Metallica dominates TicketNews’ exclusive top events rankings for the week ending September 14, capturing the number one spot in the Top Combined Events rankings and in the Top Concert Events rankings. The band, whose first studio album in five years, “Death Magnetic,” was released last week, is getting ready to kick off an extensive North American tour in October in Arizona. Fellow rockers AC/DC enter the overall rankings at number eight (power score 1.67) after announcing last week the first leg of its 18-month “Black Ice World Tour”. The tour is in support of the band’s first studio release in eight years, “Black Ice.”

Several other concerts appear in the combined rankings, including Tina Turner at number four (2.28), Céline Dion at number five (1.92), and Madonna at number six (1.78). These bands/singers dominate the Top Concert Events rankings, but The Eagles are still popular amongst concertgoers, coming at number six in those rankings. So are the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (number seven, 3.53) and Michael Bublé (number eight, 2.88).

In the sports rankings the Dallas Cowboys dominate with a 5.55 power score. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are number two, power score 3.17, followed by the Denver Broncos (2.97), who enter the rankings for the first time. The Carolina Panthers (number four, 2.81) also enter the rankings for the first time. Baseball hasn’t disappeared completely from the rankings with the New York Yankees rank at number seven (2.49; they were number four last week) and the Boston Red Sox rank at number eight (2.46).

Wicked is still the number one show in the theatre and Broadway rankings, and by a large margin. Fans are already buying tickets for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular – the show appears in both rankings at number four. Popular theatre events – besides the consistently high-ranking Jersey Boys and South Pacific – include Phantom of the Opera (number six, 4.33) and Dirty Dancing (number eight, 1.49). On Broadway, the popular events are Billy Elliot (number seven, 2.44), the Little Mermaid (number eight, 2.01) and, for the first time, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (number nine, 1.79).

Cher and Bette Midler</a? are still one and two in Vegas, and Elton John: The Red Piano is number three. Three Cirque du Soleil shows occupy the numbers four, five, and six spots: Cirque du Soleil: “O”, Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE, and Cirque du Soleil: KÀ. Le Rêve closes out the Vegas rankings at number ten.

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.

Top Combined Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

Event Score
1 Metallica Tickets 4.61
2 Wicked Tickets 4.56
3 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 2.61
4 Tina Turner Tickets 2.28
5 Céline Dion Tickets 1.92
6 Madonna Tickets 1.78
7 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.69
8 AC/DC Tickets 1.67
9 New York Giants Tickets 1.49
10 The Eagles Tickets 1.41

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

Event Score
1 Metallica Tickets 12.72
2 Tina Turner Tickets 6.29
3 Céline Dion Tickets 5.32
4 Madonna Tickets 4.90
5 AC/DC Tickets 4.68
6 The Eagles Tickets 3.95
7 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets 3.53
8 Michael Bublé Tickets 2.88
9 Robin Williams Tickets 2.48
10 Coldplay Tickets 2.31

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

Event Score
1 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 5.55
2 New York Giants Tickets 3.17
3 Denver Broncos Tickets 2.97
4 Carolina Panthers Tickets 2.81
5 Green Bay Packers Tickets 2.73
6 New York Jets Tickets 2.68
7 New York Yankees Tickets 2.49
8 Boston Red Sox Tickets 2.46
9 Texas Longhorns Tickets 2.37
10 Cleveland Browns Tickets 2.28

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 30.98
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 11.63
3 South Pacific Tickets 9.62
4 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 6.49
5 Lion King Tickets 4.43
6 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 4.33
7 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.12
8 Dirty Dancing Tickets 1.49
9 Cirque du Soleil: Kooza Tickets 1.47
10 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 1.43

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 27.99
2 South Pacific Tickets 17.57
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 14.30
4 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 8.31
5 Mamma Mia! Tickets 4.32
6 Lion King Tickets 2.71
7 Billy Elliot Tickets 2.44
8 Little Mermaid Tickets 2.01
9 Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Tickets 1.79
10 Gypsy Tickets 1.60

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 40.92
2 Bette Midler Tickets 28.73
3 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 8.04
4 Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets 6.37
5 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 3.53
6 Cirque du Soleil: KÀ Tickets 2.68
7 Danny Gans Tickets 1.79
8 Donny and Marie Osmond Tickets 1.50
9 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.28
10 Le Rêve Tickets 0.89
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