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Jermaine Dupri: Sometimes Mariah Doesn’t Take Her Career Seriously

June 2nd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Apparently, Jermaine Dupri still hasn’t learned that if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say anything at all.

In a recent interview with Hip Hollywood, Dupri discussed the boatload of negative press that his former associate Mariah Carey has been receiving following a string of lackluster performances and low album sales. While the 42-year-old, who has worked extensively with the singer in the past, admits that the media is known for nitpicking, he also credited Carey’s inconsistency for the public’s negative perception of her.

“From both sides I think it’s like you in the business you have to pay attention to everything,” JD explained. “There’s some artists out there that aren’t as serious as they are supposed to be and I think sometimes Mariah doesn’t take it as seriously as she should and that’s where the criticism comes from.”

According to the producer, artists who have been in the business for a long time sometimes feel like they don’t have to always bring their “A” game because of all of their past success.

“People expect you to put it at a level that they’re not even supposed to be able to touch and sometimes when you don’t do it, that’s where the criticism comes from,” he shared. “Sometimes I think the media is a little too hard on Mariah, but at the same time I think sometimes she has to pay attention to that and say ‘I’m going to be one hundred times more serious than I feel like being right now.’”

He adds:

“When you been in it [the music industry] this long, yeah, you wake up some mornings you don’t feel like putting your all into something and you feel like just because you got a name people are going to go with the flow. But the way the world is now, people got something to say about everything. You just have to be on your p’s and q’s at all times.”

As an example, he used Jay Z who flawlessly performed song off of old albums during his recent Tidal concert. According to Dupri, Jay performed all of his songs live without the help of a track.

In 2014, Carey dropped Dupri as her manager less than a year after hiring him.

What are your thoughts on his comments?

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Some Blurred Bull? Jermaine Dupri Thinks Ciara’s “I Bet” Was Copied From Usher’s “U Got It Bad”

March 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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When the courts ruled in favor of Marvin Gaye’s family in the infamous “Blurred Lines” lawsuit, we knew that it would only be a matter of time before an outpouring of artists and producers alike came forward with similar claims. Our predictions were correct.

Popular 90s and early 2000s producer Jermaine Dupri recently spoke to the Associated Press about the $7.4 million payout and expressed that he understands both sides of the case.

“My first time hearing it [‘Blurred Lines’], I was like, ‘This might be a problem.’ I kind of felt like that,” the 42-year-old said. “Them going to court was really more shocking than anything.”

He went on to claim that he believes some of his own work has been ripped off. An example of this is Ciara’s new breakup track, “I Bet.”

“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad.’ I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things,” he said.

According to JD, the similarities may not be as obvious as those in “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up,” but he still believes his work was stolen.

“It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”

Apparently, songwriter and producer Bryan-Michael Cox, who worked with Dupri on the 2001 smash hit, believes there are obvious similarities as well. At least according to JD he does. Oh yeah, and while we’re discussing track-jacking, the SoSo Def founder also thinks “I Bet” sounds similar to Tamia’s “Still,” which he also worked on. JD, however, says that CiCi doesn’t have to worry about a million dollar lawsuit; he and Cox simply want credit. They have plans to contact the song’s producers.

Personally, I think he’s reaching, but I guess the melodies are slightly similar. Check the tracks below and let us know what you think.

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So So Broke: Jermaine Dupri Loses Mansion In Foreclosure

December 10th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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For a few years now rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri has been trying to hang on to to his Atlanta mansion. The worst has finally happened: he has lost the battle to keep his home from foreclosure,

“A notice of sale for Jermaine Dupri’s home was filed by the new owner of the deed and stated, ‘The debt secured by said Deed to Secure Debt has been and is hereby declared due because of, among other possible events of default, non-payment of the monthly installments on said loan. The debt remaining in default, this sale will be made for the purpose of paying the same and all expenses of this sale’,” reports All Hip Hop.

Dupri lived at that residence for more than 10 years but his financial woes have plagued him. Once on top with his So So Def with such hit artists as ’90s hip-hop duo Kriss Kross, Jagged Edge, Da Brat and Bow Wow. “At his peak, JD earned more than $10 million per year and had a personal net worth of $60 million,” reports Celebrity Net Worth.

But by May 2011, Dupri was reportedly almost bankrupt and on the verge of losing his home and master recordings. He owed a whopping $500,000 in back taxes to the state of Georgia and $3 million to the IRS. In 2013, Dupri got a $5 million loan from Sun Trust bank, which it seems he has failed to keep paying.

Now Dupri’s net worth is reportedly just about $2 million.

With so many financial issues, it might actually be a good thing to downsize his lifestyle.

via The Jasmine Brand

We DON’T Belong Together: Mariah Carey Dismisses Jermaine Dupri As Her Manager After Poor Album Sales

August 6th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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After years of making big hits together, Mariah Carey thought there would be no one better to be her manager than her good friend and collaborator, producer Jermaine Dupri. But after the disappointing sales of her latest album, Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse, and complaints from fans (aka, Lambs) that Dupri wasn’t managing her well after her album was delayed over and over again (it was originally supposed to come out last summer, not this May), it looks like Carey was all wrong. After a bumpier road than expected, the two have decided to call it quits on the managerial front. In a statement to Billboard, Dupri said that he hopes to continue to make music with Carey in the near future, but he does seem to blame their split on her failure to let him do his thing:

“I’m a very hands-on person when it comes to my work. 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.”

