Itunes Raise Price Of Whitney Houston Album, Furious Fans Protest
Sales of Whitney Houston albums have risen sharply in the US and UK, following her tragic death in Los Angeles on Saturday (February 11, 2012). The singer was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel room, though early reports suggest she did not drown.
As tributes to the late star continued at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, fans on Twitter noticed a sly price-increase on Whitney Houston albums on iTunes. ‘Whitney – The Greatest Hits’ is currently sitting at No. 2 on the iTunes US Chart, while ‘Whitney Houston – The Ultimate Collection’ is No. 2 on the UK iTunes chart. The latter album was initially offered at a price of 4.99, but increased by three-pound to 7.99 once news of her death began circulating. Numerous Twitter users described the price hike has “greedy” and “shameful”, while iTunes and Sony Music (Houston’s record label) declined to comment on the matter. One furious Whitney fan said, “Whitney Houston was killed, she wasn’t making her label enough money so they are going for one last big sale. Look at iTunes price increase”, while another offered, “iTunes increase the price of Whitney Houston albums after her death… I am sure she had a gold tooth, if you want that too Apple?!”. However, another fan defended the opportunistic price increase, saying, “People find it opportunistic that iTunes increase price of Whitney music due to high posthumous demand yet hotels increase prices when busy?”. Following the angry reaction, the price of the album has since reverted back to 4.99.
Houston also has two other albums in the US iTunes Top 20 – her self-titled debut, and the soundtrack to ‘The Bodyguard’.
I attended the Cirque Du Soleil show the last two nights!
Hey, I attended the Cirque Du Soleil show the last two nights! I had so much fun after going the first night that I bought tickets for the second night as soon as I got home! I must admit, however, that the mood was ruined right before the second show, as I found out about Whitney Houston’s death around 15 minutes prior to showtime, so that put a damper on things!
Here is my review of the experience, which I wrote after the first show: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/frp0et
Last night I attended the Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil. I was absolutely blown away, but not just from the spectacular performances from the dancers, but more so by the atmosphere of being around a sellout crowd of over 20,000 Michael Jackson fans! I bought my 2nd row VIP tickets as soon as they went on sale in November 2010 (yes, you read that right! November 2010!).
As I arrived at the Toyota Center and walked among the crowds, I was absolutely amazed at the sheer diversity of the fans that were in attendance. There were LITERALLY fans of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds! Everyone from young children to businessmen wearing three piece designer suits! I was particularly surprised at the number of middle aged fans in their 50’s , 60’s, and even 70’s, as this is the demographic that is usually the most prejudiced against Michael.
The best way to describe the atmosphere is that it was like being in “MJ Heaven”. To be around 20,000 fans, all equally showing their love and admiration for MJ, and not having to worry about hearing any snide jokes, or anyone questioning his innocence against the false allegations, and not having to explain to anyone why you love him so much, it was just such a RELIEF!!! Most MJ fans know that they usually have to be on guard when discussing MJ with complete strangers, as you never know how much their mind may have been poisoned by all of the tabloid garbage that has been written about him. I was on such an emotional high that I watched “This Is It” when I got home, just to continue feeling MJ’s magic!
As one of the co-admins of the Vindicate MJ blog, it was also a relief to just take a break and just enjoy the music and the magic without having to deal with all of the lies that I’ve been refuting day in and day out for the last few years. This show, and the multitude of fans that I had the pleasure of being around, has truly reinforced the need to fight for his legacy and debunk all of the lies. Just the thought that one of those fans could possibly stumble upon the trash of Diane Dimond or Maureen Orth and suddenly lose their love for MJ truly angers me, and so my resolve to continue my vindication work has increased exponentially!
As most of you probably know, I was only a “casual fan” of MJ while he was alive. I loved all of his greatest hits, but didn’t follow his personal life closely, especially when I started college. I was a full time grad student in 2005, and didn’t even know his trial had started until pajama day! So I certainly wasn’t “in love” with him like so many fans are, but tonight I saw the love up close and personal for the first time, and not only did I see it, I FELT IT! I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I did something I swore I wouldn’t do:
I actually CRIED!!!
I wasn’t balling or anything crazy, but my eyes did well up on a few occasions throughout the show, as I reminisced about all of my childhood memories of MJ, and the future memories of him that the entire world was robbed of on June 25th, 2009.
I was very impressed with the show, and it was certainly worth the price of admission! I wish they would have shown more footage of MJ on the big screen, and that the dancers would have performed his iconic dances (such as Beat It), but that’s just nitpicking on my part.
The one thing that most stands out to me is this: after the show ended, as I stood with other fans in an elevator, I overheard a woman in her late 30’s or early 40’s saying that she would have sold a kidney to go to London to see him, as it was on her bucket list to see MJ live in concert. That really put everything into perspective for me, and it personifies the love that so many fans have for MJ.
So with that said, I can’t wait to see what memories I have at the next show, as I bought ANOTHER ticket so that I could soak up the experience of being in “MJ Heaven” again!
How many fans can say that they went to two MJ Cirque Du Soleil shows on two consecutive nights? Not very many! I’m so lucky!
Rest in Peace Whitney Houston! You will be SORELY MISSED!
