Virgin Signs Mariah

Virgin Music Group Worldwide Signs Mariah Carey to an Unprecedented,

Multi-Album, Multi-Million Dollar International Recording Agreement



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Virgin Music Group Worldwide

    LOS ANGELES, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Music Group Worldwide is proud
 to announce that it has signed international superstar Mariah Carey to an
 unprecedented multi-album, multi-million dollar recording agreement, the
 details of which have not been disclosed.  The announcement was made today in
 Los Angeles by Ken Berry, president and CEO, EMI Recorded Music, and Nancy
 Berry, vice chairman, Virgin Music Group Worldwide.
     Commenting on the new agreement, Mariah Carey said, "I am elated about my
 new partnership with Virgin Records and I look forward to being a part of
 their uniquely creative musical environment.  Hallelujah!!"
     Mariah Carey is a truly versatile, multi-talented superstar whose success
 crosses all fields and genres.  She rose to superstardom on the strength of
 her stunning five-octave voice that swiftly moves from glossy ballads and
 gospel, to dance-pop and hip-hop.  In addition to her vocal talents, Mariah
 co-writes as well as co-produces her songs, including all of her Number One
 hits (with the exception of her cover of "I'll Be There").
     Ken Berry, president and CEO, EMI Recorded Music, comments, "An incredible
 voice and fantastic creativity make Mariah one of the world's most special
 talents in the recording business.  Her signing with Virgin enhances an
 already rich roster of artists, and we are thrilled Mariah has chosen Virgin
 as the place where she will write the next chapters of her career.  The entire
 company is looking forward to working closely with her."
     Adds Nancy Berry, vice chairman, Virgin Music Group Worldwide, "Mariah has
 proven herself to be the type of artist who can master anything she takes on.
 With an unparalleled music career, and now a move into film, it is obvious she
 possesses limitless talent.  Virgin plans to devote its entire global strength
 to propelling Mariah to even greater success."
     The best-selling female performer of all-time, Mariah Carey has sold more
 that 140 million albums and singles worldwide, and has earned an incredible
 84 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications.  Her incredible
 career began with the release of her first album, the self-titled Mariah
 Carey, in 1990, which produced four Number One singles, and she has continued
 to make history with each release.  "Heartbreaker," the first single from her
 last album Rainbow, made music history on September 29, 1999, when it became
 Mariah's 14th Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.  This
 feat is rivaled only by the Beatles (with 20) and Elvis Presley (with 17 or
 18, depending on whether one counts "Don't Be Cruel" b/w "Hound Dog" as one or
 two records).  Her songs have held the Number One position for a record-
 setting 60 weeks, 16 of those with "One Sweet Day," her duet with Boyz II Men,
 another record-setting accomplishment.  She has had a Number One hit with
 every initial single release from each of her albums -- all of which have also
 gone to Number One -- and she has had a Number One single every year for the
 last ten consecutive years.  In total, Carey has had fifteen Number One songs
 to date, more than any other female artist ever.   At the 1999 ceremonies,
 Billboard appropriately named Mariah their "Artist of the Decade."
 
     For more information, contact Yon Elvira of Virgin Records America,
 310-288-2419, for Virgin Music Group; or Cindi Berger of PMK Public Relations,
 212-582-1111, for Mariah Carey.
 
 

SOURCE Virgin Music Group Worldwide
    LOS ANGELES, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Music Group Worldwide is proud
 to announce that it has signed international superstar Mariah Carey to an
 unprecedented multi-album, multi-million dollar recording agreement, the
 details of which have not been disclosed.  The announcement was made today in
 Los Angeles by Ken Berry, president and CEO, EMI Recorded Music, and Nancy
 Berry, vice chairman, Virgin Music Group Worldwide.
     Commenting on the new agreement, Mariah Carey said, "I am elated about my
 new partnership with Virgin Records and I look forward to being a part of
 their uniquely creative musical environment.  Hallelujah!!"
     Mariah Carey is a truly versatile, multi-talented superstar whose success
 crosses all fields and genres.  She rose to superstardom on the strength of
 her stunning five-octave voice that swiftly moves from glossy ballads and
 gospel, to dance-pop and hip-hop.  In addition to her vocal talents, Mariah
 co-writes as well as co-produces her songs, including all of her Number One
 hits (with the exception of her cover of "I'll Be There").
     Ken Berry, president and CEO, EMI Recorded Music, comments, "An incredible
 voice and fantastic creativity make Mariah one of the world's most special
 talents in the recording business.  Her signing with Virgin enhances an
 already rich roster of artists, and we are thrilled Mariah has chosen Virgin
 as the place where she will write the next chapters of her career.  The entire
 company is looking forward to working closely with her."
     Adds Nancy Berry, vice chairman, Virgin Music Group Worldwide, "Mariah has
 proven herself to be the type of artist who can master anything she takes on.
 With an unparalleled music career, and now a move into film, it is obvious she
 possesses limitless talent.  Virgin plans to devote its entire global strength
 to propelling Mariah to even greater success."
     The best-selling female performer of all-time, Mariah Carey has sold more
 that 140 million albums and singles worldwide, and has earned an incredible
 84 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications.  Her incredible
 career began with the release of her first album, the self-titled Mariah
 Carey, in 1990, which produced four Number One singles, and she has continued
 to make history with each release.  "Heartbreaker," the first single from her
 last album Rainbow, made music history on September 29, 1999, when it became
 Mariah's 14th Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.  This
 feat is rivaled only by the Beatles (with 20) and Elvis Presley (with 17 or
 18, depending on whether one counts "Don't Be Cruel" b/w "Hound Dog" as one or
 two records).  Her songs have held the Number One position for a record-
 setting 60 weeks, 16 of those with "One Sweet Day," her duet with Boyz II Men,
 another record-setting accomplishment.  She has had a Number One hit with
 every initial single release from each of her albums -- all of which have also
 gone to Number One -- and she has had a Number One single every year for the
 last ten consecutive years.  In total, Carey has had fifteen Number One songs
 to date, more than any other female artist ever.   At the 1999 ceremonies,
 Billboard appropriately named Mariah their "Artist of the Decade."
 
     For more information, contact Yon Elvira of Virgin Records America,
 310-288-2419, for Virgin Music Group; or Cindi Berger of PMK Public Relations,
 212-582-1111, for Mariah Carey.
 
 SOURCE  Virgin Music Group Worldwide