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Queen Latifah & Jermaine Dupri Launch Search For New Hip-Hop Star

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Queen Latifah and Jermaine Dupri are on the hunt for the latest addition to Hip-Hop’s growing family.

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Jermaine Dupri Dishes On Janet Jackson’s Comeback & Clarifies Mariah Carey Comments

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Though fiercely private, Janet Jackson went all sorts of public with her relationship with hitmaker Jermaine Dupri.

The couple famously dated for almost six years before calling it quits in 2009 – the same year Jackson’s brother Michael passed away.

In the time since, both have remained coy about the split and – more broadly – about each other.

Still, with their names very much intertwined, it was little surprise that Dupri was quizzed about his iconic ex – who has since married Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana – while doing the promo rounds at the 2015 BET Awards. Especially given that she was the night’s MVP after receiving the the Ultimate Icon honor.

What did he have to say about Ms. Jackson while speaking with Hot 97‘s Nessa? Find out below, where Dupri also dishes on his blunt approach to working with Mariah Carey.

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Jermaine Dupri Explains Ciara ‘I Bet’ “Diss”

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Jermaine Dupri made headlines last week when he hit out at Ciara‘s new single ‘I Bet’ for allegedly borrowing from his Usher production, ‘You Got It Bad.’

Naturally, his comments went viral and many deemed them as JD spitting venom in CiCi’s direction.

Keen to clear up his stance (while still standing by it), the producer stopped by V103 in Atlanta for a sit-down with Big Tigger.

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Ciara Producer Weighs In On Jermaine Dupri “Biter” Claims

Soundz Shares Thoughts On Shocking Claims Made By Jermaine Dupri

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After Harmony Samuels was accused of biting Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad’ to build Ciara’s ‘I Bet’ by Jermaine Dupri, the ‘Work’ singer’s on/off collaborator Soundz has weighed in on the matter.

Why the ‘Sophomore’ producer thinks Dupri doesn’t have the right to sue the cut crafters for copyright infringement.

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Jermaine Dupri Slams Ciara:  “‘I Bet’ Is a Complete Rip Off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad!'”

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It looks like hitmaking producer Jermaine Dupri feels like his ‘Stepped On My Js’ co-star Ciara did just that to him with her recent hit ‘I Bet.’  As the song continues its ascent up charts on the heels of its video, more and more people have begun likening it to Usher‘s 2001 megahit ‘U Got It Bad’ – a similarity Dupri, the song’s producer, says he immediately noticed.

Now, as the dust surrounding Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit ‘Blurred Lines’ settles (see: major legal loss over its copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye‘s ‘Got To Give It Up’), J.D. has taken to Billboard to tell Cici she’s got to give “it” up too – “it” being credit for ripping off his song.

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Mariah Carey Returns To Studio With Jermaine Dupri

Singer Recording Material After Announcing New Record Deal

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“Out with the old, in with the new” may be Mariah Carey‘s approach to her record label situation, however the superstar singer is sticking with her longtime musical collaborators.

Fresh from the announcement that the 45-year-old diva has inked a lucrative new deal with Epic Records, it’s been revealed that she’s been hard at work in the studio with Jermaine Dupri.

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A Hollywood Halloween 2014: Who Had the Best Costume?

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Their careers may already call for them to play dress-up in many-a-front, but the years have proven that Hollywood’s fascination with Halloween draws no shortage of eye-grabbing outfits.

Indeed, Halloween 2014 has come and gone, but we’re pretty sure some of the night’s costumes will be the chatter of many for days to come.

Check in below to see the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Diddy, Chris Brown, Gwen Stefani, Miguel, and many more to tell us who wins your vote for best costume:

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Hot Shot: Monica Hits Studio With Jermaine Dupri

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With Jermaine Durpi officially out as Mariah Carey‘s manager, it’s back to the day job of hitmaking for the still-in-demand producer.

On Instagram today, JD shared a shot of him working with R&B songbird Monica on the follow-up to her 2012 album ‘New Life’.

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While some may scoff, we’re actually very excited. Because JD routinely does well by Ms. Brown. For example, remember this gem…

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Report: Mariah Carey Ends Management Deal With Jermaine Dupri / Set To Sign With Kevin Liles?

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After serving up one of the messiest album campaigns in recent memory, Mariah Carey is cleaning house.

As widely reported, the diva’s latest LP ‘Me. I Am…Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse’ totally tanked on the charts upon release in May. And, though no stranger to career peaks and troughs, the project registered Carey’s lowest selling first week numbers since Nielsen began tallying numbers in 1991.

For many, after Mariah herself, blame was primarily directed at manager Jermaine Dupri – who began steering the star’s career in the latter half of 2013. Indeed, the singer’s loyal Lambs made it routine to slam the hitmaker on social media and often felt the fire of his clap-backs.

All appears to have come to a head. Because, in the newest issue of Billboard Magazine, it’s being reported that Carey and the man who crafted many of her chart triumphs have severed ties managerially.

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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.

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

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.

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