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Analysis Taylor Swift ticket snafu makes Ticketmaster sweat
Ticketmaster’s botched sale of tickets for Taylor Swift’s 2023 tour, the megastar’s first in five years, has prompted calls for the company to be broken up – a proposal antitrust experts say could find a far more receptive audience than in the past. The US Department of Justice, which approved Ticketmaster’s much-criticized purchase of Live Nation in 2010, is different than it was 12 years ago. It’s proven far more willing to file antitrust lawsuits against giant companies — including the ongoing lawsuit against Google in December 2020 — and fight mergers, all of which it doesn’t win.
Actor Michael J. Fox accepts honorary Oscar for Parkinson’s
Actor Michael J. Fox, who enchanted audiences in the 1980s television comedy Family Ties and the Back to the Future films, received an honorary Oscar on Saturday for his lobbying work that raised $1.5 billion for research into Parkinson’s disease has accumulated. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a nerve disorder that causes tremors and other symptoms, at the age of 29. He later quit acting and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000 to fund the search for a cure.
The New Mexico Sheriff announces an investigation into the shooting of Rust
A New Mexico sheriff’s office on Friday released documents from its investigation into last year’s fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the western film Rust, as a prosecutor was deciding whether to press criminal charges. Among the 551 pages released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office were interviews with witnesses, including star Alec Baldwin, as well as text messages and emails from crew and cast members, which sometimes detailed the chaotic and acrimonious conditions on set before Hutchins’ death on October 21, 2021.
‘Spectacular’: Adele fans swarm as Vegas shows finally begin
An “incredibly nervous” Adele kicked off her Las Vegas concerts on Friday, 10 months after she angered fans by postponing the shows at the last minute. People who attended the chart-topper’s first Weekends with Adele show at Caesars Palace said they were thrilled to finally see the Grammy-winner live on stage and seemed to forgive her for the postponement. The audience greeted her with a standing ovation.
Angry Taylor Swift says she was told Ticketmaster could handle demand
Pop superstar Taylor Swift said on Friday it was “excruciating” for her to watch as fans competed for tickets to her upcoming US tour after being assured Ticketmaster could handle the huge demand. The New York Times reported that the US Department of Justice is investigating whether Live Nation Entertainment, Ticketmaster’s parent company, abused its power over the multi-billion dollar live music industry.
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