While Wicked (5.98) may be the top selling event in the Weekly Top Events rankings for the week ending May 3, sports teams make a strong showing in the overall top ten: the NBA Western Conference Semifinals featuring the Denver Nuggets is number two with a 2.33 power score; the New York Yankees are number four (1.93), followed by the Boston Red Sox (five, 1.90) and the NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals featuring the Boston Bruins (eight, 1.54). Sandwiched in between are Aerosmith & ZZ Top (three, 2.23), Jersey Boys (six, 1.8), Kenny Chesney (seven, 1.85), Dave Matthews Band (nine, 1.51), and the Jonas Brothers (ten, 1.49).

The top ten sports events show the Chicago Cubs are selling tickets, as that team sits at number four (3.91) in those rankings. NBA Eastern Conference tickets sold enough to put the First Round playoffs with the Boston Celtics at number five (3.58) and the Conference Semifinals featuring the Boston Celtics at number six (3.13). Manny Pacquiao follows at number seven (3.11). The NBA Western Conference Semifinals with the Houston Rockets is number eight (2.61) and the NHL Hockey Conference Semifinals featuring the Washington Capitals is number nine (2.55). The Kentucky Derby stays at number ten.

In the concert event rankings, Aerosmith & ZZ Top are of course number one with a 4.25 power score. U2 slips noticeably in these rankings, to number five (2.83) from number one, while Elton John & Billy Joel move up to number six (2.42) from their previously held number nine position. Beyoncé falls to number seven (2.39) from number three, while Fleetwood Mac is back in the concert top ten at number eight (2.21). Hard rockers AC/DC continue to sell tickets and sit at number nine (2.09) in a tie with The Dead, who also have a 2.09 power score.

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The top five theater events are as follows: “Wicked” (37.46), “Jersey Boys” (11.90), West Side Story (4.53), Billy Elliot (4.37), and South Pacific (4.35). Opera sensation Andrea Bocelli is still moving theater tickets, enough to give him the number six spot (3.94). Lion King is number seven (3.90) and Mary Poppins is number eight (3.57). Rounding out the theater top ten: Phantom of the Opera (nine, 2.42) and Mamma Mia! (ten, 1.57).

Numbers one through five in the Broadway top ten matches the top five in the theater rankings; Lion King and Mamma Mia! follow. Only on Broadway (for the time being): Cirque du Soleil – Kooza (eight, 2.36) and Hair (nine, 2.27).

With a 55.41 power score, Cher holds on to number one in the Vegas rankings while Bette Midler trails in number two with a 31.33 power score. Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular makes the leap from number ten to number three (1.93). Donny & Marie Osmond are number four (1.80). Cirque du Soleil shows have a monopoly in the Vegas top ten, with various shows occupying numbers five through nine: (1.67), Mystere (1.30), The Beatles: Love (0.98), O (0.91), and Criss Angel: Believe (0.83). The Blue Man Group is back in the Vegas rankings at number ten, power score 0.78.

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 5/03/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 5.98
2 NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Denver Nuggets Tickets 2.33
3 Aerosmith & ZZ Top Tickets 2.23
4 New York Yankees Tickets 1.93
5 Boston Red Sox Tickets 1.90
6 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.88
7 Kenny Chesney Tickets 1.85
8 NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins Tickets 1.54
9 Dave Matthews Band Tickets 1.51
10 Jonas Brothers Tickets 1.49

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 5/03/2009

      Event Score
1 Aerosmith & ZZ Top Tickets 4.25
2 Kenny Chesney Tickets 3.27
3 Dave Matthews Band Tickets 2.88
4 Jonas Brothers Tickets 2.85
5 U2 Tickets 2.83
6 Elton John & Billy Joel Tickets 2.42
7 Beyonce Tickets 2.39
8 Fleetwood Mac Tickets 2.21
9 AC/DC Tickets 2.09
10 The Dead Tickets 2.09

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 5/03/2009

      Event Score
1 Boston Red Sox Tickets 5.84
2 New York Yankees Tickets 5.68
3 NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Denver Nuggets Tickets 4.52
4 Chicago Cubs Tickets 3.91
5 NBA Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs: Boston Celtics Tickets 3.58
6 NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins Tickets 3.13
7 Manny Pacquiao Tickets 3.11
8 NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Houston Rockets Tickets 2.61
9 NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: Washington Capitals Tickets 2.55
10 Kentucky Derby Tickets 2.25

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 5/03/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 37.46
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 11.90
3 West Side Story Tickets 4.53
4 Billy Elliot Tickets 4.37
5 South Pacific Tickets 4.35
6 Andrea Bocelli Tickets 3.94
7 Lion King Tickets 3.90
8 Mary Poppins Tickets 3.57
9 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 2.42
10 Mamma Mia! Tickets 1.57

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 5/03/2009

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 29.76
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 12.64
3 West Side Story Tickets 9.16
4 Billy Elliot Tickets 8.83
5 South Pacific Tickets 8.79
6 Lion King Tickets 5.17
7 Mamma Mia! Tickets 2.75
8 Cirque Du Soleil – Kooza Tickets 2.36
9 Hair Tickets 2.27
10 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 2.04

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 5/03/2009

      Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 55.41
2 Bette Midler Tickets 31.33
3 Phantom The Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets 1.93
4 Donny & Marie Osmond Tickets 1.80
5 Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets 1.67
6 Cirque Du Soleil – Mystere Tickets 1.30
7 Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets 0.98
8 Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets 0.91
9 Criss Angel: Believe Tickets 0.83
10 Blue Man Group Tickets 0.78