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Sony raised prices of Witney.s digital music 30min after death

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posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:42 PM
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Sony raised prices of Witney


venturebeat.com

Shameful: Sony raised prices on Whitney Houston’s digital music 30 minutes after her death
February 13, 2012 | Sean Ludwig59 CommentsinShare.

As much criticism as record labels receive for how they treat artists, Sony Music might take the cake. The company pulled the ultimate in shameful activities this weekend by raising the price on Whitney Houston’s Ultimate Collection album on iTunes and Amazon within 30 minutes of her death on Saturday.

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posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:42 PM
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This is the ultimate in greed.So it is all about the money and not the artist. Nice one wonder some artist are broke and tossed aside and the next big thing takes their place.She was bearly cold. That is so cold hearted ...No wonder people download. This is all to capitalize on the flood of people mourning the passing of Witney just like when Michael Jackson died.They were quick to get this rolling and saw a big cash cow.I guess we are fodder for big business to make money. No compassion what so ever and I bet her family wont get a penny of this.

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posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:49 PM
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I'm not sure what you expect from a Major record label. The artists are just a commodity to the majors, when they die their stock goes up.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:52 PM
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Really not sure i understand your hostility.

As the above poster mentioned, the artist is a commodity. The distributer is in business, and have stock holders to answer to. If they believe they can make more money, they will. Besides, if you disagree with it, dont buy it! They wont make any money at all if everyone withholds their purchases, and prices will come down again.

No one is putting a gun to your head to make you buy her albums.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:54 PM
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If it means a few dollars more to her estate to care for what she leaves behind despite the record companies cashing in too, it might not be all bad. Elvis left behind a legally secure trust or whatever it's called for him and his. Let's honour her. She's not even been interred yet or so I thought.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:55 PM
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That's simply bad taste, simply goes to show that even in death people are making money, what they fail to understand is that when your number is up, you take nothing with you, so whats the point of it all, absolutely nothing.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:56 PM
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Nice to see good old capitalism at work.

Good for them. Everyone else is going to try and cash in on her name/fame so what makes them any different.

They anen't putting guns to anyone heads to but the higher priced items.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:56 PM
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Isn't this called supply and demand? Same with oil, gold and diamonds?..

Thanks for any replies.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:57 PM
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She had it all , some of us don't know how lucky we are , not to have all that wealth.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:57 PM
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Sony probably already paid Whitney's agent/producer/alblum/label etc to get the rights to sell the music.

So they can do whatever they want with it, no one is forcing you to buy it!

Why didn't you buy this before she died? Supply and Demand!



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:59 PM
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Most likely this was a pre-arranged part of her contract a LONG time ago. Most artists have something like this in writing well before they die so that the sales can allow their estate to continue to grow to pay off or help with any expenses or debts the artist incurred. In this case, most of the songs she sang were not her own, including her biggest hit I Will Always Love You which Dolly Parton owns the rights to. Houston had debt to her eyeballs though so chances are her estate debt will just be passed along to her family to make good on. Again, this was most likely a pre-constructed contract well before her death...as in YEARS ago.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 12:59 PM
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Originally posted by celticdog


This is the ultimate in greed.So it is all about the money and not the artist. Nice one wonder some artist are broke and tossed aside and the next big thing takes their place.She was bearly cold. That is so cold hearted ...No wonder people download. This is all to capitalize on the flood of people mourning the passing of Witney just like when Michael Jackson died.They were quick to get this rolling and saw a big cash cow.I guess we are fodder for big business to make money. No compassion what so ever and I bet her family wont get a penny of this.

venturebeat.com
(visit the link for the full news article)


Ultimate in greed really? You ever hear of banks, foreclosures, the federal reserve? Whitney was a good singer that spent most of her time on drugs, did you really think she was going to live into her 60's? Music companies are no different from other companies there sole existence is to get your money. Think of it as a baseball card the player dies and his card is suddenly move valuable. A company can only raise it's prices if the sheeple keep buying the product.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 01:01 PM
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I think iTunes did something similar with Michael Jackson.
What did you expect? It's a freaking corporation.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 01:02 PM
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Originally posted by woodwardjnr
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I'm not sure what you expect from a Major record label.


It's not just major labels. I was offered a deal about 10 years ago by a fairly small metal and hardcore label that would have paid less over 3 years than a part time job at McDonalds. Unless you have the money and resources to start your own label or get a REALLY good deal, you're selling all of your material and rights to it for a few cents to the company's dollar.



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 01:05 PM
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Originally posted by Droidinvoid
She had it all , some of us don't know how lucky we are , not to have all that wealth.


That is simply sad, she looks alot like your avatar...





Sheez give ppl several million and they loose sight of reality.
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posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 01:13 PM
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To be fair , I had to search again for that picture of Whitney, I remember on first seeing it some time back ,how sad she looked , Google quite rightly seem to have moved it from there pics , maybe I just never saw it amongst the vibrant good pictures of Whitney , the picture came from a Daily Mail piece way back .
Regarding my avatar , the worse the Queen looks on it , the better , I am no royalist ........never , dig up Oliver Cromwell and put him back in charge



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 01:13 PM
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Originally posted by woodwardjnr
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I'm not sure what you expect from a Major record label. The artists are just a commodity to the majors, when they die their stock goes up.


This is absolutely true. I'm not saying what they did is right or wrong, it's just the way it works. Business ethics continue to fade away as a distant memory.

It's OKAY because it's about making money! We exist and have evolved on this planet for one reason, to pass around paper that we value more than human life. If you question this then you are a socialist and are anti-business.(sarcasm)



posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 01:17 PM
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Clearly they followed the guidelines of the Rahm Emanuel school of marketing.




posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 01:23 PM
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Originally posted by CALGARIAN
Isn't this called supply and demand? Same with oil, gold and diamonds?..

Thanks for any replies.


Except that digital copies never run out of supply.




posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 01:23 PM
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Originally posted by LightSpeedDriver
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If it means a few dollars more to her estate to care for what she leaves behind despite the record companies cashing in too, it might not be all bad. Elvis left behind a legally secure trust or whatever it's called for him and his. Let's honour her. She's not even been interred yet or so I thought.

Considering how big record companies usually work then her family will get nothing from this price increase.
I bet sony will just put those profits into their own pockets.







 
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