July 06, 2010 11:26 ET

Paul McCartney's Tour Makes a Big Jump on TicketNews' Top Event Rankings in June

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - July 6, 2010) -  After adding more tour dates to his North American Up and Coming Tour, Paul McCartney jumped 10 spots for a second place finish on TicketNews' exclusive Top Event Rankings, as compiled from June 1-30.

Despite being outsold by the ever-popular musical "Wicked," former Beatle Paul McCartney made a strong showing in June's rankings. McCartney added new tour dates during the month, including second appearances in Toronto and Pittsburgh. Ticket onsales for those dates started in late June, and the tour begins July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Eminem had the strongest debut of the month with a fourth place finish in the rankings. High demand for tickets caused the duo to expand their co-headlining tour from two nights to four, playing hometown shows in Detroit on September 2-3 and New York City on September 13-14.

Dave Matthews Band almost cracked into the Top 10 June event rankings. Ticket sales for DMB's spring and summer tour began in February and placed the band at number 15 in the month's rankings, although the band quickly dropped out of the Top 20 in following months. But a recent announcement to go on hiatus in 2011 pushed DMB back into the May rankings at number 17, and now that their tour is underway, their ticket sales have surged and brought them to the 11th position on the list.

Events to Watch for July:

  • After topping the May rankings, Roger Waters plummeted to number 15 in June. His tour doesn't begin until September, and so sales for The Wall Live Tour are not expected to pick up again until late summer.
  • Now that the NBA season is officially over, Major League Baseball is the lone professional sports league still in play. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are expected to continue their strong showings in July's event rankings.

TicketNews' Monthly Top Events for June 1-30, 2010

Ranking   Event   Power Score
1   "Wicked" Tickets   5.99
2   Paul McCartney Tickets   5.53
3   Justin Bieber Tickets   3.79
4   Jay-Z & Eminem Tickets   3.23
5   New York Yankees Tickets   2.92
6   Lady Gaga Tickets   2.78
7   James Taylor & Carole King Tickets   2.73
8   Boston Red Sox Tickets   1.90
9   Jersey Boys Tickets   1.81
10   NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers Tickets   1.61
11   Dave Matthews Band Tickets   1.40
12   "Lion King" Tickets   1.38
13   NBA Finals: Boston Celtics Tickets   1.34
14   The Eagles Tickets   1.32
15   Roger Waters Tickets   1.32
16   Minnesota Twins Tickets   1.24
17   Michael Buble Tickets   1.13
18   Tool Tickets   0.88
19   Chicago Cubs Tickets   0.87
20   "Billy Elliot" Tickets   0.84

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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