Jermaine Dupri

Jul
14
Jermaine Dupri Extends DJ Residency at Wynn Las Vegas

Jermaine Dupri

Jermaine Dupri has extended his residency at Wynn Las Vegas through 2015.

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Jul
9
Jermaine Dupri Addresses Mariah Carey’s Album Sales

Mariah Carey’s album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse debuted at No. 3 last month, selling 58,000 copies. While the first-week sales were the lowest of her career (for a non-holiday album), Jermaine Dupri is not sweating it. The So So Def mogul, who manages the pop diva and executive produced Chanteuse, is confident that it will build over time.

“I actually feel like it’s probably one of her best albums she’s ever made,” he told Rap-Up TV at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. “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.”

He compared the situation to Kris Kross and Bow Wow, who both put up low first-week sales, but went on to sell millions. “So it’s like the first-week sales sometimes don’t really matter,” he said. “I think people gotta start understanding. If you have a plan and you can put the plan in play, you just gotta keep livin’ it out.”

Mariah is moving forward with plans to shoot a video for her next single, the J.D.-produced “You Don’t Know What to Do” featuring Wale.

J.D. has also reunited with Jagged Edge and will executive produce the R&B group’s upcoming album J.E. Heartbreak Too. “If you like J.E. Heartbreak, you’re gonna love this new album,” he said. “We don’t really feel like we have no competition in the R&B world. When I say that I’m talking about real ballads, music that people actually have sex to. I just don’t believe that nobody cares about that area no more and we’re getting ready to really, really kill it.”

Jun
28
Rap-Up TV: Bow Wow Explains Shad Moss Name

Starting next week, Bow Wow will officially retire his stage name and go by his birth name, Shad Moss. But the change shouldn’t come as a surprise.

“It’s a name that they heard my whole career,” he told Rap-Up TV at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. “To me, it wasn’t really that big of a deal. I was laughing at the reaction that everybody was making it the biggest news in the world. It was just hilarious ’cause I was like, ‘Shit. I’m just using my normal name.’”

He had been thinking about making the transition for some time now. “I always threw hints about it through my music, but for all my fans that grow with me, they know the name,” he said. “So for them, it’s really not a change.”

It’s just part of his growth as an artist and business man. “I’m embarking on so many different things now, television, clothing, you name it. It’s kinda hard for me to be just Bow Wow. I gotta play both sides of the field.”

Plus, hear him praise his mentor Jermaine Dupri for inspiring his big moves.

Jun
27
Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Honored at ASCAP Awards

Bow Wow, JD, and Usher

The stars came out to salute Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, and Mike WiLL Made-It during the 27th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday night.

Following previous recipients Alicia Keys, Jay Z, and Pharrell, Ne-Yo was honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award. The R&B hitmaker received a star-studded musical tribute from Mario, who performed his Ne-Yo-penned No. 1 single “Let Me Love You,” while Jennifer Hudson serenaded him with “Spotlight” and “Why Is It So Hard.”

“I’m back in the studio,” Ne-Yo told the crowd while accepting the award. “I got some more songs to write, I got some more music to put out there. I’ma make myself worthy of this.”

Mike WiLL Made-It received Songwriter of the Year for his plethora of hits including “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” “Pour It Up,” “Bugatti,” and “Body Party.” Rae Sremmurd, the duo signed to his label Eardrumma, treated the crowd to a performance of their hit “No Flex Zone.”

Jermaine Dupri was honored with the biggest award of the evening, the ASCAP Founders Award. Bow Wow aka Shad Moss kicked off the tribute with a performance of “I Think They Like Me” before Usher took the stage to honor his mentor with “Confessions.”

“Next time they say this award, they gotta say Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, and Jermaine Dupri,” said J.D., who joins a prestigious list of past honorees.

Other big winners included Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I., who received the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song award for “Blurred Lines,” while Jay Z and Justin Timberlake were awarded the Top Rap Song of the Year for “Holy Grail.”

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May
29
New Music: Migos f/ Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, & Jermaine Dupri – ‘New Atlanta’

New Atlanta

Twelve years after Jermaine Dupri’s hit “Welcome to Atlanta,” Migos gives their hometown an updated anthem.

The “Versace” trio grabs fellow ATLiens Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan, and J.D. himself for the Murda-produced “New Atlanta,” which serves as the first single off their album No Label II, due June 3.

Additionally, J.D. will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award at the annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 26 in L.A.

Hear them put it down for the A.

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Jan
16
Bow Wow, Mack Wilds, & Sevyn Streeter Join Ice Cube at ‘Ride Along’ Premiere

Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri

Following the Hollywood premiere, Ice Cube headed east for the New York premiere of Ride Along on Wednesday. The rapper-actor hit the red carpet with his co-stars Kevin Hart and Tika Sumpter. He also rubbed shoulders with Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupri, Mack Wilds, Sevyn Streeter, Estelle, and The Lox’s Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Jadakiss.

Cube plays an undercover cop in the film, which opens Friday. During his appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” he spoke about working with Hart, being a protective dad to his daughter, and getting his name on the Goodyear blimp.

In honor of his classic hit “Today Was a Good Day,” a charity campaign has been launched to get “Ice Cube Is a Pimp” on the Goodyear blimp on January 20. Only half of the $25,000 goal has been reached, but Cube has offered to pony up the rest of the money.

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Oct
7
Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri Announce ‘Merger’

Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri

Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri have a history of hits together, and now the dynamic duo is taking their business relationship to the next level. The So So Def mogul has signed on to become Mariah’s manager.

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