Jermaine Dupri has stepped down as president of urban music at Virgin, following lackluster sales of his girlfriend Janet Jackson’s latest disc, “20 Y.O,” which Dupri co-executive produced.
In a statement released to the Associated Press today (Oct. 25), Dupri said, “Since there are so many rumors running rampant about my position at Virgin Records, I feel that it is necessary to set the record straight. I was not forced out of the company — I made a decision that it was in my best interest to leave.”
The producer/rapper was bowed at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 last month and has sold just 443,000 units to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.