Elton John & Billy Joel hold on to their number one position in TicketNews’s Top Combined Events rankings for the week ending February 22. With a 6.03 power score, the duo rank ahead of number-two Wicked (5.40) and number-three Eric Clapton (2.65), whose summer tour tickets went on sale this past weekend. Kenny Chesney performs well this week, climbing from number ten to number four (2.44), and Britney Spears reemerges in the overall top ten at number five, power score 2.32. Coldplay (number six, 1.99) pulls ahead of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (number seven, 1.97). Amidst all these top-selling concerts, the Chicago Cubs emerge at number eight (1.65). Jimmy Buffett (1.45) and Nickelback (1.57) close out the Top Combined top ten.

Of course Elton John & Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, et al top the Top Concert Events rankings. Also in the concert top ten: Fleetwood Mac, at number nine (2.83), after taking a week-long hiatus from these rankings. The tenth bestselling concert belongs to Keith Urban & Taylor Swift, who will perform a few shows together during Urban’s The Escape Together World Tour.

Major League Baseball dominates the sports rankings, with the Chicago Cubs at number one (4.74) and the Boston Red Sox at number two (4.14). WWE tickets sold well enough to bring that event to number three (3.54). The Los Angeles Lakers (number four, 3.16) edge ahead of the New York Yankees (number five, 3.15), which in turn edge ahead of the New York Knicks (number six, 2.53). AMA Supercross ticket sales weren’t as great as in the last rankings and now that event falls from number six to number seven (2.44). The Cleveland Cavaliers are number eight (2.64) and the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies are number nine (2.19). Monster Jam Trucks comes in at number ten with a 2.06 power score.

With a 37.99 power score, “Wicked” has a huge number-one lead in the Top Theater Events rankings; Jersey Boys rank behind “Wicked” with a 10.04 power score. South Pacific is the third bestselling show (6.45), followed by Lion King (5.40). Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America – A final Night With George W Bush continues to sell well (number five, 5.31), as do musical favorites “Dirty Dancing” (number seven, 3.59), Billy Elliot (number eight, 3.35), “Mamma Mia!” (number nine, 2.41), and “Rent” (number ten, 1.62).

In the Broadway rankings, “South Pacific” sells slightly more tickets than “Jersey Boys” and Will Ferrell’s show is ranked slightly higher, at number four. Exclusively Broadway shows like West Side Story (number eight, 2.28), and In The Heights (number ten, 1.19) make the top ten.

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Cher holds on to number one in the Vegas rankings with a 44.82 power score. Bette Midler is behind with a 27.37 power score and “Elton John the Red Piano” follows Midler with a 5.48 power score. Cirque du Soleil dominates these Vegas rankings: Cirque du Soleil – O (number four, 4.22); Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love (number five, 2.28); Cirque du Soleil – Zumanity (number six, 1.77); Cirque du Soleil – KÀ (number seven, 1.59); La Reve (number eight, 1.36); and Cirque du Soleil – Mystere (number nine, 1.07). Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year Danny Gans comes in at number ten, power score 1.04.

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 2/22/2009

      Event Score
1 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 6.03
2 Wicked Tickets 5.40
3 Eric Clapton Tickets 2.65
4 Kenny Chesney Tickets 2.44
5 Britney Spears Tickets 2.32
6 Coldplay Tickets 1.99
7 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Tickets 1.97
8 Chicago Cubs Tickets 1.65
9 Nickelback Tickets 1.57
10 Jimmy Buffett Tickets 1.45

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 2/22/2009

      Event Score
1 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 12.58
2 Eric Clapton Tickets 5.52
3 Kenny Chesney Tickets 5.10
4 Britney Spears Tickets 4.85
5 Coldplay Tickets 4.15
6 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Tickets 4.11
7 Nickelback Tickets 3.28
8 Jimmy Buffett Tickets 3.03
9 Fleetwood Mac Tickets 2.83
10 Keith Urban & Taylor Swift Tickets 2.63

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 2/22/2009

      Event Score
1 Chicago Cubs Tickets 4.74
2 Boston Red Sox Tickets 4.14
3 WWE Tickets 3.54
4 Los Angeles Lakers Tickets 3.16
5 New York Yankees Tickets 3.15
6 New York Knicks Tickets 2.53
7 AMA Supercross Tickets 2.44
8 Cleveland Cavaliers Tickets 2.64
9 Philadelphia Phillies Tickets 2.19
10 Monster Jam Trucks Tickets 2.06

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 2/22/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 37.99
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 10.04
3 South Pacific Tickets 6.45
4 Lion King Tickets 5.40
5 Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W Bush Tickets 5.31
6 Phantom Of The Opera Tickets 4.49
7 Dirty Dancing Tickets 3.59
8 Billy Elliot Tickets 3.35
9 Mamma Mia! Tickets 2.41
10 Rent Tickets 1.62

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 2/22/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 33.21
2 South Pacific Tickets 12.70
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 12.36
4 Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W Bush Tickets 9.67
5 Billy Elliot Tickets 6.67
6 Lion King Tickets 5.75
7 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.45
8 West Side Story Tickets 2.28
9 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 2.01
10 In The Heights Tickets 1.19

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 2/22/2009

      Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 44.82
2 Bette Midler Tickets 27.37
3 Elton John the Red Piano Tickets 5.48
4 Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets 4.22
5 Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets 2.28
6 Cirque Du Soleil – Zumanity Tickets 1.77
7 Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets 1.59
8 Le Reve Tickets 1.36
9 Cirque Du Soleil – Mystere Tickets 1.07
10 Danny Gans Tickets 1.04