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Madonna, Knicks tickets lead TicketNews' events rankings

By Kelly McWilliams

Tickets for dates on Madonna's latest tour have been going on sale over the last couple weeks and in that time, the iconic singer-songwriter has become the undisputed queen of TicketNews exclusive events rankings. She dominated the ranks of top sellers on the secondary market this past week, marking two consecutive weeks at the top of the list.

Touring in support of her twelfth studio album, "MDNA," Madonna first hits the stage in Israel, playing Tel Aviv's Ramat Gan Stadium on May 29. North American performances begin on August 28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, and include some high profile stops in late summer at Yankee Stadium and the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Currently, the performer's last stop is scheduled for November 17 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA, but more dates are on deck, including a still-to-be-confirmed appearance in Miami.

Hot musical artists joining Madonna in the top ten this week include the reunited Van Halen in at No. 5, and Bruce Springsteen's first tour with the E Street Band since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons hitting at No. 6.

The other big story this week was the New York Knicks, riding a wave of fan excitement behind the phenom known as Jeremy Lin. The point guard's jaw-dropping play took the Knicks to No. 2 in this week's events rankings and two straight weeks of easy domination of the Top Sports rankings.

Other than the Knicks and "Lin-sanity," sports were not well represented in this week's rankings, with the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, in at No. 8, the only other event to break the top ten.

Theater made a bit of a comeback, with three productions making the cut this week. The long-running hit musical "Wicked" made it to a No. 3, followed by "The Book of Mormon" at No. 4 and "Jersey Boys", a rare top ten entry of late, in at No. 7.

TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork Exchange™. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales from the given event and total ticket sales within the category. Since the sum of all events' power scores equals 100 in any given category, an individual event's Power Score represents its category-specific significance. Top Event Power Scores should only be used to compare events within a particular category, and not across categories.

Top Combined Events

Week Ending 2/19/2012

      Event Score
1 Madonna Tickets 10.62
2 New York Knicks Tickets 4.12
3 Wicked Tickets 3.43
4 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 2.21
5 Van Halen Tickets 1.90
6 Bruce Springsteen Tickets 1.87
7 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.35
8 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Tickets 1.26
9 Coldplay Tickets 1.22
10 Mana Tickets 1.20

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 2/19/2012

      Event Score
1 Madonna Tickets 22.10
2 Van Halen Tickets 3.94
3 Bruce Springsteen Tickets 3.89
4 Coldplay Tickets 2.53
5 Mana Tickets 2.50
6 Roger Waters Tickets 2.41
7 Elton John Tickets 2.11
8 Red Hot Chili Peppers Tickets 1.92
9 Daniel Tosh Tickets 1.82
10 Drake Tickets 1.66

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 2/19/2012

      Event Score
1 New York Knicks Tickets 12.89
2 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Tickets 3.96
3 AMA Supercross Tickets 3.68
4 Miami Heat Tickets 3.62
5 Chicago Bulls Tickets 2.40
6 New York Rangers Tickets 1.98
7 The Harlem Globetrotters Tickets 1.92
8 Los Angeles Lakers Tickets 1.92
9 Winter Classic: Detroit Red Wings Tickets 1.69
10 Dallas Mavericks Tickets 1.65
     

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 2/19/2012

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 18.51
2 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 11.89
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 7.36
4 The Lion King Tickets 6.12
5 Cirque Du Soleil - Michael Jackson The Immortal Tickets 5.16
6 Les Miserables Tickets 4.46
7 Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream Tickets 2.92
8 War Horse Tickets 2.85
9 Mamma Mia! Tickets 2.37
10 Disney On Ice: Toy Story 3 Tickets 2.35

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 2/19/2012

      Event Score
1 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 35.12
2 Wicked Tickets 16.90
3 War Horse Tickets 7.21
4 Jersey Boys Tickets 7.17
5 Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark Tickets 4.74
6 The Lion King Tickets 4.72
7 Phantom Of The Opera Tickets 3.36
8 How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Tickets 2.01
9 Rock of Ages Tickets 1.52
10 Cirque Du Soleil - Michael Jackson The Immortal Tickets 1.19

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 2/19/2012

      Event Score
1 Celine Dion Tickets 87.34
2 Cirque Du Soleil - The Beatles: Love Tickets 4.09
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.81
4 Blue Man Group Tickets 1.51
5 Le Reve Tickets 1.23
6 David Copperfield Tickets 1.06
7 Cirque Du Soleil - Ka Tickets 0.99
8 Terry Fator Tickets 0.81
9 Cirque Du Soleil - Zumanity Tickets 0.66
10 Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets 0.28

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