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Jermaine Dupri Discusses Mariah Carey’s Low Album Sales for "Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse"

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Def Jam Recordings (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Def Jam Recordings (via ABC News Radio)

Mariah Carey may have earned the lowest first-week sales figures of her career with her latest album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, but her manager Jermaine Dupri isn't worried. The hitmaker believes that her set, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart last month, will have incremental success 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."

He adds that Carey's disappointing sales figures are similar to those of his other artists, Kris Kross and Bow Wow , both of whom started with low first-week sales and later sold millions.

"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."

The producer also confirmed that Mariah has chosen “You Don’t Know What to Do” featuring Wale as her next single.

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