Wicked, with a 5.53 power score, takes the top spot in the Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending March 15 and following close behind is Nickelback (3.86), who climbs to number two after falling to number twelve in the last rankings. Britney Spears tickets are third bestselling (3.01) according to our TicketNetwork Exchange sales, and Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler tickets are fourth (2.69). Dave Matthews Band tickets for the summer leg of its tour went on sale this past weekend and now the band sits at number five with a 2.68 power score. Elton John & Billy Joel rank at number six (2.39), ahead of Leonard Cohen (number seven, 2.05) and Taylor Swift (number eight, 1.92). Another theater show makes it into the overall top ten: Jersey Boys, at number nine (1.85), while Kenny Chesney closes the top ten with a 1.70 power score.

Of course Nickelback has the number one concert event in the top concerts rankings, but other popular shows include No Doubt at number nine (3.09) and Jonas Brothers at number ten (2.72).

For the second week in a row, the Boston Red Sox are the number one sports team in the Top Sports Event rankings, with a 4.03 power score, and the New York Yankees are ranked at number two (3.81). The WWE, which was number two in the last rankings, is number three (3.34) in this weeks, while the Los Angeles Lakers stay at number four (2.50). Tickets for the Louisville Cardinals’ run in the Big East Tournament sold well enough to put that event at number five (2.03), followed by the Chicago Cubs (1.92) and New York Knicks (1.85). AMA Supercross tickets are still selling strong, and that event is at number eight (1.81). NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Samsung 500 ranks at number nine (1.74), just ahead of Cleveland Cavaliers tickets (ten, 1.73).

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In the Top Theater Events rankings, Wicked is still number one by a large margin, 39.89 as opposed to number-two Jersey Boys’ 13.23 power score. South Pacific is third (5.80) and Billy Elliot fourth (5.07). Lion King tickets are still moving (fifth, 3.88), as are West Side Story tickets (sixth, 3.00) and Dirty Dancing tickets (seventh, 2.84). Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W Bush finished its run at number ten in the theater top ten.

In the Broadway rankings, the top four sellers match the top four theater sellers in the theater rankings, and Broadway’s West Side Story sells slightly better than Lion King. Mamma Mia! never ceases to be popular from one ranking to the next, and that show is at number eight (3.50). The Phantom of the Opera ranks at number nine (2.27), while Broadway exclusive In the Heights is number ten with a 1.63 power score.

Two weeks and counting, Cher is number one in Top Vegas Events, with a 35.65 power score. Bette Midler trails behind with a 28.85 power score and Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love follows at number three, power score 10.85. Elton John the Red Piano tickets sell enough for number four (6.66). Danny Gans makes a leap to number five (5.36) from seven, ahead of Jersey Boys (six, 3.63). Vegas favorite David Copperfield is back at number seven (2.53), as is the Blue Man Group (number eight, 2.17). Cirque du Soleil – O ranks at number nine (2.02) and magicians Penn & Teller at number ten (1.74).

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 3/15/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 5.53
2 Nickelback Tickets 3.86
3 Britney Spears Tickets 3.01
4 Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets 2.69
5 Dave Matthews Band Tickets 2.68
6 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 2.39
7 Leonard Cohen Tickets 2.05
8 Taylor Swift Tickets 1.92
9 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.85
10 Kenny Chesney Tickets 1.70

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 3/15/2009

      Event Score
1 Nickelback Tickets 7.35
2 Britney Spears Tickets 5.78
3 Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets 5.16
4 Dave Matthews Band Tickets 4.58
5 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 3.94
6 Leonard Cohen Tickets 3.94
7 Taylor Swift Tickets 3.68
8 Kenny Chesney Tickets 3.25
9 No Doubt Tickets 3.09
10 Jonas Brothers Tickets 2.72

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 3/15/2009

      Event Score
1 Boston Red Sox Tickets 4.03
2 New York Yankees Tickets 3.81
3 WWE Tickets 3.35
4 Los Angeles Lakers Tickets 2.50
5 Big East Mens Basketball Tournament – Session 8 (Championship): Louisville Cardinals Tickets 2.03
6 Chicago Cubs Tickets 1.92
7 New York Knicks Tickets 1.85
8 AMA Supercross Tickets 1.81
9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Samsung 500 Tickets 1.74
10 Cleveland Cavaliers Tickets 1.73

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 3/15/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 39.89
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 13.23
3 South Pacific Tickets 5.80
4 Billy Elliot Tickets 5.07
5 Lion King Tickets 3.88
6 West Side Story Tickets 3.00
7 Dirty Dancing Tickets 2.84
8 Phantom Of The Opera Tickets 2.73
9 Mamma Mia! Tickets 2.31
10 Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W Bush Tickets 2.23

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 3/15/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 39.41
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 14.42
3 South Pacific Tickets 11.12
4 Billy Elliot Tickets 9.71
5 West Side Story Tickets 5.76
6 Lion King Tickets 4.95
7 Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W Bush Tickets 4.27
8 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.50
9 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 2.27
10 In The Heights Tickets 1.63

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 3/15/2009

      Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 35.65
2 Bette Midler Tickets 28.85
3 Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets 10.85
4 Elton John the Red Piano Tickets 6.66
5 Danny Gans Tickets 5.36
6 Jersey Boys Tickets 3.63
7 David Copperfield Tickets 2.53
8 Blue Man Group Tickets 2.17
9 Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets 2.02
10 Penn & Teller Tickets 1.74