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Jermaine Dupri Defends Dismal Mariah Carey Sales / That Grape Juice Weighs-In

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As chart disasters go, few come as high-profile as Mariah Carey‘s latest album ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’.

An apt title, the LP has experienced elusive sales – and that’s putting it politely.

Debuting with career low numbers in the US (see: 58k), the set also tanked in the UK where it premiered at #14 with sales of 6500.

Recent trend among the singer’s fan-base has been to blame her manager, friend, and longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri - who this week clapped-back at the critique.

During a stop at The Breakfast Club yesterday, where he visited to promote R&B quad Jagged Edge, the hitmaker couldn’t escape the Mimi questions and was flat-out asked about the project’s appalling numbers.

Find out what he had to say after the jump, where TGJ’s weigh-in on the madness also awaits…

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Clapback: Jermaine Dupri Pens Open Letter To Angry Mariah Carey Fans

Hitmaker Takes Aim At Critical Fans

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Jermaine Dupri has had enough.

For months, the hitmaker has been the subject of a smear campaign by a sect of Mariah Carey fans disappointed in the  services he’s been providing for the singer since becoming her manager late last year.

Tensions appear to have come to a head in the wake of the dismal sales of Mimi’s new album ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’ - which many see as an apt title given the LP’s vanishing act on the charts.

Fed up with the critique, JD – who has been instrumental in crafting many of Carey’s hits – penned an open letter.

See what he had to say below…

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Jermaine Dupri Reveals Details On Mariah Carey’s New Single Launch

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With less than 48 hours remaining until the debut of Mariah Carey‘s single ‘The Art Of Letting Go’, the singer’s longtime collaborator and newly-appointed manager Jermaine Dupri is spilling on the track’s out-of-the-box launch campaign.

As earlier reported, the Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins produced cut will premiere exclusively on Facebook on November 11th; immediately after it’ll impact both iTunes and radio. Needless to say, Team Mimi are launching an all-out chart assault.

Speaking on the record’s roll-out, hitmaker JD dished all to diva’s dedicated Lambs – waxing honest on his reasons for approaching Facebook, as well as some of the challenges he’s encountered in the run-up to the song’s release.

An interesting read awaits after the jump…

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New Mariah Carey Single To Feature Wale?

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Mariah Carey may have christened her fourteenth studio album ‘The Art Of Letting Go’, however the premium diva is seemingly finding it hard to do away with her fetish for Hip-Hop features.

See what we mean after the jump…

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Must See: Jermaine Dupri & Bryan-Michael Cox Introduce….Mishon

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When it comes to forging classics, very few do it better than Bryan Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri.

The masterminds behind some of the greatest R&B jams to drop in the last two decades ( ‘Confessions’, ‘We Belong Together‘, ‘Be Without You‘) the pair’s respective credits make them legends in the ever changing field of R&B.

Fortunately for budding R&B sensation Mishon, these are two legends he has firmly in his corner…thanks to a voice Dupri says will render all competition irrelevant.

His introduction below…

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Sad: Kriss Kross Star Chris Kelly Found Dead In Atlanta

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The Urban music world is in mourning this morning. For, it has been sadly confirmed that Kriss Kross star Chris Kelly has been found dead. He was 34.

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Hot Shot: Usher & Jermaine Durpi Hit Studio For New Album

 Hot Shot: Usher & Jermaine Durpi Hit Studio For New Album

It appears Usher is wasting no time cooking up new material to pair with his new role on The Voice.

Hitmaker and long-time collaborator Jermaine Dupri shared a shot of him and the 34-year-old in the studio, tagging the snap “Me and Usher back in the lab”.

And while the singing superstar has made no secret of the fact that he’s working on the follow-up to last year’s ‘Looking 4 Myself’, his reuniting with JD will, for most, be the most exciting news to emerge about the as yet untitled set. Indeed, the duo have a number of chart smashes under their collective belt – such as ‘You Make Me Wanna’, ‘U Got It Bad‘, the title-track of 2004′s Diamond seller ‘Confessions’, and of course ‘Burn’.

What’s more, with many still campaigning for a more marked return to R&B for Usher, re-teaming with Mr Durpi is as smart a move as it gets.

Check out our favourite cut from their many hits below…

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Watch: Usher, Monica & Jay-Z Perform At ‘So So Def 20th Anniversary’ Bash / Mariah Carey Makes Appearance

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When we interviewed Jermaine Dupri earlier this month, the hitmaker stressed that he’d be pulling out all the stops for the 20th anniversary of his So So Def imprint. And, oh was the he not lying.

Last night’s show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta saw the likes of Usher, Monica, Jay-Z, Ludacris perform, while Mariah Carey made a surprise appearance at the sell-out gig.

Watch a who’s who of Urban music celebrate with JD after the jump…

 

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