Songkick To Shut Down, Continue Legal Battle With Ticketmaster/Live Nation

first_imgU.K.-based artist-to-fan ticketing service Songkick has announced that it will close its doors on October 31st. After a long-running lawsuit with Ticketmaster/Live Nation, the company has essentially been put out of business by its ultra-powerful market competition. In a press release, Songkick CEO Matt Jones made clear that the company is being blocked from doing business by Ticketmaster/Live Nation, and that, while Songkick is now being forced to close its doors, the legal battle will rage on.Songkick worked with artists to sell tickets directly to fans before they went on sale on major ticketing platforms like Ticketmaster/Live Nation. The giant ticketing conglomerate seemingly did everything they could to block the upstart company from making an impactful entry into the U.S. ticketing industry. Eventually, Songkick filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster/Live Nation, claiming antitrust violations and anticompetitive practices, a suit that Jones insists “will continue unabated.” The other side of Songkick’s business—a concert discovery app and calendar—recently split off from Songkick and was purchased by Warner Music Group. That brand will “continue uninterrupted under the WMG umbrella.”Ticketmaster Will Now Be Selling Their Tickets Through SpotifyIn other somewhat-related though possibly coincidental news, Songkick competitor Bandsintown has announced a partnership with Facebook that will allow them to scan Bandsintown once a day to auto-generate Facebook events for any new tour dates. Songkick also has their own Concerts app on Facebook and has a similar app called Tourbox that works with Spotify, Bandcamp, and Hype Machine. It seems that Songkick is fighting this uphill battle on all fronts.See below for the full statement from Songkick CEO Matt Jones.Before I say anything, let me say thank you.Thank you to the artists and managers who entrusted us with their tickets and audience; to the agents, labels, promoters and venues that partnered with us to make artists’ visions into realities; and to the many – always committed and now nearly all former – employees of CrowdSurge and Songkick who worked tirelessly over the last 10 years with nothing short of a remarkable passion to better the live experience for artists and fans.With that said, I’m sad to write that on October 31, Songkick will bow to pressure from Live Nation and Ticketmaster and complete the shutdown of all ticketing operations (including the design and maintenance of artist webpages) we began earlier this year when Ticketmaster and Live Nation effectively blocked our US ticketing business. Songkick’s concert discovery app, which was sold to Warner Music Group in July, will continue uninterrupted under the WMG umbrella.Our antitrust, trade secret misappropriation and hacking lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster will continue unabated, with trial currently scheduled to begin in the second week of November, just a month from now. Many of you receiving this note have helped us immensely as we prepare for our day in court, and even as we shutter our business, we will remain focused on pursuing a legal victory and making the live music industry better for artists and fans.If you are an artist, promoter or venue for whom we have sold tickets to a show occurring on a future date, you will be contacted individually over the following three business days to arrange for payment. All outstanding amounts will be paid in full.If you are an artist, promoter or venue currently using our services to sell tickets, list shows, store customer data or power parts or all of your website, these services will become unavailable on October 27. 

On behalf of myself and all of my colleagues, it’s been a pleasure to work with you. Once again: thank you, for everything.All the best,MJlast_img read more

Dutch police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in 2 cities

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Rioters have set blazes in the center of the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven and pelted police with rocks at a banned demonstration against coronavirus lockdown measures. Officers responded with tear gas and water cannon and arrested at least 55 people. Police in the capital of Amsterdam also used a water cannon to disperse an outlawed demonstration against the lockdown on a major square ringed by museums. Video showed police spraying people grouped against a wall of the Van Gogh Museum. In Eindhoven, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of Amsterdam, a central square near the city’s main railway station was littered with rocks, bicycles and shattered glass.last_img read more

Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond’s SU careers potentially end with NCAA tournament upset-loss

