Bolton talking to *NSync's label

Old-school crooner Michael Bolton is in talks to become a label-mate of new kids Britney Spears and *NSync, according to The New York Post.

The paper said Bolton, who is no longer with longtime label Columbia, is in talks with Jive Records over a proposed three-album deal. The issue, however, is money.

The Post said Bolton, whose biggest days as a hit-maker are apparently behind him, wants a $10-$15 million advance, while Jive is countering with a deal in the $2 million to $5 million range.

Jive fears that Bolton's biggest-selling records from years past will remain with Columbia, while his prospects for equalling his chart-topping days with Jive are limited, The Post said.