Monday, February 13, 2012

Sony Music: Shaking the corpse for coins

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."


green world said...

Good godd, that is truly disgusting! The whole thing is a tragedy and now they are trying to capitalize it by raising prices on her album. Surprised they didn't take the jewelry off her body (or maybe they already have...)

H. said...

You know, I was working in the Jazz department of a (now sadly-gone) major record shop when Frank Sinatra died. Within three hours of his death being announced, something like ten thousand units of Sinatra catalog turned up in Receiving unannounced. The distributors has stockpiled it in the event of the old man dying.

Thing is, though, we sold every last unit...

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