Dissecting the Songkick Settlement: Why did Live Nation Wait?
It’s been a couple of days, and I’m still confused about one central thing about Live Nation’s Friday announcement that it had settled its litigation with Songkick, purchasing remaining company assets from its one-time competitor. Why did it take so long to happen? Why after embarrassing dirty laundry was... Read more
Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour Prices Better on Secondary Market Than Primary
Already controversial for the weaponizing of the “Verified Fan” program, jacking prices way up before the general sale, and seeing scathing headlines after failing to sell out a single date after all the hype, Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour has another issue to contend with. Prices to see the “Look... Read more
Opinion: Taylor Swift and the Myth of “Slow Ticketing”
by David Wakeman, Special to TicketNews So the “Taylor Swift tickets aren’t selling well” story seems to be everywhere these days. I’m really not surprised. There’s a lot to unpack in this story and several lessons that we can learn on the upside and downside of trying to control... Read more
Taylor Swift Adds Tour Dates After Mixed Sales Reports
Yesterday, reports of poor Taylor Swift ticket sales by the New York Post sparked a good deal of speculation about how well the “reputation” tour is actually doing. Today, “due to overwhelming demand”, Swift added seven more stadium shows to her itinerary. The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer... Read more
Taylor Swift Tour Sales “A Mega Disappointment”
For a pop star with the album sales, fan base, and household name status that Taylor Swift has, her upcoming “reputation” tour sales certainly don’t back that up. The New York Post reports that a music industry insider said that “sales so far have been a mega disappointment,” and... Read more
New Ticket Release Announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter fans will once again have their chance at tickets to the premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway. So many fans flocked to register for Verified Fan the first time around that they actually temporarily crashed the Ticketmaster website. When tickets went on sale,... Read more
Verified Fan Onsale Fails Many Springsteen Fans Again
When rock-folk legend and working-class hero Bruce Springsteen announced an eight-week engagement performing intimate shows of music and storytelling at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre this summer, fans knew tickets would be difficult to purchase. Now a three-times extended show that will run into June 2018, Springsteen on Broadway has... Read more
Verified Fan Program Accidentally Creates New Marketplace – Presale Password Resale
by Sam Pocker, Special to TicketNews “Taylor Swift is committed to getting tickets into the hands of fans” reads the marketing copy that has so far seen yet another generation of tweens and teens become disillusioned by the realities of the marketplace until nostalgia kicks in a decade from... Read more
Springsteen on Broadway Sets On Sale Date for Final Shows
Tickets for the final extension of the ever-popular Springsteen on Broadway will go on sale Tuesday, December 19 at 10 AM. The second extension of The Boss’ Broadway debut includes performances from February 28 – June 30, 2018. There will be no additional registration for this block of tickets;... Read more
Taylor Swift Reputation Tour Sale Leaves Some Fans Fuming
Emotions ran high when tickets to the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour finally went on sale to the general public on Tuesday morning for dates throughout the U.S. Given the high demand stoked by the months-long buildup and “Verified Fan” presale process that allowed users to pay (or tweet)... Read more