Here is a tribute to MJ from one of her concerts in 2010:
Here is MSNBC’s breaking news of Whitney’s death! Pay attention and notice how ALL of their footage was of her in court, or with Bobby acting crazy! They didn’t include a SINGLE second of concert footage!
Here is some info for you guys that you may not already know: Whitney Houston wasn’t the first person to sing “The Greatest Love of All”! It was a cover of George Benson’s version! It was originally his song!
Thank goodness she was able to rescue that song from relative obscurity!
Here is a beautiful water fountain tribute from Dubai set to her smash hit “I Will Always Love You”!
Just to show you guys how what great judgement he had when it comes to recognizing talent, here is an interview with Nisha Kataria, who was introduced to MJ and selected by him to go on the “This Is It” tour. She had to first audition for him and prove that she was talented enough to open for him, and guess what song MJ asked her to sing?
Here is a story from February 21st, 1994, where Houston defends MJ against the false allegations, and describes the double standard between the way whites and blacks are treated in the press:
Here is the tabloid article from June 29th, 1993, that Houston referenced in her quote above. They reported that she was addicted to diet pills! The parallels between Houston and MJ are amazing!
This video shows how disgusting and exploitative the music companies can be! Sony and Apple both increased the price of Whitney Houston’s albums within hours of her death!
Here’s another article on the price increase, and the complete sell-out of her albums!
SACRAMENTO, CA – Whitney Houston performed twice at then ARCO Arena in the 1990s and while some fans never got to see her on stage, they’re not missing out on the chance to own Houston’s albums.
“She’s always seemed very grateful for the fans that she has and the fame that she achieved,” said fan Earle Steele, who spent Monday morning looking for Houston albums at The Beat in midtown Sacramento.
“So that I would be sure to have her music and have it for as long as I live. She’s just such a tremendous artist. I’ve heard a lot of artists and she’s just among the greatest, I think,” Steele added.
Throughout the day, customers at The Beat came to look for Houston albums that some now consider collectible.
“It’s pretty common. Michael Jackson was huge,” said Brad Fauble who works at The Beat. “It creates a frenzy: People want to remember somebody. It’s a nice way to say goodbye.”
At the music store, not everyone was purchasing Houston items for their personal collections. One customer, who did not want to be identified, bought two albums on Monday and plans to sell them online.
“Anything rare or unusual for somebody who dies it’s going to go for more money on eBay for a week or two and then it’s going to go back to normal,” said Fauble.
On iTunes, Apple increased its price for Houston’s “Ultimate Collection” from $4.70 to $12.60 about 30 minutes after Houston’s death was reported.
“Obviously capitalistic. Kind of taking advantage of it but that’s kind of business — business is business,” said fan Leslie Keesling.
“It’s really sad. She’s an incredible talent. (She) had a really difficult life,” said fan Dave Malley.
Malley was hoping Houston would make a comeback and release another album, but now he’s just glad to have one in hand: He bought the last vinyl record in stock on Monday at The Beat.
“It will be great,” Malley said.
Whitney has sold more records in the last 3 days than she did throughout all of 2011 and up to the day she died on February 11th, 2012!
Whitney Houston catalog sees huge gains after singer’s death
“I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston’s biggest hit, sold 195,000 downloads in the week ending Sunday, up from 3,000 copies the week before, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Presumably, most were sold after the singer’s death Saturday afternoon, a sales window of one day.
“Always” makes its debut on the digital songs chart at No. 6, according to Billboard, which also notes seven other Houston tunes that landed on the list: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” at No. 25 (74,000), “Greatest Love of All” at No. 32 (60,000), “How Will I Know” at No. 46 (43,000), “I Have Nothing” at No. 53 (38,000), “Saving All My Love for You” at No. 65 (33,000), “One Moment in Time” at No. 74 (30,000) and “The Star Spangled Banner” at No. 75 (29,000).
Postmortem sales of the diva’s other songs and albums also surged. She sold a total of 101,000 albums, up nearly 6,000% from a week earlier. Of those, 91,000 were downloads. The top seller was “Whitney: The Greatest Hits,” an 18-track set released in 2000. It sold 64,000 copies, 107 times the 600 copies sold the week prior, to re-enter Billboard at No. 6.
Fans bought 887,000 digital tracks by Houston, compared to 15,000 the week before.
Consumers scooped up more Houston albums last week than in all the preceding weeks of 2012 and all of 2011 combined,Billboard reports. A higher tally is expected after sales from a full week (ending Feb. 19) are tabulated.
Here is the most amazing cover of “I Will Always Love You” that I’ve ever heard! If you guys can find a better cover, please let me know, although I doubt that will ever happen!
After hearing their amazing voices, I thought to myself “Maybe they have a few Michael Jackson covers in their video playlist?”, and sure enough, they do! Here’s a mash-up of “I’ll Be There” and “Will You Be There” that was posted last year on June 24th, 2011:
And as further proof that Whitney was a true music icon, here is a hateful parody of her most famous song by the hatemongers known as the Westboro Baptist Church!
Here are MJ and Whitney with Nelson Mandela, which is an indication of how iconic both artists were! There aren’t too many musicians that can say they’ve met him!
MJ and Whitney are BOTH Apollo Legends!
Here are some photos of MJ and Whitney in happier times: