Hello, shitty scalpers: Adele at Xcel tickets hit $9,494

Adele in 2009, back when ticket prices made sense.

Adele in 2009, back when ticket prices made sense.

If you didn't score Adele tickets when they went on sale Thursday, you better be rolling in the dough. "The amount of fans at the arena blows every prior show out of the water," Xcel Energy Center PR rep Jora Bart tells the Star Tribune. Tickets for the July 5 and 6 concerts at Xcel — originally $39.50-$149.50 — sold out within minutes. 

And despite anti-scalper efforts from the U.K. vocal powerhouse, the secondary ticket market quickly became a carnival of unfettered gall. StubHub, one of the largest online marketplaces for tickets, has Adele at Xcel tickets available for $9,494 (although most serious sellers are asking $400-ish). It's a similar mad scene over on Craigslist. 

Why all the hubbub on Stubhub? Because Adele hasn't toured the U.S. since 2011, and has since become the biggest thing in the goddamn world. Released November 20, her new album, 25, has sold nearly 6 million copies, making it one of the fastest-selling albums of all time. Lead single "Hello" (see a clever allusion to it in our headline) has topped the Billboard charts for seven weeks.