Google ‘tightens standards’ on secondary-ticketing search ads
Google has implemented a new policy on secondary-ticketing websites, which will now have to ‘radically increase their transparency’ to be certified to book advertising on its platform. To be certified, secondary sites...
February 7, 2018
Live Nation settles Songkick lawsuit for $110m
There has been a surprise ending to the long-running legal battle between Live Nation and the owners of ticketing firm Songkick: a $110m settlement that sees Live Nation acquiring some of the company’s remaining technology...
January 15, 2018
Ticketmaster Shortlist app offers last-minute concert tickets
Ticketmaster’s latest mobile app is called Shortlist – Concert Tickets, and it’s promising music fans “last-minute tickets to great concerts”. Released in the US for iPhone and for Android smartphones, the app...
December 31, 2017
Guest Column: How blockchain can help to fix the secondary ticketing market
This guest column comes from Maarten Bloemers, CEO and co-founder of GUTS: "The secondary ticketing market has recently been under scrutiny in the UK, with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) this month publishing...
December 21, 2017
Google tightens rules on ticket-reseller advertising
Google is updating its rules on how ticket-resellers can advertise on its search engine, with the changes due to take effect in January 2018. Secondary ticketing services globally will have to be certified with Google...
November 24, 2017
YouTube to promote US concert tickets on artist videos
YouTube has announced a partnership with Ticketmaster that will see tickets for artists’ US concerts promoted within their official videos. “Starting today, we will begin featuring hundreds of artist’s upcoming US...
November 14, 2017
Live Nation financials set new quarterly records
Unconsciously channelling One Direction, Live Nation has been trumpeting its “best third quarter ever”, with the company’s business setting new financial records. Live Nation’s revenues grew by 12% to $3.56bn in...
November 3, 2017
Blockchain startup Guts Tickets raises $2.5m (so far) from ICO
Dutch startup Guts Tickets is one of the companies exploring blockchain technology’s potential for the music industry – but in its case, the focus is on selling tickets rather than recorded music. The company has just...
October 31, 2017
FanFair Alliance surveys consumers on secondary ticketing
UK-based campaigning group the FanFair Alliance has published a study of consumer attitudes towards the secondary ticketing market. Disclosure: Music Ally worked on the report, alongside market-research company AudienceNet....
October 31, 2017
Mobile ticketing startup Dice expands to the US
British startup Dice launched its music-ticketing app in September 2014 focusing initially on London. Since then it’s expanded its net of concerts across the country. Now Dice is launching in the biggest (but also the...
September 29, 2017
Ticketmaster exec talks politicians, touts and dynamic pricing
Ticketmaster International's SVP of insight and marketing Sophie Crosby has addressed the debate around secondary ticketing and online touting, criticising British politicians who launched an inquiry into ticket abuse in...
September 25, 2017
UK broadcaster Sky shuts down its ticketing division
Amazon may be piling in to the ticketing market, but in the UK another recent entrant is getting out: Sky. The broadcaster's Sky Tickets division has been wound down according to live-industry publication IQ, which notes...
September 12, 2017