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December 03, 2009 15:36 ET

Wicked and Radio City's Christmas Spectacular Top TicketNews' Event Rankings for November

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - December 3, 2009) - TicketNews, the leading provider of comprehensive news coverage and market analysis for and about the ticketing industry, today unveiled its exclusive event rankings for the month of November with concert and theater events dominating the Top Ten. Independently produced by TicketNews, the rankings report evaluates total ticket sales for the month and analyzes the significance of key events, including upcoming tours from Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi.

The November rankings, compiled from November 1 through November 30, indicate that the holiday season is in full swing as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular was the second most popular event for the month. Only the musical Wicked, which has been topping the rankings for months, is more popular among ticket buyers. Bon Jovi announced tour dates at the end of October, and ticket sales quickly climbed to the top of the event rankings, becoming the most popular event for the week ending November 22.

Taylor Swift's third-place ranking is no surprise to anyone within the ticketing and entertainment industries due to her domination of radio play and sales charts, as well as her ever-increasing popularity. The second leg of her "Fearless Tour" will kick-off on March 4 in Tampa, FL.

"2009 has been a huge year for Taylor Swift, and the past quarter was no exception, especially with the announcement of her latest tour," explained TicketNews' senior news editor Alfred Branch, Jr. "It's no surprise that all the buzz about Ms. Swift has translated into strong ticket sales throughout the month."

November Rankings Highlights

--  Wicked remains the top selling event on Broadway, but the show's
    popularity is multiplied with two touring troupes traveling to multiple
    theatres across the U.S.
--  Taylor Swift was the most popular concert event for the month,
    outselling veteran rockers U2 and Bon Jovi.
--  No sports events are included in November's top ten rankings but
    December's list is expected to reflect ticket sales for college bowl games
    and Major League Baseball tickets for the 2010 season.
    

TicketNews' Monthly Top Events for November 1-30, 2009

                                                                  Power
Ranking                          Event                            Score
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1         Wicked Tickets                                            6.15
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2         Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets                  4.79
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3         Taylor Swift Tickets                                      4.34
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4         U2 Tickets                                                3.64
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5         Bon Jovi Tickets                                          3.57
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6         Jersey Boys Tickets                                       2.73
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7         Lady Gaga Tickets                                         2.42
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8         Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets                          2.36
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9         George Strait & Reba McEntire Tickets                     1.70
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10        Lion King Tickets                                         1.38
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11        SEC Football Championship: Florida Gators Tickets         1.33
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12        Billy Elliot Tickets                                      1.18
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13        Dallas Cowboys Tickets                                    1.14
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14        New York Knicks Tickets                                   1.06
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15        Miley Cyrus Tickets                                       0.92
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16        John Mayer Tickets                                        0.87
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17        WWE Tickets                                               0.85
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18        Jeff Dunham Tickets                                       0.84
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19        Big 12 Football Championship: Texas Longhorns Tickets     0.84
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20        Los Angeles Lakers Tickets                                0.83
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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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