Mariah Carey and Jermiane Dupri are known for making hits together but Carey's latest release has gotten the attention the two musicians were hoping for.
According to XXL, Me.I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse has produced the lowest first week sales of Carey's career but despite the fact the album only sold 58,000 copies, J.D. still has faith in the project.
He believes the project he executively produced will build over time.
"I actually feel like it's probably one of her best albums she's ever made," he told Rap-Up TV at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. "I'm excited to see where the album ends up. I tell a lot of people, this era of music and this genre, they don't understand records that come out small and sell a lot of records."
Dupri, who helped manage the careers of other performers such as Kris Kross and Shad Moss (formerly known as Bow Wow), says they also faced similar situations.
"So it's like the first-week sales sometimes don't really matter," he said. "I think people gotta start understanding. If you have a plan and you can put the plan in play, you just gotta keep livin' it out."
Carey is set to begin shooting the video for her single "You Don't Know What to Do" featuring Wale.
The Carey and Wale collab was produced by J.D.
Dupri was recently honored with ASCAP's prestigious Founders Award.
As previously reported, the presentation of the Founders Award to Dupri featured a surprise performance by Bow Wow and Usher.
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