Country singer Zach Bryan drops album called ‘All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chorus against Ticketmaster’s controversial concert pricing practices is growing, counting Zach Bryan and friends among them.

The country music artist released a live album, “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster,” on Sunday. With that came a statement posted to social media in which he condemned “a massive problem with fair ticket prices for live shows lately.”

“I’ve decided to play a limited number of headline shows next year, where I’ve done everything I can to make the prices as cheap as possible and prove to people that tickets don’t have to cost $450 to see a good, honest show, ” Bryan wrote, warning that he had no control over ticket prices for festivals he will be playing.

The statement does not mention Ticketmaster by name except in the new album title, although he tagged the company in a separate Instagram post showing the tracklist. A message for comment from Ticketmaster was not immediately returned.

Ticketmaster has faced a flurry of bad press and scrutiny in recent weeks, particularly surrounding the botched rollout of tickets for superstar Taylor Swift’s upcoming Eras Tour.

A pre-sale event in mid-November crashed the site, leaving many fans without tickets; the planned general sale for the stadium tour was later scrapped because the dominant ticket giant had run out of tickets. The debacle has even led to several state prosecutors opening investigations.

Ticketmaster Mexico is also in hot water over a Bad Bunny concert in Mexico City where thousands were left out in the cold thanks to fake tickets. Mexico’s consumer protection agency announced an investigation, but Ticketmaster Mexico denied the December concert was oversold, blaming instead fake tickets bought through unofficial channels and “temporary interruptions in the ticket reading system, which unfortunately momentarily prevented the recognition of legitimate tickets.”

Experts say frustration with Ticketmaster’s practices could drive political engagement, something Bryan alluded to in his statement when he criticized inaction while “big monopolies sit there and steal money from working-class people.”

FILE - Zach Bryan performs at the Railbird Music Festival on Sunday, August 29, 2021, in Lexington, Kentucky.
FILE – Zach Bryan performs at the Railbird Music Festival on Sunday, August 29, 2021, in Lexington, Kentucky.

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A songwriter “trying to make ‘relatable music for the working class man or woman’ should be proud to fight for the people who listen to the words they sing,” he added.

As of Monday morning, Bryan enjoyed a one-two punch atop Apple Music’s country chart: The 24-track “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster,” a recording of his Nov. 3 show at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, is at No. 1 , followed by his 2022 major label debut, “American Heartbreak.”

Bryan said he would be announcing a tour soon.

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