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  1. Exclusive Q&A: Michael Rapino CEO of Live Nation on the Ticketing Crisis (Part Two)

    March 07, 2012 10:30 AM EST (Illustration by Ray Bartkus) There is a lot of frustration out there in the ticket buying world as thousands of fans virtually line up at primary sites like Ticketmaster.com for tickets to hot shows and, for a variety of reasons, come away empty ...

  2. Exclusive Q&A: Michael Rapino CEO of Live Nation on the Ticketing Crisis

    March 06, 2012 1:30 PM EST A screen shot of Bruce Springsteen's StubHub page for his April 6 Madison Square Garden show where tickets ranged from $185 - $,4000. There is a lot of frustration out there in the ticket buying world as thousands of fans virtually line up at ...

  3. Radiohead Sidesteps Secondary Ticket Market, Partners With Fan-to-Fan Ticket Trust for U.K. Tour

    February 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST Radiohead is looking to sidestep the thriving secondary ticketing market by partnering with the fan-to-fan orientated Ticket Trust for its forthcoming U.K. tour. The Ticket Trust was established in 2011 by the U.K. Association of Independent Festi ...

  4. Are Artists Demanding Too Much Money To Play? U.K. Industry Discusses at Music 4.5 Event

    December 20, 2011 9:00 AM EST Things got a bit heated at a music industry conference on social media and touring entitled "Social Live Music Industry: Where Is the Money?" Organized by U.K.-based European music and technology events-and-networking specialist 2Pears, ...

  5. StubHub Preps U.K. Launch

    September 16, 2011 8:23 AM EDT Secondary ticket site StubHub is to launch in the United Kingdom, according to reports. The Ebay-owned company is due to launch in the fourth quarter of 2011 and has been recruiting staff in Dublin ahead of its U.K. bow, claims The Financial Times ...

  6. Ticket Trust Launches, UK's 'Ethical Ticket Exchange' To Combat Fraud, Scalpers

    July 12, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Despite predictions that the U.K. live-music sector is set for a revival this year after a downturn blip in 2010, the controversial topic of secondary-ticket sales heated up this week with the launch of The Ticket Trust on Monday (July 11). Set up ...

  7. Six Questions For Fan Freedom Project's Jon Potter

    June 21, 2011 1:10 PM EDT The concert ticketing business has become an area of increased scrutiny of late, with the paperless ticketing issue largely leading the way. While ticket companies claim paperless ticketing protects fans from scalping practices, opponents claim it ...

  8. Rdio Lands Funding From Mangrove, Plans Aggressive Expansion

    January 28, 2011 6:08 PM EST Cloud-based music service Rdio has landed funding from Mangrove Capital Partners. The news first appeared on the Twitter page of Mangrove's Mark Tluszcz and has been confirmed by Billboard.biz. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The fundin ...

  9. Business Matters: Terra Firma Close to Losing EMI, Reports Say

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. TERRA FIRMA COULD LOSE EMI BY CHRISTMAS -- Reports out of the U.K. claim Terra Firma could lose EMI by Christmas. The paper said Terra Firma chief Guy Hands has told investors to expect the worst ...

  10. Australian Govt Won't Tackle Scalpers

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's ticket scalpers have dodged the brunt of the law after the government advised that it wouldn't pursue the murky secondary ticketing trade. A year ago, the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) launched a revi ...

  11. 6 Tips For Effective Tour Marketing

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a challenging summer concert season, one of the perennially bright revenue spots for the music industry—touring—is now limping into the fall season. Here are six strategies that everyone connected to live entertainment should embrace to boos ...

  12. StubHub Chief Touts Secondary Market On Huffington Post

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of the summer’s quietest developments has been New York State’s move to force ticket sellers to offer paper tickets. The lawmakers’ intent was to preserve an open secondary market. In doing so, they gave a thumbs down to any ticketing company’ ...

  13. Australian Govt Body Investigates Scalping

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Australian government is scoping the effects of ticket scalping on the general public. The Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council has launched a review, which will examine the secondary ticketing market and asks whether changes are nee ...

  14. New York Senators Hold Forum On Paperless Tickets

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New topic of new paperless ticketing technology reached the New York State Senate on Wednesday. The Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations held a hearing to allow comments on whether or not state lawmakers should req ...

  15. Analysis: Live Nation Attracts Hedge Fund Interest. Can It Deliver?

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has attracted some big name investors. Tiger Management, Lone Pine Capital and Glenview Capital Management are three of the hedge funds that bought shares of Live Nation in the first quarter, Reuters pointed out on Friday . The $12-per ...

