The 31-year-old singer says "Hallelujah" without warbling once...

VIRGIN bosses in the US have confirmed that MARIAH CAREY has signed a “multi-million dollar, multi-album” deal.

As reported earlier (to read previous story click here), rumours had been circulating that she was poised to sign up for anywhere up to #60 million, roughly #20 million per album.

The label has not revealed financial details of the deal, but the 31-year-old singer declared: “Hallelujah!” in a statement released today (April 3).

She added: “I am elated about my new partnership with Virgin, and I look forward to being a part of their uniquely creative musical environment.”

Carey is the biggest-selling female artist in the world, having sold 140 million albums and topped the US Billboard singles chart 14 times.

Her new label’s worldwide group boss, Nancy Berry, commented that “Virgin plans to devote its entire global strength to propelling her to even greater success.”