It wasn’t long before Paul McCartney took charge of TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings as the former Beatle embarks on a tour of North America...

It wasn’t long before Paul McCartney took charge of TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings as the former Beatle embarks on a tour of North America this summer. During the week ending Sunday, June 26, McCartney hit at No. 1 for the second week in a row, this time power scoring a 7.52.

Following the rock legend at No. 2 were tickets for USA Men’s Soccer for their CONCACAF Gold Cup Final (4.17) against Mexico, a game won by Mexico on June 25. Wicked took No. 3 (3.66) this week, with Taylor Swift at four (3.06) and The Book of Mormon at five (3.03). Next came U2 (six, 2.15), currently playing last year’s postponed North American leg of their 360° tour, and pre-finals play in CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer finished the week at seven (2.09). Sade with John Legend had strong enough secondary sales to make it to No. 8 (1.67), followed by Katy Perry on her California Dreams tour at nine (1.39) and Britney Spears performing with Nicki Minaj at ten (1.31).

The U.S. continued to prove its increasing interest in soccer, which showed in this week’s Top Sports rankings, with USA Men’s Soccer tickets for the CONCACAF Final taking No. 1 (17.51), pre-finals CONCACAF play taking No. 2 (8.78) and Manchester United, gearing up for a pre-season U.S. tour against MLS teams, at No. 5 (2.82). Baseball was well represented in the top ten this week, with the New York Yankees scoring highest at No. 3 (4.57), the Boston Red Sox following closely behind at four (4.45), the San Francisco Giants at six (2.80), the Chicago Cubs at nine (2.18) and the Minnesota Twins at ten (1.83). In other sports, Philadelphia Flyers tickets for their January 2, 2012 Winter Classic against the New York Rangers sold well enough to take No. 7 (2.45). WWE Raw finished the week at No. 8 (2.41).

In Top Concerts, Paul McCartney also held firm for the second week in a row to the No. 1 position, power scoring an impressive 13.53. Taylor Swift followed in second place (5.52), with U2 at No. 3 (3.87), Sade and John Legend at No. 4 (3.01) and Katy Perry at No. 5 (2.51). The Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj tour stayed strong at No. 6 (2.36), and Celine Dion, queen of the Vegas strip, finished the week at No. 7 (2.03). Mexican pop/rock group Maná had strong enough secondary market sales to make it to No. 8 (1.85), with pop legends Elton John and Stevie Nicks finishing the week at No. 9 (1.62) and No. 10 (1.62), respectively.

In the Top Broadway rankings, “The Book of Mormon” held firm in first place (30.51), a position it has held for 13 weeks, nearly since its opening. At No. 2 was “Wicked” (17.83), with the newly reopened Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark performing well at No. 3 (10.36). The award-winning War Horse finished the week at No. 4 (7.02), with Cirque Du Soleil’s Zarkana at No. 5 (6.59), Lion King at No. 6 (4.64), and Jersey Boys at No. 7 (3.61). Selling well at No. 8 this week was the How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2.70), followed by Anything Goes (nine, 1.79) and perennial favorite Phantom of the Opera (ten, 1.63).

“Wicked” returned to No. 1 in the Top Theater rankings after a week out of the top spot, power scoring a 19.39. Next came “The Book of Mormon” (two, 16.59), followed by “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” (three, 5.63), the classic Les Miserables (four, 4.97), and “Jersey Boys” (five, 4.58). “Lion King” stayed strong at No. 6 (3.85), “War Horse” took No. 7 (3.83), and Cirque’s “Zarkana” came in at eight (3.58). Rounding out this week’s list were Billy Elliot at nine (3.56) and another Cirque production, Alegria, at ten (3.27).

Celine Dion triumphed once again in the Top Vegas rankings, handily dominating all rivals with a power score of 84.68. Next came one of four Cirque Du Soleil productions, O (two, 6.24), followed by The Beatles: Love (three, 3.71). Ticket sales this week for David Copperfield took him to No. 4 (2.18), with Cirque’s Ka at No. 5 (1.25). The Blue Man Group sold well in Vegas this week, coming in at six (0.54), followed by Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular (seven, 0.27), fan favorite “Jersey Boys” (eight, 0.23), Cirque’s Zumanity (nine, 0.21) and Barry Manilow (ten, 0.20).

TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork ExchangeTM, the world’s largest secondary market exchange. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales from the given event and total ticket sales within the category. Since the sum of all events’ power scores equals 100 in any given category, an individual event’s Power Score represents its category-specific significance. Top Seller Power Scores should only be used to compare sellers within a particular category, and not across categories.

Top Combined Events

Week Ending 6/26/2011

     EventScore
1Paul McCartney Tickets7.52
2Concacaf Gold Cup Soccer Final: USA Tickets4.17
3Wicked Tickets3.66
4Taylor Swift Tickets3.06
5The Book Of Mormon Tickets3.03
6U2 Tickets2.15
7Concacaf Gold Cup Soccer Tickets2.09
8Sade & John Legend Tickets1.67
9Katy Perry Tickets1.39
10Britney Spears & Nicki Minaj Tickets1.31

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 6/26/2011

     EventScore
1Paul McCartney Tickets13.53
2Taylor Swift Tickets5.52
3U2 Tickets3.87
4Sade & John Legend Tickets3.01
5Katy Perry Tickets2.51
6Britney Spears & Nicki Minaj Tickets2.36
7Celine Dion Tickets2.03
8Mana Tickets1.85
9Elton John Tickets1.62
10Stevie Nicks Tickets1.62

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 6/26/2011

     EventScore
1Concacaf Gold Cup Soccer Final: USA Tickets17.51
2Concacaf Gold Cup Soccer Tickets8.78
3New York Yankees Tickets4.57
4Boston Red Sox Tickets4.45
5Manchester United Tickets2.82
6San Francisco Giants Tickets2.80
7Winter Classic: Philadelphia Flyers Tickets2.45
8WWE: Raw Tickets2.41
9Chicago Cubs Tickets2.18
10Minnesota Twins Tickets1.83
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 6/26/2011

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets19.39
2The Book Of Mormon Tickets16.59
3Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets5.63
4Les Miserables Tickets4.97
5Jersey Boys Tickets4.58
6Lion King Tickets3.85
7War Horse Tickets3.83
8Cirque Du Soleil – Zarkana Tickets3.58
9Billy Elliot Tickets3.56
10Cirque du Soleil – Alegria Tickets3.27

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 6/26/2011

     EventScore
1The Book Of Mormon Tickets30.51
2Wicked Tickets17.83
3Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets10.36
4War Horse Tickets7.02
5Cirque Du Soleil – Zarkana Tickets6.59
6Lion King Tickets4.64
7Jersey Boys Tickets3.61
8How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Tickets2.70
9Anything Goes Tickets1.79
10Phantom Of The Opera Tickets1.63

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 6/26/2011

     EventScore
1Celine Dion Tickets84.68
2Cirque Du Soleil – O Tickets6.24
3Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets3.71
4David Copperfield Tickets2.18
5Cirque Du Soleil – Ka Tickets1.25
6Blue Man Group Tickets0.54
7Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets0.27
8Jersey Boys Tickets0.23
9Cirque Du Soleil – Zumanity Tickets0.21
10Barry Manilow Tickets0.20