Katherine Jenkins Denies Being Dropped by Record Label

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 05:43 PM

Welsh crossover singer Katherine Jenkins, who in 2008 signed what is believed to be the biggest classical recording deal in history, has parted ways with her label, Warner Brothers.

In a message to her fans on Twitter, the 32-year-old mezzo-soprano wrote, "I have reached the end of my three-album deal with Warners. I’m super excited about where I’m going next but am currently sworn to secrecy.”

Jenkins denied reports that she been dropped by Warner because of expensive "diva demands" and falling sales. “This is a happy time for me personally and as an artist so do not be concerned by nonsense reports in the press.”

A report in the Daily Mail suggested that the singer demanded more than $2,000 a day in personal styling, makeup and hair care during her promotional events and concerts. An industry source told the tabloid she had lost Warner more than $3 million.

Though never achieving a major breakthrough in the US, Jenkins is widely believed to be Britain's all-time best-selling classical artist, bolstered by a stream of TV appearances since 2006 on shows like “The Apprentice” and “Popstar to Operastar.” She competed in the 2012 US edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” finishing in second place, as part of a plan to break America.

Jenkins signed to Warner in 2008 in a three-album deal reported to be worth around $8.8 million. Her first two albums released under Warner - "Believe" and "Daydream" - both reached number six on the UK album chart. But her last recording, “This is Christmas,” released in December, peaked only at number 26.

Critics have argued that Jenkins’s success is more the result of physical beauty than vocal talent, pointing to her reliance on microphones and scant experience on the opera stage. Yet her fans believe that she brings operatic-style singing to a wider audience.

Writing from Japan on Thursday, Jenkins offered a parting shot to the tabloid press.

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Comments [6]

Harold Braun

An opera singer performs operas,which last usually several hours,on stage.Together with other singers,mostly with chorus and orchestra.Singing and acting.Mrs.Jenkins doesn't.So it's simply wrong to call her an "opera singer".Period.

Jun. 02 2013 10:52 AM
Suzanne from New York

Thank you, WQXR, for stepping in about the comment.

Jun. 01 2013 12:15 PM
Bernie from UWS

She hot. More please.

May. 31 2013 07:50 PM
WQXR

We've removed the offensive comment. Just a reminder to readers of our comments policy below. Thank you.

May. 31 2013 05:08 PM

I sure hope there's a moderator on this website. I don't think the contribution of "**&^ from NJ" should be left here.

Thank you. Other than that, I have no opinion about Ms. Jenkins. I don't believe she is an opera singer but she's hardly the first performer to capitalize on what gifts she has. And she is a pretty woman.

May. 31 2013 03:54 PM
Mrs. Newman

Anybody remember Charlotte Church? Anybody know where she is now?

May. 31 2013 01:50 PM

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