Hello? Ticketmaster Shoots Itself In The Foot By Releasing All Adele Tickets …

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adele concert tickets sell out in minutes.

NEW YORK – Tickets for Adele’s first concert tour of North America in five years sold out within minutes for venues on the U.S. Tickets for Adele’s six Madison Square Garden concerts in September sold out in minutes Thursday morning, prompting Internet memes and an angry hashtag of #AdeleTickets.

The British singer’s 56-date tour, announced earlier this week, follows record-breaking sales of 5.2 million units in the US alone of her new album, 25. The singer’s entire North American tour for her record-breaking album “25” essentially sold out, prompting lots of hand-wringing and references to “I must have called a thousand times” from her single “Hello.” Her popularity is seemingly making her unstoppable, as her NBC special on Monday night became the highest-rated music special since the 2003 special from Cher’s farewell tour. Fans reported getting stuck for 45 minutes or more on ticketing websites, only to find that seats were sold out for major cities on the tour that starts in July in St Paul, Minnesota, and ends in Mexico City on November 15.

Hashtags #adeletickets and #adelesoldout trended on Twitter, with fans posting memes, messages and GIFs inspired by the Grammy Award-winning singer’s lyrics and music videos. “Hello from the ticket line. Adele’s representatives said tickets for some shows were going on sale at 10 a.m. local time in the relevant cities, but otherwise declined to comment.

It’s a popular option for artists who want to cut down on scalpers and save tickets for their fans. “When credit card entry is the only option it’s probably because the tickets are in high demand, and the artist, team, or venue wants true fans like you to get the seats you want at face value by eliminating unfair competition from professional scalpers,” wrote Ticketmaster online. Rich Tullo, an analyst with Albert Fried & Company who covers Ticketmaster in the United States, said the secondary market is big business for ticket resellers, artists and venues.

Some crooked sellers never intend to make good on their deal with customers, while others are betting they’ll be able to pick up a ticket last minute and still make a profit. It’s that speculation that prompted the New York Attorney General to investigate the resale of Bruce Springsteen tickets online before tickets officially went on sale.

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