By Stacey Willets
TicketNews.com releases its exclusive weekly Top 10s this morning. Read on for a sneak peek of this week’s hot events.
If you had De La Hoya vs. Mayweather tickets to sell, you probably spent your Cinco de Mayo sipping Coronas and counting your money. In those last days leading up to fight night, Oscar De La Hoya made an impressive climb to number one, surpassing ticket sales for the Boston Red Sox and long-time champion of the TicketNews Top Tens, Wicked. But while De La Hoya knocked out the competition in the event rankings, it was Floyd Mayweather Jr. who won the fight by a twelve round split decision . . .
De La Hoya’s battle to reach the top of the chart could not keep some good events down. Kenny Chesney, Jersey Boys, the Chicago Cubs, Jimmy Buffett, and Tool all moved up this week. The only one who was truly pummeled was Josh Groban, who achieved a fleeting stay at number five before being kicked out of the top ten.
The Golden State Warriors are back for a second round on the Top Sports chart after clinching a spot in round two of the NBA playoffs. The Mets moved up four spots from number ten to number six, as if New Yorkers suddenly realized they have more than one Major League Baseball team. The Kentucky Derby never took off quite like Street Sense and finished its run at number eight.
Josh Groban soared to the top of the Concerts chart last week, but this week the other best-selling artists appear to be “Awake.” Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, The Police, and Tool put Groban in his place, which turns out to be number five. Dave Matthews Band apparently had “Too Much” of the top half of the chart and suffered a “Crash” to number ten.
Bette Midler, slated to be the next diva to grace the stage of Caesar’s Colosseum, debuted at number four on the Top Vegas chart despite the fact that her performances are scheduled to begin nearly a year from now. She will be replacing consistent best-seller Celine Dion when Celine ends her A New Day . . . production in 2008.
New to the TicketNews Top 10s, Stripper 101 adds a little of the spice that Sin City is famous for. With celebrities such as Carmen Electra, Teri Hatcher, and even Kelly Ripa popularizing exotic dance as a great cardio workout, Stripper 101 is enjoying the boom. The production, which started in June 2006 with two classes, now offers eighteen courses that are reported to sell out daily. It’s the next yoga – Vegas-style.
To see this week’s rankings, visit the Other News section of TicketNews.com.