Poll: Virgin Split Was Good Move For Mariah

Mariah Carey's recent split with Virgin Records after just one album was a good move for the artist, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. A total of 60% of 4,099 voters agreed that th

Mariah Carey's recent split with Virgin Records after just one album was a good move for the artist, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. A total of 60% of 4,099 voters agreed that the artist is better off after accepting the label's payout of $28 million (on top of a $21 million advance) to settle her multi-album contract after the disappointing sales of "Glitter," her only Virgin release.

Of that total, 36% believe that Carey can now find a new label willing to help her return to the level of her past multi-platinum releases. Another 24% said the money and newfound freedom to do what she pleases in the future made her the winner in the deal.

On the other hand, 31% said that Carey's star power has waned, and that the split was better for Virgin, which decided to cut its losses in paying out her contract, rather than risk an uncertain future with the artist. Another 9% said that the negative press she received for "Glitter," coupled with last year's emotional and physical breakdown, now makes her an undesirable artist for any label.

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