Jermaine Dupri

Leah LaBelle Shoots ‘Sexify’ Video with Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri

Leah LaBelle

Leah LaBelle partied all night long while shooting the video for her debut single “Sexify” over the weekend. The former “American Idol” contestant, who is now signed to a joint deal with Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri, was joined by a few famous friends on set, including her mentors. Pharrell played a pizza delivery boy, while J.D. took on the role of her angry landlord.

In an episode of “Living the Life,” the So So Def mogul takes us behind the scenes at the Los Angeles shoot, with appearances from Leah’s mother, JoJo, and choreographer Fatima Robinson. Leah will release her debut album on I Am Other/So So Def/Epic Records.

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New Music: Brandon Hines f/ Jermaine Dupri – ‘Yes You Are’

Brandon Hines

Jermaine Dupri introduces his newest artist Brandon Hines. The R&B singer, who is signed to So So Def/Revel/Epic, pens a love letter to his girl on his tender single “Yes You Are.” “Girlfriend, wifey, my boo, you are everything,” he sings on the ’90s-reminiscent R&B jam, which was written and produced by J.D. and Bryan-Michael Cox. If you like what you hear, the song will be available on iTunes this Valentine’s Day.

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Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri Rekindle Their Magic in the Studio

Jermaine Dupri and Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri burned the midnight oil while recording for the pop diva’s upcoming album. The insomniacs checked in with their fans at 7 a.m. in a new episode of J.D.’s “Living the Life,” revealing that they have done about five songs for the follow-up to 2009’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.

“The first night we did about three sketches for songs,” said Mariah, who is set to debut new material at the Mawazine festival in Morocco in May.

Mariah also teased J.D. for spending too much time online and the dangers of technology in the studio. Listen up, Lambs.

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Mariah Carey Back in the Studio with Jermaine Dupri

Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri

After nursing her husband Nick Cannon back to health, Mariah Carey returned to work. The pop diva hit the studio with longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri last night at Southside Studios in Atlanta. She showed off her curvaceous figure (thanks to Jenny and Dem Babies) while posing in front of the console.

“I said MC they don’t expect you to be camera ready,she said Yes they do LOL!!” tweeted J.D., who shared a couple photos from their session.

The dynamic duo is cooking up new music for Mariah’s upcoming fourteenth album. We hope to hear more classics like “Always Be My Baby” and “We Belong Together.”

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Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, & Jermaine Dupri Salute Bow Wow on ’106 & Park’

Bow Wow

“106 & Park” dedicated Monday’s show to Mr. “106 & Park” himself, Bow Wow. Some of his peers and friends in the industry including Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, and Jermaine Dupri took a trip down memory lane with the Cash Money rapper during the episode.

His mentor J.D., who made on on-air appearance, recounted the first time he saw Bow rapping on stage when he was known as Lil Gangsta, and Snoop shared why he gave him his name. “He was named Lil Bow Wow because his spirit was just like mine,” explained Snoop in a videotaped message. “He was like the equivalent of me. I didn’t have no kids at the time, so to me, he embellished everything that I imagined my son would be.”

Chris Brown recalled meeting his BFF on the “Scream” tour six years ago. “[He's] one of the only people I can consider my friend in the industry… He’s a real person,” said Chris. “He deals with day-to-day problems just like me. Me and him have more of an understanding of life from being normal and in the spotlight. We can indentify with having to deal with those types of pressures. I think we gon’ be boys for a long time.”

The man of the hour got plenty of camera time and spoke about his upcoming album Underrated, which features Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Jadakiss, Musiq Soulchild, and Boyz II Men. “I just feel like I’ve accomplished a lot in my career, but still people might overlook it or if they forgot, then I think it’s time for me to remind them of who really was the first person since Kriss Kross to rejuvenize this whole thing.”

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Mariah Carey Returns to the Studio with Jermaine Dupri

Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri

Mariah Carey is back to work. Less than six months after giving birth to her twins, the new mom returned to the studio to begin her next album. She and longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri posted photos of themselves in the lab.

“So happy to be back in the studio with the one & only @Mr_Dupri aka Jermash!” wrote MC, while JD added, “We are back together.”

The dynamic duo last collaborated on “Oh Santa” off last year’s holiday album Merry Christmas II You. Mariah will also make an appearance on the U.S. edition of “The X Factor” as Simon Cowell’s guest.

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New Music: Miguel f/ Jermaine Dupri & Da Brat – ‘Sure Thing (So So Def Remix)’

Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat

It’s beginning to feel like 1999 again. Jermaine Dupri serves up another So So Def remix, this time to Miguel’s R&B burner “Sure Thing.” The music mogul switches up the beat, dropping his own verse and ad-libs, while Da Brat celebrates their everlasting bond, rapping, “Brat and Jermaine remain an unstoppable team, that shit ain’t changin’.” Now that’s a sure thing, indeed.

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