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

Published: Monday 4th Aug 2014 by Sam

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.

Details below…

In a scan, said to be from the newest issue of Billboard, JD is seen to confirm his departure from his duty. He tells the publication:

“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. Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music in the future.”

The story goes on to add that sources close to Camp Mimi are murmuring that she may be close to signing with Kevin Liles – Def Jam’s former president, who now manages the career of Trey Songz.


Interestingly, the change marks be one of many in recent years for Carey.

For, as the article points out, in 2013 alone Mimi was managed briefly by a tag team of Randy Jackson and Christina Aguilera manager Irving Azoff, as well as Bruce Eskowitz of Red Light Management shortly after. Prior to that, she was looked after by J.Lo’s current career steerer Benny Medina between the years 2003-2008 and the late Chris Lighty from 2008-2012.

Needless to say, it’s clear Mimi has no qualms with ex-ing folk out of her career equation with the swiftness. That said, we feel she’d be better off assessing her own antics, performances, and overall brand vision in trying to source the root of her present day career troubles. Sometimes, it’s the mirror that holds the most telling answers.

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  1. GoodMusicLover August 4, 2014

    It’s not the managers, Mariah doesn’t feel like she has to put in any work anymore making it difficult to make any era successful

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    • Dev August 5, 2014

      I agree. i now think its down to her and her idea of manager is collecting her dry cleaning, doing the occasional shopping and making tea. Mariah’s best album came when she was at her lowest and took direction, she needs a manager who will give her a whole image and sound overhaul and look at her branding as the hello kitty swimsuit edition cannot run another area… although i like Mariah’s albums the are starting to sound samey

      • IOWNTHEWORLD August 5, 2014

        I couldn’t agree with you more about how the songs are starting to sound the same. Probably wouldn’t have been as noticeable if there weren’t so MANY songs on this album. She could use all new EVERYTHING at this point. I’ve been a Mariah Fan for the longest and I’m just being honest.

  2. LB (35Keryl Tweedy) August 4, 2014

    But why are you always so pressed when it comes to queen Mimi, the biggest selling female artist OF ALL TIME, that you feel it is necessary to write these incoherent novels?

    • TRUTH SERUM August 4, 2014

      Says the Beyonce super stalker that averages 20 comments per Beyonce post. The irony!!! Lmao

    • Soapy Sam August 4, 2014

      Because Sam has has requested interviews with Mariah NUMEROUS times and she said, “I don’t know her.” Kiiiiiiii

  3. LB (35Keryl Tweedy) August 4, 2014

    The reach, have you listened to Chantuese? It is a solid body of work Marian wrote and produced herself; she did put in work. JD is just a s*** manager, he let 20YO flop remember

    • GoodMusicLover August 4, 2014

      It actually may be my favorite album of Hera but HSE did 10 interviews/ performances. I want her to win

  4. Queen Mariah will remain THE Baddest August 4, 2014

    Good! Queen may disappointed now with this project but she always returns back to form! Talent always prevails boo!

    Legend better deliver in 2015!



  5. Queen Mariah will remain THE Baddest August 4, 2014

    The fact that “The Emancipation of Mimi” released in 2005 sold more than ANY BEYONCE album GLOBALLY and in the US !!!

    Sam is forever pressed ! Oop

    • Soapy Sam August 4, 2014


    • IOWNTHEWORLD August 5, 2014

      That may be the case, however, it is now 2014 and no one is here for Me. I Am Mariah…”. Sad to say but it’s true. I wanted to love it but it sounds a bit dated.

  6. Yea ok August 4, 2014

    Ok. Let’s be clear. Me I am Mariah is a solid album. Very solid. I enjoy it. The problem she has is the lazy live performances and over the top grandstanding. If u want to be a tour diva and just make appearances like Diana Ross then that’s perfectly fine. There is room for that. But Mariah wants to be the cool girl stil and if that’s what she wants she needs an image rehaul and fast. Ball gowns and arm gloves? Come on. It’s funny cuz that was cute for the 90s but not today. She also needs to work on staying in shape. U can’t photoshop everything beyond belief then we see u out and built like a refrigerator. I’m saying all this with love I own every album of hers.

  7. CherylSoldierr August 4, 2014

    Good for her! Hopefully she comes back to slay!

    • TRUTH SERUM August 4, 2014

      @Cheryl, it looks like you’re hatebirds latest obsession. He has a new one every few months. His drags are tired now anyway.

