Usher is once again a mama's boy — professionally, at least.
The R&B star has rehired his mother, Jonnetta Patton, as his manager, the pair said in a statement released to People.com. After [article id="1589159"]parting ways in May 2007[/article], Patton has reclaimed her position from interim manager Benny Medina.
"He wanted her to come back onboard, and she decided to," an unnamed source told the site. "He had really poor management and wanted her back."
Usher's biggest success this year came with the single [article id="1581628"]"Love in This Club,"[/article] which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequent singles from the album [article id="1582966"]Here I Stand[/article] have failed to crack the top 10.
For his part, Medina defended the sales drop in his own statement to People.
"With an artist like Usher, the bar is set really high. Whether it was management, marketing or the music, we achieved a #1 single and a [article id="1588650"]#1 album[/article]," he said. "It is a completely new day and time in music now. In four years, his audience, demographic and musical direction has changed. Records like [article id="1586492"]Lil Wayne's 'Lollipop'[/article] are the type of phenomena that 'Yeah' was in 2004."
At the time of her dismissal, it was speculated that Patton was let go in connection with Usher's announced [article id="1555859"]engagement to stylist Tameka Foster[/article]. The two were [article id="1566367"]married last August[/article] after initially [article id="1565771"]canceling their wedding[/article].
In an interview on "TRL" last month, Usher vehemently denied such speculation, [article id="1588171"]breaking into an angry tirade[/article].
"My wife had nothing to do with me firing my mother — nothing like that, that's trash," he said. "I hear y'all talking crazy out there. She's a beautiful black woman. Stop. Stop talking. And I love her. Stop it."