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Ticketmaster Faces Next Big Test With Beyoncé Renaissance Tour

Ticketmaster is back in the spotlight, as tickets for Beyoncé’s upcoming Renaissance tour go on sale on the platform in the coming days.  This will be a big test for the ticketing giant, following the long wait times and technical glitches the site experienced during presales for Taylor Swift’s tour in November. The issues sparked […]

Live Nation “Monopoly,” Taylor Swift Ticket Debacle Take Center Stage In U.S. Senate Hearing

In the wake of the Taylor Swift ticketing debacle, U.S. Senators took aim at Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, with many arguing that it’s a monopoly that should be broken up.  Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) led the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, entitled “That’s the Ticket: Promoting Competition and […]

Senate Panel to Hold Hearing on Concert Ticket Sales Following Taylor Swift Eras Tour Fiasco

Taylor Swift’s Eras tour fiasco at Ticketmaster in November may have shined a light on a larger issue. A Senate antitrust and consumer rights subcommittee says it will be holding a hearing — on a date to be determined — on concert ticket sales following the debacle.  U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Lee […]

Taylor Swift on Ticketmaster Tech Issues: “We Were Assured” They Could Handle the Demand

Taylor Swift is speaking out against Ticketmaster after fans experienced problems buying tickets to her upcoming Eras tour.  Ticketmaster experienced errors and site slowdowns on Tuesday during its Taylor Swift presale for verified fans. The site sold 2 million tickets during the presale, a record for a single artist in a day, but continued to […]

Taylor Swift Tour: Live Nation CEO Says “Everybody Crashed the Door” During Presale

Ticketmaster saw record registration and sold the most tickets ever for an artist in one day for the Taylor Swift tour earlier this week.  But with the demand came some technical issues. Speaking at the Liberty Media investor day Thursday, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said the company, which owns Ticketmaster, saw more than 3.5 […]

Trevor Noah Sets Next Act With ‘Off the Record’ Tour

Trevor Noah’s 2023 is taking shape. On Jan. 20, the outgoing Daily Show host is set to kick off his latest world tour, which he’s calling the Off the Record tour. The launch date for what will have him visiting 28 U.S. cities is a little over a month after he wraps his seven-year stint […]

Activist Group Asks Justice Dept. to Unwind Live Nation and Ticketmaster Merger

Calls to break up Live Nation Entertainment are getting louder. The American Economic Liberties Project, a nonprofit advocating for more aggressive antitrust enforcement, urged the Department of Justice on Wednesday to unwind the merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation for allegedly price gouging customers in addition to strong-arming artists and venues into accepting unfavorable conditions. […]

Live Nation Reports $4.4B in Revenue As Fan Attendance Hits Quarterly High

Live Nation posted $4.4 billion in revenue during the second quarter as fan attendance soared to 33.4 million across 12,500 events, the company reported on Thursday. Through Ticketmaster, Live Nation sold an estimated 139,866 tickets during Q2, an increase from the 111,292 sold in the first quarter, which was the second highest gross transaction volume […]

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino Inks Rich New 5-Year Contract Extension

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino has inked a new five-year contract extension with the live events giant and owner of Ticketmaster and Roc Nation, keeping him at the helm of the company through the end of 2027. The deal includes a significant increase in compensation for Rapino, with an annual target payday of $30 million […]

Live Nation Revenue Soars As Concert Ticket Sales Recover

Live Nation said it experienced its “best first quarter ever,” driven by strong buying trends at Ticketmaster.   In the three months ended March 31, Ticketmaster recorded its second highest gross transaction volume, excluding refunds, in the company’s history, with an estimated 111,292 tickets sold. The segment added seven million net new tickets in the quarter.  […]

Live Nation Halts Business With Russia in Wake of Invasion in Ukraine

Global entertainment company Live Nation is halting business with Russia in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. “Live Nation joins the world in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and applauds all the musicians who are using their voices to promote peace,” the company wrote on its verified Twitter account Wednesday. In an infographic […]

‘The Activist’ Reality TV Series Sparks Backlash: “Worst Idea Ever”

CBS is coming under fire for an upcoming reality TV effort in which six activists compete against each other in a format that’s somewhat similar to NBC’s defunct The Apprentice. In The Activist, six activists from around the world work “to bring meaningful change to one of three urgent universal causes: health, education and the […]