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Katherine Jenkins Dumped by Warner Bros. for Diva Behavior

By Logan K. Young l.young@classicalite.com on May 31, 2013 05:30 PM EDT

Both The Telegraph and The Mail are reporting that, after a half-decade together, Katherine Jenkins has been dumped by Warner Music Group for excessive demands regarding the cost of her personal grooming.

Warner Bros. executives are said to have finally lost it after the Welsh singer requested some $2,300 be spent daily on her hair, cosmetics and styling for promotional and live events.

Including the London Marathon?

The decision to drop the 32-year-old mezzo-soprano comes a mere five years after she signed an $8.8 million, three-album deal with Warner Music Group--the biggest classical deal in recording history.

Jenkins left Universal to sign with Warner in a bid to crack the U.S. market. Her album sales, however, have since slumped on both sides of the pond.

Jenkins' last full-length, This Is Christmas, peaked at number 26 on the U.K. charts.

An industry source told The Mail that, "Some estimates say [Jenkins] has lost the record company over $2 million. $2,300-a-day on hair and make up and styling is not an outrageous amount to spend on an artist, but only if they are selling lots of records."

For her part, naturally, Kath Jenkins took to Twitter to get her two cents in.

A spokesman for the singer commented later that, "Katherine is looking at options at the moment, details of which will be announced soon."

All the same, Katherine Jenkins remains one of Britain's most successful female soloists.

Her first album, Premiere, became the fastest-selling classical CD of all time--moving more than 30,000 units in its first week.

Moreover, Jenkins is the only singer to simultaneously hold positions one, two and three on the classical charts, which she did with three records--Premiere, Second Nature and Living A Dream--back in 2005.

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