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Jermaine Dupri To Take Over As Mariah Carey's Manager

10/8/2013 2:17am EDT
Jermaine Dupri
International pop superstar Mariah Carey has recruited her longtime collaborator and close friend Jermaine Dupri as her new manager following the departure of Randy Jackson earlier this year.

The 43 year-old singer worked under the guidance of producer Jackson for two years before parting ways with him in March, and now she has turned to Janet Jackson's ex-boyfriend, Dupri, to help her build on her outstanding career success.

Carey says, "We have a bond that surpasses music. I am super excited about our merger because we have so many innovative ideas that I know will come to fruition." ...

Starpulse Snapshots: Young Jeezy's Birthday Bash

9/30/2011 3:34pm EDT
Young Jeezy
Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, and Ne-Yo celebrated Young Jeezy's birthday with Ciroc Coconut specialty cocktails at Frank Ski's in Atlanta. Now, that's a sweet party!

Jermaine Dupri Hit With Lawsuit Over Child Support

5/10/2011 2:42pm EDT
Jermaine Dupri
Record producer Jermaine Dupri has been hit with a lawsuit after allegedly failing to make child support payments.

In March, a judge ordered the Grammy-winner to pay Sarai Jones a monthly fee of $2,500 and an additional $7,500 based on the results of a paternity test.

Jones alleges Dupri has not yet paid her and is suing him for the money, according to the Associated Press.

A lawyer for Jones insists his client wants to "work together (with Dupri) to co-parent their beautiful baby girl," who is seven months old.

The lawsuit comes amid mounting financial troubles for Dupri - officials...

Celebrity Weekend In Photos: Madonna At Carnival, Leonardo DiCaprio In Germany & More

2/15/2010 10:02am EST
Madonna, her daughter Lourdes Maria and Jesus Luz attended the carnival parade at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, Feb.14. Check out what other celebs did this weekend!

Filmmaker Spike Lee kissed Alicia Keys during halftime of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 14, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Bill Murray reacted after hitting from a bunker toward the 16th green during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebbl...

Susan Boyle Hotter Than Rihanna & Lady Gaga? Pussycat Dolls Set To Split, More

12/1/2009 10:44am EST
Susan Boyle Hotter Than Rihanna & Lady Gaga
Weekly Music News: Thanksgiving has passed and now it is time to make room for Christmas. While we get ready to bid farewell to yet another year, rapper Lil Wayne is saying hello to another child, congrats. Chris Brown's 20/20 interview, Mariah Carey's new album and Susan Boyle's triumph over Rihanna and Lady Gaga round's out this week's music news.

Chris Brown will appear on 20/20 December 11

Chris Brown is set to appear in yet another interview to discuss his physical altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Here's why it's interesting, Chris Brown made a promise that he would not be...

Slideshow: This Summer's Hottest Hollywood Break-Ups

8/6/2009 9:50am EDT
Janet Jackson & Jermaine Dupris
Who knew love would be so hard to hold on to when you're as hot as these celebrities? From Disney sensation Miley Cyrus to Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian, check out this summer's hottest Hollywood break-ups:

Pop star Jessica Simpson and Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo had what seems to be a messy break up. Romo allegedly split with Simpson one day before her 29th birthday. Ouch! Jessica is reportedly devastated, heartbroken and depressed.

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Jessica's former hubby, Nick...

Janet Jackson & Jermaine Dupri Split

7/17/2009 2:14pm EDT
Janet Jackson
Not only is Janet Jackson still mourning the death of her brother Michael, but it's being reported that she and her longtime music executive boyfriend Jermaine Dupri have split. In today's US Weekly exclusive, a source claims that Dupri's friends "are telling people it's over"; and another said that the couple has been "moving in different directions for a while."

A friend of the couple added, "You shouldn't mix business with pleasure," implying that the fact that Dupri had produced numerous tracks on Janet's two latest albums may have had something to do with their split. "Janet felt th...

Janet Jackson Released From Hospital

9/30/2008 3:15pm EDT
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson has been released from a Montreal, Canada hospital after she was admitted to the emergency room with a mystery illness on Monday.

The R&B superstar was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital on Monday night, shortly before she was due to take to the stage for her latest stop on her Rock Witchu tour.

The Nasty singer "got suddenly ill" during a sound check and was taken to seek medical attention. But she was discharged after a brief consultation.

Rebecca Burns, spokeswoman for the McGill University Health Centre, which operates the hospital, says, "Yesterday eveni...

