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
Ticketmaster President Responds to CBC/Toronto Star Resale Reports
On Tuesday, in the wake of negative reports related to its practices in ticket resale and following a letter demanding answers from a pair of U.S. Senators, Ticketmaster’s Jared Smith wrote a blog post defending his company’s policies, posted to a company blog site. In it, the Ticketmaster president... 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
Ticketmaster Deck in Evidence Shows How Seriously They Took Songkick/Crowdsurge Threat
News recently broke that Songkick made at least a cursory attempt at convincing Ticketmaster to buy it after filing a lawsuit against the ticketing giant. Ticketmaster did not bite on the offer, but documents submitted as evidence in that case show how seriously the Live Nation-owned company took the... Read more