The charming people at Sony Records reacted to the news of the death of Whitney Houston in the only way they knew how. By jacking up the price of her records. The Guardian reports:
The music giant is understood to have lifted the wholesale price of Houston's greatest hits album, The Ultimate Collection, at about 4am California time on Sunday. This meant that the iTunes retail price of the album automatically increased from £4.99 to £7.99.Cynical? No no, says a Sony Insider, talking from Houston's bedroom where they were trying on the dead woman's shoes:
One insider close to the situation said the price hike was not a "cynical" move – but that the wholesale price of Houston's The Ultimate Collection was wrong. The change in wholesale price boosted the album's retail price on iTunes.What a terrible thing; a "mistake" in the price. How fortunate that the "mistake" was "fixed" while the death certificate was being typed up.
Sony didn't comment; apparently they were too busy stripping the lead from the roof of Houston's home, cackling "it's not like she needs it where she's going."