Live Nation Plots Entertainment District In Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Development
Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards development in Chicago’s North Side could see up to five new entertainment venues after striking a deal with the concert booking and ticket-selling giant, Live Nation Entertainment. According to the Chicago Tribune, Live nation will manage and book events, as well as help fund construction... Read more
Google Takes On Spotify, Apple Music With New YouTube Streaming Service
As streaming continues to grow  into a dominant position of how people access music, Google has stepped up its competition against Spotify and Apple Music with its new streaming service: YouTube Premium. Google is now breaking up YouTube Red service into two pieces: a YouTube streaming service and a... Read more
NY City Council Member Seeks to Require Up-Front Service Fee Disclosure
A new measure proposed by New York City Councilman Justin Brannan would require those selling tickets list fees with the initial price, rather than deep into the transaction, as so often practiced by the industry, according to a story in the Daily News. Brannan, a democrat representing Brooklyn, introduced... Read more
Op-Ed: Everyone’s Worst Fears About Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Have Come True
This opinion piece about the monopolistic industry practices of Live Nation Entertainment was written by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) and published in the Los Angeles Times. When President Obama was deciding in 2009 whether to approve a merger between the world’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation, and the... Read more
Olympic Organizers Debate Ticket Price Cap, Claim ¥288,000 Isn’t Enough
The Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games proposed a price limit per ticket admission fees for the 2020 Summer Games yesterday, but couldn’t reach an agreement. This means that tickets could cost more than 288,000 yen ($2,600) each, depending on how things shake out down the road.... Read more
Hertha Berlin Superfan Wins A Lifetime Season Ticket As A Tattoo
Ticketing companies have been coming up with very creative ways to allow entry into shows; tickets have become digital and Ticketmaster is even investing in facial recognition. However, the soccer club Hertha Berlin had a new idea that could top everything else – a bar code embedded in a tattoo.... Read more
Google Pay Wallet Can Now Store Tickets Via Ticketmaster Integration
Google Pay, who have integrated with Ticketmaster, will now be able to store concert tickets, allowing customers to save tickets directly to their phone with the touch of a button. Earlier this year, Google Pay announced that it would combine Google Wallet and Android Pay under the brand name... Read more
Live Nation Presents Women Nation Fund For Female-Led Music Businesses
Live Nation has announced their establishment of the Women Nation Fund, which will help provide for female-led music businesses worldwide. Not only is the company setting up the fund, but it will also allow underrepresented female entrepreneurs who are working in concert promotions, events, and festival spaces the opportunity... Read more
Critics Call Upcoming Ontario Resale Law Changes “Toothless”
With less than two months before new laws related to ticket resale in Ontario go into effect, industry leaders on both the primary and secondary ticketing side are pulling no punches on their assessment of the potential impact the changes will have on the landscape in the Canadian province.... Read more
New Republic Writer Calls for Breakup of Live Nation Following GAO Report
In the wake of Monday’s report by the United States Government Accountability Office on the ticketing ecosystem, David Dayen published a scathing piece in The New Republic on the findings of the report Tuesday. Titled The Ticket Monopoly is Worse Than Ever (Thanks, Obama), Dayen’s piece argues that the... Read more