Live Nation Nearly Tripled Revenue From 2021 to 2022 as Ticket Prices Soared
Live Nation, which includes the ticket retailer Ticketmaster, reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday (Feb. 23), showing its total 2022 revenue reached a record $16.7 billion, according to Billboard.
Indeed, that's a 166-percent increase — almost three-fold — over 2021 revenue of $6.27 billion (Variety). It's a 44-percent increase over pre-pandemic 2019 revenue, $11.55 billion, which is the percentage difference Live Nation touted to investors this week. A slow return of shows in 2021 and a bustling 2022 lent to the sum.
The Track Record of Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster has long maintained a stronghold on concert ticket sales in the United States. In 2010, the retailer merged with Live Nation, the promoter, to become a singular company.
Last year, a group of U.S. concertgoers sued Live Nation Entertainment — the corporation enveloping both companies — for allegedly violating antitrust laws and using what they called "predatory" selling.
But the concert giant emerged victorious when the court ruled buyers had waived their rights to sue in favor of arbitration per the company's terms and conditions.
Live Nation's Record 2022 Revenue
In Live Nation's 2022 SEC filing, the corporation breaks down its yearly numbers, explaining, "Our concerts business generated $13.5 billion, or 80.9 percent, of our total revenue during 2022. We promoted more than 43,600 live music and other events in 2022."
In a revealing passage, it adds that "approximately 270 million tickets were sold using our Ticketmaster systems. … As ticket sales increase, related ticketing operating income generally increases as well."