Taylor Swift tour promoter says it had no alternative however to work with Ticketmaster
Taylor Swift accepts the Artist of the 12 months award onstage throughout the 2022 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Taylor Swift’s tour promoter is shifting blame for the botched “Eras” ticket sale squarely onto Ticketmaster, probably fueling much more considerations concerning the Stay Nation-owned ticket vendor’s dominant position within the business.
AEG Presents, the corporate in control of dealing with Swift’s upcoming tour, has rejected claims made by Ticketmaster and Stay Nation’s largest shareholder, Liberty Media, that the promoter selected to work with the ticketing web site.
“Ticketmaster’s unique offers with the overwhelming majority of venues on the ‘Eras’ tour required us to ticket by way of their system,” AEG mentioned in an announcement to CNBC. “We did not have a alternative.”
Stay Nation did not instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.
AEG Presents’ remark is the most recent present of finger-pointing after the general public ticket sale was canceled final week in mild of utmost demand. Swift herself blamed an “outdoors entity” and mentioned she would not “make excuses for anybody.”
Final week, Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei blamed overzealous Swifties and bots for the demand that crashed its web site and led to delays in ticket gross sales. Lawmakers, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., known as for extra oversight on Stay Nation, which merged with Ticketmaster in 2010, expressing antitrust considerations. However Maffei defended Ticketmaster’s standing within the business and mentioned AEG “selected to make use of us.”
A coalition of activists known as “Break Up Ticketmaster” has claimed that as a result of Stay Nation controls 70% of the ticketing and reside occasion venues market, performers and their representatives have little alternative of the place to promote their tickets. They’ve known as on the Division of Justice to analyze Ticketmaster and Stay Nation for “climbing up ticket costs” and “charging rip-off junk charges.”
On Friday, The New York Occasions reported the Justice Division had already opened an antitrust investigation into Stay Nation’s practices previous to the Swift ticket sale fiasco.