Mariah Carey Splits with Manager Jermaine Dupri

Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has parted ways with her manager and longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri.

The So So Def mogul confirmed the split in a statement to Billboard. “I’m a very hands-on person when it comes to my work,” said J.D. “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.”

The hitmaker, who produced some of Carey’s biggest hits including “We Belong Together,” expressed that the split was amicable. “Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future,” he says.

The announcement follows the disappointing sales of Mariah’s latest album, Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse — the album has sold only 103,000 copies, and has fallen off the Billboard 200 since its May 27 release.



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Justin Bieber’s Miami DUI Hearing Postponed

Image Courtesy Ben WattsA hearing to determine if Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest has been postponed.

The Biebs got a reprieve from a Miami-Dade County judge on Tuesday, who pushed the date until 1:30 p.m. August 13 at the request of prosecutors and Justin’s attorney, according the the Miami Herald.

The 20-year old pop star was arrested on January 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal drag race against a friend.

A breath tests determined the singer’s alcohol level was below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers, but urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and an anti-anxiety drug. He was also was charged with driving on an expired license.


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Katy Perry Calms Crying Baby in Viral Video

Christie Goodwin/Capitol RecordsDesperate parents in need of a way to calm their crying infants now have a personal savior in Katy Perry.

A cute video posted this week of an adorable but fussy baby who instantly calmed down the minute she hears the singer’s “Dark Horse” has gone viral, with over 4,282,789 views.

The video even got Katy’s attention, who tweeted, “Available for babysitting at 10 dollars an hour & 4 Oreos.”

 



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One Direction’s Harry Styles Brightens the Day of a Young Fan with Cancer

ABC/Richard HarbaughOne Direction singer Harry Styles took time out of his busy touring schedule to meet a young fan with cancer.

Harry spent all day Sunday visiting eight-year old Campbell Hoyt in New Jersey. Campbell was diagnosed with ependymoma, a brain and spine cancer, back she was just three-years-old.

Campbell’s mother, Robin, said the 1D singer met with her daughter, who was recently placed in hospice, only out of the goodness of his heart.

“He was emphatic that he did not do this for publicity,” she told Alternative Press. “He truly just wanted to meet Cam. I would not want anyone to get the wrong idea.”

As an added treat, Campbell got to enjoy even more time with Harry, checking out the group’s show at East Rutherford, New Jersey’s MetLife Center, on Monday night.


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Trailer for Jordin Sparks’ New Movie, “Left Behind,” Officially Released

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In the clip, which can be seen on Yahoo Movies, the American Idol season six winner — portraying her character Shasta Carvell –  is seated next to a young girl on an airplane flown by Nicolas Cage, then the young girl disappears.

The movie also stars Chad Michael Murray and Lea Thompson.  As previously reported, the plot is about what happens to the passengers on a plane that’s in the air during the Rapture, a moment that Christians believe will result in one group of people leaving Earth to go to heaven, while another group is “left behind” on Earth.

In the movie, millions of people around the world vanish, and Cage, who plays the pilot, must deal with a damaged plane and terrified passengers, while wondering what happened to his family on the ground.

This is Jordin’s third film, after Sparkle and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.


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The Chainsmokers Return with an Ode to Kanye West

Image Courtesy Republic RecordsNew York duo The Chainsmokers are looking to follow-up their smash-hit, “Selfie,” with their newest single, “Kanye.”

The song is an EDM anthem dedicated to none other than — you’ve probably already guessed – Kanye West.

The inspirational anthem, all about following your own path, begins with a few piano chords before it kicks up a notch, with guest vocalists Siren singing “I want to be like Kanye/I’ll be the king of me always.”

The Chainsmokers The group shared why they believe the song was the proper second single to follow “Selfie”

“Kanye, for us, represents such a perfect next step for us,” the Chainsmokers say in a note on SoundCloud.  “You be the judge. It has such a nice blend of the indie house sound we fostered through our remixes and an absolutely incredible vocal from the girls of Siren.  This song to us represents something real and relatable. It gushes with emotion and positivity and trust us. Its blends genres and tastes and that’s something we really pride our music on.”



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Report: Jon Bon Jovi’s First Bid for NFL Team Was “Uncompetitively Low”

AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi‘s attempt to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills has hit a snag.

Canada’s Sun Media is reporting that the first bid submitted by Jon and his fellow investors was rejected last week by Morgan Stanley, which is handling the sale of the franchise. The problem with the bid: it was deemed to be, in the words of Sun Media, “uncompetitively low.”

The Toronto-based group reportedly was expected to submit a higher bid Tuesday — likely between one billion and 1.1 billion dollars.

The group reportedly had been told it must also give greater assurances it won’t move the team from the Buffalo, New York, area.

On Sunday, The Buffalo News ran an open letter from Jon in which he told fans, “Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo.”

Wilson, the longtime owner of the Bills, died in March.


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Britney Thanks Zoe Saldana for Standing Up for Her During TV Appearance

Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsBritney Spears has tweeted her appreciation for Zoe Saldana — not because her former Crossroads co-star appears in the number-one movie in the country, Guardians of the Galaxy, but because the actress defended her during a recent TV appearance.

Last week on the Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live, Saldana was asked by a caller whether she’d heard the non-AutoTuned vocal track from Britney’s song “Alien,” for which the pop star was criticized after it leaked last month.

Saldana responded, “Well, that’s mean because I’m pretty sure that 80 percent of our musical artists would be mortified if they were caught singing without Auto-Tune.”

Saldana added, “I have a huge amount of respect for Britney Spears.”

Britney reached out to Saldana on Twitter this week, writing, “Truly the sweetest, thx 4 the kind words. Nothing but great memories of working w u.”

Brit also posted a GIF image of a scene from Crossroads, and suggested, “Crossroads pt 2? ;)


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Joe Jonas and Girlfriend Split

Kenneth CappelloAnyone interested in dating a former Jonas Brother? Joe Jonas and his girlfriend of 20 months, graphic designer/model Blanda Eggenschwiler, have broken up, his rep tells Us Weekly.

Joe’s rep says the couple has “mutually decided to part ways,” and that the two remain friends.

Joe and Blanda began dating in November of 2012 after they were introduced by a mutual pal.

Joe, 24, has previously dated Taylor Swift, Camilla Belle, Demi Lovato and Ashley Greene.


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One Direction Unveils “Mission Impossible” Commercial for New Fragrance

ABC/Lou RoccoOne Direction‘s new fragrance, You & I, is almost here, and on Tuesday the boys debuted a new commercial to promote it.

In the spot, a group of masked thieves are lowered from a ceiling, Mission Impossible-style, into a vault where a bottle of You & I sits on a pedestal guarded by lasers.

The thieves look at each other and then each rip off their masks revealing Harry, Liam, Zayn, Louis and Niall who begin fighting with each other while dangling in the air, each attempting to steal the bottle.

You & I will join the group’s previous scents, That Moment and Our Moment, on store shelves. It’s available for pre-order today, August 6, and is expected to be on store shelves August 25.


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