first_imgIt hasn’t quite settled yet, but Miranda Drummond and Tiana Mangakahia aren’t blind to the reality. The night before Syracuse’s Round of 32 game, Drummond went over to Managkahia’s apartment to watch Miami women’s basketball play.As the same team that solidified Syracuse’s hosting status — the best achievement of Mangakahia’s time as a member of SU, she said — graced the TV in front of them, the pair who’ve so frequently found themselves beneficiaries of each other, looked ahead.It’s been Syracuse’s mantra for the entire tournament, the entire season: “We really need to get this win tomorrow,” they both repeated to each other. That part was blatant to them. But they both wanted to make it to the Final Four. They fantasized about it last season, and this season’s roster appeared to crystalize the possible reality.It happened the same way its happened whenever the Orange had their best performances: Mangakahia would dish the ball to Drummond, Drummond would take the ball in stride and finish. It’s a deadly combination that’s been rarely slowed. An 8-0 run to push the Orange ahead at the start of the fourth quarter showed the partnership at the pinnacle of its performance. A Mangakahia behind-the-back pass found a cutting Drummond. A steal led the break again where Drummond was the first one to jump as Mangakahia tied the game. Those were the plays the two dreamed about and they lived it as a reality.But, instead, Syracuse fell down seven points. Drummond felt something different. Mangakahia grabbed a rebound off the rim, turned and let out a distressed cry to Drummond. She beckoned Drummond up the court. She begged her to do the thing they’ve always done. But when the ball left Drummond’s hands, the play that worked so often, the shot that connected so often, the trajectory of Syracuse’s runs that the play had so often taken, missed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s a sh*tty feeling,” Mangakahia said. “All of us expected a lot more.”No. 3 Syracuse’s (25-9, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) upset loss in the NCAA tournament Round of 32 spurred the end of the partnership of Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond. If Mangakahia decides to enter the WNBA draft, Monday’s loss would be the end of the Syracuse careers for both. A group that came in with so much promise looked often to the play of each, who combined for 29 points Monday, and a loss to South Dakota State (28-6, 15-1 Summit) represents a crushing end that many with SU don’t believe either deserves.“We just have that connection,” Drummond said of Mangakahia. “I guess it didn’t work today.”Max Freund | Staff PhotographerMangakahia and Drummond both entered their first year at Syracuse as unknowns. The Orange, in attempting to deal with the loss of program legends then-SU career assist leader Alexis Peterson and dynamic-scorer Brittany Sykes, thrust both into the starting lineup. The results boosted Syracuse and kept it steady. Mangakahia set Syracuse’s single-season assist record and did so while feeding Drummond with dump passes on the perimeter and on cuts to the basket.The two became friends and proven leaders on and off the court. Kadiatou Sissoko, who came to Syracuse this year with little shooting skill, shot with Drummond and Mangakahia after practice almost every day. Mangakahia and Drummond hosted get-togethers where teammates ate dinner and watched movies. For Syracuse football games, Drummond opened her Binghamton home to her teammates.Gabrielle Cooper appreciates the “goofiness” the two bring. Her roommate Drummond is so often a “fun spirit.” When Emily Engstler first attended SU classes over the summer, she was in the same class with Mangakahia. She remembered they couldn’t stop laughing over nothing.  The two became great friends and hung out frequently. They spent nights at Mangakahia’s apartment, walked around campus and laughed some more. Before Engstler had her own car, Drummond used to drive her around SU. Before the season, Syracuse players host a preseason tournament among returners. They asked Engstler to join.Engstler followed with a “roller coaster” season, she said. She used to lean on Drummond and Mangakahia when times were tough. Now, they’re gone.“That’s going to really suck,” Engstler said. “That will suck more than missing them on the basketball court.”Mangakahia’s scared, too. Every player experiences change, Cooper said, but for Mangakahia there’s no choice that she can make to avoid it. Her future is uncertain. Losing and falling short of the goal she and Drummond set, the one they envisioned started Monday doesn’t compare to the abrupt way in which it happened. Now, she’s left with a decision to make — a decision which will leave her with a void either way.More coverage Mental lapses sting Syracuse in season-ending loss to South Dakota StateNo. 3 seed Syracuse falls in historic upset, 74-65, to No. 6 seed South Dakota StateDefensive changes, 3-point shooting, and more fast reactions from Syracuse’s 75-64 loss to South Dakota State Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 26, 2019 at 1:25 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img She said if she decides it’s best to leave, she would just want to have one last get-together with the team. She’d invite the team over and they’d hang out and play games. She wouldn’t talk about the game, the final foul, the missed shots, her walk off the court, how her Syracuse record-breaking 591st career assist fell in front of the deaf ear of a crowd that was stunned in the home team’s defeat. No, she just wants one more moment with the group. One more goodbye before each of them go their separate ways.Syracuse has experienced change before. Drummond and Mangakahia were the successors of two of the best guards in SU history and came in with little expectation to meet the mark Peterson and Sykes had previously set. But Monday’s loss brings change a little quicker, before it could even settle for Drummond at the end of the game. A final meeting of the team would signify an uncertain future, a future where Syracuse will be without its dynamic duo, and another chance for the team to start anew. Commentslast_img read more