Sources tell Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com Jermaine Dupri is out as head of urban music at Virgin after disappointing sales of his girlfriend Janet Jackson’s comeback album ’20 Y.O.’ Three weeks into its release, the album is a dud with less than 500,000 copies sold. Friedman suggests Dupri’s decision to present the 40-year-old as a hip hop diva is largely to blame. Read more.
Janet Jackson Talks With ‘RTL Boulevard’
October 18, 2006 – ‘RTL Boulevard’ profiled Janet on Monday (October 16), where the singer discussed her new album ’20 Y.O.’ and its “classic Janet” sound and wanting as many children as boyfriend Jermaine Dupri would like to have. Afterwards, there was a panel discussion, in Dutch. The video clip at RTL.nl has since been removed.
JD Threatens To Quit Virgin After Janet’s CD Tanks
October 16, 2006 – The New York Daily News hears Jermaine Dupri is said to be blaming fellow execs at Virgin Records, notably label chairman Jason Flom, for the miserable sales of his girlfriend Janet Jackson’s new CD ’20 Y.O.’ “Jermaine blames Virgin for not getting it enough radio play – not working it,” an insider claimed, adding that the pint sized rapper/producer is threatening to quit as president of the Virgin Urban division. One of Flom’s defenders fired back, “Jason wants the CD to be a hit as much as anyone, but she didn’t have the goods.”