NFL Hires Jay-Z’s Roc Nation As Its ‘Live Music Entertainment Strategist’
The National Football League needs a little help with its image; last year, nearly dozens of people declined to perform at the once-iconic but now infamous Superbowl Halftime show. Now, the league has recruited hip-hop artist Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation to consult with live music and social justice. According... Read more
Dionne Warwick Proves She Still Has Vocals With ‘A Night of Class’
Dionne Warwick, the iconic R&B/pop singer known for her work from the 60’s through early 2000’s, is on the road this summer for “A Night of Class.” The six-time Grammy Award-winner visited the Stifel Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri this past weekend. While fans may have expected her to... Read more
Denver Venue Promises Cancellation of “Fraudulent” Tickets for Tame Impala Show
A Denver concert venue wanted to take a different approach with ticketing for an upcoming Tame Impala show, but the idea backfired. Now, it wants to cancel fans’ “fraudulent” purchases on the secondary market. Tame Impala, the psychedelic rock band fronted by Kevin Parker, is visiting the city on... Read more
Promoter Accused of Running With Money From Cancelled Toby Keith Show
A benefit concert for veterans was slated to take place in Illinois earlier this month starring Toby Keith, but the gig was abruptly cancelled after the promoter ran off with the money. The Freedom and Dignity Festival, featuring Keith and Clay Walker, was set to take place at Boomers... Read more
TickPick Announces $40 Million in Outside Investment
TickPick, a New York based secondary ticketing market with a core brand focusing on “no fee” ticketing, has announced a $40 million investment from PWP Growth Equity. The investment, the first since the company’s founding in 2011, will “power upcoming marketing and business development initiatives,” according to a... Read more
Organizers Officially Call-Off Woodstock 50 Anniversary Event
Woodstock 50 organizers officially announced that the anniversary event – which had been struggling with a series of setbacks for months – will no longer take place this August. “We are saddened that a series of unforeseen setbacks has made it impossible to put on the Festival we imagined... Read more
Three People Killed, 12 Injured During Mass Shooting At Gilroy Garlic Festival
Northern California’s 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival ended in chaos yesterday when a mass shooting broke out, killing three people and injuring 12 others. During the festival’s third day at Christmas Hill Park, an alleged 30-year-old male with an assault-style rifle opened fire. Police responded within one minute, according... Read more
Billboard Bombshell: Live Nation Admits Artists Scalp Own Tickets
In a rare admission of a commonly known tactic among industry insiders, Live Nation told Billboard that the company has facilitated the practice of bands and promoters directly moving their ticket inventory through resale markets – scalping their own held-back tickets – without them ever being made available to... Read more
Google Suspends Viagogo from Search Advertising Platform
Google has suspended Viagogo from using its search engine marketing adwords platform to reach consumers, multiple outlets are reporting. The action follows a lengthy lobbying campaign by music industry insiders against the Switzerland-based ticket marketplace, which vowed to resolve any concerns which led to the suspension swiftly. “When people... Read more
eBay Moving Forward With Potential StubHub Sale
CNBC is reporting that e-commerce giant eBay is exploring a potential sale of StubHub, with “multiple” parties interested in the potential acquisition of the ticket resale marketplace. Company stock (NASDAQ: EBAY) jumped more than 2% on Monday with the news. The rumors of the sale follow the announcement of... Read more