Despite widespread opposition to the deal from brokers, Ticketmaster today announced it had completed its purchase of the nation’s number-two ranked secondary ticket reseller TicketsNow. Ticketmaster never officially disclosed the financial terms of the deal, which was scrutinized and approved by the federal government for possible anti-trust violations, but... Read more
The Louisiana State Legislature sent a series of bills to Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday, Feb. 26, that would change the way state politicians and lobbyists interact, and also contained legislation that would make it a violation of state ethics rules for politicians to accept tickets to certain events.... Read more
The lovely, lime-skinned ladies of the hit musical Wicked will be seeing lots of green as the production (in its many incarnations) once again brought in the most ticket sales for the week of February 18th through February 24th. There’s just something about the show that makes it so... Read more
As it continues its legal tussle with the New England Patriots over the resale of Pats tickets, StubHub has issued a statement calling the Patriots subpoenaing of ticket brokers regrettable and stressed that it would continue the fight. The two sides have been in court for more than a... Read more
Music-themed cruises, whether dedicated to jazz, blues or rock, have been growing in popularity in recent years, so it comes as no surprise that the organizers of the Elvis Cruise, dedicated to the life, times and music of Elvis Presley, have announced the second annual excursion for Aug. 28.... Read more
Residents of Tennessee may soon have a new law in place that would help to prevent another Hannah Montana ticket crisis from occurring. Responding to the complaints of his constituents, Tennessee State Rep. Gary Moore has proposed a bill that would crack down on the use of software “bots,”... Read more
In separate instances on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, primary ticketing giant Ticketmaster has found its fee structure questioned for potentially being excessive. Published reports coming out of the U.K. stress that there are concerns among about 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) that Ticketmaster is not completely forthcoming... Read more

Another Wicked good week

Industry February 20, 2008 0

The Jonas Brothers might turn green with envy as they relinquish their number one position to the hit musical Wicked this week. There’s no question as to which witches to watch, either. Glinda and Elphaba top the Theatre, Broadway, and Overall Events lists with almost twice as much in... Read more
A boycott by angry merchandise sellers on ebay was scheduled to begin today in protest of some changes the online auction company is planning. Beginning Wed., Feb. 20, eBay will significantly lower the fee to list items on the site for U.S. sellers, in an effort to get sellers... Read more
Seeking to further expand its international presence, Live Nation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 65 percent controlling interest in Mirage Promotions, a leading promoter based in Dubai. Mirage annually stages a wide range of concerts, shows and events in Dubai and other cities in the... Read more