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A shopper listens to clips of a music album at the special corner set up for pop queen Whitney Houston, with a message "We will always love you," at a music shop in Tokyo on Tuesday. Houston died Saturday at the age of 48.

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Remembering Business.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Anything to make a dollar/yen

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Interestingly, the Japanese underneath says, " We will always love her songs." Shallow, but possibly closer to the truth for most.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

You can always count on Sony to do the 'right' thing.

Within 30 minutes of her death, they increased the prices of WH albums on Itunes and Amazon by ~30%.

The heart felt grief of this corporation almost brings a tear to my eye.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

I heard that SONY raised prices on all Whitney Music 12 HOURS after her death. Now who are the real pirates?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Death-xploitation at it's finest. Okay I know that isn't a word but it is spreading like wildfire. Yesterday I turned on iTunes to rent a movie. Out of the Blue "The Bodyguard" was right up there with top movies. The price on her music went up as well.

Just a sign of the times I guess.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Within 30 minutes of her death, they increased the prices of WH albums on Itunes and Amazon by ~30%.

Correction, that is supposed to be ~60% not 30.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Pretty sad, ain't it.? Just like MJackson, she'll end up making alot of money after she's dead then when she was alive.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

well, customers are interested in her stuff, why should they not be able to buy it? Should sony give it away for free?

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

well, customers are interested in her stuff, why should they not be able to buy it? Should sony give it away for free?

No one said anything about free

After a major natural disaster, you can select to sell bottled water at its normal price or at 10 times the normal cost. The choice you make says something about what kind of person you are or what kind company you are running.

In the case of W Houston albums, is of course in no way as serious. But it still tells us something about Sony, that I and many others already knew anyway.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

as deplorable as i find this, it's just the way the world turns . i am hopeful though that some of the sales profits would go to her estate, & in turn to her daughter . if more people found these acts sad as well, they'd refrain from buying. but that's never gonna happen :-(

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Universal Music Group... owned by Vivendi, a French company, did the same when Amy Winehouse died. Unfortunately its just business.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Unfortunately its just business.

I know, it is just not the kind of business I want to support.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad we will always FLEECE aYOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Vulture culture.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Unbelievable! They STILL make CDs?

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Why are you guys worried about the price? It's all free nowadays if you know where to look...

1 ( +5 / -4 )

thumbsup +1

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I don't know, really - the amount of money she made from recording contracts when she was young/hot/talented, which she didn't really fulfil when she chose to throw everything away. In way way (although I don't condone it), the industry is probably trying to claw back some of the revenue they could have made had Houston continued to use her talent and please audiences by recording more music. Let's face it - she could have done a lot more.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Within 30 minutes of her death, they increased the prices of WH albums on Itunes and Amazon by ~30%.

Meh, genuine fans would already own all of her albums and whatever collectors memorabilia bundled together. For me corporate antics such as this is of little surprise compared to realising that, there actually is a market for people who would take interest in an artist's music as soon as they learn of his/her death.

Imagine how these casual 40 somethings and "What's Love Got To Do With It" is just about the only WH song they know from the radio. All of a sudden they want to know more about her music after she is dead and willing to pay for it. Really what is wrong with them?

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Very sad, not that just people are buying CDs but that if they do buy them, that some of the profits do not go to her daughter. RIP Whitney Houston

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Yes indeed, large struggling companies realising there is a lot of dough to be made through the untimely deaths of 80's pop icons. I wonder if Prince and Madonna aren't starting to feel a bit nervous.......

3 ( +3 / -0 )

"What's Love Got To Do With It" is just about the only WH song they know from the radio.

Wasn't that Tina Turner, Jamal?

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Wasn't that Tina Turner, Jamal?

Yes! (hee hee!)

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

I am disappointed. This person should be listening to Japanese pops.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

RIP Whitney, I liked this song of hers 'Saving All my Love' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewxmv2tyeRs&ob=av2n

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Yeah, as the original song-writer for the song "I Will Always Love You," Dolly Parton would be the one who gets paid every time that song is played.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I think Dolly did the better version(musical afterall): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_utP1mGoutQ

RIP Withney

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Wasn't that Tina Turner, Jamal?

Yes.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I agree that the price increases are exploitation. I also heard that she had spent most of her fortune, so it's a crumb of comfort (just a crumb, mind you) that this will increase royalties to her estate and benefit her daughter. But yeah, it's in pretty bad taste, isn't it?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

SquidBertFEB. 15, 2012 - 09:32AM JST No one said anything about free After a major natural disaster, you can select to sell bottled water at its normal price or at 10 times the normal cost. The choice you make says something about what kind of person you are or what kind company you are running.

Well said man! It definitely shows the true character of a person or company. Shame on Sony Music and all other music labels for such regrettable & deplorable practices. Exploiting the death of their artists by way of increasing prices to make more profit. I guess profit matters more than human decency to some and that's a damn shame!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

She had some good tunes now get on with life. People dye everyday and no one gives a squat.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Folks dont fret over WH's daughter $$-wise she wont have a worry, hope she overcomes the loss on mom tho!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The price increases will only benefit Sony and the middle man, ie the seller. Her contract would most likely have been in units not price of each unit.

Sony is now saying thst price increases were in error, lying scum.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

http://danieldiaztecles.blogspot.com/ The poster says the truth will always be in our memories the albums: "The Preacher's Wife" or "Just Whitney". His last work was a failure: "I Look to You" Rest in peace.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Houston...we have lift off. (Of Sony profits that is...)

I still remember having to sing "The Greatest Love of All" in a choir as a primary schoolkid in my Catholic school. Still remember all the words which is kinda amazing...

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I am disappointed. This person should be listening to Japanese pops.

You're kidding, right...?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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