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Jermaine Dupri Sheds Light On Mariah Carey’s Disappointing Album Sales

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Over the past 20 years, Mariah Carey has garnered several Grammy Awards, has sold over 200 million records world wide and has become one of the biggest-selling artists in music history … So why was the singer’s album sales for, Me. I Am Mariah shockingly low?

During Thursday night’s 27th annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards, HipHollywood caught up with the night’s honoree, Jermaine Dupri to talk about the perceived disappointing album sales. The rapper, who produced the album, told us that it all came down to how the LP was “put out.”

“She wanted to hear the music all at one time, hear it as a body of work. We didn’t leak songs like the way people do it. When you try something new it’s going to be a different thing that happens,” he told us about the album, which is Carey’s lowest total for a non-holiday album since 1991’s Emotions. “People don’t realize what’s going to happen,” he told us.

After the album’s May 23 release, Dupri received hefty backlash from fans, blaming the producer for the disappointing sales. The rapper quickly went on the defense and earlier this month, penned an open letter to fans, writing:

“Okay enough is enough!! I can’t continue to let you think, what you see or don’t see is a result of me not knowing what I’m doing, this is bigger than me and in the music business things don’t go as fast as you would always like them to, if you know my history, you know I want to go down as one of the greatest produces of all times, I want to be mentioned with the greats like berry Gordy and Clive Davis when people talk about putting out artist, so for me,allowing you to believe I don’t care about the promotion of the Mariah record and I don’t see you screaming at me, that this song and that song needs to be a single,goes against everything that I’m about, believe me! everything that you question Will be answered ASAP!!!!”
I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse sold 58,000 copies in it’s first week and entered Billboard’s 200 Chart at #3.
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  1. Rickster

    June 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    We’re still waiting for that answer Jermaine!

  2. Narmer

    June 27, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    What is going on with promotion in Latin America ? IDJ has no presence at all… no body in radio stations or music shops knows that Mariah Carey has a new album , thats a shame because this album is amazing. Mariah I love you like every latino, please do somethig about it !!! ASAP !!! At least come to my beautiful country Costa Rica and film a video ! METEORITE METEORITE METEORITE , I wanna be on it, please!!! Narmer ” the tico lamby “

  3. Sheila E

    August 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    I don’t blame Jermaine Dupris. I blame Mariah herself! Myself as a earlier fan of her am tired of all her arrogance and fake singing on all the award shows. The fame has gone to her head and now feels she is Untouchable so too speak. I don’t even watch anything she is on now nor do I care for her anymore! #getoveryourselfmariah

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

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