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February 11, 2009 17:51 ET

Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending February 7, 2009

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - February 11, 2009) - TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending February 7, 2009.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

This week, the ticket industry was focused on the news of the proposed Ticketmaster Live Nation merger. The potential of a merger was originally reported in the Wall Street Journal last week, and then on February 9th, TicketNews reported the board of directors from each of the companies voted unanimously to consolidate their entities. Although the merger is far from complete, the two companies believe they will finalize the deal sometime in the second half of 2009 despite the mounting opposition.

Prior to the vote from companies' board of directors, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called for a review of the proposed merger. Blumenthal told Bloomberg News that the two companies may need to determine whether the deal could withstand scrutiny. That opposition continues to grow, as brokers and industry insiders have begun to speak out against a merger that would create a company that would control the majority of the touring industry.

Despite these industry developments, Ticketmaster and StubHub retained their positions in the top two rankings in the Top Overall Sellers list this week, but the rest of the top ten rankings varied significantly from last week. TicketsNow and Live Nation each moved up one position, Ticket Liquidator.com moved up two spots, while Tickets.com dropped out of the top ten rankings completely.

                              WE 02-07-09      WE 01-31-09     4 Week Avg
                              -----------      -----------     ----------
                                      Power           Power           Power
Seller                       Rank     Score   Rank    Score    Rank   Score
------                       ----     -----   ----    -----    ----   -----
Ticketmaster.com               1      36.75     1     33.61    1      34.67
StubHub.com                    2      15.02     2     12.72    2      13.39
TicketsNow.com                 3       7.21     4      6.08    3.75    6.40
LiveNation.com                 4       5.14     5      3.97    4.75    4.16
TicketLiquidator.com           5       3.50     7      3.30    6.25    3.25
TicketCity.com                 6       2.09     6      3.50    6.25    3.02
Telecharge.com                 7       1.75     8      2.27    7.75    2.19
CoasttoCoastTickets.com        8       1.69    11      1.32    10      1.38
RazorGator.com                 9       1.68     9      1.79    9       1.72
ETix.com                      10       1.36    12      1.03   11.5     1.12
TickCo.com                    11       1.28    14      0.94   12.75    1.03
Justbuytickets.com            12       1.15    13      0.99   13.75    0.98
TicketWeb.com                 13       1.12    16      0.87   15       0.94
GoTickets.com                 14       1.03    15      0.92   14.5     0.93
Tickets.com                   15       1.01     3      7.61    6       5.93
Brownpapertickets.com         16       0.85    31      0.41   27.25    0.53
EventTicketsCenter.com        17       0.78    18      0.68   17.25    0.76
Vividseats.com                18       0.72    19      0.65   18.75    0.66
BuyBetterTickets.com          19       0.65    24      0.50   21.75    0.56
TicketNetwork.com             20       0.60    17      0.69   18.25    0.68

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

TicketLiquidator.com was able to join the top three rankings this week, joining StubHub and TicketsNow. Coast to Coast Tickets moved up one spot to number five, with a power score of 3.55, while TickCo also moved up a position, to number seven with a power score of 2.76.

                              WE 02-07-09      WE 01-31-09     4 Week Avg
                              -----------      -----------     ----------
                                     Power           Power            Power
Seller                        Rank   Score    Rank    Score    Rank   Score
------                        ----   -----    ----    -----    ----   -----
StubHub.com                     1    28.45      1     26.42    1      27.17
TicketsNow.com                  2    13.95      2     12.88    2      13.24
TicketLiquidator.com            3     7.01      4      7.22    3.5     6.96
TicketCity.com                  4     4.19      3      7.49    3.5     6.36
CoasttoCoastTickets.com         5     3.55      6      3.14    5.75    3.16
RazorGator.com                  6     3.52      5      4.02    5.25    3.81
TickCo.com                      7     2.76      8      2.25    7.25    2.39
Justbuytickets.com              8     2.56      7      2.35    8       2.30
GoTickets.com                   9     2.34      9      2.21    8.75    2.20
EventTicketsCenter.com         10     1.68     11      1.58   10.5     1.79
Vividseats.com                 11     1.60     10      1.59   11.25    1.56
TicketNetwork.com              12     1.45     12      1.57   11.25    1.61
BuyBetterTickets.com           13     1.42     16      1.20   14       1.34
TicketSpot.com                 14     1.32     15      1.27   15.25    1.27
OnlineSeats.com                15     1.31     14      1.37   14.25    1.36
ABC Tickets.com                16     1.23     13      1.43   14.75    1.32
TicketTango.com                17     1.20     21      0.90   20.75    0.93
Findticketsfast.com            18     1.18     18      1.03   18.25    1.12
Ace Ticket                     19     1.11     17      1.04   18.75    1.06
TicketZoom.com                 20     1.04     19      1.02   18       1.13

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

Live Nation moved up to the number two position in the Top Primary Sellers rankings this week trailing only potential merger partner Ticketmaster. Both companies were followed in the top five rankings by Telecharge, Etix and TicketWeb who achieved power scores of 3.31, 2.65 and 2.14, respectively.

                              WE 02-07-09      WE 01-31-09     4 Week Avg
                              -----------      -----------     ----------
                                     Power           Power            Power
Seller                        Rank   Score    Rank    Score    Rank   Score
------                        ----   -----    ----    -----    ----   -----

Ticketmaster.com                1    69.46      1     59.53    1      62.43
LiveNation.com                  2    10.02      3      7.24    2.75    7.74
Telecharge.com                  3     3.31      4      4.03    3.75    3.93
ETix.com                        4     2.65      6      1.90    5.5     2.11
TicketWeb.com                   5     2.14      7      1.56    6.5     1.72
Tickets.com                     6     2.12      2     13.61    3      10.66
Brownpapertickets.com           7     1.63     11      0.74   10       0.97
Groovetickets.com               8     1.13      8      1.04    8.25    1.07
Tix.com                         9     0.76      5      2.66    6       2.06
Wantickets.com                 10     0.61      9      1.00    9       0.91

TicketNews.com is a comprehensive resource for news, market analysis, event announcements, and information relating to the ticket industry. TicketNews.com keeps industry professionals and fans informed about tour dates, current and pending ticket resale legislation, rankings, onsales, and more. The content is updated daily, with original articles from ten TicketNews.com reporters and an aggregation of 3rd party sources.

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, including comScore and Hitwise, 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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