By Stacey Willets Four years after opening, Wicked is still theatre’s hottest production, turning the classic story of The Wizard of Oz on its head by painting the Wicked Witch of the West as the central and sympathetic character. When it comes to more-misunderstood-than-evil Elphaba, ticket-buyers are all for... Read more
By Stacey Willets Ever since word broke that Live Nation would be parting ways with Ticketmaster and will soon get into their own primary and secondary ticketing operations, the industry has waited to see who the promoter would partner with. A few weeks ago it was reported that the... Read more
Madonna is close to making A-Rod money. The Material Girl and Live Nation are reportedly close to signing a 10-year, $120 million contract which calls for Madonna to deliver three studio albums and for Live Nation to exclusively promote the singer’s tours, sell merchandise and license her name. Though... Read more

Hannah Montana Havoc

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By Stacey Willets It’s been a rough week for the ticketing industry. If you expected the outrage over record-breaking Hannah Montana sell-outs would just blow over, think again. Empty-handed parents left struggling to understand how their best efforts resulted in broken promises are prompted to ask What exactly is... Read more
By Stacey Willets Ticketmaster created its TicketExchange. eBay acquired StubHub! London-based viagogo appeared stateside. partnered with RazorGator. Now is dabbling in auctioning premium seats and Live Nation wants to try its hand not only at its own primary ticketing, but also ticket resale. Who isn’t getting into... Read more
Van Halen couldn’t catch her and Bruce Springsteen couldn’t top her.’s weekly exclusive Top Tens belong to Miley Cyrus and her alter-ego Hannah Montana, the Disney sensation double-teaming the entertainment industry. Hannah Montana is nothing less than a phenomenon. Again this week she takes number one on the... Read more
By Stacey Willets With the ease and convenience of the Internet at nearly everyone’s fingertips, ticket buying is increasingly becoming an online experience. Google “Wicked”, and pages of ticket selling websites will turn up. With so many options to choose from, how does a site make itself stand... Read more
TickEx, a U.K.-based search engine and ticket exchange, launched its U.S. site this week. The site, which refers to itself as the “Google For Tickets,” allows buyers and sellers to list, search for, bid on and pay for tickets on the site. Resellers can also sell tickets through sites... Read more
By Stacey Willets Business is booming for this week’s TicketNews Top Primary and Secondary Live Event Ticket Sellers. But, as shows like Hannah Montana sell out, which sellers will make headway and which sellers will face headaches? For secondary sellers, being able to provide tickets to sold-out events... Read more
By Stacey Willets This week’s exclusive Top Ten Primary and Secondary Live Event Ticket Sellers Rankings are something to blog about. In case you missed it, here is a quick taste of where all the websites stand. For this week’s second-ranked primary seller Live Nation, business is good.... Read more