Janet Jackson leaves Virgin

JANET JACKSON has followed her boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, from Virgin to Island Def Jam, Billboard has learned."She's on Island, but it's more or less (Def Jam CEO Antonio L.A. Reid's) project," Dupri said. "I let him deal with that on a day-to-day basis. ...

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Published: Sun 15 Jul 2007, 11:18 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:11 AM

Janet's record is one that he's wanted to do for a long time. He's very passionate about it."

Jackson's departure from Virgin comes in the wake of two consecutive commercial disappointments: 2004's Damita Jo and last year's 20 Y.O. Her departure from the label was widely rumoured after Dupri exited the company late last year to become president of Island Urban.

As for the direction of Jackson's as-yet-untitled album, Dupri said, "I don't really know what he's got in mind at this point. His past record isn't shabby, so I'm going to let him do what he's going to do. I'm going to (produce the new) Mariah (Carey album), and we're going to make it seem like we're in competition."

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