Wicked (three, 4.49) gets knocked out of the number one spot in TicketNews’s Top Events rankings, and not by Super Bowl XLIV (two, 4.77). Number one belongs to James Taylor & Carole King, who dominated the overall rankings for the week ending January 24 with an 11.52 power score. Another touring duo, George Strait & Reba McEntire make the overall top ten at number four (3.81). The NFC Championship game with the victorious New Orleans Saints is number five (3.00), followed by Lady Gaga (six, 1.93) and the AFC Championship Game with the Super Bowl-bound Colts (seven, 1.83). Taylor Swift shows up at number eight (1.69), beating out Jersey Boys (nine, 1.42) and John Mayer (ten, 1.57).
Super Bowl XLIV tickets are number one (12.09) in the sports rankings, followed by the aforementioned championship games. The WWE is number four (3.16), edging just ahead of Monster Jam Trucks (five, 3.13). NBA teams making their appearances in the sports top ten include the New York Knicks (six, 2.46), the Cleveland Cavaliers (seven, 2.35), and the NBA All-Star Game. Boxer Manny Pacquiao is number eight (2.03). With the official start of NASCAR around the corner, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Daytona 500 is number ten (1.66).
Besides James Taylor & Carole King, who lead the Top Concert Events rankings with a 26.16 power score, other popular concert tickets include Nickelback (six, 2.81), who break into these January rankings in anticipation of their North American “Dark Horse” tour. Black Eyed Peas are number seven (2.65). Bon Jovi slips from number three in the previous rankings to number eight (2.54). Michael Bublé gains one spot, moving to number nine (2.37) from number ten, while Jay-Z slips to number ten (2.34) from his number four spot in the last rankings.
“Wicked” might not be number one overall, but with a 30.25 power score, the show is number one in the Top Theater Events rankings. Number two belongs to “Jersey Boys” (9.54) and number three to Lion King (6.40). A new show makes the top ten, at number five (3.05): Tyler Perry’s Madea in One Big Happy Family. The musical Phantom of the Opera is still a popular ticket, making number seven (2.87) in these rankings. Mary Poppins is number eight (2.34), followed by Riverdance (nine, 2.25) and Cats (ten, 2.18).
The top ten Broadway events include Billy Elliot (three, 7.51) and A Little Night Music (five, 6.41). The theater classic West Side Story is number seven (2.88), and fellow classic South Pacific is number eight (2.55). Mamma Mia! closes out the Broadway top ten with a 2.09 power score.
Bette Midler stays on top of the Vegas rankings with a 60.60 power score, and Cher still follows with an 18.38 power score. Barry Manilow climbs the rankings, moving from number nine to number three (4.64). Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love is number four (3.75), and is followed by Le Rêve (five, 3.68). Vegas staple Blue Man Group is number seven (1.96), and Criss Angel’s show Believe re-enters the rankings at number eight (1.51), after a hiatus. He outsells fellow illusionist David Copperfield (nine, 0.65) and comedian Rita Rudner (ten, 0.55).
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.