*Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson have ended their business relationship and are going back to being just friends.
The original “American Idol” judge is no longer co-managing Carey, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. In November 2011, THR first reported that Jackson and Irving Azoff were representing the singer.
“Randy was more of an in-between guy,” says a source close to the situation. “She was looking for new management and he was like a temporary fix.”
According to various reports, Carey recently signed with former RCA Records executive Bruce Flohr at Red Light Management, which counts Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw and Alabama Shakes as artists on the firm’s diverse roster.
A rep for Red Light would neither confirm or deny that Carey is currently a client.
Jackson and Carey go back to their respective Columbia Records days, when Jackson was vice president of A&R during the 1990s and Carey was signed to the label from 1988 to 2001. Over the years, Jackson has produced, co-written and appeared on many Carey recordings. He’s also played bass for the superstar both in the studio and on the road.
As previously reported, Carey will premiere her new video for “Beautiful” tonight on “American Idol.” The song, featuring Grammy winner Miguel, is from her as-yet-untitled forthcoming album, which might also end up featuring the show’s final three ladies on a track.
Angie Miller, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison sang background vocals for Carey in the recording studio last week, most of which was captured on video, though it’s not yet known whether the song they worked on will make the final track listing.