Dupri ankles Virgin gig

Urban music prexy exits after 21-month stint

Jermaine Dupri has ankled his job as president of urban music at Virgin Records after just 21 months in the job.

His departure follows the disappointing sales results for “20 Y.O.,” the latest album from Janet Jackson, Dupri’s girlfriend.

There is continued talk, however, that Dupri won’t be leaving Virgin’s New York offices. Diskery may be giving Dupri his own label and covering the staffing expenses.

EMI, which owns Virgin, had no comment on either development or whether it would continue to maintain a separate urban division.

“Since there are so many rumors running rampant about my position at Virgin Records, I feel that it is necessary to set the record straight,” Dupri told the Associated Press in a statement. “I was not forced out of the company — I made a decision that it was in my best interest to leave.”

While at Virgin, which used his So So Def label as its urban foundation, Dupri signed Dem Franchize Boyz and inked a deal with Purple Ribbon, a label run by Outkast’s Big Boi.

Dupri’s production credits include Jackson, Usher, Mariah Carey and, at the age of 19, Kris Kross’ “Jump.”

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