’ve got Super Furry AnimalsThe Flaming Lips, SkeptaSuicide Silence and Sean Paul, among many, many others. Come back and see us next week to see if Reading Festival will continue its reign at the top of the chart.

1. Reading Festival
2. V Festival
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers (Day Ticket at Reading)
4. Justin Bieber
5. The Libertines
6. Rod Stewart
7. Avenged Sevenfold
8. Death Grips
9. Pixies
10. The Cure
11. Bryan Adams
12. Simply Red
13. Billy Connolly
14. Adele
15. Beyonce
16. Louis CK
17. South West Four
18. Travis Scott
19. Jamie T
20. Billy Joel

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Super Furry Animals

2. The Flaming Lips

3. Skepta

4. Suicide Silence

5. Sean Paul

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Avenged Sevenfold Hit #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart


Avenged Sevenfold have knocked Jamie T off the top of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart and all the way down to #16.  At #2 we have funnyman Greg Davies and David Gilmour is a non-mover this week at #3.  Justin Bieber has made a nice comeback, rising from #10 last week to #4 this week, and Reading Festival has returned to the chart at #5, with the event being just three weeks away.

We say hello to newcomer Bianca Del Rio, who has made her chart debut at #7. Very nice! Not having such a good week are Pixies, who, although still in the top 10, have dropped four places, and Jess Glynne, who has gone from #12 to last place on the chart.

During the next week there are some massive shows going on sale, including Joe BonamassaBrian WilsonRumerThe Jesus And Mary Chain and Jack Savoretti. Check back in with us next week to see if any of them have made it to #1.

1. Avenged Sevenfold
2. Greg Davies
3. David Gilmour
4. Justin Bieber
5. Reading Festival
6. Pixies
7. Bianca Del Rio
8. Geko
9. Beyonce
10. Rod Stewart
11. Black Stone Cherry
12. Jack Whitehall
13. Jeff Lynnes ELO
14. The Cure
15. V Festival
16. Jamie T
17. The 1975
18. Madness
19. Bryan Adams
20. Jess Glynne

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Joe Bonamassa

2. Brian Wilson

3. Rumer

4. The Jesus And Mary Chain

5. Jack Savoretti

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Jamie T Tops Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart


Jamie T has come back in a big way recently, announcing the release of his new album ‘Trick’ and its accompanying UK and Ireland tour. It’s been enough to knock Scottish funny man Billy Connolly off the top spot and down to #5, leaving Jamie T at #1. Meanwhile, making up the rest of the top five we have PixiesDavid Gilmour and Pet Shop Boys.

In fact, there’s been a massive reshuffle this week. The 1975 have dropped from #2 to #13, Björk has entered the chart in an impressive eighth position and Black Sabbath have gone from last place last week to #11 this week. Not bad, not bad!

In the coming week there’s a mixture of comedy and music shows going on sale, including Avenged SevenfoldGreg DaviesBlack Stone CherryThe Temper Trap and Jack Whitehall. Come back and see us next week to see if they’ve got what it takes to tip Jamie T off the top spot.

1. Jamie T
2. Pixies
3. David Gilmour
4. Pet Shop Boys
5. Billy Connolly
6. Christine and the Queens
7. Beyonce
8. Björk
9. Rod Stewart
10. Justin Bieber
11. Black Sabbath
12. Jess Glynne
13. The 1975
14. Oliver Heldens
15. The Cure
16. Catherine Tate
17. Ocean Colour Scene
18. The Lumineers
19. Simply Red
20. PJ Harvey

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Avenged Sevenfold

2. Greg Davies

3. Black Stone Cherry

4. The Temper Trap

5. Jack Whitehall

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Billy Connolly At #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart


Billy Connolly has done it! The Scottish comedian has knocked Beyonce off the top spot and is currently at #1 on Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart. Following closely behind him are The 1975Lovebox FestivalChristine And The Queens and the chart queen herself, Beyonce.

