Tour promoter Taylor Swift says he had no choice but to work with Ticketmaster

Taylor Swift accepts the award for Artist of the Year onstage during 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 the blame for the failed “Eras” ticket sale directly to Ticketmaster, possibly raising even more concerns about the Live Nation-owned ticket seller’s dominant role in the industry.

AEG Presents, the company responsible for handling Swift’s upcoming tour, is denying the claims made by Ticketmaster and Long live the nation The largest shareholder, Liberty Media, was chosen by the promoter to work with the ticketing site.

“Ticketmaster’s exclusive deals with the vast majority of venues on the Eras Tour required us to cycle through their system,” AEG said in a statement to CNBC. “We had no choice.”

Live Nation did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

The AEG Presents commentary is the latest show to point fingers after general ticket sales Canceled last week due to heavy demand. Swift itself Blame it on an “external entity” She said she would not “make excuses for anyone”.

Last week, Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei He blamed excessive demand on Swifties and bots that crashed his site and delayed ticket sales. Lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D, have called for more oversight of Live Nation, which merged with Ticketmaster in 2010, citing antitrust concerns. But Maffei defended Ticketmaster’s standing in the industry and said AEG “chose to use us.”

A coalition of activists called the Ticketmaster DispersalHe claimed that because Live Nation controls 70% of the ticket market and live event venues, performers and their representatives don’t have many options for selling their tickets. They have called on the Department of Justice to investigate Ticketmaster and Live Nation for “hiking up” ticket prices. and “unwanted rip-off fees”.

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On Friday, the New York Times reported the Department of Justice He had already opened an antitrust investigation into Live Nation’s practices Before Swift tickets failed to sell out.

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