In TicketNews’s event rankings for the week ending August 24, Madonna proves she’s still got the hot ticket. Tickets for two shows added to her North American tour went on sale this past weekend, and the sales results were good enough to land her at the top of the concert chart with a 5.31 power score; the Jonas Brothers come in at number two with a 4.72 power score. Tickets to Neil Young shows in Canada also went on sale this past weekend, and he appears in the rankings at number seven, with a 2.84 power score, ahead of Jimmy Buffett (power score 2.23). Coldplay leapt up the concert chart this week: the British imports formerly held the number eight spot; this week they’re at number five, behind Celine Dion.
In the overall rankings, Madonna tied with Jersey Boys for the number four spot (power score 1.96), both behind frequent number-one Wicked (4.40) and number-two New York Yankees (3.08). The Dallas Cowboys gain some ground this week, moving up to number five from number three. The Eagles hold steady at number seven, and Celine Dion enters the top events rankings at number ten.
In the sports rankings, the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox play flip-flop: last week, the Cubs were ranked at number four and the Red Sox at number three; this week the Cubs, with a 3.29 power score, are number three and the Red Sox number four (2.52). College football tickets prove popular this week: appearing on the charts for the first time are the Texas Longhorns (number eight, power score 2.11), Ohio State Buckeyes (nine, 1.60), and USC Trojans (ten, 1.55).
From week to week, the theatre and Broadway rankings are usually consistent (Wicked, Jersey Boys, and South Pacific often rank somewhere in the top three) and that’s true for these rankings. But some new shows debut in the theatre rankings: Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco at number eight (1.35) and Dirty Dancing at number nine (1.19). In the Broadway rankings, Young Frankenstein and Gypsy reappear, at numbers nine and ten, respectively.
Amazing Johnathan debuts on the Top Vegas Events chart, at number nine, power score 1.11. David Copperfield, whose Vegas show sold strongly earlier in the summer, comes in at number eight with a 1.16 power score. Cher still has the top-selling Vegas show and highest power score, 53.33.
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.