Ashanti's 'Declaration' Begins Today

6/3/2008 5:30pm EDT
The highly anticipated fourth studio album from Ashanti, "The Declaration" (Review) hits shelves today. The album includes production from A-list producers Jermaine Dupri, LT Hutton, Babyface, Pharrell Williams, Bryan-Michael Cox and more!

"One of the reasons I call the album 'The Declaration,' is because I feel it's important to present all sides of what being a woman is about," she says. "Historically, we've always been relegated to the bottom of the totem pole, whether it's business or the battle of the sexes or just empowering each other. I want this album to make people feel str...

Mariah Carey Works Out Her Emotions Through Song

4/18/2008 10:55am EDT
Mariah Carey
Fame and fortune doesn't always erase a star's private pain. Mariah Carey's life seems to be littered with various life-defining moments, including growing up biracial in a town that didn't understand, dealing with a sister's struggles with addiction, being trapped in an unhealthy marriage, and coping with her father's death.

Despite the carefree, childlike aura she so desperately wants to emulate now (how else can you explain her past album name choices such as Daydream, Butterfly and Rainbow?), there are things that still attack her subconsciously and can only work thei...

The Internet Provides A Pathway to Stardom for Undiscovered Talent

4/8/2008 12:02pm EDT
Colbie Caillat
Dubbed the "information superhighway" in the 1990s, the internet has fast become much more than that. When millions of Americans were accessing the World Wide Web years ago with shaky dial-up connections, it was hard to imagine what this phenomenon would soon become. The internet brought us information at our fingertips and allowed people to download music from Napster and interact with friends and family across the country via AOL.

A few years later, the internet allowed people to search for jobs online, manage their finances, and create dot-com businesses which were all the rage. ...

Ashanti Returns With New Album, 'The Declaration,' In Stores June 3

4/6/2008 9:00am EDT
Making her stunning entrance in a dizzying cascade of piano and layered vocals, The Inc./Universal Motown Recording Artist Ashanti puts it all on the line in the powerfully soulful and grandly dramatic "The Way That I Love You," the first single and video from her upcoming album The Declaration.

The home truths of Ashanti's "The Way That I Love You" are drawing a loud "Amen" from the radio and video outlets that have supported her from day one of her multi-platinum career as an artist and songwriter. The track is the No. 1 most-added song at Urban-formatted radio in it's first week, wi...

Mariah Carey Announces New Album, 'E=MC²'; In Stores April 15

2/18/2008 8:00pm EST
Mariah Carey
Performer and songwriter Mariah Carey has set April 15th as the in-store date for the most eagerly anticipated album of the year, E=MC². The 11th studio album of her career, E=MC² is the follow-up to The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah's worldwide 10 million selling #1 album, which generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), 2 #1 singles and countless more industry honors during its 18-month stay on the charts.

The first single from E=MC² is "Touch My Body," written and produced by Mariah Carey, C. "Tricky" Stewart, and The-Dream. In addition to C. "Tricky" St...

Check Out Janet Jackson's 'Feedback'; New Disc Due In February

1/15/2008 4:02pm EST
Sitting across from a roaring fireplace one winter afternoon in Vail, Janet is curled up on a dark leather couch as she discusses the unlikely topic of Discipline, the title of her new album. Beyond the floor-to-ceiling window, long graceful branches of towering trees are heavy with snow. In the distance, a lift carries skiers up an imposing mountain awash in white. Janet's wearing a midnight-black sweat suit, her hair pulled back to the nape of her neck. Her body language is relaxed and her eyes are smiling. She's trim, and also a little hoarse, having just fought off a cold. The whisper-q...

Janet Jackson's 'Feedback' Debuts Jan. 7; New CD, 'Discipline,' Out Feb. 26

12/25/2007 11:00am EST
Janet Jackson
International megastar Janet Jackson, who has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and is the newest signing to the Island Def Jam Music Group, has completed her first new single for the label with hitmaking producer Rodney Jerkins. "Feedback" will impact across-the-board at all radio formats on January 7th.

Discipline, Janet Jackson's new album – and the 10th studio album of her career – is scheduled to arrive in stores on February 26th. In addition to Rodney Jerkins, the new album brings together an A-list of guest producers, including Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Stargate, Tricky Ste...

'NOW That's What I Call Music!' Vol. 26 And 'NOW That's What I Call Party Hits!' Released

11/26/2007 11:29am EST
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The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, will ring in the holiday season with the November 13 release of two scorching collections of today's hottest tunes. NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26 features 20 chart-topping Pop, Modern Rock, Rap and R&B smash hits, and NOW That's What I Call Party Hits! celebrates with 20 of the hottest roof-raising tracks from a who's-who of today's top artists.

NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 26 spotlights 20 of today's hottest chart hits, including Soulja Boy Tell'Em's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," J. Holiday...

Ghostface Killah Checks Into 'Rehab' Dec. 4

11/9/2007 8:00pm EST
Ghostface Killah
"When you get a new Ghostface Killah album, the only reasonable reaction is to get lost in it," said the New York Times of Ghost's last full studio album, '06's instant classic Fishscale. And with the December '06 release of More Fish and Ghost's near-constant touring in '07, his legions of fans have been happily lost in the 'World According To Pretty Toney.' Now, with a new Def Jam album - The Big Doe Rehab - set for release on December 4th, his current tour with Rakim, and a coffee-table book set for release on January 8th through MTV Press, the devoted will be positively delirious.


Johnta Austin To Release Debut Album, 'Ocean Drive,' September 4

7/4/2007 4:00pm EDT
Johnta Austin
(New York, NY) - As the singular most successful songwriter at work today-– whose tunes have been brought to the top of the charts by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and at least 50 more artists over the last decade, including Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Usher, Chris Brown, Toni Braxton, Tyrese, Enrique Iglesias, Aaliyah, Faith Evans, B2K, Ciara, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, and Mario – what do you deliver for an encore, after winning the Best R&B Song Grammy Award for the past two consecutive years?

In the case of 26-year old Atlanta native Johnta (pronounced "John-...

MTV Introduces YoMomma.TV And ShortCircuitz.MTV, Letting Viewers Step Into The Trash-Talking Ring

6/18/2007 5:43pm EDT
Yo Momma
Listen up all you trash-talkin' and sketch-comedy wannabes – you need to get online if you want to get to the front of the line!

MTV: Music Television introduced two new user-generated destinations – YoMomma.TV and – where viewers can upload videos of themselves dishing out their best Yo Momma jokes or starring in their own parodies of anything and everything, inspired by those they have seen on the Nick Cannon created sketch comedy show, Short Circuitz. The best user-generated videos will make their way into upcoming episodes of both series on-air. Yo Momma airs ...

Jermaine Dupri In Car Accident

6/8/2007 12:03pm EDT
Jermaine Dupri
Hip-Hop mogul Jermaine Dupri has escaped injury following a car crash in New York yesterday morning. Although one of his security guards was hospitalized with a broken arm, Dupri emerged unscathed from the accident, which took place shortly after midnight. reports another driver plowed into the back of his Cadillac Escalade on the corner of 49th Street and Park Avenue in the city.

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's 'Strength & Loyalty' Debuts #1 R&B/Hip-Hop, #2 Pop

5/18/2007 2:02pm EDT
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
The strength and loyalty of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and of their fans are being rewarded as the group's first major label album in five years, Strength & Loyalty, released May 8, has debuted #1 R&B/Hip-hop, #1 Rap and #2 Pop on the Billboard charts, with scanned sales of 119,283.

In addition, the album's first single from Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone, "I Tried," featuring and produced by Akon, has jumped into the Top 10 of the Hot 100, is a top 10 mobile product at Sprint and T-Mobile and top 15 mobile product at AT&T and Verizon.

The next single, "Lil Love," featuring M...

MTV Celebrates Hip Hop All Week With The Biggest Stars

5/1/2007 5:17pm EDT
MTV: Music Television announced today that they are setting up the biggest week in Hip Hop by being the first to bring its audience the most highly anticipated new and freshest music from some of today biggest artists. During "Sucker Free on MTV Presents: "Most Anticipated Albums" viewers will have access to new music by joining MTV VJ DJ Cipha Sounds as he goes to the studio, on tour and to your favorite artists neighborhoods to preview highly anticipated albums from T.I., Ne-Yo, 50 Cent and R. Kelly. You'll hear it first as DJ Cipha Sounds introduces music fans to the producers, beats and...

Joe Embarks On National Tour Tour; Kicks Off In Oakland April 27

4/19/2007 10:33pm EDT
Jive recording artist Joe will hit the road on a North American tour in support of his forthcoming album Ain't Nothing Like Me Due In Stores April 24. He will be joined by Brian McKnight and Sunshine Anderson. The 22 city tour will kick off on April 27 at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA.

Joe's current single "If I Was Your Man" is Top 10 at Urban AC radio in most major markets, including New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. The video is playing on BET and is getting heavy rotation on BETJ.

The album is a collection of great lyrics and Joe's unique vocals over producti...

