Pop music has replaced hymns at two-thirds of British funerals, a survey from Co-operative Funeralcare has found. Pop was the number one request at more than 30,000 funerals over the past 12 months, and only 4% of mourners requested classical music.
My Way by Frank Sinatra remained the favourite for a record seventh year running, requested at 15% of funerals. It was last usurped in 2002, by Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings.
Adele entered the funeral music charts at number 22 with Someone Like You.
In 2005, hymns accounted for 41% of funeral music requests, but in the past 12 months the figure has fallen to 30%.
Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, announced Wednesday that The Associated Press will be the only video camera allowed inside at Saturday’s funeral in Newark. The AP will stream the service on http://livestream.com/aplive.
Millions of television and Web viewers spent time Saturday afternoon watching the funeral service for Whitney Houston, the pop music icon who died a week earlier.