If you want to spread rumors about Mariah Carey
, proceed with caution.
The music mogul has responded to reports that she has severed ties with Jay-Z
's management company, Roc Nation, following an "explosive" meeting with the rap
mogul that has shattered their decades-long relationship.
An unnamed source told the British
tabloid The Sun last week that Carey had "sensationally quit" the label, which she signed with in 2017, after a "blazing row" with Jay-Z over the direction of her career, as Carey plans to release a new "heavily R&B-influenced album" and embark on a world tour in the coming year.
To set the record straight, Carey responded to the rumors on social media
on Monday with a distinctly Mariah and perfectly petty retort.
“The only ‘explosive’ situation I’d ever ‘get into’ with Hov is a creative tangent, such as our #1 song ‘Heartbreaker’!!!” she wrote alongside a clip from the iconic music video
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According to the Sun, Carey was planning to "formally depart in the coming weeks" following the meeting.
“It’s a shame because they had done some great work
in the last few years,” a source told The Sun, “but this meeting couldn’t have gone much worse. Mariah has been talking to other managers and thinks she has found someone who she feels has full belief in her as she takes her next steps. She isn’t going to let this stand in her way.”
Carey and Jay-Z have remained in each other's orbit since collaborating on the chart-topping 1999 smash single "Things That U Do," collaborating on various tracks together over the years, including "Things That U Do" and a "Shake It Off" remix
After a particularly turbulent period for the pop icon, which culminated in her disastrous 2016 New Year's Eve performance, the two made their partnership official in 2017 when Carey signed with Roc Nation for management.
Carey's collaboration with Roc Nation appears to have been fruitful: she released "Caution," her best-reviewed studio album in years, in 2018, and most recently, "The Rarities," a compilation album commemorating the 30th anniversary
of her self-titled debut record, all while working with Roc Nation.
She also released a best-selling memoir
, "The Meaning of Mariah Carey," and her reign as holiday queen was cemented by the omnipresence of "All I Want for Christmas
Is You" and her Apple TV
+ project, "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special."
However, as some fans
have pointed out, Carey is no longer listed as one of the artists represented by Roc Nation on its website.
Despite the change, the longtime collaborators appear to be in good spirits, as Carey reportedly followed her former Roc Nation manager Melissa Ruderman to Range Media Partners, which now manages the singer.
“This story is completely made up,” an unnamed source told The New York
Post, adding that “the relationship with Roc Nation ended amicably and Mariah and Jay-Z are on good terms.”
Whew, that's one less thing to worry about.