2013 was a busy (and sometimes shocking) year in music. Miley Cyrus came in like a wrecking ball, Justin Timberlake returned to music, Lou Reed passed away and Destiny’s Child reunited at the Super Bowl. The list of exciting albums, tours and performances is a long one, but only Eventful allows you to like and Demand performers come to your area. Here’s the run down on the top five performers you, the Eventful user, liked the most during 2013.
#1 Bon Jovi
Legendary rock group Bon Jovi dominated the top spot on Eventful in 2013, marking their 30th year as a group. Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, Tico Torres and Hugh McDonald began in February with their Because We Can World Tour, playing shows on every continent and selling out tickets at each and every one. The tour was in promotion for their twelfth album, What About Now, which was released in March. The album shot to #1 on the US charts and sold 101,000 copies in the first week of its release. Bon Jovi ended the year when you chose their tour as Eventful 2013 Fans’ Choice Award for Best Tour of the Year at the Billboard Touring & Conference Awards.
Whether you’re a long time fan or started listening around Relapse, Eminem blew away a lot of people this year. Eminem showcased his burgeoning, more mature style on The Marshall Mathers LP 2, released in early November. The album significantly tones down the violence from previous albums, while also showcasing an evolved edition of the speedy rapping that made him famous; for example, when he raps 97 words in 15 seconds, coherently, on “Rap God.” Or how he deftly samples and mixes Billy Squire’s “The Stroke” and the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right” and “The New Style” on “Bezerk.” While Eminem didn’t tour this year, his #1 album guaranteed him a #2 spot with fans on Eventful. However, he will be visiting Oceania beginning in mid-February, and will likely add North American tour dates to his schedule in the Spring.
Coldplay’s spot at #3 on Eventful’s most popular performers of the year is a little more surprising. The UK band that Rolling Stone readers named fourth-best band of the 2000s released no albums and played no tours this year, only releasing the song “Atlas” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. However, some of their popularity this year might be excess from their Mylo Xyloto Tour, which ended on NYE 2012. Coldplay had scheduled dates in South America in 2013 that Eventful users were initially excited for, but the band was forced to cancel them.
#4 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift and her fans were seeing red throughout 2013. While her latest album, Red, was released in 2012, the spritely country artist embarked on an international tour for the album this year, cementing a spot at #4. The Red Tour featured phenomenal opening acts like Ed Sheeran, Austin Mahone, Brett Eldredge and Florida Georgia Line. Swift touched down in North America and Oceania during the 2013 tour, and is set to conclude with a command performance at London’s O2 Arena. Some fans have been lucky enough to witness duets with Swift and artists like Carly Simon, Rascal Flatts, Ellie Goulding, B.o.B. and many others during North American dates. So far, every stop on the tour has sold out, and Swift became the first solo female artist in 20 years to headline a stadium tour in Australia, as well as the first female artist to sell out Sydney’s Allianz Stadium in its 25 year history.
#5 Red Hot Chili Peppers
While the Red Hot Chili Peppers had a relatively quiet year, an iconic rock band like that will still make waves. They ended their two-year long I’m With You Tour in April, followed by a few performances at major music festivals like Outside Lands and Lollapalooza. Drummer Chad Smith has said that the band has been working on writing new songs throughout the year, and hopefully they’ll record in 2014. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will definitely pick up their tour again in 2014, playing a pre-Super Bowl show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in February, then heading down to South America.