Once again, Elton John & Billy Joel tickets outsold the competition, with sales good enough to give the event the number one spot (and a 7.04 power score) in TicketNews’s Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending March 1. In second is Wicked (5.15), the only non-concert event to make the overall top ten. Numbers three through ten read like a roster of popular upcoming music tours: Eric Clapton & Steven Winwood (3.46), Taylor Swift (3.22), and George Strait (2.71), who is touring to support his album “Troubador.” Britney Spears is still in the rankings, at number six (2.62) and Leonard Cohen reappears at number seven (2.16). Jimmy Buffett moves up to number eight (1.70) from number ten, while Kenny Chesney falls from number four to number nine (1.66). Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler make number ten (1.45).

Elton John & Billy Joel of course sit at the top of the Top Concert Events rankings with a 13.49 power score, with the above offerings following suit. Nickelback might not have made the overall top ten, but the band makes number ten (2.73) in the concert rankings.

The New York Yankees take the number one spot in the Top Sports Events rankings with a 4.37 power score. WWE tickets sold well enough for number two (3.51) and the Boston Red Sox make number three (3.34). The Los Angeles Lakers (number four, 2.50) pull ahead of the Chicago Cubs (number five, 2.46), who beat out the AMA Supercross (number six, 2.24). Basketballs teams occupy numbers seven and eight: New York Knicks (2.22) and Boston Celtics (2.21). Hockey’s Boston Bruins take number nine (1.88) and baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers take number ten (1.56).

Wicked is number one in both the theater and Broadway rankings. In Top Theater Events, Jersey BoysSouth Pacific is number three (5.94). Coming in at number four is Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W Bush (4.81) and at number five is the Lion King (4.61). Billy Elliot ranks at number six (4.61), ahead of Phantom of the Opera (number seven, 2.99), and musicals Dirty Dancing (number eight, 2.90), Rent (number nine, 2.34), and West Side Story (number ten, 2.30).

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Mamma Mia! is still a Broadway favorite, ranking at number eight (3.38) in those rankings, followed by The Wizard of Oz (1.78). Shrek closes out the Broadway top ten (1.63).

In Vegas, Bette Midler takes number one (37.17) from Cher, who is number two (33.29). Danny Gans makes the leap to number three (7.84), ahead of Cirque du Soleil – O (number four, 3.88) and Elton John the Red Piano (number five. 3.69). Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love ranks at number six (1.91) and the Jersey Boys sit at number seven. Donny & Marie Osmond rank at number eight (1.52) and number nine belongs to Criss Angel: Believe (1.31). Coming in at number ten is Barry Manilow, power score 1.01.

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 3/01/2009

      Event Score
1 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 7.04
2 Wicked Tickets 5.15
3 Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood Tickets 3.46
4 Taylor Swift Tickets 3.22
5 George Strait Tickets 2.71
6 Britney Spears Tickets 2.62
7 Leonard Cohen Tickets 2.16
8 Jimmy Buffett Tickets 1.70
9 Kenny Chesney Tickets 1.66
10 Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets 1.45

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 3/01/2009

      Event Score
1 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 13.49
2 Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood Tickets 6.64
3 Taylor Swift Tickets 6.18
4 George Strait Tickets 5.20
5 Britney Spears Tickets 4.96
6 Leonard Cohen Tickets 4.12
7 Jimmy Buffett Tickets 3.26
8 Kenny Chesney Tickets 3.18
9 Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets 2.78
10 Nickelback Tickets 2.73

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 3/01/2009

      Event Score
1 New York Yankees Tickets 4.37
2 WWE Tickets 3.51
3 Boston Red Sox Tickets 3.34
4 Los Angeles Lakers Tickets 2.50
5 Chicago Cubs Tickets 2.46
6 AMA Supercross Tickets 2.24
7 New York Knicks Tickets 2.22
8 Boston Celtics Tickets 2.21
9 Boston Bruins Tickets 1.88
10 Milwaukee Brewers Tickets 1.56

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 3/01/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 37.18
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 9.13
3 South Pacific Tickets 5.94
4 Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W Bush Tickets 4.81
5 Lion King Tickets 4.61
6 Billy Elliot Tickets 3.51
7 Phantom Of The Opera Tickets 2.99
8 Dirty Dancing Tickets 2.90
9 Rent Tickets 2.34
10 West Side Story Tickets 2.30

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 3/01/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 33.28
2 South Pacific Tickets 11.49
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 11.39
4 Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W Bush Tickets 9.30
5 Billy Elliot Tickets 6.72
6 Lion King Tickets 4.66
7 West Side Story Tickets 4.33
8 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.38
9 The Wizard of Oz Tickets 1.78
10 Shrek Tickets 1.63

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 3/01/2009

      Event Score
1 Bette Midler Tickets 37.17
2 Cher Tickets 33.29
3 Danny Gans Tickets 7.84
4 Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets 3.88
5 Elton John the Red Piano Tickets 3.69
6 Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets 1.91
7 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.69
8 Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets 1.52
9 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 1.31
10 Barry Manilow Tickets 1.01