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...

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.

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

     EventScore
1U2 Tickets8.00
2Jonas Brothers Tickets6.02
3Wicked Tickets5.09
4Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets3.16
5Metallica Tickets2.66
6Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets2.63
7New York Yankees Tickets2.34
8Boston Red Sox Tickets1.66
9Britney Spears Tickets1.57
10Jersey Boys Tickets1.41

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 4/05/2009

     EventScore
1U2 Tickets14.20
2Jonas Brothers Tickets10.67
3Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets5.61
4Metallica Tickets4.72
5Taylor Swift & Kellie Pickler Tickets4.67
6Britney Spears Tickets2.78
7Kenny Chesney Tickets2.33
8Coldplay Tickets2.01
9Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Tickets1.86
10Dave Matthews Band Tickets1.85

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 4/05/2009

     EventScore
1New York Yankees Tickets8.97
2Boston Red Sox Tickets6.37
3NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament: Final Four – National Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans Tickets4.00
4NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament: Final Four – National Semifinals: Uconn Tickets3.50
5Chicago Cubs Tickets3.09
6WWE: Wrestlemania Tickets2.93
7NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament: Final Four – All Sessions Strip Tickets2.86
8Manny Pacquaio Tickets2.10
9WWE Tickets1.93
10AMA Supercross Tickets1.83
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 4/05/2009

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets33.35
2Jersey Boys Tickets9.14
3West Side Story Tickets7.36
4Andrea Bocelli Tickets6.10
5Billy Elliot Tickets3.84
6Mamma Mia! Tickets3.79
7Lion King Tickets3.68
8South Pacific Tickets3.37
9Phantom of the Opera Tickets3.06
10Mary Poppins Tickets3.03

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 4/05/2009

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets29.78
2West Side Story Tickets12.31
3Jersey Boys Tickets10.56
4Billy Elliot Tickets6.43
5South Pacific Tickets5.64
6Lion King Tickets4.37
7Mamma Mia! Tickets3.57
8Andrea Bocelli Tickets3.26
9God of Carnage Tickets3.14
10Hair Tickets2.72

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 4/05/2009

     EventScore
1Cher Tickets38.01
2Bette Midler Tickets18.16
3Elton John the Red Piano Tickets10.53
4Blue Man Group Tickets5.25
5Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets3.50
6Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets3.06
7Danny Gans Tickets2.85
8David Copperfield Tickets2.34
9Barry Manilow Tickets2.19
10Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets2.18