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Go Tejano Day Sets Rodeo Crowd Record; Lady Gaga Calls On Toyota Center July 15

Sunday's Go Tejano Day, featuring norteño groups Pesado and El Trono de Mexico (above), set a new Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo paid attendance record with 74,222 people spinning the turnstiles. This is the second year in a row Go Tejano Day has topped the rodeo's attendance charts after the Ramon Ayala/Alacranes Musical double bill drew 74,147 in 2009.

So far (and unless Rocks Off misadded), total paid rodeo attendance through Sunday evening is 855,643, up almost 112,000 people over the same time last year. Three other 2010 performances are currently in the rodeo's all-time Top 20: Mary J. Blige (No. 12, 72,151); the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato (No. 16, 72,013); and Rascal Flatts (No. 20, 71, 057). Tickets are still available for Lady Antebellum (tonight), Keith Urban (Tuesday), Gary Allan (Wednesday) and the Eli Young Band (Friday). The Black Eyed Peas (Thursday), Brooks & Dunn (Saturday) and Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez (Sunday) are sold out. See www.rodeohouston.com.

Fame Monster Lady Gaga, whose new "Telephone" video is exactly the kind of Internet smash you'd expect from a racy, Russ Meyer/Quentin Tarantino-inspired clip where Beyonce tells Gaga "You've been a bad girl. A very, very bad, bad girl, Gaga," announced dates for her upcoming "The Monster Ball" North American jaunt this morning.

Miss "Poker Face" and "Paparrazi" brings the ball to Toyota Center July 25.

A Houston on-sale date has not been announced, but should be very soon. "It's more of a musical and less of a concert," Lady Gaga told Ryan Seacrest on L.A. radio station KIIS-FM last month. "It has a New York theme, it's a story, and the story is that me and my friends are in New York and we're going to the Monster Ball, and we get lost."

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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