Madonna tickets outsold all other competition for the week of May 26 – June 1, 2008, according to TicketNews’s exclusive weekly rankings. With a power score of 7.85, the Material Girl climbed from third place to become the overall top event for this week. Though Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour will not kick off until August, tickets to see the Queen of Pop are already selling out across the country.
Other Top Events this week included the hit musical Wicked, up two positions to second place with a power score of 4.70; the Los Angeles Lakers, who leapt from eighteenth place to third place with a power score of 3.05; and the Boston Celtics, who climbed six positions to fourth place and finished with a 2.87 power score. American Idols Live! tickets slipped three places to end in fifth place with a power score of 2.58, and the New York Yankees climbed one spot to sixth place with a 2.39 power score. Other chart-toppers included Tina Turner, who fell all the way to seventh place from her first place finish last week and earned a power score of 2.31, and Jersey Boys, which earned a power score of 2.28 and climbed three places to eighth place this week.
The Los Angeles Lakers, with a power score of 9.08, climbed eight positions this week to become the Top Sports Event. After defeating the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 on May 29, the Lakers have advanced to the NBA Finals, which begin on Thursday, June 5. The Boston Celtics, who clinched their NBA Finals position by defeating the Detroit Pistons in Game 6 on Friday, May 30, earned a second place finish on the Top Sports Events chart with a power score of 8.55. The New York Yankees held steady in third place this week with a power score of 7.11, and were followed by the Boston Red Sox, who climbed a position to fourth place and earned a power score of 5.67.
The Top Broadway and Top Theater events this week included “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” South Pacific, and Lion King, which finished in first through fourth place on both charts this week. Elton John’s The Red Piano placed fifth on the Top Theater Events list with a power score of 5.15, and was followed by Phantom of the Opera, which fell a position to sixth place with a power score of 2.96. On the Top Broadway Events list, however, “Phantom” climbed two positions to fifth place with a 2.89 score, and was followed by the Little Mermaid, which fell one place to sixth and earned a 2.54 power score.
Madonna’s massive 15.20 power score guaranteed her a first place finish on the Top Concert Events chart for this week. The American Idols Live! tour managed to maintain a second place position with a power score of 5.00, and Tina Turner followed in third place with a 4.48 power score. The Jonas Brothers sidled up from ninth place to fourth with a 2.82 power score, and Kenny Chesney maintained his fifth place spot with a 2.46 power score.
Bette Midler ascended to first place on the Top Las Vegas Events list with a massive 45.81 power score. Cher fell a position to second with a power score of 28.89, and Elton John remained in third with a power score of 12.49. Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: LOVE climbed a place to fourth with a power score of 1.89, and Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular jumped up three positions to finish in fifth place with a power score of 1.76.
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.