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  1. Scalpers Pass On Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert

    July 05, 2013 12:58 PM EDT A concert benefiting Oklahoma tornado victims has drawn some of the biggest names in country music, but with proceeds intended for charity it is not attracting scalpers hoping to prey on an unsuspecting public. Oklahoma natives Toby Keith and Ga ...

  2. Ticketmaster Announces Digital Ticket-Transfer Platform

    February 12, 2013 8:45 AM EST Ticketmaster is launching digital transfer for its North American tickets, whereby buyers can digitally transfer tickets to others at no cost, directly from their Ticketmaster accounts online. The platform, which digitizes every ticket, also ad ...

  3. AEG, StubHub Partnership Brings Benefits Far Beyond Secondary Ticketing

    November 12, 2012 6:51 PM EST A deal that pairs the world's second-biggest concert promoter and the world's second-biggest e-commerce company could unlock value for artists, managers and the promoter -- and further legitimize secondary ticketing. AEG has partnered wi ...

  4. Redbox Enters Ticketing Game, Beginning in Philadelphia

    October 03, 2012 1:14 PM EDT Redbox, famous for its ubiquitous DVD rental kiosks, is announcing today that it is entering the ticketing game, beginning in the Philadelphia market with kiosks and online sales. Regardless of the ticket price, Redbox Tickets will be sold at face ...

  5. 40 Under 40: Nathan Hubbard

    August 02, 2012 4:21 PM EDT Nathan Hubbard CEO, Ticketmaster Website: Ticketmaster.com Twitter: @NathanCHubbard Spinning The Turnstiles Nathan Hubbard, 37, leads the world's largest ticketing company, simultaneously setting about improving customer service and the analy ...

  6. Exclusive: Ticketfly Launches Reserved Seating Ticketing Service

    July 18, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Ticketfly has thrown its hat into a bigger ring by launching a reserved seating ticketing service for venues and promoters across North America. "It's a modern take on reserved seating," co-founder and CEO Andrew Dreskin tells Billb ...

  7. Louis C.K. Sells $4.5 Million in Concert Tickets In 2 Days

    June 28, 2012 7:52 AM EDT A screenshot of Louis C.K.'s website's tour page says the following: "So here's all where I'm coming on this tour. Click on the right to buy tickets. You can't get them ANYWHERE but here. So no crazy high ticket fees, ...

  8. CTS Eventim, German Football Association Offices Raided For Second Time in World Cup Ticketing Investigation

    June 27, 2012 7:37 AM EDT Eventim CEO Klaus Peter Schulenberg The offices of one of the Europe's biggest concert promoters and ticket companies, CTS Eventim in Bremen, as well as the private house of CTS Eventim's CEO, Klaus Peter Schulenberg, and the offices of ...

  9. Louis CK to Sell Concert Tickets Direct to Fans, and More Ideas for the Music Biz

    June 26, 2012 6:34 PM EDT Lots of people are talking about whether electronic artists push one button or more than one button when they play live. Everyone else seems to be bickering about whether the kids today are immoral because they play video games and stream music in ...

  10. Groupon's New G-Pass Allows Fans To Skip The Box Office

    April 12, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Groupon today announced the launch of G-Pass, an aspect of GrouponLive that allows users to access venues without having to stop by the box office first to pick up purchased tickets. Groupon and Live Nation Partner On GrouponLive, Ticket Discount ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Confessions of a Ticket Scalper: Billboard's Candid Q&A

    March 05, 2012 5:45 AM EST As part of a Billboard special report on the state of the ticketing business, our touring expert Ray Waddell picked the brain of a ticket broker who's been in the game, as he says, "since it was invented." We chose to protext his id ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. How Eric Church Battled Scalpers Head-On

    February 06, 2012 8:38 AM EST Eric Church, at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards, has found both success and ticket resellers. (photo: ericchurch.com) Eric Church has a song called "Springsteen" on his current album Chief , but the country rocker discovered he ...

  16. Scalper 'Assault' Caused Website Jam for Bruce Springsteen Ticket Sales, Ticketmaster Says

    January 27, 2012 6:14 PM EST The latest episode in the saga between Bruce Springsteen and Ticketmaster arose Friday when the company's websites were jammed by what the company said was an "assault" from scalpers looking to hoard tickets for the Boss' upcom ...

  17. Billboard Power 100: Chris Tsakalakis

    January 26, 2012 11:07 PM EST No. 91 Chris Tsakalakis President StubHub Twitter: @CTsak Speeding Tickets... People in the music industry tend to take one of two viewpoints on Tsakalakis, president of StubHub, the most powerful secondary ticketing company in the United States. ...

  18. Billboard Power 100: Nathan Hubbard

    January 26, 2012 11:03 PM EST No. 47 Nathan Hubbard CEO Ticketmaster Twitter: @NathanCHubbard The Golden Ticket... Hubbard oversees the company at the top of the ticketing food chain. Ticketmaster, which merged with Live Nation in January 2010, services more than 10,000 client ...

  19. Mobile Ticketing Catching On In Australia

    September 19, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Mobile ticketing is starting to gain traction Down Under. That's the word from one of Australia's big-two ticketing firms Ticketek , which this week revealed it was seeing a "strong shift" toward mobile. That's no surprise ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Anti-Scalping Groups Actually Financed by Live Nation, StubHub, Report Says

    July 21, 2011 10:43 AM EDT Amid heated competition and consumer complaints about ticket scalping, live event and ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment and ticket reseller StubHub, part of eBay, have launched nonprofit groups to represent consumer interests as part of a ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Wiseguy Ticket Brokers Avoid Jail Time

    June 10, 2011 10:35 AM EDT The owners of a ticket-brokerage business who used computer programs to buy 1.5 million tickets online have avoided jail time and received probation for their roles in the operation, according to Bloomberg . The indictments were handed out in Marc ...

