Bette MidlerBy Stacey Willets

This week’s TicketNews Top Tens are brought to you by the letter “B.” Read on to see how Buffett, Bon Jovi, Barry Bonds, Bette, and all the other top events fared this week.

How appropriate that as we enter the season of beach bums, Jimmy Buffett finds his way back onto the Overall Top Events chart. His Bama Breeze Tour blows him all to way up to number seven. Bon Jovi is also new on the chart this week, debuting at number nine. The CONCACAF Gold Cup, which has appeared in various incarnations at the bottom of the chart over the last couple weeks, reaches number four.

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While concerts appear to be moving up in the Overall Top Events rankings, baseball is moving down. The Boston Red Sox hold on to the number two spot, but the New York Yankees drop from number three to number six, knocking the Chicago Cubs from number six to number eight . . .

The New York Yankees drop to number three on the Top Sports chart this week, beat out by the Sox and soccer. The 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final takes number two in the rankings, impressive for a sport that is popular anywhere but here. Despite the fact that most Americans aren’t avid fans (you probably couldn’t find an English-language broadcast of the game on television) and we call the sport by the wrong name (it’s football in much of the rest of the world), the U.S. team is good. They win their second consecutive Gold Cup Championship and fourth overall, defeating Mexico on Sunday.

The US Open provides some additional flavor to a Sports chart made up almost entirely of Major League Baseball. The tennis event claims the number seven spot.

The San Francisco Giants join seven other MLB teams on the Top Sports chart, debuting in the rankings at the number nine spot. Things may continue to heat up for the Giants with Barry Bonds just seven home runs away from beating Hank Aaron’s career home run record.

Last week Spring Awakening enjoyed a post-Tonys boost in the rankings, but this week the theater-goer’s attitude seems to be “been there, done that, bought the t-shirt.” The highly acclaimed musical drops off both theatre charts after appearing at number six in the Top Theatre rankings and number five in the Top New York City rankings. Grease appears to be the hormonal teen driven musical of choice. The revival, though not even in previews yet, moves from number eight to number five on the Top Theatre Chart, and leaps from number seven to three on the Top NYC chart.

The Police top the Concerts chart for the fourth straight week. Jimmy Buffett catches a current that takes him from number nine to number two. Bon Jovi, whether taking a Lost Highway or a familiar interstate, move from the number six ranking to number three.

It’s the kind of week that country artists could write a song about. Kenny Chesney drops four spots from number two to number six and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul Tour disappears from the rankings fourteen weeks after its debut on the chart.

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It’s all about the headliners in the Las Vegas rankings this week. Bette Midler outsells Cirque Du Soleil shows LOVE and “O”, rising to number three nearly eight months before she takes the stage. Above the Divine Miss M, Céline Dion spends another week at number one and Elton John moves up to number two. Barry Manilow returns to the chart at number nine.

The Cirque Shows are down, but not out. LOVE is bumped one place lower to number four. “O” drops three spots to number five. They are joined by Mystère, which takes the number six spot. Spamalot appears at seven this week, Stomp Out Loud debuts at number eight, and Blue Man Group drops from six to ten.

To see this week’s rankings, check out the press release in the Daily Buzz section of