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Springsteen hits Broadway – Swift leads MTV Europe award nods

NEW YORK, Oct 4, (AFP): Eager to see her musical hero Bruce Springsteen in the intimate confines of a Broadway theater, Laura Effinger quickly registered online as a verified fan who would supposedly have dibs on seats.

When tickets went on sale, the website told her she was on standby and to watch her phone for a code.

And so she waited. The notification never came — but tickets were already being advertised on resale sites for thousands of dollars.

“This is such a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience that it’s a very valuable ticket right now. I think it’s unfortunate that people are taking advantage of that,” said Effinger, who owns a photo studio in South Carolina.

Effinger, who has seen “The Boss” three times before, said she would still fly to New York “in a heartbeat” with her mother if she were able to snag tickets.

Springsteen — one of rock’s most legendary performers who for decades has packed arenas with marathon, fatigue-defying concerts — on Tuesday starts four months of shows at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre which has just 960 seats.

Tickets instantly became some of the most coveted in the United States. Hours before Tuesday’s opening, seats on leading resale site StubHub were going for as high as $6,000. Springsteen had been selling the tickets between $75 and $800.

Ticket buyers have come from nearly every US state and 30 different countries, according to StubHub.

Hoping to curb exorbitant resale prices, Springsteen joined leading seller Ticketmaster for its new “verified fan” program — which uses algorithms to determine if a person will likely go, and then sends a one-time code when tickets go on sale.


NEW YORK: Taylor Swift led the nominations announced Wednesday for the MTV Europe Music Awards after she caused a stir with her vengeful new persona on “Look What You Made Me Do.”

The pop superstar was up for six prizes including Best Artist and Best Video at the international edition of MTV’s awards gala, which will take place in London on Nov 12.

“Look What You Made Me Do,” the lead single from Swift’s upcoming album “Reputation,” broke the record for first-day views on YouTube as Swift, long an anodyne cultural force, showed a sinister new side to herself.

The video opens in a graveyard where a tombstone reads “Here Lies Taylor Swift’s Reputation” and goes on to take subtle jabs at her ex-boyfriends as well as rapper Kanye West, with whom she has a simmering feud.

Young Canadian sensation Shawn Mendes was second with five nominations, followed at four nods each for English songwriter Ed Sheeran and rapper Kendrick Lamar, who was the big winner at MTV’s signature Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in August.

Nominees for Best World Stage category, which recognizes international performances, include the Los Angeles-based DJ Steve Aoki for an MTV special in Malta and Foo Fighters for a gig aired from Barcelona.

The Europe Music Awards differ from the VMAs by recognizing international impact and featuring non-English categories.

But like the VMAs, the awards generally more watched for its pop culture moments, both scripted and unscripted, than for the actual winners.

MTV earlier announced that Rita Ora, a major pop singer in Britain who is set to release her first album in five years, will serve as host of the show in her hometown.

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