Niko Malek, News Analyst.
For years, concertgoers have maligned Live Nation-owned Ticketmaster as anti-competitve, anti-consumer, and shifty with its prices. Oftentimes, the final price one pays for a ticket can be significantly higher than the initial posting, due to the various 'fees' that get tacked on during checkout. Well, if you're wondering what Ticketmaster charges compared to the competition, here is a breakdown from Dashlane of the fees charged by various ticketing companies.
Not surprisingly, Ticketmaster charges the most at 30-40% of the ticket price, though a host of competitors have recently stepped up to the plate to challenge the behemoth (last week Ticketfly received $22 million in funding). Regardless, Live Nation's extensive management repertoire (including Front Line Management) and venue ownership continues to facilitate exclusive ticketing contracts for major acts.
John Lehrer, a staff writer for the New Yorker, has now resigned after admitting that he fabricated quotes attributed to Bob Dylan in his book, Imagine: How Creativity Works. Imagine, which has already sold over 200,000 since it was published in March, is being taken off the shelves and e-stores. David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, said, "This is a terrifically sad situation, but, in the end, what is most important is the integrity of what we publish and what we stand for."
A slew of deaths have occurred at several concerts as of late. This past Thursday, two people died and twenty more were hospitalized at an Identity Festival stop in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Police Chief Arthur O'Neill told The Boston Globe that alcohol and drugs 'were pervasive'. Furthermore, there was a stabbing at a Tenacious D concert in Las Vegas and a shooting at Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan's show in Raleigh, North Carolina.
These incidents are raising questions about concert safety, and continue to fuel debate about EDM culture as it relates to drug use. And, it adds to a number of deaths at festivals. At Electric Daisy Carnival recently in Las Vegas, a pair of deaths happened offsite, and more recently, unexpected deaths happened Global Gathering in Warwickshire, England, and Vans Warped Tour in Toronto.
Here's another way to create some pre-release buzz. Nick Backovic is letting fans grab a free download from a promotional poster though mobile scans, with Microsoft Tag powering the idea. So far, the action is happening in cities in Canada and the UK; more at tag.microsoft.com.
Ready for a Kim Dotcom backlash? Then you'll appreciate this anti-comeback piece on YouTube.
What else? Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The oatmeal's take on the current state of the industry:
nice job Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The anti Kim DotCom video is nice, congratulations to the people behind it. It is time to speak up against these mafia fuckers.