Mariah Carey leaves Roc Nation Management for a partnership with Range Media
Sources confirm Variety that Mariah Carey has separated from Roc Nation and entered into a partnership with the new Range Media Partners, where she will work with Melissa Ruderman, who oversaw her career at Roc Nation and left to join Range in January, as Variety announced exclusively. Ruderman is a managing partner of the firm.
The signing comes after a tabloid story accusing the split of an alleged blowout between Carey and Roc founder Jay-Z, which Carey humorously canceled on social media on Monday. She had been with Roc Nation since 2017; the news was first reported by Deadline.
The move is the latest in a long line of leadership changes for Carey – who has been led by Roc, Stella Bulochnikov and Kevin Liles in recent years – although she has a long history with Ruderman. In 2005, Ruderman’s first job in the music industry was with veteran manager Benny Medina, where she took care of Carey’s daily chores and helped direct her multi-platinum album “The Emancipation of Mimi”. During his five years at Roc Nation, Ruderman performed for Carey two consecutive multi-year residencies at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, a Christmas TV deal with Apple and a publishing deal that earned the New York bestseller. York Times, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey.” Other artists Ruderman has worked with include Nicole Scherzinger, Miley Cyrus, Big Sean and Christina Aguilera.
Former managers of Carey also include her ex-husband Tommy Mottola, Randy Jackson, Red Light Management and Jermaine Dupri, among others.
Range Media Partners was founded in September 2020 by Peter Micelli and a group of top defectors from super-agencies, including CAA, UTA and WME. Her clients span film, television, music, literature and activism and include Gabrielle Union and Michael Crichton Estate.
Additional reporting by Shirley Halperin and Michele Angermiller.
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