Making his way back up the chart this week is Bruce Springsteen, who has risen from #15 to #6. Joining in his good fortune are Stereophonics, who have shot up six places from last week. But, where one act goes up, another must come down, and Black Sabbath have dropped from #16 to last position, while Justin Bieber has also fallen, but for him it’s five places.

During the coming week there are a shedload of tickets going on sale for a number of events and tours, including Pet Shop BoysThe LumineersJamie TBjork and Against Me. Come back and see us next week to see if anyone can bump Billy off the top spot.

1. Billy Connolly
2. The 1975
3. Lovebox Festival
4. Christine And The Queens
5. Beyonce
6. Bruce Springsteen
7. David Gilmour
8. Jeff Lynnes ELO
9. PJ Harvey
10. Stevie Wonder
11. Stereophonics
12. Jess Glynne
13. Bryan Adams
14. Justin Bieber
15. Rod Stewart
16. Catfish And The Bottlemen
17. Bastille
18. Simply Red
19. Pixies
20. Black Sabbath

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Pet Shop Boys

2. The Lumineers

3. Jamie T

4. Bjork

5. Against Me

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Queen Bey Continues To Reign Supreme On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart


We had a few technical difficulties last week so unfortunately there was no chart. Did you miss us? Well, whether or not you did, we’re back!

Beyonce is continuing her reign at the top of the chart for another week, while making up the rest of the top five we have Jeff Lynnes ELOStevie WonderMorrissey and Wireless Festival.

But not everyone is having such a good week. The Boss has dropped from #11 to #15, Stereophonics have slid two places and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are only just still in the chart, going from #16 last week to last position this week.

Over the next week there will be tickets going on sale for Billy ConnollyPJ HarveyThe 1975Christine And The Queens and Clean Bandit, to name a few. Check back in with us next week to see if any of them have managed to bump Beyonce off the top spot.

1. Beyonce
2. Jeff Lynnes ELO
3. Stevie Wonder
4. Morrissey
5. Wireless Festival
6. David Gilmour
7. Chance The Rapper
8. Lionel Richie
9. Justin Bieber
10. David Brent
11. Coldplay
12. Jess Glynne
13. Lovebox Festival
14. Rod Stewart
15. Bruce Springsteen
16. Black Sabbath
17. Stereophonics
18. Rihanna
19. Catfish And The Bottlemen
20. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Billy Connolly

2. PJ Harvey

3. The 1975

4. Christine And The Queens

5. Clean Bandit

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Beyonce Is Back On Top Of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart


Queen Bey has done it, having kicked off the UK leg of her ‘Formation’ tour this week, she’s back at #1 on Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart, followed closely by ColdplayRihannaStevie Wonder and Lionel Richie, who make up the rest of the top five. Meanwhile, last week’s top spot holders, Black Sabbath, have come in at #10.

New to the chart this week is Professor Brian Cox, who has entered at a modest 13th position. However, he is still above Elton John who has slipped from #14 to #18 and Jeff Lynnes ELO who have re-entered the top 20, just, at #19. Simply Red are also only just clinging on, having dropped from #9 to #20.

Over the next week tickets will go on sale for Fifth HarmonyDavid GilmourWhite LiesJason Donovan and The Janoskians, among many more. Come back and see us next week to see if Queen Bey has been bumped from the top spot.

1. Beyonce
2. Coldplay
3. Rihanna
4. Stevie Wonder
5. Lionel Richie
6. Jess Glynne
7. Rod Stewart
8. Justin Bieber
9. Madness
10. Black Sabbath
11. Bruce Springsteen
12. BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park
13. Professor Brian Cox
14. The Cure
15. Stereophonics
16. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
17. Billy Joel
18. Elton John
19. Jeff Lynnes ELO
20. Simply Red

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Fifth Harmony

2. David Gilmour

3. White Lies

4. Jason Donovan

5. The Janoskians

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