“Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending March 14, 2009” March 18, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – According to TicketNews, opponents of the...

“Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending March 14, 2009”

March 18, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – According to TicketNews, opponents of the proposed merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation have a new ally in Trent Reznor, creator of the band Nine Inch Nails (NIN), who this week criticized the two companies for what he believes is their plan for merging: to begin offering an “auction or market-based pricing scheme” for tickets that could ultimately drive up prices. In a post on his Web site, Reznor was also critical of the secondary market, partly blaming ticket resellers for problems in the concert industry. He also made it clear that certain unnamed artists and their representatives are among those reselling their own tickets.

One of the artists that has recently come under fire is singer and poet Leonard Cohen. According a Wall Street Journal story, Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff and others all but outed Cohen and other artists for quietly reselling their own tickets. TicketNews has previously reported on several occasions, the possibility of other artists, including Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Radiohead of reselling their own tickets.


The top thirteen spots in the Top Overall Sellers were unchanged this week with Ticketmaster at number one with a power score of 36.31. Secondary ticket seller StubHub held steady at number two; it was followed by TicketsNow and Live Nation.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

Seller WE 03-14-09 WE 03-07-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 36.31 1 36.72 1 36.87
StubHub.com 2 14.77 2 14.88 2 14.75
TicketsNow.com 3 6.52 3 6.61 3 6.75
LiveNation.com 4 5.49 4 5.13 4 4.81
TicketCity.com 5 3.29 5 3.42 5.75 2.60
TicketLiquidator.com 6 3.21 6 3.38 5.5 3.37
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 7 1.64 7 1.67 6.75 1.73
Telecharge.com 8 1.53 8 1.59 8.25 1.62
TicketWeb.com 9 1.48 9 1.52 11 1.31
ETix.com 10 1.38 10 1.32 10.25 1.32
TickCo.com 11 1.23 11 1.27 10.75 1.29
Tickets.com 12 1.22 12 1.25 12.5 1.16
RazorGator.com 13 1.20 13 1.16 10.75 1.43
GoTickets.com 14 1.09 15 1.07 13.75 1.08
BrownPaperTickets.com 15 1.07 14 1.08 14.75 0.98
EventTicketsCenter.com 16 0.79 18 0.69 16.5 0.79
Vividseats.com 17 0.79 16 0.86 16.75 0.82
BuyBetterTickets.com 18 0.63 20 0.64 19 0.65
TicketSpot.com 19 0.62 17 0.77 18.75 0.69
TicketTango.com 20 0.62 21 0.62 22.5 0.57

Not much changed in the Top Secondary Sellers last week either, with numbers one through eight remaining the same. Event Tickets Center moved from number eleven into the top ten at number nine with a power score of 1.91.

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

Seller WE 03-14-09 WE 03-07-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
StubHub.com 1 28.29 1 28.69 1 27.93
TicketsNow.com 2 12.78 2 13.02 2 12.92
TicketLiquidator.com 3 6.57 3 6.91 3 6.80
TicketCity.com 4 6.52 4 6.75 4.5 5.13
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 5 3.53 5 3.62 4.75 3.69
TickCo.com 6 2.72 6 2.82 6.5 2.82
RazorGator.com 7 2.71 7 2.59 6.25 3.08
GoTickets.com 8 2.51 8 2.46 8 2.46
EventTicketsCenter.com 9 1.91 11 1.61 10 1.80
Vividseats.com 10 1.79 9 1.97 9.75 1.85
TicketNetwork.com 11 1.49 15 1.37 12.25 1.53
TicketSpot.com 12 1.49 10 1.89 11.25 1.67
TicketTango.com 13 1.48 12 1.49 14.25 1.38
BuyBetterTickets.com 14 1.47 14 1.45 13.5 1.48
JumboTickets.com 15 1.37 13 1.48 16 1.29
OnlineSeats.com 16 1.32 17 1.24 15.75 1.30
FindTicketsFast.com 17 1.28 16 1.35 14.75 1.39
CheapPricedTickets.com 18 1.16 19 1.07 19.75 1.07
AceTicket.com 19 1.11 21 1.02 20.5 1.07
ABCTickets.com 20 1.04 20 1.03 19.5 1.09

The Top Primary Sellers were also consistent this past week with each of the top ten contenders remaining in the same positions Ticketmaster ranked number one with a power score of 67.99, followed by Live Nation and Telecharge.

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

Seller WE 03-14-09 WE 03-07-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 67.99 1 68.53 1 69.57
LiveNation.com 2 10.52 2 9.79 2 9.29
Telecharge.com 3 2.87 3 2.97 3 3.06
TicketWeb.com 4 2.79 4 2.85 4.75 2.49
ETix.com 5 2.70 5 2.54 4.5 2.57
Tickets.com 6 2.48 6 2.54 5.75 2.38
BrownPaperTickets.com 7 2.00 7 2.03 7 1.85
Wantickets.com 8 1.14 8 0.96 9 0.84
Comcasttix.com 9 0.84 9 0.91 9.5 0.74
Tix.com 10 0.77 10 0.76 10 0.74

TicketNews.com is a comprehensive resource for news, market analysis, event announcements, and information relating to the ticket industry. TicketNews.com keeps industry professionals and fans informed about tour dates, current and pending ticket resale legislation, rankings, onsales, and more. The content is updated daily, with original articles from ten TicketNews.com reporters and an aggregation of 3rd party sources.

TicketNews.com developed the algorithm for the exclusive weekly rankings of the industry’s ticket sellers. Top sellers rankings and power scores are based on web traffic received by a ticket seller’s website. The power score is highly correlated with the number of transactions from the TicketNetwork Exchange™, the world’s largest secondary ticket market exchange. A top seller power score illustrates a given seller’s category-specific significance. Three factors obtained from multiple independent resources, including comScore and Hitwise, are used to compare sellers within a particular category.

1. Number of unique visitors (IP addresses visiting a website in a 24-hour period).
2. Number of visits (a series of one or more page requests by a visitor without 30 consecutive minutes of inactivity).
3. Page views (the average number of unique pages viewed by a unique visitor).

Top seller power scores should only be used to compare sellers within a particular category. TicketNews.com also ranks the top events weekly. For more information, visit www.ticketnews.com/ticket_industry_rankings.
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