Jermaine Dupri has finally responded to thousands of angry Mariah Carey fans who have blamed him for what turned out to be the huge flop of the singer’s latest album ‘Me. I Am. Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’.
The record, which went on sale on May 27th and only managed to sell 65,000 copies in its first week, has been said to be the worst-selling album of Mariah’s career to date, despite its strong, solid material.
There’s no denying that leading up to the album’s release, there was hardly any promotion done — Mariah didn’t use the opportunities to perform at shows such as the Billboard Awards, nor did she bother hitting up radio stations and do at least something.
Nevertheless, it all ends up coming back to Jermaine who is solely responsible for Carey’s career as he produces and manages some of her work schedule.
The ‘We Belong Together’ hit maker tried to explain what and why things happened the way they did, and what fans can expect in the forthcoming weeks in terms of promotional marketing with the new album and new single releases.
“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,” he writes.
“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’m puzzled as to what he can possibly do in order to turn things around seeing that the damage has already been done. Either way, the album was still great, and without a doubt, one of Mariah’s best work to date — just a shame that it isn’t being recognized well enough.