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Mariah Carey Flies Over To Virgin

Superstar R&B chanteuse Mariah Carey has signed on at Virgin Records, leaving her longtime home of Columbia Records.

Carey is slated to release her first record on the EMI imprint

the soundtrack for “All that Glitters,” her upcoming 20th Century Fox film

in late summer.

Columbia Records confirmed Monday that the multiplatinum-selling artist, who has been with Columbia for more than a decade, had left the flagship imprint of Sony Music.

Carey has recorded six full-length records, plus an EP and a Christmas album, for Columbia. Her eponymous debut LP yielded four No. 1 singles, including “Someday” and “Vision of Love,” and earned a best new artist Grammy.

The singer went on to release more than a dozen No. 1 singles

more than any other solo female artist in rock

and to sell a total of 140 million albums and singles worldwide. Carey’s top-selling LP, 1993’s “Music Box,” has moved more than 24 million copies to date.

Virgin will now be home to two fo the world’s biggest-sellilng female singers

Carey and Janet Jackson, who signed one of the richest deals in recording history when she bolted A&M for the EMI-owned imprint.

Jackson’s next album, “All for You,” is projected to be one of the year’s blockbusters upon its release April 24.

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