AOC Smashes Ticketmaster/Live Nation ‘Monopoly’ After Taylor Swift Tour Tickets Fail

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After being called as missing in action by fellow democrats during last week’s election, where the Democrats lost control of the House, and for some New York voters Additionally, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sprang into action Tuesday night over Taylor Swift.

The Queens-Bronx congresswoman called out Ticketmaster and Live Nation after Swift fans wept over the epic technical difficulties while trying to buy tickets for his upcoming US tour.

Ticketmaster’s website appeared to crash or freeze when pre-sale tickets for Swift’s 52-date “The Era Tour” in 2023 hit the market Tuesday, causing wait times of up to eight hours that ended in disappointment for hundreds. of thousands of people.

Additionally, ticket sales for the West Coast shows were delayed by three hours.

The gig sales giant blamed a “unprecedented historic demand” over Tuesday’s fiasco, saying millions of fans had flooded the site to get seats for the 32-year-old pop star’s first tour since 2018.

with the nation facing a recessionHistoric inflation and spikes in crime — especially in his hometown — Ocasio-Cortez, 33, took to Twitter Tuesday to renew Democratic calls to investigate the union of a decade between the two companies, which combined ticketing, promotion, concert and management under one roof.

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Ocasio-Cortez, a New York City Democrat, spoke out after fans of the “Anti-Hero” singer suffered a ticket-buying fiasco Tuesday.
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Taylor Swift accepts an award onstage during the 2022 MTV Europe Music Awards held at the PSD Bank Dome on November 13, 2022 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Swift’s upcoming 52-date US arena tour will mark the first time the pop star has hit the road since two years before the pandemic.

“Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, their merger with LiveNation should never have been approved, and they need to be reigned. [sic] inside,” said the progressive agitator representing parts of the Bronx and Queens, adding: “Divide them up.”

Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat who chairs the House antitrust panel, demanded an investigation by the feds.

“@Ticketmaster’s excessive wait times and fees are completely unacceptable as seen with today’s @taylorswift13 tickets,” Cicilline wrote on Twitter.

“It’s no secret that Live Nation-Ticketmaster is an unchecked monopoly.”

Ticketmaster claimed that potential Swift pre-sale ticket buyers outnumbered available tickets two to one and millions of additional people went online to try to get tickets for the stadium tour, which cost between $49 and $ 449.

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AOC had been accused of being missing in action during last week’s midterm elections.
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Swift recently released a new album, “Midnights.”

“This caused some delays for fans which we know is frustrating and we are working as quickly as possible to adjust some sales times to manage volume, and queues are now flowing,” a spokesperson said.

Periodic interruptions and agonizing queues had left Swifties, and their parents, some of whom had taken a day off work to try to get seats, full of bad blood towards the company.

“I’m a failure as a parent,” wrote Dave Pell, author of the NextDraft newsletter.

“The only time my daughter really needed my help, I ended up on the outside looking in, banished to the barren wasteland of the Taylor Swift ticket waiting list wasteland.”

Some of the hundreds of thousands of people who managed to snag tickets tried to capitalize on the chaos by listing their seats for as much as $22,000 on thrift sites like StubHub.

Swift, fresh off the October release of her album “Midnights,” had promised fans the new tour would showcase music from her 16-year recording career.

Cicilline was one of lawmakers who in 2021 asked the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the company’s “monopoly” on ticket sales, which critics say leads to higher ticket prices and abuses of artists and places.

The Justice Department found that Live Nation flouted regulatory restrictions during the merger “by threatening venues and forcing artists to team up with ticketing services,” stated a letter signed by Cicilline and other representatives.

Live Nation had reached an agreement with the feds in 2019 that prohibited it from forcing venues to use it exclusively under threat of withholding concerts.

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