Mariah Carey Jermaine Dupri

Mariah Carey Fires Jermaine Dupri As Her Manager

According to Billbaord, Mariah Carey has parted ways her longtime manager, producer and collaborator Jermaine Dupri.

Durpi, who 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, confirmed the news 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.”

If you recall, after roughly two years of delay, Carey’s 14th studio album Me. I Am Mariah…. The Elusive Chanteuse was finally released earlier this year. However, the album failed to make a huge impact on the charts and only sold 103,000 copies, which is pretty low considering the numbers Carey’s previous albums have pulled in.  

PopDust notes that this is the third major shakeup in Carey's camp in recent years, hinting at the massive turmoil in her career. Carey dumping Durpi is just the latest in a series of major career missteps... She was previously managed by Randy Jackson before trading him for Dupri and has recently had everything from a tension-filled judging stint on American Idol with Nicki Minaj to multiple album delays, failed singles ("The Art Of Letting Go") and shaky album rollout details (the scraped "surprise" release plan).

Billboard reports that Carey is now working former Def Jam president Kevin Liles, who currently manages Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign.

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