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iLike, the leading social music discovery service, announced Monday at the INTIX conference new features to their online service. A new ad platform allows concert promoters, venue owners and other booking agents a chance to target their fan base; a new full song playback allows music fans to listen to their new songs in their entirety; and a feature for developers to add music to their websites.
"Since inception, iLike has always enabled other people to benefit from our reach,” iLike CEO Ali Partovi said in the press release. “Historically, iLike has focused on serving fans, artists and labels. Today, we’re pleased to expand the iLike community by empowering two new groups: concert promoters and third-party [application/website] developers."
In recent years the secondary ticket market has exploded, in part because of increased legitimacy through big, mainstream deals—such as Madonna's with Live Nation and MLB's deal with StubHub—and in part because of the huge business opportunities companies have only recently tapped into.
According to statistics from Forrester Research and Ticketmaster, which were discussed during a May meeting with Ticketmaster, TicketsNow and brokers, only 14 percent of people participate as buyers on the secondary market. Opportunity to reach this demographic is ripe.
Live Nation says it is feeling the pain its concert fans are experiencing at the gas pump, so for one day only on July 18, more than 40 shows at its Los Angeles and San Diego venues will be offering $10 tickets. This discount will apply to select shows, from 10 a.m. to midnight, while ticket supplies last. These deals are for lawn seats only.
Live Nation advised Ticketnews that this is not a national promotion, but determined by the local market. Discounts of this nature have also been given in Tampa, FL.
A day after brokers were told that the lines between their market, the secondary ticket market, and the primary market were going or gone, along came a dose of reality on day two of the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) industry conference on Saturday.
During a panel discussion about secondary ticket exchanges, top executives from major secondary ticket companies StubHub, TicketsNow, viagogo, RazorGator, Ticket Technology and Ticket Community, the sentiments of the previous day where all but forgotten as battle lines appeared to be drawn among those companies and several brokers in the audience.
Not only has the line been blurred between primary and secondary ticket sellers it has been completely eliminated, according to several speakers and ticket brokers at the first day of the National Association of Ticket Brokers conference in Las Vegas. The annual event drew a few hundred members of the ticketing industry to the Wynn Las Vegas where the topic of conversation centered on where the burgeoning industry is headed next.
"The primary ticket market wants to be in the secondary market, and the secondary market has already become like the primary market," said Dan DeMato, formerly the director of ticket operations for the New York Mets and now an industry consultant with FutureTix. "There are more first-time sales on secondary ticket broker Web sites than ever before."
"Seatwave to become official reseller for all current and future Grand Union Management artistes"
LONDON, ENG (Seatwave) July 18, 2008 - Seatwave, Europe’s largest fan to fan ticket exchange, today announced a landmark partnership with the leading music management company whose roster includes The Enemy, Seasick Steve, Reverend and The Makers, Mongrel and Boy Kill Boy to become its official ticket reseller. In the first deal of its kind fans of the bands will be able to pick-up tickets they bought from other fans via Seatwave.com directly from the box office at the gig.
The agreement with Grand Union Management places Seatwave as the official fan to fan ticket exchange for all current and future artists represented by the management company. By working together, Seatwave and Grand Union Management are giving fans the best possible experience and greater security by guaranteeing ticket pick-up on the night. Fans will still benefit from the highest level of consumer protection offered by Seatwave including their TicketIntegrity and TicketCover guarantees.
Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino and his company have been in the news frequently over the past few months signing mega-deals with the likes of Jay-Z, Shakira and Madonna. Rapino appeared on CNBC's PowerLunch recently to discuss the company's future. (see video here)
Rapino talked about the economic situation of Live Nation, whose stock price sits at about $10, down from its previous high of nearly $25.
The city of Tulsa is looking to pass legislation banning ticket resale within the Oklahoma city. At the heart of the proposed ticket ban is Tulsa councilor Bill Christiansen, who wants residents of Tulsa to be able to buy tickets to high profile events at the city’s newly opened BOK Center.
Citing that city residents are having a difficult time purchasing tickets to such events, Christiansen has proposed a new ticketing ban that would seek to stem ticket resale, including resale on popular ticketing sites such as StubHub and TicketLiquidator.
Sam Soni and Jason Parker, two top executives at RazorGator, who were integral to the recent success of the company, have resigned effective at the end of the month. The moves mark the most recent resignations from the company, which saw the CEO of its RazorGator Experiences division, David Lord, leave in April.
Soni, who owned Encore Tickets, and Parker, who owned Sports Tour Classics, joined RazorGator three years ago when each sold their respective businesses to the company, at which time both agreed to stay on for at least three years.
In an exclusive interview, Parker told TicketNews that the decision to leave for both men was purely their own. Each will take time to consider their next moves and are in no rush to announce any plans.
Chris Oxley, a member of the Rose Quarter's executive staff since 1999 and assistant GM since March 2007, has been promoted to general manager.
In his new position, Oxley will be responsible for the management of all event services and operations at the 19,680-capacity Rose Garden and 12,000-capacity Memorial Coliseum--both in Portland, OR-- including development and programming, tenant relations, financial management, contract negotiations, logistics, community relations, parking, box office management, marketing, public relations and event production. He will manage a staff of 800 that includes 67 full-time employees.