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Wednesday
Feb292012

Target Stores Pull Whitney Houston Greeting Card

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In light of Whitney Houston's death, a greeting card that poked fun at the late singer is not so funny anymore - at least according to Target. The greeting card, which mocked Houston's tumultuous relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, was recently pulled from Target stores, according to a report by TMZ.

The card reads: "Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston. That's all I'm going to say."

A Target rep told TMZ that the card was available in stores before Houston's Feb. 11 death and has since been pulled from store shelves, according to TMZ.

"As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores," a Target rep told TMZ.

Target did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

The six-time Grammy winner was married to R&B singer Bobby Brown from 1992 to 2006. Many cite their turbulent relationship as a force behind her professional fall from grace and descent into drug addiction. The couple had one daughter together, Bobbi Kristina, born in 1993.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

Whitney Houston's Estate Expected to Get Boost after Death

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Whitney Houston had her fair share of chart-toppers, even posthumously on iTunes and Amazon. Though the superstar's finances took a hit during her personal struggles, the sales of her music after death are expected to improve the condition of her estate.

Michael Jackson sold over eight million albums in the U.S. alone in the six months after his death, and close to 30 million worldwide.

Although details of her estate and will have not been made public, it is believed that her only child, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18, will be the main beneficiary.

Zach Greenburg, a writer for Forbes, said Houston will not match Jackson's postmortem earnings, but if her music sells even half as well as Jackson's did, her artist royalties alone could bring the estate more than $10 million in the coming year.

Houston made millions for her roles in The Bodyguard in 1992 and The Preacher's Wife in 1996, the latter for which she reportedly earned $10 million.  And in 2001, Houston renewed her contact with Arista Records, signing a $100 million deal, one of the biggest recording deals in the history of the music business, Variety reported at the time.  The deal called for at least six albums and two greatest-hits compilations.  Her comeback album, I Look to You, was released in 2009.

Houston is the 20th top-selling artist in the U.S. of all time, selling 55 million records, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.  The single, "I Will Always Love You," from The Bodyguard soundtrack is the longest running number one single from a soundtrack album.

Keith Caulfield, Billboard's associate director of charts, said while Houston's sales will not come close to the financial success of Jackson, who had publishing, songwriting and recording royalties, her greatest hits album will re-enter Billboard's Top 10 chart possibly this week.  Already, 50,000 were sold in the first day or two after her death.

However, Caulfield said it is difficult to estimate how much Houston will receive because her contract structure remains unknown.

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Monday
Feb132012

Whitney Houston’s Death Spurs Skyrocketing Song Sales

Kevin Winter/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Sales of pop icon Whitney Houston’s records have soared since it was announced that the singer was found dead in a bathtub at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Seven of Houston’s records are currently in the top 10 on Amazon.com’s best sellers in music list, and the legendary singer who died at the age of 48 was only edged out of the top spot by singer Adele, who took home six Grammy awards Sunday night. Houston’s compilation Whitney Houston – The Greatest Hits comes in at number two.

Fans instantly drove Houston to number one the iTunes charts as well, with her cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” shooting to the top of the site’s charts and becoming the number one download. Her 1980s classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is also in the top 10, and a number of the singer’s other singles quickly re-entered the iTunes top 100.

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