"I searched the world and I found myself," Beyoncé told the crowd near the end of her 4 run-through on Sunday. She'd already proclaimed that girls ran the world, led the audience through multiple key changes on the thrilling "Love On Top," and noted that her band was entirely made up of women. The audience cheered, happy that they had, through their dexterity with Ticketmaster's balky servers and willingness to queue on 52nd Street in a still-steady downpour, found her as well.

Beyoncé performs at Roseland Thursday and Friday

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Actually, the ability to get tickets for Beyonce's shows had nothing to do with speed on Ticketmaster. There were some pre-sales (from her fan club and Citi card) that ran for an hour before the official on-sale. This helped to prune inventory and enable Tickemaster to say the show sold out in "less than a minute". Also, ticket resellers were heavily involved in the distribution of these tickets. For a few of the shows nearly 1000 of the 3200 tickets were available online from scalpers and others looking to make a quick buck. Prices for Sunday's show fell well below face value as the ticket resellers panicked and dumped their tickets. With an extra week to prime the pump, tickets for the remaining shows will likely go at a meaningful premium to face.

 

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