Music News: Ticketmaster developing technology to make your face your concert ticket


A Customs officer uses facial recognition technology.
Will this be how you'll get into concerts in the future? A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer uses facial recognition technology in Miami, Feb. 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

You may have heard of rock stars who point at their faces and say, "This is my ticket." That may become a reality for the rest of us if new technology being developed by Ticketmaster pans out.

Live Nation, Ticketmaster's parent company, has announced that it's partnering with a company called Blink Identity to develop facial recognition technology that could allow you to enter concerts just by having your face scanned at the door. Live Nation's CEO says that Blink Identity "has cutting-edge facial recognition technology, enabling you to associate your digital ticket with your image, then just walk into the show."

No concrete plans for enabling the technology have yet been announced. (Pitchfork)

Frightened Rabbit frontman missing

Frightened Rabbit have alerted their fans that they are worried about band leader Scott Hutchison, who is missing as of this writing. He was last seen leaving a hotel in South Queensferry, Scotland, at 1:00 a.m. local time on the morning of Wednesday, May 9. His family have reported him missing, and Scottish authorities are available for anyone with information regarding his whereabouts. (NME)

U2 take a stand on abortion referendum

On May 25, voters in Ireland will decide whether to repeal the eighth amendment of the country's constitution; the repeal would end Ireland's ban on abortion. U2 have tweeted their support for the repeal, drawing mixed reactions from their fans. Many fans supported the group's stance, but others got ready to break their records. The band are letting their tweet speak for itself. (Billboard)

Lifetime plans docuseries and a TV movie about R. Kelly scandal

A Lifetime move about R. Kelly’s alleged sexual misconduct involving minors? Yes, that's in the works, the network announced as part of its Stop Violence Against Women campaign. Lifetime is also developing a docuseries that promises to "lift the veil on the secretive inner world of R. Kelly, bringing to light the shocking allegations of abuse and twisted mind games."

"Some very brave black women have trusted us with their stories, their truth and their trauma," said executive producer Dream Hampton. "They are survivors and I'm honored to share their stories with the world." (Rolling Stone)

Dolly Parton promotes senior girl power

On Monday, Dolly Parton paid a surprise visit to a dedication ceremony for a Tennessee senior center being renamed in honor of her parents. Parton sang, lifted weights, joked about her age (72) and her plastic surgery, and shouted "Girl power!" when she saw there were more women than men in a woodworking area. (Billboard)

Dave Grohl almost breaks his leg again

Dave Grohl almost had to dust off his rock throne after a Foo Fighters show last month in Florida. Video has just surfaced of Grohl biting the dust after he trips over a speaker onstage. "I almost broke my f---ing leg over there," he said later. "Here's the way I look at it, when you get that close to breaking your f---ing leg, that means it's a great show." (Billboard)

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