August 6, 2008

Usher Gets Back With His Mama...

Usher has dumped Hollywood power broker Benny Medina and rehired mom Jonnetta Patton as his manager, E! News has exclusively learned.

Sources say the Medina split is a direct result of poor management and disappointing record sales for the team's first and only collaboration, Here I Stand.

"He's leaving Benny. The record is pretty stiff, and nowhere nearly as successful as Confessions," an insider says of the singer's 2004 blockbuster album.

Confessions was a worldwide sensation, selling 19 million copies under the supervision of Patton. After debuting at No. 1 in June, Here I Stand, Usher's fifth studio album, has chalked up a relatively paltry 2 million in sales worldwide. This, despite the radio success of the single "Love in This Club (Part II)."

There was no immediate comment from Usher, Patton or Medina.