The legendary Neil Diamond has edged the hit musical Wicked out of the number one position in TicketNews’s exclusive top events rankings for the...

The legendary Neil Diamond has edged the hit musical Wicked out of the number one position in TicketNews’s exclusive top events rankings for the week of April 28 – May 4, 2008. Diamond rose up from his second place finish last week to oust “Wicked” from its month-long run in the top slot. Diamond’s 9.16 power score, which was nearly triple his score from last week, was more than double “Wicked”‘s 4.67 score this week.

Other Top Events this week included the ever competitive New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in third and fourth place with power scores of 3.10 and 2.54, and the second most popular musical, Jersey Boys, in fifth place with a score of 2.15.

This week was also an exciting week in sports, with many hot events represented on the Top Sports Events chart. The Yankees, who clinched the top position with a power score of 9.86, currently stand with a record of 17-16 after series against the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners this past week. The Red Sox, who trailed the Yankees in the top events rankings with a power score of 8.00, have nonetheless risen to a 20-13 record after winning a total of 5 games against the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays this week. The Chicago Cubs came in third place on the chart with a power score of 3.61, and the Kentucky Derby came in fourth with a power score of 2.57. Favorite horse Big Brown won the race, but the victory was overshadowed by the euthanasia of Eight Belles after breaking two ankles.

In theater news, “Wicked” still remains the play to beat. The hit show dominated both the Top Theater and Top Broadway charts with power scores of 37.09 and 35.36, respectively. “Jersey Boys” earned a solid second place on both charts, with scores of 17.46 and 15.74, and South Pacific held strong in third with power scores of 6.80 and 11.33. Lion King, Little Mermaid, and Young Frankenstein also performed well this week, as the three musicals finished in fourth through sixth place on both charts.

Diamond continues to top the Top Concert Events chart with a power score of 17.09. Country superstar Kenny Chesney climbed a position to second place this week with a score of 3.08, and Jimmy Buffett rounded out the top three with a 2.58 power score. Other popular concerts this week included The Eagles in fourth place with a score of 2.48, the Jonas Brothers in fifth with 2.45, and Kanye West in sixth with a 2.36 power score.

The Top Las Vegas Events chart also featured a familiar line up, with Cher‘s 42.37 power score dominating the chart. Bette Midler ranked second with a score of 21.39, and Cirque du Soleil – “O” placed third with a 14.88 power score. Some newcomers to the chart this week included Jubilee! in sixth, Chippendales in eighth, and Carrot Top in tenth with scores of 1.28, 1.01, and 0.97, respectively. Join us again next week to see how your favorite events will fare.

TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork Exchange™, the world’s largest secondary market exchange. A Power Score illustrates a given event’s category-specific significance. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales from the given event and total ticket sales within the category. As such, power scores should only be used to compare events within a particular category.

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Top Combined Events

Week Ending 05/04/2008

     EventScore
1Neil Diamond Tickets9.16
2Wicked Tickets4.67
3New York Yankees Tickets3.10
4Boston Red Sox Tickets2.54
5Jersey Boys Tickets2.15
6Kenny Chesney Tickets1.65
7Jimmy Buffett Tickets1.38
8Kanye West Tickets1.35
9The Eagles Tickets1.33
10Jonas Brothers Tickets1.31

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 05/04/2008

     EventScore
1Neil Diamond Tickets17.09
2Kenny Chesney Tickets3.08
3Jimmy Buffett Tickets2.58
4The Eagles Tickets2.48
5Jonas Brothers Tickets2.45
6Kanye West Tickets2.36
7Cher Tickets1.73
8James Taylor Tickets1.69
9The Police Tickets1.67
10Radiohead Tickets1.58

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 05/04/2008

     EventScore
1New York Yankees Tickets9.86
2Boston Red Sox Tickets8.00
3Chicago Cubs Tickets3.61
4Kentucky Derby Tickets2.57
5Boston Celtics Tickets2.48
6Atlanta Hawks Tickets2.05
7Dallas Cowboys Tickets1.63
8Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets1.53
9Detroit Tigers Tickets1.50
10WWE Tickets1.49
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 05/04/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets37.09
2Jersey Boys Tickets17.46
3South Pacific Tickets6.80
4Lion King Tickets5.52
5Little Mermaid Tickets2.51
6Young Frankenstein Tickets2.42
7Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.02
8Mamma Mia! Tickets1.56
9Elton John Tickets1.51
10Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tickets1.48

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 05/04/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets35.36
2Jersey Boys Tickets15.74
3South Pacific Tickets11.33
4Lion King Tickets5.65
5Little Mermaid Tickets4.18
6Young Frankenstein Tickets4.04
7Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tickets2.47
8Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.12
9La Fille du Regiment Tickets1.86
10Mary Poppins Tickets1.84

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 05/04/2008

     EventScore
1Cher Tickets42.37
2Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets21.39
3Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets14.88
4Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets8.08
5Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets2.00
6Jubilee! Tickets1.28
7Blue Man Group Tickets1.18
8Chippendales Tickets1.01
9Cirque du Soleil: KA Tickets0.97
10Carrot Top Tickets0.97