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Singer Jenkins moves to new label

Katherine Jenkins
Jenkins will also be performing with tenor Placido Domingo early next year

Classical music star Katherine Jenkins has quit record label Universal to sign a lucrative deal with Warner Music.

The 28-year-old star will also move to Los Angeles for a few months to record a new album.

Jenkins told the BBC: "I'm very sad to be leaving Universal because that's where it all started... but I've been offered an opportunity I can't refuse."

The Welsh mezzo-soprano signed her six-album, 1m recording contract with Universal in 2000.

'Full circle'

Her final album under that deal, called Sacred Arias, was released on Monday.

Jenkins said: "I learned to sing in my local church choir, and I thought it would be nice to go full circle with this being the end of the deal, and make an album of all the things I loved to sing when I was first learning."

Jenkins is one of the most successful UK female soloists in history, with her last album Rejoice selling 500,000 copies.

Her albums feature a mix of arias, pop songs, traditional hymns and classical crossover music.

She added: "My main aim is to try and take classical music to a wider audience."

Warner Music said reports that Jenkins had received $10m (5.8m) for signing the new contract were inaccurate.

Correction 20 October 2008: Earlier versions of this story suggested that Katherine Jenkins had signed a $10m, five-album deal with Warner Music, a figure mentioned during her on-air interview with the BBC. Warner Music has subsequently pointed out that this figure, and the number of albums Ms Jenkins is under contract to produce, have not been confirmed.


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