Yesterday, Sony Records apologized for a gaffe that’s had music fans worldwide – as well as people with actual souls in general – seething with unmitigated anger: the label’s price hike on Whitney Houston’s music on iTunes in the UK just hours after news broke of the embattled singer sudden and tragic death . Citing an e-error involving wholesale vs. retail price listings, Sony has since corrected the charges for Houston’s Greatest Hits and Ultimate Collection albums, and attempted some PR damage control. But the public outcry continues to swell. Here at ego trip, however, we know a record company would never do anything as unconscionable and heinous as what Sony’s been accused of doing without a really, really, really good reason. In fact, we can probably think of 10 of perfectly reasonable explanations for what happened…
PEEP 10 PERFECTLY REASONABLE EXPLANATIONS SONY RAISED PRICES OF WHITNEY HOUSTON’S MUSIC IMMEDIATELY AFTER HER DEATH… AFTER THE JUMP…
1. Ruthless price gouging far more labor intensive a process than anyone actually realizes.
2. Incensed at Time Warner Cable – MSG stalemate. Took it out on the wrong people. Sorry.
3. Floyd Mayweather said it would be okay. When is that guy ever wrong?!?
4. Market testing newest game product, the Sony Pay Station.
5. Still disoriented by Nicki Minaj Grammys performance.
6. Dutifully wanted to restore world’s confidence that corporate conglomerates are still evil sacks of shit. ( Nailed it! )
7. Testing out new slogan. Was: “make.believe.” Now: “make.believe.we.not.trying.to.rip.off.public.and.cash.in.on.death”
8. Because nothing says emotional devastation like, “That will be an additional $4.70, please.”
9. “Special Place in Hell” just not special enough. Wanted to assure “Extra Special Place in Hell with Velvet Rope.”
10. Saving all their greed for you.