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Paul McCartney

World-famous music legend Paul McCartney is moving in towards the end of his two-year international tour, “Out There,” which kicked off May 2013 and is on the verge of wrapping up this summer. The former Beatle will be playing a few select U.S. shows, including dates in Philadelphia, Charlottesville, and Columbia. McCartney has also grabbed two major headlining slots for the Dover, Delaware-based Firefly Music Festival, as well as Chicago’s annual festival event, Lollapalooza. In 2013, he headlined the Manchester, Tennessee festival, Bonnaroo, alongside Tom Petty and Jack Johnson.

Even after 58 years of performing and touring the world, Paul McCartney remains in incredibly high demand – both the Firefly Festival as well as his Philadelphia date quickly sold out. The June 21 show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia actually marks his first concert in the City of Brotherly Love since 2010. According to data culled form the TicketNetwork Exchange, the average Paul McCartney ticket price on the secondary market for his Philly show is going for $326.77, with a get-in price of $184.

By comparison, a four-day festival pass to see Sir Paul and dozens of other top acts (including The Killers, Kings of Leon, Morrissey and Snoop Dogg) averaged $317 – approximately $10 cheaper than Paul’s solo show, which is, of course, limited to just a single evening of music. His additional U.S. dates are equally competitive, regardless of the geography – the average Paul McCartney ticket price for his Charlottesville show sits at $169.12, with a get-in price of $23, and his Columbia, South Carolina show is averaging $198.86 with a get-in cost of $64. Paul will cap off his summer in Chicago at Lollapalooza, where he will share the main stage with artists Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, and Bassnectar. He was last seen playing the festival in 2013, and anticipation is high for his return. A three-day pass for Lollapalooza is currently averaging $451.34 on the secondary market, while the get-in price sits at $307.

Paul McCartney fans will not be disappointed with his performance, as he is still renowned for being one of the few artists who performs for a solid three hours each show – and at age 73, no less. Can his festival-mates say the same?

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Last week, everyone was up in arms about Instagram’s announcement that their terms of service would be changing. Hipsters around the world cried. Accounts full of poorly lit photos of food were deleted (see my own version at left). It was bad. Instagram swiftly replied saying the company was listening, but on Tuesday, news outlets were reporting Instagram was being sued by a California resident. Then Mark Zuckerberg's sister, Randi, ran into issues with privacy settings on Facebook, which is weird, because it's not like her brother created Facebook or anything. It begs the question: what qualifies as private when it comes to the internet?

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