      • CherylSoldierr August 4, 2014

        I’ll be paying it dust from now on.

  8. #TeamTinashe Stan (BUY “2 On” NOW) August 4, 2014

    Great for JD! And it’s time for him to work on So So Def and releasing some Dondria stuff.

  9. Queen Mariah will remain THE Baddest August 4, 2014

    Me.I am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse >>>>>>>>> BEYONCE, Unapologetic, MDNA, Artpop, Prism, Bangerz, Stars Fly, Pink Friday, Lotus, Britney Jean

    Deal with it!!

  10. Soapy Sam August 4, 2014

    Cause Sam has put in NUMEROUS interview requests with Mariah and she said. “I don’t know her”. Kiiiiiiii

  11. king August 4, 2014

    i really get tired of the shade from this site.Only beyonce seems to get love from Sam, even not when deserved.

    • Iamdiego August 12, 2014

      Janet got love, and Ariana gets love all the time. I think sam gives the ones with the ugly attitudes shade. But we all know MiMi has talent but she may need some time off.

  12. MC!! August 4, 2014

    Bout time!!!

  13. Soapy Sam August 4, 2014

    I was like, why are you so obsessed with me? Them Mariah Cares ESSAYS tho…. Damn Sam, Mariah needs to take out a restraining order like Lady Gaga did to Perez Hilton.

  14. king August 4, 2014

    just need to pour a glass of lemonade and sit on the beach, cuz the shade from sam is too real
    And mariah is still unbothered

    • king August 5, 2014

      playing thirsty on repeat

  15. Del Bey August 4, 2014

    why is Beyoncé being brought up in a post that has nothing to do with her? #pressed

    • king August 4, 2014

      it has less to do with beyonce and more to do with sam

  16. christinastherealtalent August 4, 2014

    What is happening to Mariah is what happens to every other female artist who becomes a mother. They try to balance their career and remaining successful and relevant while trying to balance motherhood but I ain’t mad at them. I’d rather them being a hands on mother than hiring tons of nannies to do all the work for them.

  17. Timago August 4, 2014

    WHERE OR WHERE IS SMELLY FLOPLAND?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  18. musicMatters101 August 4, 2014

    First Randy Jackson who secured her American Idol deal.

    Now Jermaine Dupri who finally had her delayed album released.

    Hmmmm, oh well.

    • TheOne August 4, 2014

      This is most likely a mutual decision and she’s still friends with both Randy and Jermaine so you’re insinuating what……..?

  19. TheYoncèTroll August 4, 2014

    What Mimi is experiencing is called life. Many women juggle being a Mother, Wife, Friend, and a Career woman everyday, only difference is that are not in the spotlight and an A list celebrity. I’m sure she’s about to experience the hardest she’s worked since 2005 for this seemingly huge world tour. (TEOM promo was everything just like the album.) The only thing I hope (for Nick’s, her kids’, & friends’ sake) is that she doesn’t overwork herself and repeat a breakdown. Good luck Mimi.

  20. Knowles Carter August 4, 2014

    No shade but she just needs to retire while she still has some dignity left. Who the hell cares about a Mariah Carey in 2014?

    • truth August 4, 2014

      Dignity.. You mean the DIGNITY Beyonce lost when she started being a classless who-re to try and sell her albums ? That the dignity you’re talkin bout??

      • Knowles Carter August 4, 2014

        TRY? You mean as in selling 2 million and 3.1 ww within an 8 month timespan? Or maybe you’re referring to her sold out world tour and stadium tour? I wouldn’t call that trying, I would call it effortless. 😉
        Meanwhile Mariah can’t even outsell Cici. 🙁

    • TRUTH August 4, 2014

      Like someone above said…. The fact that “The Emancipation of Mimi” released in 2005 sold more than ANY BEYONCE album GLOBALLY and in the US !!!

      • Knowles Carter August 4, 2014

        IDC! IDC! Keep clinging to the past! Beachedwhaleriah ain’t selling s*** NOW and that’s true tea. #KeepThose1936Receipts

  21. JER August 4, 2014

    It;s not the manager, it’s the hustle. Mariah has ate too good since her comeback she refuses to ACTUALLY promote anything. It’s annoying and disappointing.

    • JOHNVIDAL August 5, 2014

      It´s just normal, she has a family and everybody ages. Just glad that she keeps releasing music and keeps loving it. Many others don´t even do that.

