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Christina Milian: Def Jam Dropped Me Because Of Rihanna

Christina Milian: Def Jam Dropped Me Because Of Rihanna

Christina Milian is back on her first magazine cover since parting ways with Island Def Jam in 2006.

The 27-year-old singer breaks her silence to Rap-Up on the emotional past two years, her reaction to ex-boyfriend Nick Cannon‘s marriage to Mariah Carey, and her brand new album on MySpace Records.

On how she reacted after being dropped from her label: “It was embarrassing. It was a week after my album [So Amazin’] got put out. I would be in my room a lot of the time crying by myself.”

On the reason why she was dropped: “It was a budget cut, I believe. [Def Jam] probably got rid of projects like mine to spend the money on [Rihanna].”

On who inspired her to get back into music: “I bumped into Janet Jackson at a club. We talked for an hour and I was telling her I don’t know if I’m gonna do this, and she was like, ‘Girl, do not let them stop you. I’m a fan and you make good music.’ She’s a person I actually looked up to growing up, so her telling me that really was the day I was like, ‘I’m not gonna let these people
hold me down. It’s time.’”

On learning about ex-boyfriend Nick Cannon’s marriage to Mariah Carey: “I was surprised like everyone else. I was like, ‘Really?’ It just seemed like a weird match, but I was happy for him. I always feel Nick works hard to get what he wants, whether that be women—that’s how he got me.”

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  • hello

    that’s too bad

  • Whateva

    Rihanna is the biggest diva hoe out there. She has no stage presence and has no IT factor. She is dull and boring who puts on racy outfits to get attention while she gets absolutley none.

    Go Christina- keep making your music.

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    ..` this poor girl is ;delusional. christina, def jam `dropped you because you put out two ~flop~ albums back-2-back!
    ~
    she went triple plastic two times.. and that’s after having a hit single for each album. LOL poor girl’s music career ended before it ever started. haha

  • annie

    Christina is much prettier and more talented than Rihanna,
    She actually does know how to write her own songs and doesn’t even sound that horrible live.
    And plus.
    Just look at the girl
    She is friggin hot!
    Way hotter than that tranny-prince-wannabe.

  • Ashley

    i love christina, she seems very sweet, and grateful for what she has.

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  • fabia289

    christina rocks and is fckin hot!!!!
    rihanna= prince with boobs

  • LuckyL

    This was an awesome interview.

  • LuckyL

    fabia, please don’t desecrate Prince

  • Zoe Moon

    I love, LOVE, Christina Milan. I am surprised that Def Jam did that. She can sing, act, and dance. The additonal factor is that she is also gorgeous. She will be ok, maybe it is for the best! Love you, Christina!!

  • CLINIQUA

    Again, she sounds BITTER. Why can’t she just say, I was surprised, but I’m happy for him and wish he and Mariah the best…why did she have to go there? ‘Seems like a weird match.’ F*ck her, jealous ho.

  • The Star

    wow i LOVE christina! for saying all this. i so loathe, hate, hate, hate rihanna. no horrible words enough to describe her. GO CHRISTINA! she’s not only a better singer than rihanna, but she can act and is really gorgeous! i am deeply surprised of how ppl made rihanna be such a superstar and not milian……are u blind folks? anyway , that was a great interview, at least she says what’s on her mind (nick cannon and mimi)……awesome

  • LolaSvelt

    She’s allowed her own opinion. It is a weird match, and their body language is terrible. A split in a few months, for sure.

  • Regina

    Christina’s songs at the peak of her career were better than Rihanna’s annoying songs, for sure.

  • Nikki

    She has an amazing voice…just needs some promotion help!

  • Chola chicka says

    Christina does have a better voice than Princess RIri but Riri is more marketable, lets be frank. Its all about selling units and Christina’s last 2 albums just never caught fire. As for the Nick/Mariah comment, ummm, I’d have to agree. I mean hello, dude was engaged to the Victoria Secret model only a couple of months before gettin’ hitched to Mariah.

  • DrmKpr

    Christina get real…. she got dropped because no one wanted to listen to her craptastic music…. name me ONE hit she’s had and I can name you a dozen from Rihanna…. Christina is just dropping Rihanna’s name to get some attention and it still ain’t working!!!

  • http://www.googledark.info the dark google

    She won’t be without promotion for very long, someone’s gonna snap her up in a second now!

  • http://thebest.com matey

    Agree with #11, Christina is one bitter woman. And #16 needs to get your facts straight. Besides whether it is a couple of months, years, decades, it doesn’t matter – the couple seems to be thriving! No judging here!!

  • dkjfk

    FUCK THAT UGLY MAN LOOKING HOE CALLED RIHANNA!!!
    I LOVE YOU CHRISTINA!!!

