Mariah Carey had exited Columbia Records and signed with Virgin Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. The pop superstar and Columbia issued a joint statement yesterday (April 2) confirming Carey has le

Mariah Carey had exited Columbia Records and signed with Virgin Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. The pop superstar and Columbia issued a joint statement yesterday (April 2) confirming Carey has left the label where she produced nine multi-platinum albums. Virgin Records VP of promotion Michael Plen confirmed that Carey's first Virgin single will be from her upcoming movie, "All That Glitters," due in theaters in late August.

Carey was one of Columbia's best-selling artists, with 15 No. 1 hits including ''Fantasy,'' ''One Sweet Day'' and ''Honey.'' According to the label, she has sold more than 140 million albums and singles worldwide.

''Mariah Carey is one of the most talented artists in the world. We have shared many commercial and creative successes, and we wish her only the best as her career continues to grow and evolve,'' Sony Music, Columbia's parent company, said in a statement.

Carey, who was signed to the label by Sony Music Chairman Tommy Mottola, released her self-titled, multiplatinum debut album in 1990. Mottola and Carey later wed, then divorced. In the last year, Carey expressed dissatisfaction with the promotion of her music at the label..

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