Sounds like Mariah Carey’s Lambs are finally getting what they asked for. On Tuesday, Billboard reported that the pop icon has finally axed Jermaine Dupri as her manager following the disastrous sales of her latest album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.
In a statement, the So So Def heavyweight confessed in a not-so-subtle manner that he wasn’t allowed to be very interactive with Carey’s last project. “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,” adding, “Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future.”
Even though J.D. has produced some of Carey’s biggest hits like “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby,” he doesn’t have the best track record at managing artists, including his former girlfriend, Janet Jackson. Long before Carey’s album hit shelves, fans were petitioning him to make moves with the album campaign or hit the road and leave the job to someone more qualified.
Even with Carey’s disappointing beginning numbers, J.D. told Rap-Up that he was curious to see where the LP ended up in the long run. “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 admitted.
With Dupri out of the picture, Billboard reports that the singer has been working closely with Kevin Liles, who manages Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign. There’s no official word on whether or not Liles has stepped up as her manager, but the two did recently collaborate on her signature line of beverages.