News and Notes: Billboard’s Americana Chart; Ticketmaster’s Class Action Settlement

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Earlier this week, Billboard announced that their Folk Albums chart would now be known as the Americana/Folk Albums chart.  According to Billboard, greater consideration than before for chart eligibility will be given to acts leaning more Americana than folk.  The chart will continue to be based on sales.  The Americana Music Association currently compiles an Americana chart which is based on radio airplay.

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A settlement in the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster Class Action lawsuit was announced this week.  It includes free tickets and future discounts on tickets purchased from Ticketmaster as well as discounts on charges for shipping via UPS.  The settlement applies to members of the lawsuit class, that is, people who purchased tickets from Ticketmaster from October 21, 1999 through February 27, 2013, who did not opt out from this lawsuit and who have a Ticketmaster account.

The settlement provides that a class member will receive a ticket code for each ticket purchase that he/she made via www.ticketmaster.com during that period up to a maximum of 17.  Each ticket code will be redeemable for two General Admission tickets to concerts at certain venues operated by Live Nation.  Only two codes can be used per order.  The venues and shows which will be available to ticket code holders will be posted at this website created by Live Nation.

There are also ticket discount codes and UPS shipping discount codes. They will be provided in the same manner as the free ticket codes, again with a maximum of 17.  These discount codes will be worth $2.25 and up to two can be combined on tickets to be purchased from Ticketmaster in the future but no more than two codes can be used in any transaction.  There will also be codes available to those class members who opted for UPS shipping of their tickets during the class period.  Each of those UPS codes will be worth $5 and can be redeemed for future UPS shipping of tickets in a manner similar to that of the other codes.

All the codes can be used in purchases made through use of a computer but not via a phone.  The expiration date of these codes is June 18, 2020.   The codes will appear in your Ticketmaster account on or around June 16, 2016.

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