Artists Call on Ticketmaster to Drop Facial Recognition Tech Plans
Artists including Tom Morello, The Glitch Mob, Speedy Ortiz and Atmosphere are among those who are throwing their support behind a campaign asking that Ticketmaster ban facial recognition software at concerts and other live events. “I don’t want Big Brother at my shows targeting fans for harassment, deportation, or... Read more
Chance the Rapper Postpones 2019 Dates After Birth of Daughter
Chance the Rapper announced that he would be pushing back his tour to the start of 2020 to spend more time with his new baby daughter, announcing the decision via Instagram. “I thought it over for the past week and I’ve decided to push back my tour,” he wrote,... Read more
Former NECO CEO Nissen Sentenced to 27 Months in Ponzi Case
Jason Nissen, the former CEO of the National Event Ticket Company (NECO) was handed a 27 month sentence from U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmeyer in Manhattan Friday after pleading guilty to a single count of wire fraud related to a $71 million Ponzi scheme involving his business. “Somehow I... Read more
In an email sent to Pollstar, Live Nation dismissed last week’s call by a pair of senators for a hard look at the company by the Department of Justice (DOJ), accusing competitors of using misinformation related to their business practices and insisting that the DOJ has already been monitoring... Read more
CMA Action Against Viagogo Halted After Website Changes
Viagogo appears to be out of hot water with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the United Kingdom, at least for the time being. The government agency announced Thursday that the resale marketplace had “addressed its outstanding concerns” about how it presented information to consumers, causing it to... Read more
Vivid Seats Reportedly Among Potential StubHub Suitors
Vivid Seats LLC is reportedly among the interested parties as eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) considers spinning off leading ticket resale marketplace StubHub, according to numerous outlets. Bloomberg says that Silver Lake and KKR & Co. are also among those considering a bid, and that bids could range as high as $3... Read more
Ed Sheeran in Hot Water Over Resale Restrictions Harming Fans
Fans are fuming at pop star Ed Sheeran, claiming that restrictions placed against open resale of tickets to his performances have caused them serious financial losses, according to multiple outlets. Dates for Sheeran’s tour, which just closed after 260 shows, have been the scene for numerous battles over ticket... Read more
Sens Blumenthol, Klobuchar Urge DOJ Inquiry into Live Nation
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Blumenthol (D-CT) are urging the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into the live entertainment industry in a letter to Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division. Their request is based upon reports that Ticketmaster and its parent... Read more
Rep. Pascrell Slams Live Nation, Name-Drops Metallica in House Testimony
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) came out firing Thursday in testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce about H.R. 3248, slamming Live Nation as a monopoly and peppering his remarks with references to Metallica. Speaking during Member Day remarks, Rep. Pascrell pushed for his bill, the Better Oversight... 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