Grammy-winning singer Mariah Carey has decided to take her music career into a new direction without help from longtime friend and manager Jermaine “JD” Dupri as her manager. #seeyalater

Jermaine Dupri broke the unexpected news across media outlets Tuesday (August 5).

“I’m a very hands-on person when it comes to my work,” JD said. “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 together in the future.” (Billboard)

Recently, JD spoke out in light of Carey’s underselling solo album, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.

“I actually feel like it’s probably one of her best albums she’s ever made,” he said. “I’m excited to see where the album ends up. I tell a lot of people, this era of music and this genre, they don’t understand records that come out small and sell a lot of records.” (Rap-Up)

Reports claim the LP has only scanned just over 100,000 copies since dropping in late May.

The announcement comes in the wake of the disappointing sales of Chanteuse. Despite its critical acclaim, the album has sold only 103,000 copies since its May 27 release, and has fallen off the Billboard 200 after just eight weeks. (Rap-Up)

According to reports, the R&B diva and rap star Jay Z teamed with former Def Jam executive Kevin Liles to release their own beverages.

The rapper and the songstress won’t be hitting any arenas together, but they will be appearing at 7,500 Duane Reade and Walgreens stores around the country–in the form of two beverages from Go N’Syde, a new brand masterminded by former Def Jam chief Kevin Liles. For each artist, there’s a specific flavor and demographic target. Carey’s is a pink concoction called Butterfly, aimed at young to middle-aged women; Jay Z’s is an Arnold Palmer-esque drink dubbed 40/40, branded after his nightspot of the same name and intended for sports-loving males. (Forbes)

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