Carey declined comment, but according to Billboard, she has already moved on in her search for new management, and is interested in Kevin Liles. He is the former president of Def Jam, and according to reports, the two have been working together since June on Carey’s new beverage line (Go N’Syde’s “Butterfly” drink). But the dismissal of Dupri seemed inevitable after the poor sales of the aforementioned album, which according to Billboard, has only sold 103,000 copies since it was released at the end of May.

The 44-year-old singer has gone through quite a few managers over the years (six before Dupri), so either folks just don’t have what it takes to keep Carey on top and are sleeping on the job, or she just might be that hard to work with. Hey, I’m just saying…

Celebs Who Put Their Lovers In Their Music Videos (Sometimes More Than Once)

January 21st, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Being in love is always a great feeling and it’s even greater to share it with the world, like these artists who weren’t shy about having their boos star in a music video with them for all to see.

Celebs Who Put Their Lovers In Their Music Videos

Usher and Chilli

In 2001, Chilli made a lot of women jealous after she started dating Usher. Although their relationship only lasted for two years, that was enough time for Chilli to appear in two of Usher’s videos: “U Got It Bad” and “U Don’t Have To Call.” After their relationship came to an end, many speculated the songs off of Usher’s Confessions album (which hinted of an affair and a love child) were about their relationship, but the TLC member revealed that Jermaine Dupri’s love life was really the inspiration behind it all.

Monica Shares Why She Won’t Fight For Child Support

December 23rd, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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Monica has logged a ton of miles on her journey to becoming one of R&B’s elite solo acts.

The veteran songtress has also gained plenty of wisdom along the way, which she uses to keep peace in her personal life.

Strength, courage, and wisdom make up the formula to Monica’s success and longevity in the business. These qualities also provide solace to the Grammy award winner, despite her ex-fiancé’s refusal to pay child support for his two young boys. Unlike many single moms, Monica has the means to give her children the world, and then some. But that doesn’t excuse the father of her children, Rocko, from not stepping up to plate, she says.

Nevertheless, the Atlanta native has managed to blend the family she started in her previous relationship, with her new husband, NBA veteran Shannon Brown. And news recently broke that the happy couple is expecting their first child this fall.

“People always ask me, ‘How do you make a blended family work?’ It is what you make it. The first order of business as parents is we gotta respect one another,” Monica told Jermaine Dupri on the latest episode of his reality webseries. “I don’t believe in the court system. I’m not steppin’ in no court house, I’m not callin’ them people.”

She continued, “Let me explain. This is my thing. I’m sure every situation may require something different, but for me, I feel like a real man will be man enough to assess the needs of his child, and make sure that it happens. I don’t need to call you and I don’t need to call them people for you,” Monica reasoned.

For more insight on Monica’s blended family, read on at EurWeb.com

 

What Was That About? Celebrities Who Went Through Weird Phases

November 7th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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We all have a stretch of time in our past where we were on some other stuff or trying to find ourselves. We talked different, dressed odd, and everyone told us it was just a phase, and thankfully they were right. The same can be said of these celebs. While individuality and creativity should be applauded, many people were scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows when these stars went through their weird phases.

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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera always knew she would be a star. Getting her start early on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” Aguilera’s career began along the same time as fellow pop diva Britney Spears. Trying to differentiate herself from her rival, Aguilera decided to be edgy and played up her sexuality and bad girl image to help sell records. Catching a lot of negative criticism for her overly sexual image, Aguilera eventually toned things down after a brief hiatus to start a family and retool her image. Most recently, Aguilera has rejoined her red seat on NBC’s hit singing reality competition show “The Voice.”

Crystal Jones Says TLC Biopic Is Inaccurate; Explains Why She Was Kicked Out Of Group And Says She CAN Sing

October 22nd, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Now you know at least a handful of people were going to come out of the darkness after CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story aired last night and say they didn’t appreciate their portrayal in the biopic. At this point, T Boz and Chilli should expect to be served with papers very soon from Pebbles. But another person who wasn’t feeling the film is, of course, original member Crystal Jones. We told you yesterday that Jones is planning to come out with a tell-all book about her short time in the group called, TLC My Story: The Awakening Of A Shattered Dream. And while she said the trailer for the movie looked “interesting” before it aired last night, now that she’s seen it, she says she wasn’t feeling it. Jones sat down with the Ryan Cameron morning show V-103 this morning to discuss her inaccurate portrayal in the film and to explain why she really didn’t get to stay in the group, and she says it had nothing to do with not being able to “sang.” Here a few tidbits from the interview:

On The Inaccuracies Of The Film: 

“The movie was very inaccurate, and it brought up a lot of worms I kind of put to rest a long time ago.

