Presale tickets for Beyoncé‘s Renaissance World tour begin next week, and as such, Ticketmaster is being warned by fans and even the US Senate to put their sh-t together before sales begin.
Due to the inconvenience caused by the company during Taylor Swift‘s concert, which led to a court case and a Senate hearing, the Senate and fans are giving Ticketmaster one more chance before their a—ses get canceled for good.
And according to the Official Twitter account of the Senate, they are closely watching how Beyoncé’s ticket sale plays out.
Ticketmaster has been under attack for years for messy services and also overpricing. Critics say the company and its mother company Live Nation have too much monopoly over the live music market, and hence need a competitor to act right. However, the president of Live Nation apologized to the Senate, and Taylor Swift fans and assured the public that they will do better this time around.
Ticketmaster is firmly under the U.S. Senate’s microscope as the ticket giant prepares to sell tickets to the upcoming Beyoncé tour … and it’s all because of the Taylor Swift disaster.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which just got finished grilling Ticketmaster’s parent company Live Nation, issued a thinly-veiled warning Thursday, the day after Bey announced her “Renaissance” world tour.
The committee’s official Twitter account tagged Ticketmaster in a quote tweet for a CNN story about Beyoncé fans preparing for another potential Ticketmaster fiasco, saying … “We’re watching, @Ticketmaster.”
Ticketmaster says they’re making changes — staggering sales and using Verified Fan technology — for the Beyoncé tour after running into major issues with last year’s rollout for the Taylor Swift tour, which pissed off Taylor and her fans and led to lawsuits and Senate hearings. Still, the Senate will be keeping a close eye on the process.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who grilled Live Nation execs during the recent hearings, told us on “TMZ Live” the Senate expects Ticketmaster to do better in the future.
The first chance for redemption comes next week, when Beyoncé ticket presales begin.
Will Ticketmaster redeem themselves and provide a better service? Quite unlikely, but we will be hopeful.