Maná's new album, "Drama y Luz," was released today, and hundreds of the Mexican band's fans spent it waiting in long lines, trying to get tickets to one of the band's special appearances - and/or looking to buy or sell access to those appearances for hundreds of dollars online.
The band's week of promotional appearances began in Hollywood, with an autograph session scheduled at Amoeba Music and a private concert at the Music Box. The appearances continue in New York (Wednesday) Miami (Friday) and Puerto Rico (Saturday); the band goes on tour this summer.
"We're very aware of the Craigslist ticket sales [to the promotional appearances]," says Brenda Mota, a Warner Music spokesperson. "But those are not real tickets to our events. We didn't even print actual tickets."
Mota confirmed that those attending the Music Box event and upcoming appearances won their entry through radio promotions. The names of people attending, she adds, have been placed on lists that will be checked at the door.
In the case of Amoeba Music, Maná's new CD was pre-sold at the popular indie music store last week, when people began lining up as early as 3:30 a.m. Only 500 people with a receipt and a special pass were allowed to return for a wristband to meet the band and get autographs.
"It would be hard for people to sell the wristband," says Daniel Tures, a manager at Amoeba. "Some people are slick, though. I suppose someone can sell their original receipt and special pass so that others can get a wristband."
One Craigslist user was hoping to sell his Amoeba receipt and pass for $120 on the popular community site. Others claimed to have passes to the Music Box appearance and were selling them for up to $400 a pair.
Maná has sold more than 25 million Spanish-language albums in 40 countries, according to Warner - 5 million of those in the United States and Puerto Rico, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Official information and news on Maná can be found at www.mana.com.mx.