You know those guys you're used to seeing standing outside sold-out shows with furtive murmurs of "need a ticket?" Now they've got VIP passes and pension plans. The Material Girl has given fans the golden finger by entering into an axis of evil with Live Nation and ticket reseller StubHub to effectively establish a legal, Madge-authorized scalping service for her upcoming tour.
Being nobody's fool, Madonna undoubtedly noticed that the likes of Ticketmaster have already been making a killing by holding back batches of hot tickets from initial sale for use in their own "reselling" scheme. (Apparently their outlandish base prices and additional fees didn't generate satisfactory revenue.)
Now that the record business is falling apart and everyone's looking to tours and merchandising to make their nut, you'd think these folks would be a bit more mindful of how hard they kick the butts that are filling the seats. Boycott, anyone?
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