One, we never auditioned for L.A. [Reid]. We auditioned for Pebbles at Seriously Sound Studio, and the song we used was a song that was produced by Jermaine Dupri called “I Got It Going On…”

Ryan Cameron: “Who was also missing from the movie.”

Pebbles: “Exactly.”

Why She Really Didn’t Get To Stay In The Group: 

“As far as what happened, and I’m sure what everybody wants to know is that, it was based on the contract…We’re going through the paperwork, and it’s lengthy. So I turned to Pebbles and I said, ‘Can I take it home and let my mom take a look at it? Because I really don’t understand what I’m reading.’ And she said, ‘No absolutely not, so I didn’t sign it.'”

Jones’ manager, Ian Burke, was also reportedly present for the interview and dished some TLC history too. He claimed that he initially didn’t want Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in the group because when she first auditioned, she came in a dress instead of baggy clothes. He said that her actual rhyming skills are what impressed him, and she went on to say that the dress wasn’t really her thing either, but that she was just trying to make a good impression. He also says that one person who didn’t get any credit in the movie was Jermaine Dupri. Burke says that he’s the one who convinced T Boz to sing in the low register we know her for. And as for Ms. Jones, she says that as for folks pretending she couldn’t sing in the audition scene of the biopic, which was used as the reason for her dismissal, that’s not true. She says that she can sing, but Jones wouldn’t perform anything for the V-103 crew when they asked her to prove it.

Once the full audio is ready to go, we’ll post it for you to hear, but so far, Jones and her manager Ian Burke definitely had some interesting things to say. What do you think of their response to the movie?

 

 

Chilli Says She’ll Always Love Usher Because He Was Her First “Adult Love”

October 21st, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Remember back in 2004 when Usher’s album, “Confessions,” came out at nearly the exact same time the singer broke up with Chilli and everyone assumed all the scandalous tales on the album were about his relationship with her? Since that time, producer Jermaine Dupri has spoken up about the fact that the confessions on that album were actually about his trife life and not Usher’s, but as Chilli makes her media rounds promoting the TLC Biopic airing on VH1 tonight, she’s also setting the record straight about the recordings and how she feels about Usher to this day. Clearing the air with Us Weekly, she said:

“We were together when he recorded that album. All of those songs on ‘Confessions,’ that was about Jermaine Dupri’s situation. Usher was just singing it. But people kind of bought into it, it was just the timing of our breakup when the album came out. So people assumed that album was about us, but it was not. And Usher and I weren’t oil and water. We broke up because I guess it was that time or whatever. He was that real love for me.”

Though we can believe “Confessions” wasn’t really about Usher and Chilli, what seems a bit confusing is the 42-year-old claiming they broke up because “it was that time or whatever.” Am I the only one who recalls a semi-bitter Chilli calling into Atlanta’s Q100 radio station back in 2004 and telling the world, “Usher did the ultimate no-no to me. I will never be with him again, and that is that,” before adding, “He portrayed himself to be this honest and great guy, and he really wasn’t. “I will never take him back. It is a done deal.”

Now I’m not saying she couldn’t have finally gotten over that and changed her tune about the type of man Usher is, but doing the “ultimate no-no,” which we all assume is cheating, does not sound like it was just time to move on. Makes me wonder whether Chilli calling into that radio show nine years ago was a part of a PR spectacle to boost sales of “Confessions” or she just forgot she told the world that in her latest interview? Whatever the case, it appears any bitter feelings she may or may not have felt toward her ex at that time have since subsided. She added in her Us Weekly interview:

“In any relationship, even when it came to my relationship with Usher, when it was time to make a move, I had to do that. I don’t care how much my heart was hurting, sometimes you’re just supposed to be with people for a reason and it’s not always a lifetime. Even if you want it to be, it just doesn’t work out that way.

“But I’ll always love him, forever, because he was my first adult love, a real love. We’re cool, we’re really cool. There’s no hard feelings, nothing like that. It’s all good.”

Someone Dallas Austin, the father of her 16-year-old son Tron, is thinking, “ain’t this about a bleep?” Just kidding. It’s good to know Chilli’s in a good place Usher, but do you think she should stop talking about him so much, though, considering they’ve been broken up for almost 10 years now?

We Belong Together! Jermaine Dupri Is Mariah Carey’s New Manager

October 7th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Mariah Carey has chosen Jermaine Dupri and his So So Def label as her new manager. The duo has worked together before, and created hits like “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby.” The two were caught in the studio alongside Mike WiLL Made It and Rodney Jenkins, working together on her 14th album, “The Art of Letting Go.”

Her previous manager was former American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who had been with Carey since the 1990s. They parted ways last spring.

The latest album was supposed to be released over the summer, but was delayed because, Carey tweeted she “got so immersed in the creative process” that it wouldn’t have “done it justice” to release it on July 23rd as planned.

In a press statement, Dupri said, “A multi-talented artist of Mariah’s caliber should be doing everything imaginable. I’m sure others have said this but not the way I intend to do it. For me, it’s about the execution.”

And Carey added, “We have a bond that surpasses music. I am super excited about our merger because we have so many innovative ideas that I know will come to fruition.”

Is this a dream team?