  • Mehdy B.

    I really really Love her i buy all her Album

    But she’s not a superstar & its really sad because she’s all for to be a superstar Voice dance the beauty te style

    GO CHRISTINA i wish your next album gonna be a BOMBBBB

    xo B’

  • ppp

    ACCEPT IT PEOPLE: RIHANNA IS THE HOTTEST CHICK IN THE GAME. THE MEDIA, THE CHARTS, INTERNATIONALLY, SHE IS IN HOT DEMAND AND THAT CANNOT BE DENIED. SO GET OVER IT!!!!

    Looks didn’t bring Christina any hits. People wake up. It’s not about singing, looks, it’s about chart position and album sales AND RIHANNA OBVIOUSLY HAS THE “IT FACTOR” because she is doing it bigger than people thought she would. SURPRISE SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • bey rocks

    poor christina i like her, but she will never be as huge as rihanna! i know rihanna hasnt got singing chops, but lets face it, anything she sings becomes a hit! (unfortunately, because she cant sing, write or bond with her own songs)

  • malolm

    Christina didn’t even when gold. Rihanna GGGB is 6.5 million and still selling 30.000 a week after almost 2 yrs. As jay z said, men and women lie numbers don’t. Jay Z made the right decision by spending the money on Rihanna. What she didn’t say was SOS was given to her and she refuse it. because it was too pop. that was the last straw. Right after SOS blow up def jam drop her.

  • lalalove

    What Def Jam saw in Rihanna was a potential marketing media whore who was willing to sellout to bring in money. That’s all it takes, my friends! And that’s exactly what they got!
    I’ve always liked this girl. Guess she wasn’t willing to drop her drawers for L.A Reid.
    That’s too bad. Because she is way more beautiful than Rihanna will ever be, and though she isn’t that best singer (far from it actually), she is A MILLION times better than Rihanna.
    Good for her, and I hope she gets back on track!

  • http://www.myspace.com/julianclarke Julian

    @ The haters on here: I’ve been following Christina’s carrer since 2003, I guess you could call me the alpha fan. I’ve seen Christina’s shows live and her music and shows are far from bitter. She has more talent than Def Jam revealed, see can act, dance and singer ass off and does just that. Rihanna is great, I’ll give he that, but that’s because of how much promotion, money and time went into her from Def Jam, they didn’t give Christina enough of that, they expected her to do that all herself. I saw know flyers promoting her album when I went to the WiLD 98.7: WiLD Splash 2006 so that’s saying something. Her promotional team wan’t very good, it’s not her fault. She is a phenomenal artist and that is why I am a fan and a supporter pf her work.

  • Wu

    Rihanna’s cute but she can’t sing. Christina is pretty AND can sing. Def Jam should have kept her on!

  • jen

    i like her.. shes prettier than rihanna and can sing way better

  • Orange

    Love Christina! The girl’s got serious pipes.

  • Orange

    Plus, she’s much hotter than Trannyanna!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Daniels-Art-Beats-Lyrics/32646216952 sTYLES

    Rihanna is hot, but I agree w/ #2, Rihanna has NO stage presence. She stands there lifeless singing offkey.

    And a “bitter” woman would have said Def Jam was wack or Nick Cannon was wack. She praised his hardwork and she acknowledged that budget cuts (which all labels are making) were likely the cause of her getting dropped.

    I have Christina’s album “So Amazin” and its actually REALLY GOOD. Truthfully, I was shocked at how good it was. So its sux that she’s reduced to a label like MySpace, but hopefully things will pick up for her.

  • wow

    rihanna is hawr sry ..her album wa strash thas the true…rihanna got sum hits fuck the haters

  • love

    I personally dont like Rihanna AT ALL but you gotta praise her.. she is determinate to get what she wants ..if she can sing or not she is still making money out of it, i think we should all follow our dreams and pursuit that and not focus on other people!!

  • Doreatha

    WISHING BOTH LADIES ONLY THE BEST!

  • Tres

    This entire interview is a joke,so are many of you. If only you so-called fans actually bought Christina’s CD she wouldn’t be doing that interview at all. But you didn’t,so GET OVER IT!! I think this is more about hating on Rhianna than it is liking Christina. It bothers you that she isn’t American. I will go as far as saying that is exactly why she’s so popular. She isn’t all sugar sweet(Beyonce)telling you what you want to hear. She’s genuine. She doesn’t give a fuk what the haters say. Your not purchasing her music,you are too busy chatting on gossip sites and downloading Christina’s music. Dumb fuks!

  • George p.

    Congrats to Christina for landing a new magazine cover!

    I’ll be getting it when it comes out!

    For someone who asked, Christina did pretty well with her singles “AM To PM” (#27 on the Hot 100), “Dip It Low” (#5), and “Say I” (#21).

