U2 broke sales records for their upcoming North American tour, and now the band sits at number one in TicketNews’s Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending April 6. The band leads with an 8.00 power score, knocking the Jonas Brothers to number two (6.02) and Wicked to number three (5.09). Elton John & Billy Joel are still performing well overall; that concert sits at number four with a 3.16 power score. Thanks to strong ticket sales for its Death Magnetic tour, Metallica ranks at number five (2.66). Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler ticketscontinue to sell, enough for number six (2.63). Baseball’s New York Yankees (2.34) and Boston Red Sox (1.66) take numbers seven and eight. Britney Spears tickets rank at number nine (1.57), and Jersey Boys tickets close out the overall top ten with a 1.41 power score.

The Top Concert Events rankings show Kenny Chesney at number seven with a 2.33 power score. Coldplay comes in at number eight (2.01), pulling ahead of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (nine, 1.86) and Dave Matthews Band (ten, 1.85).

Of course the Yankees and Red Sox take one and two in the Top Sports Events rankings. The NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament: Michigan State Spartans ranks at number three (4.00) while the NCAA Semifinals with UConn ranks at number four (3.50). The Chicago Cubs sit at number five (3.09). Wrestling shows up in the rankings twice: Wrestlemania is number six (2.93) while the WWE tour is number nine (1.93). Fighter Manny Pacquaio takes eight (2.10) and the AMA Supercross ranks at number ten, power score 1.83.

“Wicked” is still number one in the theater rankings with a 33.35 power score. “Jersey Boys” trail behind with a 9.14 power score. West Side Story is still popular theater fare; that show comes in at number three (7.36), ahead of Andrea Bocelli (four, 6.10) and Billy Elliot (five, 384). Marry Poppins is the number ten show with a 3.03 power score.

Insomniac browser for ticketing professionals

In the Broadway rankings, “Wicked” takes number one (29.78), followed by “West Side Story” (12.31) and “Jersey Boys” (10.56). Other popular Broadway shows include South Pacific (five, 5.64), Lion King (six, 4.37), God of Carnage (nine, 3.14), and the recently opened Hair (ten, 2.72).

Cher holds on to the number one spot in the Vegas rankings with a 38.01 power score. At number two is Bette Midler (18.16), followed by Elton John the Red Piano (10.53) and Blue Man Group (5.25), who reappear in the top ten after a hiatus. Two Cirque du Soleil shows take numbers five and six: Cirque du Soleil: KÀ (3.50) and Cirque do Soleil: O (3.06). Danny Gans makes number seven (2.85) and magician David Coppefield makes number eight (2.34). Singer Barry Manilow edges ahead of Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: LOVE with a 2.19 power score for the number nine spot.

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 4/05/2009

      Event Score
1 U2 Tickets 8.00
2 Jonas Brothers Tickets 6.02
3 Wicked Tickets 5.09
4 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 3.16
5 Metallica Tickets 2.66
6 Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets 2.63
7 New York Yankees Tickets 2.34
8 Boston Red Sox Tickets 1.66
9 Britney Spears Tickets 1.57
10 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.41

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 4/05/2009

      Event Score
1 U2 Tickets 14.20
2 Jonas Brothers Tickets 10.67
3 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 5.61
4 Metallica Tickets 4.72
5 Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets 4.67
6 Britney Spears Tickets 2.78
7 Kenny Chesney Tickets 2.33
8 Coldplay Tickets 2.01
9 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Tickets 1.86
10 Dave Matthews Band Tickets 1.85

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 4/05/2009

      Event Score
1 New York Yankees Tickets 8.97
2 Boston Red Sox Tickets 6.37
3 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament: Final Four – National Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans Tickets 4.00
4 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament: Final Four – National Semifinals: Uconn Tickets 3.50
5 Chicago Cubs Tickets 3.09
6 WWE: Wrestlemania Tickets 2.93
7 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament: Final Four – All Sessions Strip Tickets 2.86
8 Manny Pacquaio Tickets 2.10
9 WWE Tickets 1.93
10 AMA Supercross Tickets 1.83

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 4/05/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 33.35
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 9.14
3 West Side Story Tickets 7.36
4 Andrea Bocelli Tickets 6.10
5 Billy Elliot Tickets 3.84
6 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.79
7 Lion King Tickets 3.68
8 South Pacific Tickets 3.37
9 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 3.06
10 Mary Poppins Tickets 3.03

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 4/05/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 29.78
2 West Side Story Tickets 12.31
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 10.56
4 Billy Elliot Tickets 6.43
5 South Pacific Tickets 5.64
6 Lion King Tickets 4.37
7 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.57
8 Andrea Bocelli Tickets 3.26
9 God of Carnage Tickets 3.14
10 Hair Tickets 2.72

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 4/05/2009

      Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 38.01
2 Bette Midler Tickets 18.16
3 Elton John the Red Piano Tickets 10.53
4 Blue Man Group Tickets 5.25
5 Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets 3.50
6 Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets 3.06
7 Danny Gans Tickets 2.85
8 David Copperfield Tickets 2.34
9 Barry Manilow Tickets 2.19
10 Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets 2.18