Metallica dominates TicketNews’ exclusive top events rankings for the week ending September 14, capturing the number one spot in the Top Combined Events rankings...

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 MidlerElton 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.

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Top Combined Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

1Metallica Tickets4.61
2Wicked Tickets4.56
3Dallas Cowboys Tickets2.61
4Tina Turner Tickets2.28
5Céline Dion Tickets1.92
6Madonna Tickets1.78
7Jersey Boys Tickets1.69
8AC/DC Tickets1.67
9New York Giants Tickets1.49
10The Eagles Tickets1.41

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

1Metallica Tickets12.72
2Tina Turner Tickets6.29
3Céline Dion Tickets5.32
4Madonna Tickets4.90
5AC/DC Tickets4.68
6The Eagles Tickets3.95
7Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets3.53
8Michael Bublé Tickets2.88
9Robin Williams Tickets2.48
10Coldplay Tickets2.31

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

1Dallas Cowboys Tickets5.55
2New York Giants Tickets3.17
3Denver Broncos Tickets2.97
4Carolina Panthers Tickets2.81
5Green Bay Packers Tickets2.73
6New York Jets Tickets2.68
7New York Yankees Tickets2.49
8Boston Red Sox Tickets2.46
9Texas Longhorns Tickets2.37
10Cleveland Browns Tickets2.28

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

1Wicked Tickets30.98
2Jersey Boys Tickets11.63
3South Pacific Tickets9.62
4Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets6.49
5Lion King Tickets4.43
6Phantom of the Opera Tickets4.33
7Mamma Mia! Tickets3.12
8Dirty Dancing Tickets1.49
9Cirque du Soleil: Kooza Tickets1.47
10Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets1.43

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

1Wicked Tickets27.99
2South Pacific Tickets17.57
3Jersey Boys Tickets14.30
4Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets8.31
5Mamma Mia! Tickets4.32
6Lion King Tickets2.71
7Billy Elliot Tickets2.44
8Little Mermaid Tickets2.01
9Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Tickets1.79
10Gypsy Tickets1.60

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 09/14/2008

1Cher Tickets40.92
2Bette Midler Tickets28.73
3Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets8.04
4Cirque du Soleil: “O” Tickets6.37
5Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets3.53
6Cirque du Soleil: KÀ Tickets2.68
7Danny Gans Tickets1.79
8Donny and Marie Osmond Tickets1.50
9Jersey Boys Tickets1.28
10Le Rêve Tickets0.89