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Taylor Swift fans see conspiracies in the Ticketmaster Eras fiasco

Swifties have declared war on Ticketmaster. They couldn’t get tickets to the Eras tour, so they’re looking for someone or something to blame and someone definitely needs to pay for their angst and disappointment, Check out this tweet.

Conspiracy theories abound, including one that says Ticketmaster deliberately gave Verified Fan codes to operators of ticket-buying bots with the intent of screwing over fans. Another suggests that Ticketmaster makes all its money by scamming true fans.

Nobody has pointed out that Taylor could have set different conditions for the sale of these tickets. Instead, she will ultimately benefit from more cash that comes with Ticketmaster’s dynamic pricing policy. She could have turned it off yet chose not to.

Just sayin’. She did post this, though:

“There are a multitude of reasons why people had such a hard time trying to get tickets and I’m trying to figure out how this situation can be improved moving forward. I’m not going to make excuses for anyone because we asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could. It’s truly amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that a lot of them feel like they went through several bear attacks to get them.”

By the way, if you have an issue with high ticket prices, have a listen to Bruce Springsteen. He’s right.

Amidst the backdrop of the Taylor Swift ticket meltdown, Ticketmaster is possibly the target of a Justice Department Investigation. Well, not Ticketmaster specifically, but parent company Live Nation.

According to the New York Times, the DOJ wants to talk about possible abuses of power when it comes to the live music industry. I quote:

Members of the antitrust division’s staff at the Justice Department have in recent months contacted music venues and players in the ticket market, asking about Live Nation’s practices and the wider dynamics of the industry, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is sensitive. The inquiry appears to be broad, looking at whether the company maintains a monopoly over the industry, one of the people said.

This apparent investigation predates the Tay-Tay situation. We’ll see where this goes.

Alan Cross

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  • PEARL JAM took them on and it made touring impossible…

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