August 24, 2016 Darnell Goldson
August 24, 2016 By Tammy Whaley
EVENTS — Metallica and Coldplay make their debut onto this week’s Top Events Rankings
With most of the listings staying the same, TicketNews ® top events rankings saw two newcomers make their debut in the middle of the charts this week. Coldplay and Metallica each nabbed a spot in the top 10 rankings, with Coldplay nabbing the No. 4 spot and Metallica coming in at No. 9.
With their ‘A Head Full of Dreams,’ tour in full swing, British rock band, Coldplay, led by front man Chris Martin, features performance stops in Tulsa, Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and San Francisco. The band will also be included as part of the upcoming ‘Made in America Festival’ being held in Philadelphia on September 4.
Although Metallica only recently saw one tour date on August 20th at the U.S. Bank Arena in Minneapolis and an upcoming appearance scheduled at Global Citizens Festival, being held at the Great Lawn in New York’s famed Central Park on September 24, it was enough to drive the Heavy Metal band into the rankings top 10. The group also recently previewed a new song, ‘Moth Into Flame,’ which will be featured on their upcoming album ‘Hardwired,’ due out on November 18. This will be the band’s first new album in 8 years. Rumors of an upcoming extensive tour persist.
Adele, Drake & Future and Hamilton held onto their No. 1, 2 and 3rd spots respectively this week with only their power scores shifting slightly, while Celine Dion made her way back onto the charts and grabbed the No. 6 spot. The Canadian born singer has 3 upcoming shows at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City and a stop at the Amphitheatre Cogeco, in Trios-rivieres before she heads back to Vegas to resume her residency at Caesars Colosseum in Las Vegas.
With a recently wrapped tour which ended August 22 at San Diego’s, Qualcomm Stadium, rock band favorite Guns N’ Roses snagged the No. 8 position, while ever-present Broadway favorites, Wicked and The Lion King stayed in the top 10. Wicked jumped up into the No. 5 spot from last week’s No. 7 and The Lion King moved down from last week’s No.9 to round out the rankings in this week’s No. 10 spot.
VENUES — The U.S. Open lands the Arthur Ashe Stadium in this week’s venue rankings
With the upcoming multi-match event quickly approaching, ticket sales for one of tennis’s biggest sporting tournaments helped propel the Arthur Ashe Stadium into the No. 7 position in this week’s exclusive TicketNews ® top 10 venue rankings.
The competition which is held annually, starts the last Monday in August and lasts for two weeks into September and features five event championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players.
The venue also hosts a kick-off to the tournament event, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which is being held this year at the stadium on August 27. The event will feature events including: interactive games and family activities, such as face painting/storytelling and balloon artists, a juggling workshop and watching the professionals practice. The kid’s day event will conclude with a stadium show underneath the stadiums new state-of-the-art retractable roof, featuring hip-hop artist Flo-Rida, pop star Zara Larsson and many more.
Also new to this week’s listings, landing in the No. 4 spot, is the Minneapolis’s US Bank Arena, which had a little help from a one-night only performance by Heavy Metal band Metallica, which was held on August 20. The venue will also host other upcoming events including: Carrie Underwood, the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics, Disney on Ice and the ever popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
The T-Mobile Arena, located in Las Vegas also made its way into the top 10 this week, in the top No. 5 position with an upcoming shows by rock group Coldplay, the legendary George Straight, and the always popular two day event, the iHeartRadio Music Festival.
The top two spots this week again belonged to the Staples Center and Madison Square Garden, who traded places with only slight shifts in power scores and the AT&T stadium which moved up in the charts this week to the No. 3 position.
MetLife Stadium, the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Caesars Palace – Colosseum, and Wrigley Field remained this week’s top 10 rankings in the No. 6, 8, 9 and 10 spots respectively.
TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork 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 Event Power Scores should only be used to compare events within a particular category, and not across categories.