In wake of disappointing album sales for her Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse project, Mariah Carey has split from manager Jermaine Dupri.
Dupri confirmed news of the split to Billboard, releasing a statement saying he wasn’t allowed to do exactly what was needed for the singer’s 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,” he said. “Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future.”
Over the years, Dupri has produced some of Carey’s biggest hits including “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby,” and served as the executive producer of her latest album. However, the project has sold just 103,000 copies since its May 27 release, and has fallen off the Billboard 200 after just eight weeks.
According to Billboard, Kevin Liles has been working closely with Carey … and may be taking over the reins in management.