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February 05, 2010 11:26 ET

James Taylor & Carole King's Troubadour Reunion Tour Makes a Splash on TicketNews' Event Rankings for January

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - February 5, 2010) - The perpetually top-selling Broadway show Wicked was once again the number one event for the month of January, but two new entrants made a great showing in TicketNews' exclusive monthly event rankings, compiled from January 1 through January 31.

Singer-songwriters James Taylor and Carole King, who announced their Troubadour Reunion Tour in early January, landed in the number two spot for the month. With only a few full days of ticket sales on the books, Taylor and King bested Wicked in TicketNews' event rankings for the week ending January 24.

Super Bowl XLIV was also able to make its mark on the rankings, finishing the month as the third most popular event. While many NFL fans have been rooting for the New Orleans Saints this season, those in the ticketing industry view the Colts vs. Saints match-up as the worst possible outcome of the conference championship games. A Vikings lineup featuring Brett Favre or the Jets backed by the New York market might have garnered more interest for the February 7 game, according to some industry pros.

Last month, jazz vocalist Michael Bublé garnered fourth position in the event rankings, but dropped in January to number 12. His standing may change again next month, since Bublé recently announced additional dates for the summer, with additional ticket onsales beginning this week.

January Rankings Highlights

-- Monster Jam Trucks was a surprise entry on this month's Top 10 at
   number eight. Last month, it was not to be found among the Top 20
   events.
-- Taylor Swift came in at number five this month, but may get a boost from
   her four recent wins at the Grammy Awards on January 31.
-- Four of the Top 20 events were NFL Playoff games the upcoming Super Bowl
   XLIV, the New Orleans Saints' NFC Championship game, the NFC Divisional
   Playoffs with the Minnesota Vikings, and the Dallas Cowboys' NFC Wild
   Card game.

TicketNews' Monthly Top Events for January 1-31, 2010

                                                                      Power
Ranking            Event                                              Score
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1                  Wicked Tickets                                      5.25
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2                  James Taylor & Carole King Tickets                  4.78
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3                  Super Bowl XLIV: Indianapolis Colts Tickets         4.43
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4                  George Strait & Reba McEntire Tickets               2.86
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5                  Taylor Swift Tickets                                2.08
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6                  Jersey Boys Tickets                                 1.96
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7                  Lady Gaga Tickets                                   1.61
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8                  Monster Jam Trucks Tickets                          1.57
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9                  Black Eyed Peas Tickets                             1.48
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10                 Bon Jovi Tickets                                    1.42
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11                 John Mayer Tickets                                  1.39
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12                 Michael Buble Tickets                               1.26
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13                 WWE Tickets                                         1.24
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14                 NFC Championship Game: New Orleans Saints Tickets   1.24
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15                 NFC Divisional Playoffs: Minnesota Vikings Tickets  1.23
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16                 Jay-Z Tickets                                       1.09
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17                 New York Knicks Tickets                             1.04
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18                 Lion King Tickets                                   1.00
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19                 Boston Celtics Tickets                              0.96
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20                 NFC Wild Card: Dallas Cowboys Tickets               0.82
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Monthly Rankings Methodology

TicketNews' exclusive Event Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork Exchange, the world's largest secondary market exchange. Power Scores are based on a given event's total ticket sales and total ticket sales of all applicable events from the first to the last day of a month. Since the sum of all events' Power Scores equals 100, an individual event's Power Score represents its overall significance.

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