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Concert ticket startup Songkick slaps Live Nation with antitrust lawsuit

Concert ticket startup Songkick slaps Live Nation with antitrust lawsuit

Online concert-ticket seller Songkick has helped major artists such as Adele sell passes directly to fans and thwart scalpers in an effort to take on market leader Ticketmaster.

Now it's accusing Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, of engaging in anti-competitive behavior by pressuring touring artists and concert venues to not work with Songkick's service. 

New York-based Songkick on Tuesday filed suit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, saying that Live Nation broke federal antitrust laws, marking the latest legal challenge to the Beverly Hills-based company. 

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