Mariah Carey Splits with Manager Jermaine Dupri

Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri

Mariah Carey is on to the next one. The “elusive chanteuse” has parted ways with her manager Jermaine Dupri.

The So So Def mogul confirmed the split in a statement to Billboard.

“I’m a very hands-on person when it comes to my work,” said J.D. “I put my all into every project. But when I’m not allowed to do what I do, then I know it’s time for me to move on. Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future.”

Dupri has produced some of Carey’s biggest hits including “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby,” and served as the executive producer of her latest album, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.

The announcement comes in the wake of the disappointing sales of Chanteuse. Despite its critical acclaim, the album has sold only 103,000 copies since its May 27 release, and has fallen off the Billboard 200 after just eight weeks.

In an interview with Rap-Up, J.D. defended the sales. “I actually feel like it’s probably one of her best albums she’s ever made,” he said. “I’m excited to see where the album ends up. I tell a lot of people, this era of music and this genre, they don’t understand records that come out small and sell a lot of records.”

According to Billboard, Carey has been working closely with Kevin Liles, who manages Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign. While nothing official has been inked, the two recently collaborated on the launch of Go N’Syde’s Carey-branded Butterfly beverage.

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  1. Malika

    Such an amazing album. It’s such a shame with its lack of promo.

    You’re Mine (Eternal) is a great song but should have never been a single. They should have released YDKWTD as the lead single, that would have torn up the radio.

    She also needs to re-learn how to walk & not need assistance in moving when performing on stage.


  2. DRB

    JD probably shouldn’t have been brought on to begin with- or any friend for that matter, but Mariah does a great job of making a mess and sabotaging herself.

    Great album. Fantastic album. Beyond that, everything on her end has been a mess and you can’t even call this an era. She needs to get it together, whatever that entails. Whatever is going on with her and Def Jam plus everything I previously mentioned should’ve been ironed out before this release.


  3. Gyary

    The album was a beautiful body of work.

    I feel that Mariah hasn’t been picking the right singles since E=MC2… I’m serious.


  4. Major Sushi


    That must’ve been painful to do, because all my life I’ve always known Jermaine Dupri & Mariah Carey as a thing.. Now I’m like, “What, now?”


  5. Stefan

    Why blame him people, she is a flop now it’s her own fault not his! She was good back in the day now she just lost her flow! Truth hurts this girl would be lucky to realese one more album until she realises it won’t do good and give up :)


  6. Kyle

    That didn’t take long! I honestly don’t believe it was Jermaine’s fault. I think the general public is just losing interest in Mariah Carey.


  7. DRB

    She’s been doing this for 24 years. She isn’t just some new girl who fell off.



    Girl its about time, cuz that last album was amazing, but no one knew.


  9. King Fierce

    Trust me JD had nothing to do with the poor album sales. It was a sinking ship to begin with.


  10. meme

    when will these washed artist realize that changing labels and all this splitting with management isnt going to help anything. I have never ever seen an artist make these changes and it actually help their performance or sales.


    King Fierce Reply:

    @meme, agreed.


  11. tmaiteem

    actually it does matter, I wish that Mariah never gave up on Benny Medina, he was the one responsible for the Emancipation of Mimi Era, and he did a great job!

    the album is good, it has unbelievable breathtaking adlibs and runs with explosive emotion, but it’s all about choosing the right first single!

    she needs to stop thinking of her image and music of the 1990s + her lambs too, they need to get over it because it ain’t gon work! the music industry changes on a yearly basis, she has to keep up.


  12. Toby

    It wasn’t even JD’s fault. He even said Mariah didn’t want to promote the album.


  13. Jebs

    dont worry christmas is coming soon lmao


    DRB Reply:

    @Jebs, the royalties that keep on giving!


  14. Monkey Man

    The Sad thing is that JD made the album HOT. He works well with Mariah but they picked the WRONG singles and Mariah’s image is getting TIRED.

    This failure has nothing to do with Jermaine Dupri.


  15. TRP

    JD is not relevant to the times. Although he will always be an amazing producer for R&B music, he still operates as if this is the 90′s. This is why So So Def has not been able to hold up with the industry today, the last artists he tried to break in didnt go anywhere. He is not someone who should be managing anyone’s career in the music industry today. He basically is someone I personally would only reach out for to produce album fillers, or get good R&B records (not singles). Although I’m sure he had her best interest at heart as her friend, at tis day and age…he’s not innovative enough to keep up. MC needs her judge spot back on Idol, because I don’t ever see her making a real staple comeback project.


  16. Ugly123

    Mariah does good music that’s a given but her fans have moved on. I don’t think she does herself any favours when she calls her albums stupid names, flaunts herself likes she’s 16 years old and calling people darling.. Come on MC grow up your audience has. Best thing to do now is write for other artist and take up a residency in Vagas.


    Steezy Reply:

    THIS. All of THIS. That corny, overplayed diva “dahling” image is tired. Wishing her the best always but grow the hell up. And let’s stay away from the Bieber duets, K? That was just embarrassing.


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