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Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers Among TicketNews' Top-Ranked December Events

(January 05, 2012)

SOUTH WINDSOR, CT -- (Marketwire) -- 01/05/12 -- As 2011 drew to a close, new concert tours from some of the top artists of the last 30 years stepped into the spotlight of TicketNews' exclusive events rankings, compiled from December 1-31.

Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto Tour had the best debut of all the new tours this month, finishing at No. 2. The group will embark on the 31-date North American tour in April to support their 2011 album of the same name. In addition to Coldplay, tickets to the Red Hot Chili Peppers (No. 4), Neil Diamond (No. 5) and the joint tour from Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw (No. 6) all went on sale during December, catapulting each to the top of the rankings.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular (No. 7) and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (No. 10) have each reached the seasonal end of the line and concluded their holiday schedules. TSO may have a shot at rejoining TicketNews' event rankings in a few months, when the orchestra begins its Beethoven's Last Night Tour in March.

December seemed like the month where sports events could once again rise to the top of the rankings with the NBA (finally) beginning its season, and the NFL and NCAA football starting their postseasons. But that did not turn out to be the case, as concerts and theatre events outpaced all but the New York Knicks (No. 12) for Top 20 finishes.

Events to Watch in January:

  • Van Halen recently announced that they will launch a 2012 tour that will feature David Lee Roth on lead vocals. Although no public dates have been announced yet, initial ticket sales will begin January 10, according to the band's official Web site.
  • January will mark the first full month of the NBA schedule, so larger market teams like the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers could join the Knicks in the rankings.
  • The BCS Championship Game between Alabama and LSU will take place on January 9, but its December ticket sales only landed it at No. 26 -- 14 percent behind the No. 20 event. But as anticipation grows closer to game day, sales are expected to strengthen enough to place the BCS higher in January's rankings.

TicketNews' Monthly Top Events for December 1-31, 2011

---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Power Ranking Event Score ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 "Wicked" Tickets 4.93 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 Coldplay Tickets 3.00 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 "The Book of Mormon" Tickets 2.97 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 Red Hot Chili Peppers Tickets 2.90 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 Neil Diamond Tickets 2.81 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 Brothers of the Sun Tour: Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw 2.76 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 2.12 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 "Jersey Boys" Tickets 1.91 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 Cirque Du Soleil - "Michael Jackson: The Immortal" Tickets 1.89 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tickets 1.78 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11 "The Lion King" Tickets 1.55 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12 New York Knicks Tickets 1.53 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13 Tool Tickets 1.16 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14 "Les Miserables" Tickets 1.15 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15 Jason Aldean Tickets 0.92 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 16 Roger Waters Tickets 0.90 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 17 Brad Paisley Tickets 0.82 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 18 "War Horse" Tickets 0.82 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 19 Lady Antebellum Tickets 0.80 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20 George Strait & Martina McBride Tickets 0.79 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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.

About TicketNews

TicketNews® is the leading news source reporting exclusively on the ticketing sector. provides comprehensive news coverage and market analysis for and about the ticketing industry, including tour dates, recent ticket resale legislation and exclusive, independent industry rankings. With more than 100,000 unique visitors per month, TicketNews' readership comprises ticket brokers, venues, affiliate marketing professionals, consumers, sports management professionals, event promoters and software vendors. TicketNews is a subsidiary of TicketNetwork, Inc.

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Allison Reitz
Ticket News

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