  16. Opinion: The $400 Ticket Has Been Here A While

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The $400 ticket is already here, just look on the secondary market. The LA Times post “The Marriage of Ticketmaster and Live Nation: Say Hello to the $400 Ticket?” about Live Nation’s goal of raising prices misses on an important point in the deba ...

  17. Billboard.biz Q&A: President of StubHub, GM of eBay Tickets, Chris Tsakalakis

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST More than any other company, StubHub has been responsible for the perception makeover that turned ticket "scalpers" into ticket "brokers." StubHub helped rebrand an often-vilified vocation by pushing ticket reselling out of the ...

  18. Ancienne Belgique Launches Ticket Exchange

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Brussels concert venue Ancienne Belgique (AB) is to implement a number of measures to fight ticket scalping including a legitimate ticket exchange system. The system becomes effective Jan. 22, the date for a sold-out show from Belgian metal band C ...

  19. U.K. Body Approves Ticketmaster, Live Nation Merger

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster and Live Nation have welcomed the Competition Commission's (CC) decision to clear the proposed merger of the companies in the U.K. The CC has concluded today (Dec. 22) that the merger will not result in a substantial lessening of ...

  20. Live Nation Outlines 'Legal Flaws' On U.K. Merger Ruling

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has submitted a document detailing what it describes as "key legal flaws" in the provisional Competition Commission (CC) ruling that the proposed Live Nation and Ticketmaster merger will hinder competition in the market for l ...

  21. HMV, Seatwave Partner In U.K.

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT HMV, the U.K.'s market-leading entertainment retailer, has partnered with London-based secondary ticket service Seatwave to open the first in a planned series of in-store ticket exchanges throughout the United Kingdom. HMV's London Troca ...

  22. In The City Day 2: Calls For Artist Support

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In order to thrive, the music industry needs to take greater care of its members and, more importantly, music consumers. Those were the two dominant themes at the second day of Manchester's In The City (Oct.19) - the U.K.'s biggest music ...

  23. LN/Ticketmaster Facing U.K. Competition Hurdle

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the provisional report from the U.K. Competition Commission has dealt a blow to the Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment merger, it appears to be a uniquely British problem according to a competition lawyer. On Oct. 8, the U.K.'s ...

  24. Seatwave Named No. 1 Tech Media Company

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fan-to-fan ticket exchange Seatwave has been named the No. 1 Tech Media 100 Company for 2009 in a new study of the sector. Coordinated by business intelligence company Europe Unlimited, in association with the Guardian, Price Waterhouse Coopers an ...

  25. Opinion: Digital, Scarcity And The Impact On The Music Biz

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Has the digital copy increased the value of the scarce physical event? Or has the drop in revenue in the era of the digital copy unlocked the value that already existed? Although Andrew Keen’s recent article about marketing in the digital economy ...

  26. OFT, STAR Act On Ticket Terms

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A code of conduct for universal terms and conditions for tickets has been developed for consumers in the U.K., following an agreement between the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR). STAR represents p ...

  27. Seatwave Set For Almost 10,000 Jackson Refunds

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Secondary ticket service Seatwave sold almost 10,000 tickets to the Michael Jackson O2 arena concerts, according to CEO and founder Joe Cohen, and refunds are currently being processed. The London-based service has offered guidance online to users ...

  28. AEG Facing $85 Million-Plus Jackson Ticket Refund

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The O2 Arena in London has informed Michael Jackson fans that details of how to obtain refunds will be revealed "in due course," while president and CEO of AEG Live Randy Phillips paid tribute to the singer. Billboard.biz understands AEG ...

  29. Seatwave Gains Fourth Round Funding

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online ticket exchange Seatwave has received $17 million of fourth round (series D) funding, led by venture capitalist firm Accel Partners. As part of the investment, Accel partner Sonali De Rycker, who helped found Seatwave while at Atlas Venture ...

  30. Briefs: RIAA, Seatwave, Napster

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In response to an op-ed from Charles Nesson, the Harvard Law professor who is representing Joel Tenenbaum in a file-sharing case, the general counsel to the RIAA , Steven Marks, lays out a fair and well-written defense of the RIAA's anti-p ...

  31. Seatwave Tops European Digital Growth List

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fan-to-fan ticket exchange Seatwave has won the fastest growing company and best management categories at the 2009 Media Momentum Awards. The announcement in London coincided with the release of the 2009 Media Momentum Top 50 league table, which r ...

  32. Analysis: Ticketmaster Surviving Without Live Nation But Other Issues Remain

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster’s Q1 2009 earnings release on Tuesday saw the company being impacted by the loss of Live Nation ticketing volume, the Bruce Springsteen ticketing fiasco in New Jersey and the proposed merger with Live Nation. Like many other companies ...

