Whitney Houston: Music album price hiked by Sony, apology sought later

Wednesday 15, February 2012

In the immediate aftermath of her passing, Sony Music has apologised for wrongly pricing two Whitney Houston albums on UK iTunes.

It has been confirmed by the music company that the increase in cost of Houston's album The Ultimate Collection from £4.99 to £7.99 ($7.85 to $12.50) was its fault, rather than the fault of Apple.

The singer's Greatest Hits album also jumped from £7.99 to £9.99 ($12.50 to $15.67).

In a statement, Sony said: "Whitney Houston product was mistakenly mispriced on the UK iTunes store on Sunday. When discovered, the mistake was immediately corrected. We apologise for any offence caused."

The New York Times report, the error was made by an employee in Britain and no official order was given by the company to up the price.

Houston is on course to dominate the UK and US singles and albums charts this weekend.

Expectedly, at least one album is supposed to feature in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, while 27 of the star's songs are on course to chart in the UK's Top 200 singles list on Sunday.

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