Mariah and producer split

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London - Mariah Carey has parted company with Jermaine Dupri after bad album sales.

The 44-year-old singer - who had worked with the producer for nearly 20 years - has now teamed up with Kevin Liles.

A representative for Mariah told Page Six that he is “consulting with Carey.”

The pair joined forces to launch a beverage line, 'Butterfly', last year.

Mariah and Jermaine had been working together since 1995 and in that time, he was behind some of her most successful hits including 'We Belong Together'.

The decision to split was made after her latest album, 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse', only sold just over 100 000 copies since its release in May.

Jermaine also came under fire for arranging for Mariah to perform to José Eduardo dos Santos and his family.

Mariah was slammed by human rights groups for performing for the Angolan politician, who is accused of many human rights violations as well as corruption.

Meanwhile, Jermaine told 'Billboard' magazine earlier this week: “I'm a very hands-on person when it comes to my work.

“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.

“Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future.” - Bang Showbiz

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