This phenomenon is nothing new, but the freshest teen singing-acting-Disney sensation, Hannah Montana, real name Miley Cyrus, 14, is shaking up the concert industry like Britney Spears never did. Parents even join their youngsters in enjoyment of her music and hit television show, also called Hannah Montana.
[...] Arkansas State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed lawsuits against three out-of- state ticket sale Web sites as well: TNOW Entertainment Group Inc., Go Tickets Inc., and Ticket Solutions Inc. In a recent ticket brokerage industry review written by Mark S. Gottlieb from the firm Accountants, Consultants, and Business Valuators, ticket brokers are estimated to control at least to billion of the event ticket marketplace. And as the ticket industry grows, brokers are dramatically increasing their profits by dramatically increasing their inventory. [...]
[...] They use all sorts of techniques: computer programs, posting online, even registering for fan clubs [to sell the tickets].” In fact, brokers were posting tickets for the Hannah Montana tour online before they even went on sale, which angered Disney. “There may be a prosecution for false advertising,” says Rathwell. In addition, there are plans to change the way tickets are sold, but Rathwell will not comment on any new methods. we announce any future changes we might plan on making, the brokers will quickly adapt.” Other fast-selling tours are affected, such as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Magic tour and the Van Halen reunion, but nothing compares to the controversy of Hannah Montana. [...]
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