SOURCE: TicketNews.com

May 22, 2007 10:00 ET

Top Concert Event? America Votes "Idol"

VERNON, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2007 -- TicketNews announces its exclusive weekly Top 10s and analysis for the week of 5/14/07 - 5/20/07.

          OVERALL TOP 10 EVENTS
Event                                 This Week         Last Week
Wicked                                    1                 1
American Idols Live!                      2                n/a
Boston Red Sox                            3                 2
The Police                                4                 6
Jersey Boys                               5                 5
Chicago Cubs                              6                 7
New York Yankees                          7                 3
Kenny Chesney                             8                 4
Tool                                      9                n/a
Céline Dion                              10                10
Some people say that "American Idol" has jumped the shark, but this week's Overall Top 10s suggests that the show still has a strong following. This summer's American Idols Live! tour debuts in the number two spot in the overall rankings and goes straight to number one on the Top Concerts chart.

As the gap widens between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on the American League East leader board, a similar gap appears between the two teams in ticket sales. Last week the Red Sox appeared at number two with the Yankees just below at number three. This week American Idols Live! bumps the Sox down to number three, but the Yankees take a dive to number seven.

          TOP 10 SPORTS EVENTS
Event                                 This Week         Last Week
Boston Red Sox                            1                 1
Chicago Cubs                              2                 3
New York Yankees                          3                 2
New York Mets                             4                 5
Ultimate Fighting Championship            5                n/a
WWE                                       6                 7
St. Louis Cardinals                       7                n/a
Detroit Tigers                            8                n/a
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim             9                n/a
Atlanta Braves                           10                n/a
With the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, and Chicago Bulls out of the NBA playoffs, Major League Baseball fills in the holes in the Top Sports chart. MLB takes eight of the ten top spots this week including the first four rankings and the last four.

Between the baseball bookends, an explosion of Ultimate Fighting Championship sales puts the mixed martial arts event at number five.

           TOP 10 THEATRE EVENTS
Event                                 This Week        Last Week
Wicked                                    1                1
Jersey Boys                               2                2
Lion King                                 3                3
Mary Poppins                              4                5
Monty Python's Spamalot                   5                6
The Color Purple                          6                4
Grease                                    7                9
Phantom of the Opera                      8               10
Legally Blonde                            9                8
Cirque Du Soleil: "O"                    10               n/a

      TOP 10 NEW YORK CITY THEATRE EVENTS
Event                                 This Week        Last Week
Wicked                                    1                1
Jersey Boys                               2                2
Mary Poppins                              3                4
Lion King                                 4                3
Grease                                    5                7
Monty Python's Spamalot                   6                5
Legally Blonde                            7                6
Chicago: The Musical                      8               n/a
Phantom of the Opera                      9               n/a
The Color Purple                         10                8
"Chicago: The Musical" makes an appearance at number eight on the Top NYC Theatre chart two weeks after the addition of Joey Lawrence to the cast.
             TOP 10 CONCERT EVENTS
Event                                 This Week        Last Week
American Idols Live!                      1               n/a
The Police                                2                2
Kenny Chesney                             3                1
Tool                                      4                5
Celine Dion                               5                4
Roger Waters                              6               n/a
Projekt Revolution Tour                   7               n/a
Michael Bublé                             8               n/a
Soul2Soul: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill        9                6
Jimmy Buffett                            10                8
This week sees a large turnover of concert events. American Idols Live! debuts in the number one spot, Roger Waters returns to the chart in the number six position, the Projekt Revolution Tour with Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance takes number seven, and Michel Bublé claims number eight.

To make room for these new events, we say goodbye to Josh Groban, Gwen Stefani, Nickelback, and John Mayer.

          TOP 10 LAS VEGAS SHOWS
Event                                 This Week        Last Week
Céline Dion: A New Day                    1                1
Cirque Du Soleil: "O"                     2                2
Cirque Du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE       3                3
Elton John: The Red Piano                 4                5
David Copperfield                         5               n/a
Bette Midler                              6                4
Monty Python's Spamalot                   7                8
Cirque Du Soleil: Mystère                 8               n/a
Cirque Du Soleil: KÀ                      9               n/a
Blue Man Group                           10               n/a
Cirque Du Soleil expands its presence on the top Vegas chart. Regular chart-toppers "O" and LOVE are joined by Mystère at number eight and KÀ at number nine.

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