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Classical Singer Jenkins Signs $10m Deal

LOS ANGELES (VIP-NEWS) — Classical music star Katherine Jenkins has signed the biggest classical recording deal in history.

The 28-year-old Welsh singer has put her name to a $10m, five-album deal with Warner Music in a bid to crack the US.

She will move to Los Angeles for a few months to record a new album.

Jenkins told the BBC: "I'm very sad to be leaving Universal because that's where it all started… but I've been offered an opportunity I can't refuse."

The mezzo-soprano signed her first recording contract, a six-album deal with Universal worth £1m, in 2000.

Her final album under that deal, called Sacred Arias, is due to be released on Monday.

Jenkins said: "I learned to sing in my local church choir, and I thought it would be nice to go full circle with this being the end of the deal, and make an album of all the things I loved to sing when I was first learning."

Jenkins is one of the most successful UK female soloists in history, with her last album Rejoice selling 500,000 copies.

Her albums feature a mix of arias, pop songs, traditional hymns and classical crossover music.

She added: "My main aim is to try and take classical music to a wider audience."

According to BBC