TicketNews released its event rankings for the week ending June 27, and Jay-Z & Eminem make their first appearance in the overall top ten at number one. Eminem released his album “Recovery” this month and so far the album has sold over 600,000 copies, making it Eminem’s sixth number-one debut. Jay-Z is still promoting his “Blueprint 3” album. The rap superstars will be performing in Jay-Z’s hometown of NYC and then in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit in September.
Wicked stays in the number two spot for the third week in a row. Paul McCartney’s Up and Coming Tour has been going on since March, but with new dates added in Philadelphia after what the Wachovia center called “the fastest sell-out we’ve ever had for a concert,” he is now number three in the rankings. Justin Bieber went from YouTube to arenas to number four on this list. Bieber’s North American tour starts tonight in Minneapolis and ends in December in Atlanta.
Fellow pop sensation Lady Gaga follows Bieber in the number four spot. The North American leg of her “Monster Ball Tour” began yesterday and extends until September. The team that Gaga likes to watch in her underwear, the New York Yankees, is number six overall with their rivals the Boston Red Sox following closely at number eight.
The Eagles are back on tour this summer, with five dates so far in Kansas, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Sales for those dates were good enough to give the band the number nine spot. Closing out the combined rankings are James Taylor & Carole King, whose “Troubadour Reunion” tour has remained popular enough to stay on the overall top ten list nine weeks in a row.
The musicians who made the overall top ten also make the concert top ten, with the addition of a few others. The Dave Matthews Band, who recently announced that they will not tour in 2011, were able to finish at seven in the concert rankings. “We’re excited to make this summer one of our best tours yet, and look forward to returning to the road in 2010,” the band said on their Web site. Michael Buble’s “Crazy Love” tour is moving enough tickets to give him a place in these rankings. He edges ahead of hard rockers Tool, who added new dates to their tour this past weekend.
The Yankees are the top team in the sports rankings, and their venue is also number one according to TicketNews’s exclusive venues rankings. Baseball teams dominate the sports top ten and include the Red Sox, the Minnesota Twins (three), Colorado Rockies (four), Chicago Cubs (five), Chicago White Sox (eight), and the Atlanta Braves (ten). NFL training camp begins at the end of July and already NFL teams are making the sports rankings. The New England Patriots are number six and the Dallas Cowboys are number nine. Wimbledon 2010 ends Sunday, but sales are still strong enough to put that event at number seven.
The theater and Broadway rankings show favorites “Wicked”, “Jersey Boys”, and “Lion King” on top. Fences, which won a Tony for Best Play Revival, made the top theater event list at number five. Newer musicals make the Broadway top ten, including The Addams Family, Memphis, and American Idiot, which is based on the Green Day album of the same name.
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