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