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TicketNews.com

October 22, 2009 13:36 ET

Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending October 17, 2009

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending October 17, 2009.

TOP 10 OVERALL SELLERS

The proposed merger between ticketing and live music giants Ticketmaster and Live Nation could come down to whether or not the two are willing to compromise in order to gain Department of Justice (DOJ) acceptance, according to a report in the The Wall Street Journal. Potential concessions could include the sale of the artist management colossus Front Line Management, Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff's baby, which sources have told the Journal could be a deal breaker.

The various scenarios under which Ticketmaster and Live Nation might satisfy DOJ officials in order to get their merger approved still presents some difficulties, but Azoff remains as confident as ever that the deal will be approved. According to TicketNews, Azoff met with a group of entertainment lawyers last weekend and firmly believes the merger will occur and sounded defiant in his views against the secondary ticket market. "I tell them [government officials] that they wouldn't allow someone on the street to scalp a gallon of gasoline when there's an oil crisis," Azoff said, according to BusinessWeek. "Why would they allow someone to stand on a street corner and scalp a ticket when it's in high demand, too?" Azoff added.

Ticketmaster and StubHub once again occupy the top two spots in the Top Overall Sellers rankings with power scores of 31.99 and 22.97, respectively. TicketsNow moved ahead of Live Nation this week to the number three position with a 4.29 power score. Live Nation finished with a score of 4.20.

                          WE 10-17-09 WE 10-10-09 4 Week Avg
                          =========== =========== ===========
                                Power       Power       Power
Seller                    Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ticketmaster.com              1 31.99     1 31.80     1 31.67
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
StubHub.com                   2 22.97     2 22.72     2 22.59
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketsNow.com                3  4.29     4  4.10  3.75  4.33
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
LiveNation.com                4  4.20     3  4.20  3.25  5.34
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketLiquidator.com          5  3.35     6  3.57  5.25  3.43
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketCity.com                6  3.30     5  3.87  5.75  3.14
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Telecharge.com                7  2.74     7  2.60     7  2.36
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketWeb.com                 8  2.11     8  2.12     8  1.93
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ETix.com                      9  1.33     9  1.31     9  1.35
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
GoTickets.com                10  1.05    10  1.05 11.75  0.96
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TOP 10 SECONDARY SELLERS

Ticket Liquidator reclaimed its rank as the number three secondary seller this week with a power score of 6.16 after falling to number four last week. StubHub and TicketsNow retained their positions as the top two secondary ticket sellers with scores of 41.63 and 7.89, respectively.

                          WE 10-17-09 WE 10-10-09 4 Week Avg
                          =========== =========== ===========
                                Power       Power       Power
Seller                    Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
StubHub.com                   1 41.63     1 41.02     1 41.30
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketsNow.com                2  7.89     2  7.50     2  8.01
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketLiquidator.com          3  6.16     4  6.53  3.25  6.35
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketCity.com                4  6.01     3  7.02  3.75  5.78
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
GoTickets.com                 5  1.97     5  1.96     6  1.82
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
RazorGator.com                6  1.80     6  1.81   5.5  2.10
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
CoasttoCoastTickets.com       7  1.62     8  1.66  6.75  1.81
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Vividseats.com                8  1.62     7  1.66     8  1.64
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TickCo.com                    9  1.53     9  1.51    10  1.52
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketZoom.com               10  1.42    10  1.48 11.25  1.36
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

This week's top ten primary ticket seller rankings mirrored last week's list with each company retaining their position. Ticketmaster finished number one with a power score of 66.02 and was followed in the rankings by potential merger partner Live Nation, which garnered a 8.72 power score.

                          WE 10-17-09 WE 10-10-09 4 Week Avg
                          =========== =========== ===========
                                Power       Power       Power
Seller                    Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ticketmaster.com              1 66.02     1 65.89     1 64.73
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
LiveNation.com                2  8.72     2  8.77     2 10.96
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Telecharge.com                3  5.68     3  5.40     3  4.85
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketWeb.com                 4  4.39     4  4.43     4  3.98
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ETix.com                      5  2.77     5  2.74     5  2.79
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Brownpapertickets.com         6  1.83     6  1.80   6.5  1.70
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Wantickets.com                7  1.61     7  1.54     8  1.32
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tickets.com                   8  1.33     8  1.35     8  1.27
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tix.com                       9  0.91     9  0.90   7.5  1.42
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketPop.com                10  0.51    10  0.50    10  0.50
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TicketNews.com developed the algorithm for the exclusive weekly rankings of the industry's ticket sellers. Top sellers rankings and power scores are based on web traffic received by a ticket seller's website. The power score is highly correlated with the number of transactions from the TicketNetwork Exchange™, the world's largest secondary ticket market exchange. A top seller power score illustrates a given seller's category-specific significance. Three factors obtained from multiple independent resources are used to compare sellers within a particular category.

  1.  Number of unique visitors (IP addresses visiting a website in a
      24-hour period).
  2.  Number of visits (a series of one or more page requests by a visitor
      without 30 consecutive minutes of inactivity).
  3.  Page views (the average number of unique pages viewed by a unique
      visitor).

Top seller power scores should only be used to compare sellers within a particular category. TicketNews.com also ranks the top events weekly. For more information, visit www.ticketnews.com/ticket_industry_rankings.

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