Mariah Carey & Jermain Dupri

Mariah Carey & Jermain Dupri

*Mariah Carey is at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a two month summer residency.  The multiple Grammy award winner appeared on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” back in January where she said: ”I have so many ideas for the show that I’m currently working on and am excited to perform all of my #1 singles together for the first time and others that are very close to my heart,” said Mariah. “My songs are the soundtrack of my life and I can’t wait to share them with my fans on stage!”

Over the past year, Mimi has suffered a string of bad performances – with resulting media criticism for her inadequate vocals.

According to rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri, the media isn’t the only one to blame for some of the pop star’s negative press. JD told HipHollywood :

“From both sides I think it’s like you in the business you have to pay attention to everything,” JD said when asked how he feels about the singer’s latest criticism. “There’s some artists out there that aren’t as serious as they are supposed to be and I think sometimes Mariah doesn’t take it as seriously as she should.”

He continued, “I think that is where the criticism comes from because people expect you to put it at a level they ain’t even suppose to be able touch. Sometimes when you don’t do that, that’s where the criticism comes from.”

Dupri, who has worked with the star for over a decade, producing several of her albums, also said:

“Sometimes I think the media is a little too hard on Mariah, but at the same time I think sometimes she has to pay attention to that and say ‘I’m going to be one hundred times more serious than I feel like being right now.’

“When you been in it [the music industry] this long, yeah, you wake up some mornings you don’t feel like putting your all into something and you feel like just because you got a name people are going to go with the flow. But the way the world is now, people got something to say about everything. You just have to be on your p’s and q’s at all times.”

JD said he loves that Mariah is doing a residency in Las Vegas and that, “ain’t nobody going to break our records. That’s never going to happen.”

Mariah’s show will debut in Las Vegas on May 6, 2015. Tickets range from $55 to $250 and are on sale online here, or in person at The Colosseum Box Office. She joins a list of superstars booking residencies at The Colosseum including Elton John, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain.