Taylor Swift concert ticket buying issues may

Legislation aimed at regulating the live ticket marketplace after many fans of Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift were left high and dry while trying to buy tickets for the artists’ ongoing tours has been introduced by two New Jersey congressmen.

The BOSS and SWIFT Act, named after the two music icons, was introduced by U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson, and Frank Pallone, D-Long Branch. The revised bill “specifically addresses issues including hidden fees, on-sale transparency, buyer protections, speculative tickets, and deceptive white label websites,” according to a release from Pascrell’s office.

When Springsteen’s highly anticipated tour tickets went on sale last summer, fans were upset by high prices caused by Ticketmaster’s controversial dynamic pricing system as well as hidden fees, which left many priced out. Swift’s highly anticipated “Eras Tour” led to even more problems when fans’ high demand crashed Ticketmaster’s website, leading some to be frozen out and without tickets.

Taylor Swift performs during "The Eras Tour" on Friday, May 5, 2023, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/George Walker IV) ORG XMIT: TNGW1

The result of the Swift tour fiasco has been increased scrutiny of Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation Entertainment, with even President Joe Biden speaking out against hidden fees on concert tickets, even mentioning so-called “junk fees” in his State of the Union address.

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