Swedish EDM DJ, Producer Avicii Found Dead At 28
Swedish EDM DJ Tim Bergling, known as Avicii onstage, was found dead today at 28-years-old. The shocking news was announced by the DJ’s publicist, Diana Baron, this afternoon in Oman. It is unclear at this time what exactly happened. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss... Read more
Taylor Swift Ticket Prices Plummet as “Swift Tix” Charade Falls Apart
The bold gambit that Ticketmaster and Taylor Swift’s management pulled with her upcoming tour appears to be falling apart in spectacular fashion. After ratcheting up perceived demand through its monetized “Swift Tix” presale system, Taylor Swift ticket prices for the “Reputation” tour have been plummeting, including a recent promotion... Read more
“Sizable Block” Of Holdbacks Precipitate Rapid Jimmy Buffett Sellout
It’s not uncommon to hear tales of tickets going on sale for a popular artist, only to see them gone before almost anyone in the public has a shot at scoring some. What is rare, however, is to see it blamed on the promoter holding back tickets, rather than... Read more
Soul’d Out Organizers Sue Coachella Alleging Anti-trust Violations
The promoters of an Oregon music festival have filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Coachella Music Festival and its organizers, alleging that the popular multi-weekend affair in California uses its market clout to unfairly block artists from performing at other festivals. The suit, filed in Portland’s United State District Court... Read more
Opinion: Justice Department Should Push Back on The Ticketmaster Monopoly
It was no joke on April Fool’s Day when The New York Times reported in a major front page story that the U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into Live Nation/Ticketmaster and its alleged monopolistic abuses throughout the concert industry. The Times also reports that Live Nation/Ticketmaster... Read more
Congressman Calls for “Crackdown on Monopolies” Including Live Nation
In a letter to the Editor published by the New York Times on Friday, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) issued a strong response to Sunday’s A1 report by the newspaper that the Department of Justice could be looking into alleged abuses of the company’s scale and power in the... Read more
Live Nation a Monopoly? “Very Smart Assessment” Per CEO (in 2015)
In the wake of Sunday’s bombshell piece on A1 of the New York Times outlining potentially anti-competitive practices in place by industry giant Live Nation Entertainment and subsidiary Ticketmaster – and the potential that they are being examined by the Department of Justice – a response was inevitable. It... Read more
SeatGeek, Dallas Cowboys Formally Announce Ticketing Partnership
The long awaited announcement has come – SeatGeek is now officially the ticketing provider of the Dallas Cowboys, taking over from Ticketmaster for one of the top franchises in sports, worldwide. The deal includes SeatGeek taking over as primary ticketing partner for the Cowboys, joining the New Orleans Saints... Read more
NY Times: Justice Dept. Looking Into Live Nation/Ticketmaster Practices
The United States Department of Justice is looking into the operating practices of Ticketmaster and parent Live Nation related to its behavior in the marketplace since the live entertainment giants merged in 2010, according to a New York Times report published on Sunday. Reported by Ben Sisario and Graham... Read more
Lawsuit Filed Against Dodgers Following Consolidation of Secondary Market
It’s Opening Day across Major League Baseball, but the 2017 National League pennant-winning Los Angeles Dodgers got a bit of a dark cloud with the fresh start. Several ticket brokers filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Superior Court in Los Angeles alleging breach of contract and other violations of... Read more