Just one day after her headlining performance at the Doritos #BOLDSTAGE, Lady Gaga will deliver the keynote address at SXSW next week (March 14). According to Billboard, the keynote, led by John Norris of Fuse will be given to Music and Platinum registrants at the festival.
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Chairman of Live Nation's Global Touring division, Arthur Fogel has hit out at reports of less than stellar sales for Gaga's upcoming artRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour. In an interview with Billboard, Fogel says ticket sales for North America and Europe are at 80% capacity sold, despite the tour not even beginning until May. "The run with Gaga over the last two tours has been incredibly successful, and this one is shaping up no differently," Fogel adds that additional US dates for the artRave will be announced soon, as well as more dates in the UK, including a fourth date to an already sold out run at the O2 in London.
When speaking about recent reports of a date in Milwaukee "flopping", Fogel laughs and says that show has "sold 14,264 tickets, the gross is $961,000, and it's at the end of June. I just don't know how this shit gets any traction without people doing their homework." Fogel also says that 29 shows that are currently on sale in the US have already grossed $26 million in sales. Finally, when asked about reports of Live Nation losing over $30 million by promoting the tour, Fogel says "forget $30 million, if it were actually true, you'd say 'pull the plug"
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