    While she hasn’t been as successful as say, other R&B/Pop artists, I’m just glad she’s continually making new music, films, and other ventures in her life.

    Maybe her breakout year hasn’t come yet, or maybe it won’t. It’s all about having a long career in the entertainment world rather than a having a career haunted by a massively successful period (Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, Alanis Morissette, etc) and then fading into obscurity.

    But yeah, once again to her, as well as her Best Actress win (at this year’s Imagen Foundation Awards) for her Christmas film, “Snowglobe”.

    Here’s hoping to a third (or more) Grammy nomination next year for when this album comes out. “Dip It Low” really should’ve won for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2005.

  • http://n/a janetlbrooks

    hi christina,im sorry that your old label did that to you ,since ive gotten to know you ,you are such a sweet person and didnt deserve that from them.they were suppose to be looking out for you and instead they used you and then let greed tske over them.the way i see it they reall missed out on someone who is amazinly talented and sweet and kind and that’s their lost.they are going to miss you when they get tired of rihanne,and you will have forgetten about them.dont worry about them or the haters cause you will always have your fans and we will do whatever it takes to help if can on helping you achieve that #1 status!cause in our eyes you are our #1 superstar and we love you christina,always remember that we got your back and we will always be there whenever you needs us to be !hey julian and thanks for always putting them haters in their place!CHRISTINA MILIAN IS FOREVER,AND ALWAYS!
    LOVE JANET

  • http://n/a janetlbrooks

    TO THE HATERS YOU MUST LIKE CHRISTINA ,IF YOU ALWAYS GOTTA COME ON WEBSITES TO BASH HER,BUT DONT WORRY WE CONSIDER YOU ALL FAN TOO!STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK OUR BONES BUT YOUR WORDS WILL NEVER HER CHRISTINA OR HER FANS!GET A LIFE!SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO JANET JACKSON,FOR YOUR KIND WORDS IN TELLING CHRISTINA NOT TO GIVE UP!MUCH LOVE ALWAYS,JANET

  • anonymous

    Wow ! Christina deserves to get DROPPED LiKE iTS HOTT from deff jam lmfaoo ! How the hell your going to deny a song that could have made her career because it was too ” pop ” , when was the last time a singer or rapper denied a track that was given to them exclusive. They didn’t have to offer it to christina but they did , they could have gave it to rihanna from the beginning . Christina should have tooken that song , so now she got dropped , she wants to blame it on rihanna , rihanna should laugh && just say this dum ass bxtch is sucha low life , she is blaming on rihanna that she didn’t take a song that was meant for her , and it was a budget cut ? Yea sure , they cutt you cause you was a sucky singer and your talent wasn’t all that. But do you christina. && it should be very embrassing that you did what you did :D . Your business. Good luck .

  • anonymous

    GUESS WHAT CHRiSTiNA THAT’S NOBODY FAULT BUT YOURS , YOU DIDN’T WANNA DO THE SONG BECAUSE IT WAS SO ” POP ” NOW YOU GOT DROP ! Lmfaoo ! PLAiN && SiMPLE, NOW RiHANNA iS RiCH , && FAMOUS BECAUSE OF YOU AND YOUR STUPiDiTY ! You suck && good luck (: haha !

  • http://www.myspace.com/julianclarke Julian

    @ Anonymus: It’s funny how you disguise your name cuz ur too puzzy to reveal your identity. People think they can say whatever they want on the internet and not get bashed for it LOL! You’re just a hater “Anonymus” and an ass hole at that. What kind of loser waists their time on a public forum making an ass of themselves by insulting people and trying to hurt people’s feelings? Christina is a great person and very kindhearted and for you to be such an ass hole and put someone down and talk about them as thought they are lower than dirt when you don’t even know the person shows your extreme ignorance and disgusting lack of character, you are a disgrace to yourself and an utter embarrassment, why I am even wasting my time on such a low life is beyond me. People like you make me sick you are a disgusting person and I don’t have to know you to see that, after all, it’s not who you are but what you do that defines you.

  • robymilia

    I LOVE CHRISTINA AND HER MUSIC. SHE IS SO TALENTED, VERY BEAUTIFUL, AND SO SWEET.

    CHRISTINA MILIAN IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AS AGAINST THE WORLD IS SO AMAZIN

  • pucka

    i say something had happen to u that’s y we was not hearing from u but i see now it that bitch Rhianna i can’t stand her nut u go girl put yr self back out there i like u work hard for Wat u want we love u in Trinidad

  • carol

    Rihanna is waaaaaay better than Christina!
    Christina had 2 flop albums, while Rihanna is getting hit singles after singles! =)

    BYE CHRISTINA!
    HELLO PRINCESS RIRI! ♥

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