This week’s top events rankings saw a newcomer debut in the middle of the pack. Kevin Hart’s comedy tour along with the exposure from MTV’s recent announcement that he will be hosting the VMAs has landed him the number 14 spot on the Top Events Rankings List.

Hart is a comedian who has segued into an acting career starting back in 2001. His film and television credits include Think Like a Man, The Five-Year Engagement, and a guest starring role on the popular comedy sitcom Modern Family. In addition he has guest hosted the E! talk show Chelsea Lately.

MTV has picked some notable comedians in the past to host the Video Music Awards, including Chris Rock, Chelsea Handler, and Arsenio Hall, so Kevin has some big shoes to fill this year. His “Laugh at My Pain” tour started early on this summer and is set to continue through the end of December. . He will be traveling all over the country, from the North East to Florida, to California.

Country superstar Carrie Underwood is also back on the TicketNews®’ Events Rankings this week, due to her upcoming Blown Away tour. This tour will take place all over the US, as well as several locations in Canada. Her “Blown Away” album was released in May and debuted at number one. This made Underwood the second female to have every album released at number one.

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Other notable jumps in position include Bruce Springsteen who has entered the top 3 in the No. 2 position this week along with Barbra Streisand in the third spot.

Last week, Bruce Springsteen put on a spectacular show at Gillette Stadium. This weekend Springsteen will be playing two shows in Canada, and is scheduled to return to the United States next Wednesday for a show in Vernon, NY.

Despite The Lion King falling from the number 3 spot to number 19, this is still a very popular event. Last week, it became the 5th longest running show on Broadway.

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Top Combined Events

Week Ending 8/19/2012

      Event Score
1 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 4.31
2 Bruce Springsteen Tickets 4.21
3 Barbra Streisand Tickets 2.49
4 New York Yankees Tickets 2.31
5 Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti & Il Volo Tickets 2.20
6 One Direction Tickets 2.17
7 Wicked Tickets 1.67
8 Justin Bieber Tickets 1.64
9 Jason Aldean & Luke Bryan Tickets 1.59
10 Les Miserables Tickets 1.49

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 8/19/2012

      Event Score
1 Bruce Springsteen Tickets 8.80
2 Barbra Streisand Tickets 5.21
3 Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti & Il Volo Tickets 4.61
4 One Direction Tickets 4.52
5 Justin Bieber Tickets 3.43
6 Jason Aldean & Luke Bryan Tickets 3.33
7 Carrie Underwood Tickets 1.99
8 Kevin Hart Tickets 1.97
9 Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez Tickets 1.92
10 Madonna Tickets 1.91

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 8/19/2012

      Event Score
1 New York Yankees Tickets 6.81
2 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 3.09
3 New York Giants Tickets 2.50
4 Green Bay Packers Tickets 1.58
5 Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets 1.54
6 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Tickets 1.37
7 Washington Nationals Tickets 1.37
8 New York Knicks Tickets 1.34
9 San Francisco 49ers Tickets 1.34
10 Denver Broncos Tickets 1.24

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 8/19/2012

      Event Score
1 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 26.74
2 Wicked Tickets 10.31
3 Les Miserables Tickets 8.84
4 Jersey Boys Tickets 5.46
5 The Lion King Tickets 4.67
6 War Horse Tickets 4.38
7 Cirque du Soleil – Kooza Tickets 3.33
8 Cirque du Soleil – Zarkana Tickets 2.66
9 Cirque du Soleil – Dralion Tickets 2.45
10 Mary Poppins Tickets 1.92

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 8/19/2012

      Event Score
1 The Book Of Mormon Tickets 45.01
2 Wicked Tickets 8.31
3 Cirque du Soleil – Zarkana Tickets 7.29
4 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 4.47
5 The Lion King Tickets 3.95
6 Jersey Boys Tickets 3.36
7 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets 2.54
8 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 2.46
9 Once Tickets 2.36
10 War Horse Tickets 2.01

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 8/19/2012

      Event Score
1 Celine Dion Tickets 66.98
2 Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets 9.92
3 Santana Tickets 7.86
4 David Copperfield Tickets 2.84
5 Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets 2.35
6 Blue Man Group Tickets 1.94
7 Donny and Marie Osmond Tickets 1.85
8 Jay Leno Tickets 1.29
9 Jersey Boys Tickets 1.29
10 Joan Rivers Tickets 1.13