Blazing New Single From Def Jam Artist Fabolous Features Ne-Yo

4/12/2007 4:29pm EDT
Def Jam Recordings artist Fabolous has teamed up with two of the hottest names in music on the new single being released to radio this week. "Make Me Better" - featuring Ne-Yo (who is set to release his sophomore set on May 1) and produced by red-hot Timbaland - is the follow-up to the street and club smash "Diamonds" featuring Young Jeezy. "Make Me Better" is a slow, sexy burner featuring Ne-Yo over a pulsating beat and swooning strings.

Fabolous will release his long-awaited new fourth album, From Nothin' To Somethin', on June 12. Alongside Ne-Yo, Timbaland and Young Jeezy, the albu...

Check Out Joe's new single, 'If I Was Your Man,' From His Forthcoming Album 'Ain't Nothing Like Me,' Due April 24

3/30/2007 6:00pm EDT
If ever there were an official hymnal of love songs, rest assured several of the standards would have derived from Joe's well-referenced music catalog. His skilled yet innate ability to blend smooth, sultry vocals with disciplined musicianship and songwriting has edified hearts the world round with an amazing grace that is both entertaining and divine.

As a bonafide preacher's kid, Joe discovered his gift in the gospel choir where he learned to sing with the motivation to touch the soul. With compositions like "I'm In Love", "All The Things (Your Man Won't Do)" and "I Wanna Know" Joe ...

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's New Album Full Of A-List Guests

3/8/2007 9:33am EST
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will release their long-awaited Interscope/Full Surface debut, "Strength and Loyalty," on April 17, 2007. "I Tried," a track that features Akon is the album's lead single. Mariah Carey rejoins Bone on the melodic "Little Love," the album's second single produced by Jermaine Dupri. Another album gem is the track "Order My Steps," which pairs Bone with Grammy award winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams marking her first appearance on a hip hop album.

"Man, I just feel fortunate to be able to put together something of this quality. We've been working on it for some ...

Bow Wow To Release "The Price Of Fame" Tuesday, Dec. 19; Check Out The First Single

12/7/2006 3:49pm EST
Bow Wow
Just as diamonds are created from carbon through intense heat and pressure deep beneath the earth's surface, Bow Wow -- listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest solo rapper to ever hit #1 -- has matured from a multi-platinum teen rap star into a full-fledged musical force with his fifth studio album, The Price of Fame, a journey inside the mind of a man who's grown up in the public eye, felt the pleasures and pitfalls of acclaim, and learned valuable lessons from the wealth of his experience.

According to Bow Wow, who will be 20 in March 2007, this last year "was em...

Young Capone's Debut "Big Face & Bright Lights" Coming In Early 2007

11/5/2006 10:00am EST
Young Capone
The word "gangster" has many different connotations depending on who you ask. Some envision bandanas while others think of faceless criminals. Nevertheless, there are a couple of good things that are constantly attached to that dubious noun; determination, smarts, respect and the control of your own destiny. 20-year old rapper/producer Young Capone epitomizes those aspects.

While he borrows his moniker from a notorious Chicago gangster named Albert; this younger reincarnation was born Rodriquez Smith in South Atlanta's rough-edged Thomasville Heights community.

A product of a work...

Bow Wow's Back in the Game With Brand-New Album

10/24/2006 9:46am EDT
Bow Wow
Hip-hop icon Bow Wow returns with his eagerly-awaited fifth studio album, "The Price of Fame," slated for release on Tuesday, December 19. "The Price of Fame" includes Bow Wow's sizzling new single, "Shortie Like Mine."

Bow Wow first burst on the scene back in 2000 -- under the wing of super producer Jermaine Dupri -- with his debut album, Beware of Dog, which went on to sell more than three million copies while solidifying his status as an authentic hip-hop heartthrob.

He is the youngest musician to open the Grammy Awards, is the first "kid" to be included in Vanity Fair's prest...

Webstar Presents: "Caught In The Web," Featuring The Hit Single "Chicken Noodle Soup," In Stores Sept. 26

9/25/2006 3:46pm EDT
Troy "Webstar" Ryan, a 19-year-old Harlem-based deejay and producer, is the creative force behind "Chicken Noodle Soup," the great underground sensation of the summer of 2006. He is also the co-executive producer of "Webstar Presents: Caught in the Web" (along with Arthur Smith and Kirk Burrowes), a compilation of new talent set for release on Universal Republic on September 26. Finally, he is the owner, with his old friend and partner Arthur Smith, of a brand-new Fontana-distributed label called Scrilla Hill.

Webstar and Art go back to Web's first parties in 2001, where Art provided s...