SOURCE: TicketNews.com

May 15, 2007 10:00 ET

Advance Ticket Sales: Daytona 500 Sets the Pace

VERNON, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 -- TicketNews announces its exclusive weekly Top 10s and analysis for the week of 5/07/07 - 5/13/07.

OVERALL TOP 10 EVENTS
Event                     This Week       Last Week
Wicked                        1               2
Boston Red Sox                2               3
New York Yankees              3               6
Kenny Chesney                 4               4
Jersey Boys                   5               5
The Police                    6               9
Chicago Cubs                  7               7
NBA Playoffs:
 Golden State Warriors        8              n/a
Josh Groban                   9              n/a
Celine Dion                  10              n/a
Things are on the up and up on the Overall Top Events chart.

The New York Yankees make up for last week's sagging sales and advance three positions, from number six to number three. The Police are likewise up three spots, moving from number nine to number six. The Golden State Warriors debut on the chart at number eight, Josh Groban returns this week to take number nine, and Celine Dion claims number ten.

While no one on the chart is down, a couple events are out. Jimmy Buffett (number eight last week) and Tool (number ten last week) get bumped from the rankings.

TOP 10 SPORTS EVENTS
Event                     This Week       Last Week
Boston Red Sox                1               2
New York Yankees              2               3
Chicago Cubs                  3               4
NBA Playoffs:
 Golden State Warriors        4               5
New York Mets                 5               6
NBA Playoffs: Phoenix Suns    6               9
WWE                           7              n/a
Daytona 500                   8              n/a
NBA Playoffs:
 San Antonio Spurs            9              n/a
NBA Playoffs: Chicago Bulls  10              n/a
The Golden State Warriors are certainly the big winners when it comes to NBA ticket sales, even as they trail the Utah Jazz in their best of seven playoff series.

Overall, the NBA playoffs are heating up. The Phoenix Suns move up three positions from number nine to number six this week, and the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls debut on the chart at numbers nine and ten, respectively. However, with the Warriors and Bulls both down 3-1 and unlikely to play more home games, they may be knocked out of the charts and the playoffs next week.

Next February's Daytona 500 is already a hot ticket, debuting on the chart at number eight. Fans are planning ahead to ensure they have the opportunity to celebrate the race's fiftieth anniversary.

TOP 10 THEATRE EVENTS
Event                     This Week       Last Week
Wicked                        1               1
Jersey Boys                   2               2
Lion King                     3               3
The Color Purple              4               5
Mary Poppins                  5               4
Monty Python's Spamalot       6               6
Mamma Mia!                    7              n/a
Legally Blonde                8              10
Grease                        9               7
Phantom of the Opera         10               8
"The Color Purple" overtakes "Mary Poppins" this week and claims the number four spot.

"Mamma Mia!" sees an increase in sales that puts it back on the chart at number seven after a three week absence.

TOP 10 NEW YORK CITY THEATRE EVENTS
Event                     This Week       Last Week
Wicked                        1               1
Jersey Boys                   2               2
Lion King                     3               3
Mary Poppins                  4               4
Monty Python's Spamalot       5               6
Legally Blonde                6               7
Grease                        7               5
The Color Purple              8              10
Mamma Mia!                    9              n/a
The Pirate Queen             10              n/a


TOP 10 CONCERT EVENTS
Event                     This Week       Last Week
Kenny Chesney                 1               1
The Police                    2               3
Josh Groban                   3               5
Celine Dion                   4               7
Tool                          5               4
Soul2Soul:
 Tim McGraw & Faith Hill      6               8
Gwen Stefani                  7               6
Jimmy Buffett                 8               2
Nickelback                    9              n/a
John Mayer                   10              n/a
Weekend on sales help boost Josh Groban and Nickelback up the chart. Groban makes another run for the top, inching up from the number five spot to number three. Nickelback debuts at number nine.

Tool, who also put a number of shows on sale last weekend, do not experience the same surge. In fact, they drop one spot this week, from the number four ranking to number five.

Celine Dion continues her climb up the chart, making another impressive three position leap up to number four. Sales for the songbird have increased since the announcement of her successor to the stage, Bette Midler.

The six position stride Celine made in two weeks, Jimmy Buffett does in just one. Unfortunately, he moves in the opposite direction, falling hard from number two to number eight.

TOP 10 LAS VEGAS SHOWS
Event                     This Week       Last Week
Celine Dion                   1               1
Cirque Du Soleil: "O"         2               3
Cirque Du Soleil:
 The Beatles: LOVE            3               2
Bette Midler                  4               4
Elton John: The Red Piano     5               5
Fab Four                      6               7
Toni Braxton: Revealed        7               6
Monty Python's Spamalot       8              n/a
V - The Ultimate
 Variety Show                 9              n/a
Mamma Mia!                   10              n/a
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