  33. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger, StubHub, TrueAnthem and More

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- NPD Group found that 87% of U.S. digital music buyers used iTunes in 2008 versus 16% who used Amazon.com's MP3 store . Those figures do not indicate volume of purchases, just the percent of consumers who have purchased music at each store. ...

  34. Sen. Schumer Unveils Ticketing Legislation

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the backdrop of this morning's second round of U2 tickets for their fall concert in New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled new legislation to improve fans' chances of getting tickets at face price and crack down on ticke ...

  35. Op-Ed: LiveStub CEO Questions TM-LN Merger

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The live event ticket business is not the largest or most critical industry to the lives of consumers, but it is where we turn to for one of our most passionate "wants": great entertainment. While people buy tickets for performers and ev ...

  36. Seatwave Strikes Camden Crawl, MTV Deals

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Secondary ticketing service Seatwave will be the official fan-to-fan ticket exchange for Gaymers Camden Crawl 2009. One week after announcing sturdy growth in year-end figures (Billboard.biz, March 5), the London-based company has confirmed it wil ...

  37. Seatwave Reports Growth In Sales

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Secondary ticketing service Seatwave says its gross European ticket sales increased by 325% in quantity for the full year 2008 compared with 2007. In-house data also confirmed a 232% increase in quantity from Q4 2007 to Q4 2008 across Europe and a ...

  38. U.K. Promoters' Secondary Ticketing Fightback

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Concert Promoters Association (CPA) has entered the secondary ticketing market with a new online service, describing the move as a response to the "lack of imminent decisive government action on ticket touts." It follows ...

  39. U.K. Govt Calls For Ticket Touting Clampdown

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has called on the ticketing and events industry to reduce the number of tickets that end up in the hands of touts. Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe launched a consultation to find solutions on how to improve the ticketing market ...

  40. Post-Phish, Live Nation Ticketing Pledges Improvements

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Talk of a proposed Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger is dominating music biz headlines today (Feb. 4), but last week's Phish onsales through Live Nation Ticketing are still very much on the minds of music fans. Last weekend, no ticket on the pl ...

  41. Live Nation Launches Ticketing Company

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Ticketing is live. The bulk of the world's largest promoter's 10-year contract with Ticketmaster has expired and the company has now launched its in-house ticketing company. "Anytime you have a major rollout, you hold yo ...

  42. The Billboard Q&A: Ticketmaster Ent. CEO Irving Azoff

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The artist manager extraordinaire - now head of the ticketing giant - talks about his plans for the concert business, his ideas for retail exclusives and the future of the music industry. What's the biggest misconception people have about the ...

  43. Seatwave Partners With U.K.'s Grand Union Mgmt.

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London-based fan-to-fan ticket exchange Seatwave has partnered with Grand Union Management to become the official concert ticket re-seller for all current and future artists represented by the U.K.-based music management company. Under the new dea ...

  44. Tixdaq Enters Theater Market

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent ticketing research consultancy Tixdaq.com has extended it service to the U.K. theater market, listing primary and secondary ticketing data for shows in London's West Ends and around the country. London-based Tixdaq collates data f ...

  45. Tixdaq Launches Secondary Ticket Price Checker

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent ticketing research consultancy Tixdaq has launched a price-comparison service which enables gig goers to dig out the best-priced tickets sold online. London-based Tixdaq describes its new offering as an "ethical" price checke ...

  46. Row Brews Over Madonna's 'Sticky' Ticketing

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Resale Rights Society (RSS), the live music lobbying organization, has hit out at the "mounting chaos" over ticketing for Madonna's stadium shows in the U.K. Madonna became one of the first major artists to engage with the secon ...

  47. Van Der Wal Named CFO Of Seatwave

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Aksel Van der Wal has been named CFO of fan-to-fan ticket exchange Seatwave. He will be based in London and will report to the company's CEO Joe Cohen. Most recently, Van der Wal was CFO of Vodafone's Global Business Development unit whe ...

  48. U.K. Gov't Urges Industry To Tackle Touts

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British government will not enforce strict new rules to regulate the secondary ticketing sector, but instead has called upon the live music industry to collectively clean its own act up. In its response to a Parliamentary select committee repo ...

  49. Led Zep, Take That Top U.K. Secondary Ticket Market

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Led Zeppelin's one-off O2 Arena gig last December commanded the highest price on the U.K. secondary ticket market in 2007, while Take That's tour generated the most sales according to new figures from independent ticketing research consu ...

  50. MPs: Secondary Ticket Industry Needs To 'Clean Up Its Act'

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Parliamentary select committee has described the inflated prices in the secondary ticket market as "unfair", but MPs have stopped short of recommending government intervention saying this "should only be considered as last resort& ...

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