" I don't believe we will ever see a Britney Spears SACD hit the market anytime soon. "
Destiny's Child, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, & Macy Gray is on SACD. Jessica Simpson is on the way. Not as bad as Britney Spears but pretty close.
The problem is that there are not enough players in the market, hardly any other labels have commited to SACD and are producing any titles, and the world is dipping into economic recession - Sony has been facing loses. But they still deserve criticism, regardless of the world economic conditions. They have failed on the marketing side.
It is also unclear whether mass-consumers will even care about high-rez formats(too much data to compete w/ mp3 or computer based formats!). The only hope is whether people will buy into surround music IMO. This may give an advantage to DVD-A, which integrates better w/ exsisting HT. However, high-end and even mass-market companies and consumers have turned their nose up at the insane copyright issues w/ DVD-A. And we all know what happened when surround music was thrown at us the first time - Quad!
Universal Music recently said they are supporting SACD, and haven't decided on DVD-A. They of course own Verve & Impulse. We shall see if other labels get either bandwagon.
It's a long shop for both of these formats to succeed in the mainstream, but I'm going to enjoy them while I can