  22. Mark111 August 4, 2014

    The LAMES need to stop blaming JD. Let’s not forget that Mariah Carey career was over in the 2000s until JD revived it. It would’ve been Mariah who for the past 14 years. And JD isn’t the fat ass lip syncing and giving drunk interviews.

  23. Jane August 4, 2014

    Since 2009 she didn’t make any hit songs.

    #beautiful wasn’t that big.. And do many flop single.

    Simply her time just gone.

    Her latest album is a mess with all voice effects.

    I don’t know why some lambs still say like it was body of work.

    It wasn’t .

    • Nope August 5, 2014

      Lies, all lies.

    • OMG Logic!!! August 5, 2014

      Thanks for your opinion. Runs =/= “voice effects” though. #Beautiful went Platinum how isn’t that big?

      • reall? August 5, 2014

        no. who listens beautiful now ? nobody.
        it wasn’t even no.1

  24. Amanda August 5, 2014

    WTF would hire Muldin (that’s his real last name, btw) as manager??? LOL That was a hideously ridiculous career move on her part. I never even thought he was that good of a producer (he NEVER did give Janet a REAL cross over hit once he started producing her music) but, MC thought he’d make a good mgr.? And, while JD could get the blame or the fact that Carey didn’t even promote her own project like she should’ve…the reason the album went 3x Brick is ultimately because nobody is checking for a Mariah Carey album (especially since she refuses to make music that caters strictly to her age group). Yes, ppl in their 30s and 40s will pay for music – Thank you very much! Her music has never mutured and so, it won’t sell anymore. She needs to go back and make the type of music she was making when Motolla was guiding her career – not sexed up crap for teens and ppl in their early 20s. And, the reason she flopped so hard couldn’t have been because she didn’t promote it well. Look at Jennifer Lopez…she hustled hard promoting her album. She was literally EVERY F****** WHERE and, her album still went 2x Wood. MC ‘s problem is that nobody’s checking for the kind of stuff she’s releasing at her age. Sorry, for the essay but, I was strongly opinionated about this. LOL

  25. poussiere d’empire August 5, 2014

    i don’t understand. she’s 292 y/o, she just released her 74th album and no one bought it … why don’t she just retire ?

    • JOHNVIDAL August 5, 2014

      Hmm… she loves music and makes great music. Enough reason.

  26. JOHNVIDAL August 5, 2014

    Wow both Mariah Carey and Celine Dion are performing in Taiwan at the same venue in the same week! That´s something. Last week of October it seems, and they are fighting for even the same the day it seems…
    Both are doing a tour in Asia at the same time. It´s funny cause Celine has toured a lot more but has never visited Taiwan or Philipines, it will be her first time, while Mariah has toured less than Dion but has already been in both of those countries doing a concert before.

  27. JOHNVIDAL August 5, 2014

    And btw, why doesn´t Sam report about these other kind of interesting news instead of his constant essays giving advice (always wrong advice btw, remember he said in February “You´re mine” was whay mariah needed commercially :)) and repeating himself? Is it because it´s been the only time in his life he´s written something and he wants to show it? I don´t get it. Why don´t you report about JLo´s sales week by week, like how you did with Mariah? Too many questions…

  28. MISHKA August 5, 2014

    Kevin Liles needs to take Danity Kane back. Come on, help those girls out!

    As for Mariah, Dear Diva, you need to know that Photoshop doesn’t work on real life. It’s time to get real and to face your challenges, whether it’s your weight, your album sales, your husband or your family. Stay blessed!

  29. Rhonda August 5, 2014

    “It’s the mirror that holds the most telling answers”?

    Of course it’s management that has ruined the chart performance of “Me…And I Am Mariah.”

    Along with countless critics (and fans), you uneducated assholes agreed it’s an excellent album.

  30. llawrence August 5, 2014

    Manager do what artist want and she is not hot anymore, Sometimes you have to know when to fold them.

  31. Ok August 6, 2014

    It’s disappointing that she never really learnt the business side of the game. If the likes of Madonna, and even Beyonce who came way after her, can take full charge of their careers and manage themselves, then so can Mariah.
    At this stage in her career she should know how she wants things to go and how to do it. All them years she was married to Tommy and she aint pick up a thing or two.
    Goodluck, I guess.

  32. James August 6, 2014

    This woman as one one of the messiest careers of any singer I know. Its weird to think that because her music and career from like 1990-1996/8 was perfect. She doesn’t know what she’s doing. The only person who effectively managed her was Tommy Mottola. She should get back with him professionally if she ever wants to see success again.

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