Sony Apologizes for Whitney Houston Price Hike in U.K.

Hits collections went up by as much as 60 percent on iTunes

February 15, 2012 8:50 AM ET
Whitney Houston performs at the American Music Awards.
Whitney Houston performs at the American Music Awards.
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Sony has apologized for bumping up the price of two Whitney Houston records in the United Kingdom immediately following the singer's death on Saturday. "Whitney Houston product was mistakenly mispriced on the U.K. iTunes store on Sunday," said a statement issued by Sony. "When discovered, the mistake was immediately corrected. We apologize for any offense caused."

Houston's hits compilations, Ultimate Collection and Greatest Hits, both increased dramatically in price, with the former selling for 60 percent above its regular list price and the latter jumping up by 25 percent. The response to the price hike was incredibly negative, with many fans criticizing the label and iTunes for cashing in on the superstar's passing. Regardless of price issues, demand for Houston's music has been high in the wake of her death, with seven of her titles currently sitting in Amazon U.K.'s top 10 albums.

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