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Sony 'sorry' after album price hike follows Whitney's death

John Frazier in London

Published 16/02/2012 | 05:00

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

Music company Sony has apologised for raising the price of Whitney Houston's albums within hours of the singer's death.

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Two of her 'best-of' collections ended up with a price hike of around €4 for download versions being sold on iTunes store.

Sony said the price rise had been a "mistake".

Fans have been rushing to buy the 48-year-old's material due to the added interest in her music following her death at the weekend.

And with a lack of CDs in stores due to her sudden death, many have had little choice but to buy online.

Five of her songs had made it into the Top 40 in Britain by yesterday, led by 'I Will Always Love You' at No 10.

The Official Charts Company, which compiles Britain's music charts, added that a total of 27 Houston tracks were in the Top 200 as fans snapped up her music after her shock death.

Since midnight on Saturday, 82,000 Houston singles and more than 37,000 albums had been sold in Britain by yesterday afternoon, when the mid-week charts are announced.

Meanwhile, Ms Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown last night said that daughter Bobbi Kristina was doing "much better" after being hospitalised following the death of her mother.

The 18-year-old was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday.

A source close to the family said the teenager was treated for stress and anxiety.

Irish Independent

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