In the wake of disappointing album sales, Jermaine Dupri is out - and now Kevin Liles seems to be in.
It looks like the "elusive chanteuse" continues to elude career stability.
Mariah Carey has parted ways with longtime musical collaborator Jermaine Dupri as her manager, and has been working closely with Kevin Liles, who was president of Def Jam during the singer's stint at the label, Billboard has learned. Sources say "nothing official" has been inked with Liles' firm KWL Enterprises, but the two have been working together since the June launch of Go N'Syde's Carey-branded Butterfly interactive beverage line.
"I'm a very hands-on person when it comes to my work," Dupri tells Billboard in a statement. "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." Reps for Liles, Carey and Carey's label Def Jam declined comment.