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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.

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.

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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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