After tickets to their recently announced North American tour went on sale last week, rock legends Rush catapulted into the TicketNews’ Top Events Rankings,...

After tickets to their recently announced North American tour went on sale last week, rock legends Rush catapulted into the TicketNews’ Top Events Rankings, finishing the week at No. 6.

The Clockwork Angels tour will be in support of the bands upcoming 20th studio album of the same name. The album will feature music from the bands first new collection of material in more than five years. The tour will kick-off September 7 in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Verizon Wireless Arena and will end in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center on December 2. The tour will also feature several Canadian stops along the way.

Upstaging Rush in the rankings was One Direction, who continued their reign as the top event for another week. The group is enjoying their fourth consecutive week at No. 1 with tickets on sale simultaneously for the bands upcoming 2012 and 2013 North American tours. The band recently added nine additional dates to its 2012 tour including stops in Louisville, KY, Philadelphia, PA, East Rutherford, NJ, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX and San Jose, CA. Secondary shows were added in Hershey, PA, Chicago, IL, and Las Vegas NV.

With the NBA Playoffs now in full swing, the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks held strong positions in the Top Sports Events listings this week. The Knicks grabbed the No. 4 spot while Heat fans drove their team into the No. 5 position. The two teams are currently facing each other in the first round with the Heat holding a two games to none lead. The series now shifts to Madison Square Garden in New York.

Even though ever present Broadway favorites such as “Wicked,” “The Book of Mormon,” and “Jersey Boys,” each grabbed a spot in the top combined event rankings this week, other Broadway plays may see an increase ticket sales over the next several weeks with the 2012 Tony Award nominations being announced this week.

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Top Combined Events

Week Ending 4/29/2012

1One Direction Tickets3.49
2Bruce Springsteen Tickets3.25
3Wicked Tickets2.95
4The Book Of Mormon Tickets2.72
5One Direction – 2013 Tour Tickets1.84
6Rush Tickets1.64
7New York Yankees Tickets1.43
8Jersey Boys Tickets1.35
9Madonna Tickets1.17
10Red Hot Chili Peppers Tickets1.17

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 4/29/2012

1One Direction Tickets6.61
2Bruce Springsteen Tickets6.16
3One Direction – 2013 Tour Tickets3.48
4Rush Tickets3.11
5Madonna Tickets2.22
6Red Hot Chili Peppers Tickets2.21
7Brothers Of The Sun Tour: Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw Tickets2.16
8Gigantes Tour: Marc Anthony, Chayanne & Marco Antonio Solis Tickets2.16
9Drake, J. Cole, & Waka Flocka Flame Tickets2.09
10Beach Boys Tickets1.96

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 4/29/2012

1New York Yankees Tickets4.78
2Texas Rangers Tickets3.87
3Floyd Mayweather Jr Tickets3.51
4NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: New York Knicks Tickets2.80
5NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Miami Heat Tickets2.67
6Boston Red Sox Tickets2.65
7NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: New York Rangers Tickets2.62
8Dallas Cowboys Tickets2.58
9International Soccer Friendly: Mexico Tickets2.04
10NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: New York Rangers Tickets1.77

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 4/29/2012

1Wicked Tickets17.72
2The Book Of Mormon Tickets16.39
3Jersey Boys Tickets8.36
4Les Miserables Tickets4.60
5The Lion King Tickets4.50
6Cirque du Soleil – Michael Jackson The Immortal Tickets3.74
7Death of a Salesman Tickets3.33
8Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job Tickets2.92
9Billy Elliot Tickets2.45
10War Horse Tickets1.67

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 4/29/2012

1The Book Of Mormon Tickets37.65
2Wicked Tickets10.66
3Death of a Salesman Tickets8.79
4Newsies – The Musical Tickets3.92
5Jersey Boys Tickets3.80
6The Lion King Tickets3.07
7War Horse Tickets2.77
8Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets2.56
9Evita Tickets2.39
10Phantom Of The Opera Tickets1.85

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 4/29/2012

1Celine Dion Tickets63.18
2Santana Tickets10.45
3Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets9.74
4David Copperfield Tickets7.34
5Le Reve Tickets3.99
6Jersey Boys Tickets2.12
7Jubilee! Tickets1.62
8Cirque du Soleil – Viva Elvis Tickets0.83
9Blue Man Group Tickets0.41
10Anthony Cools Tickets0.31