Senators Quote Taylor Swift During Live Nation and Ticketmaster Hearing – Billboard

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Tuesday (January 24) to look into the ticketing industry following Ticketmaster’s chaotic handling of Taylor Swift The Eras Tour ticket sales.

Explore

Explore

See the latest videos, charts and news

See the latest videos, charts and news

During the hearing led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, titled “That’s the Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment,” several senators referenced the 11-time Grammy winner during their remarks. .

To have a strong capitalist system, you have to have competition,” Klobuchar said in his opening statement. “You can’t have too much consolidation, which, unfortunately for this country, as an ode to Taylor Swift, I’ll say, we know ‘very well’.”

Meanwhile, Blumenthal said, “Ticketmaster should look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m the problem, I’m the problem,'” referring to “Anti-Hero,” Swift’s eight-week Hot 100 hit from his last album. midnight. Senator Mike Lee also made a lyrical reference to a Midnights song, ending his remarks with: “I have to mention, in deference to my daughter Eliza, one more Taylor Swift quote: ‘Karma is a calming thought, don’t you is it envy? isn’t it for you?’”

Following the November 15 presale, Ticketmaster finally canceled general sale of the remaining 170,000 tickets for Swift’s tour. In December, the company announced a new strategy to sell the passes over the course of four weeks and recently wrapped up that effort. At the time, the company said “historically unprecedented lawsuit” caused the glitch, but also blamed bots, saying 14 million fans and more than 3 billion bots visited the site. That excuse did little to satisfy the more than 100,000 fans who were kicked out during the bot attack, and even Swift blamed the company. With many fans calling for Ticketmaster’s punishment and several even taking legal action against the company, Berchtold also plans to apologize directly to Swift and her followers.

Check out some of Swift’s quotes during the hearing below.

[email protected]: “Competition policy is very important to me… to have a strong capitalist system you have to have competition, you can’t have too much consolidation, which unfortunately for this country, like an ode to Taylor Swift, I’m going to say, we know ‘too well'”. pic.twitter.com/hN7ninMrAi

— CSPAN (@cspan) January 24, 2023

[email protected]: “Ticketmaster had the temerity to imply that the debacle involved in ticket sales was Taylor Swift’s fault because she wasn’t playing too many shows. May I suggest… Ticketmaster not look in the mirror and say ‘I ‘ I am the problem. I am.” pic.twitter.com/F8HDmsu0Tk

— CSPAN (@cspan) January 24, 2023

Source: www.billboard.com