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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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Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”

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It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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