EMI insist they did not pay the star £30 million to end her contract with them...

Mariah Carey‘s parent record company EMI have this afternoon (January 7) moved to quash reports that they paid the failing diva a multi-million pound fee to end her contract with them.

Recent rumours had suggested EMI had agreed to pay as much as £30 million to Mariah Carey after her career went into free-fall following the signing to their Virgin imprint. Only two million copies of ‘Glitter’, her first album for Virgin, have sold worldwide.

“In light of recent press comment that EMI has paid or agreed to pay Mariah Carey a lump sum to release her from her recording contract, EMI wishes to make clear that it has made no such payment or agreement. EMI has no further comment to make,” the company said in a two-line statement.

Mariah Carey, who has sold 120 million albums during her career, signed to Virgin in a four-album deal worth an estimated £57 million last year. The label had hoped she could repeat the winning formula of before. However, the release of ‘Glitter’, which soundtracked the film of the same name also starring Mariah Carey, was delayed last year after she suffered a nervous breakdown. Time taken for recovery also prevented Mariah Carey from promoting the release.

Rumours of her demise were accelerated with the departure of Ken Berry, the executive who signed her to Virgin.

Neither Virgin nor Mariah Carey‘s UK publicity agent had further comment to make. The star’s US publicity agents were not returning calls at time of going to press.