What does Madonna’s New Tour Strategy Really Mean For The Concert Business?

  In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, there was an article about the launch of Madonna’s new tour and her strategy of playing smaller venues and charging higher prices. At the core of the article is an implication that this is a way to “beat” the brokers. I’m not sure if I buy that angle, but I do think it is a …

Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour Victory Lap

  Taylor Swift has been in the news a lot lately. First, she signed a new record deal. Second, she negotiated, what seems like, a really great deal for other artists around Universal Music’s Spotify shares. Finally, her team announced that her 2018 tour set the record for the highest grossing concert tour of all-time. This brings up some ideas …

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Pricing and Taylor Swift’s Latest Bit of Bad Press

  I was flipping through ticket Twitter yesterday and saw another story about Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour. I wrote a week or so ago about all the challenges that this kind of stuff presents to the industry, but it seems that this Taylor Swift tour is shaping up to have any number of unintended consequences that could do irreparable damage …

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Taylor Swift’s Ticket Sale Slump Highlights A Number Of Industry Challenges

  The efforts to spin Taylor Swift’s Verified Fan sales has been spun a number of different ways, but yesterday’s effort to boost sales by offering seats with “no fees” attached highlighted a number of issues with the program that should draw a lot of attention from artists, their management, and anyone that touches the entertainment or ticketing industry. Let’s …

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Taylor Swift and the Myth of “Slow Ticketing”…

  So the Taylor Swift tickets aren’t selling well story seems to be everywhere these days. I’m really not surprised. There’s a lot to unpack in this story and several lessons that we can learn on the upside and downside of trying to control the entire ticket market and squeeze fans at every turn. The truth here is that this …

Craig Carton Is Just Another Symbol Of A Deeper Rot In Tickets…

  Last week news broke that morning radio host Craig Carton was arrested for a Ponzi Scheme involving tickets and resale of tickets on the secondary market. While surprising coming on the heels of so many other negative ticket related stories of late like: Bruce Springsteen and how “Verified Fan” shut out real fans from the buying process. The uproar …