  25. Author Dean Budnick Talks 'Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry'

    May 18, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Author Dean Budnick Talks 'Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry' The blurb on the back cover pretty much says it all: "Reading this book won't make you any happier about spending four hundred bucks to go to a rock s ...

  26. Could Zaarly, A New Mobile Sales Platform, Help Fight Ticket Scalping?

    April 29, 2011 3:22 PM EDT At the close of a less-contentious-than-expected panel on indies and Ticketmaster at SXSW, all the parties agreed on one thing: scalping is still a huge problem. Setting aside the ethical questions of jacking ticket prices as high as they'll ...

  27. Mana's Special Appearances This Week: Beware Of Forged Tickets

    April 12, 2011 6:44 PM EDT 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 ac ...

  28. Charlie Sheen's Rep On Ticket Controversy: 'A Ticket Sold Is A Ticket Sold'

    March 30, 2011 4:57 PM EDT "Winning" or "Not Winning"? That's the latest question surrounding Charlie Sheen's "My Violent Torpedo of Truth" 22-date North American tour, which begins April 2 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Over the past ...

  29. SXSW 'Indie Davids Take On Goliath Ticketmaster-Live Nation' Panel Is Surprisingly Civil

    March 18, 2011 2:13 PM EDT Those hoping for fireworks at a South by Southwest panel provocatively titled "Indie Davids Take On Goliath Ticketmaster-Live Nation" today were disappointed when the discussion remained fairly neutral and respectful. Though some audienc ...

  30. ShowClix, TicketBiscuit Helping Clients Move Unsold Inventory

    February 03, 2011 8:19 PM EST Ticketing companies ShowClix and TicketBiscuit have taken steps to help their clients tackle one of the biggest problems in live events: unsold inventory. In both cases, venues and promoters are given an opportunity to go through a third party to ...

  31. Concert Ticket Prices Expected To Drop In 2011 After Sluggish 2010

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Concertgoers sick of ballooning ticket prices should have some extra pocket change to rattle with their rock 'n' roll in the new year. 2010 was tough for the concert business as high prices kept many fans at home. Promoters now say they ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Dutch Rock Fans Snap Up Tickets To Avoid New Tax

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tickets for a Dutch rock festival sold out in hours, even though it's nearly nine months away and not a single act has yet been announced. The lure? Buy now, sock it to the man, and avoid higher ticket taxes. Lowlands Festival organizers put ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Country Music: 'Our Tours Are Doing Great'

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While some pop and rock concerts have disappointed in 2010, the general opinion is that country concerts are having a great year. “There's not a single country artist out there that's not doing well," said manager Clarence Spalding ...

  36. Live Nation Opens Up To Investors, Details Plans for Future

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During a Thursday afternoon presentation for investors and analysts, Live Nation Entertainment lauded its business strategy, talked about lessons learned in 2010 and offered some interesting details about the company. Hosted mainly by CEO Michael ...

  37. 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’ ...

  38. Business Matters: Guvera, Google, EMI, Pitchfork and more

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GUVERA, THE ORCHARD INK DEAL -- Ad-supported download site Guvera has inked a licensing deal with The Orchard , giving the startup a much-needed boost in its catalog. Currently, the Guvera website has a note about its catalog: “What you can't ...

  39. Business Matters: Guy Hands, Spotify, Rush, SESAC, Ticketmaster, Live Nation and more

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The most interesting part of Reuters’ 1,000-word article on Terra Firma head Guy Hands is a quote from a former investor who got out in April: “Terra Firma is putting it all into EMI. If it blows up, they are finished. It's that binary. It ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Live Nation Drops Service Fees For June

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation will roll out a massive price promotion this week, No Service Fee June, which will eliminate service fees on nearly 8 million tickets, more than 700 shows and 110 artists. "Every show, every ticket, every artist, every amphitheate ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Business Matters: SF Music Tech Conf, Cisco, Elena Kagan, Ticket Scalping and more

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter here -- “Wowza, still dealing with energy unleashed by panel yesterday,” wrote Cisco’s Dan Scheinman at his Twitter profile. “I generally think that it is easy to bash, hard to create value.” Scheinman was talking a ...

  45. TicketsNow, 360 Deals a Drag for Live Nation

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In its first quarter results on Monday, the first since its merger with Ticketmaster, Live Nation pointed to progress with its integration as well as its recent debt refinancing. The most important comments, however, were about its struggling seco ...

  46. Live Nation Q1 Losses Grow, May Sell TicketsNow

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Losses at Live Nation Entertainment grew in the first quarter as concert attendance slipped 3 percent and the company booked costs related to its recent merger with Ticketmaster. The company also said Monday it was considering "strategic opti ...

  47. Apple's Concert Ticketing Plans

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On the same day that MySpace unveiled it’s long-anticipated concert ticketing system, news broke that Apple earlier this month submitted an application to patent a wide-ranging ticketing system for both desktop and iPhone users called “Concert Tic ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Joel Tenenbaum, TuneCore

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- An important aspect of Ticketmaster ’s settlement with ...

  50. U.K. Govt Won't Regulate Secondary Tickets

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. government has decided against introducing regulation for the secondary ticket market, following a consultation on ticketing and scalping. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport decided that legislation could add greater burdens for ...

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