Rihanna's locking it down -- she and Drake are officially exclusive.
Multiple sources extremely close to the couple tell us, Rihanna and Drake have gone from casually hooking up to seriously dating ... they've decided to give it a serious shot.
We're told Rihanna wants to spend as much time with Drake as her schedule will allow -- because he treats her better than anyone she's ever been with. Not a high bar.
As we reported, the pair have been virtually inseparable while Drake's been touring in Europe -- we're told Rihanna has spent every single night with him since she arrived.
As for Drake, he's smitten -- one source said "he's in the best mood he's been in a long time."
Fantasia & Brandy
Ex-Publicist Claims Sony Fired Me 'Cause I'm Black
3/16/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fantasia and Brandy have been caught in the middle of a racial war ... ignited by their former publicist who claims their music studio hates black people and that's why he lost his job.
Courtney Barnes -- a well-known publicist -- was hired by Fantasia a year ago, but fired days later. Barnes claims in his lawsuit her manager told him a V.P. at Sony hated him and wanted him gone.
Barnes claims he was told the V.P. came on so strong ... he threatened to screw Fantasia over if she didn't drop Barnes.
Now here's what Barnes says is the smoking gun. He claims in the lawsuit the Sony V.P. -- Sarah Dennison -- formed her opinion about Barnes based on hearsay that he had a reputation for "shady business practices."
Barnes insists in his lawsuit ... "shady business practices" is code for racism. He also claims the only interaction he ever had with her was a handshake on one occasion. So he says if she didn't know him, how could she form her opinion?
Barnes says the firing ruined his career, claiming it impacted Brandy's decision not to work with him ... based on Dennison trashing him to the singer.
Barnes is now suing Dennison and Sony Music for ruining his reputation and stressing him out. He claims he would have made $250K had he not been fired.
Sony says the whole thing is baseless.
'Party Down South'
Ends in Surrender!
3/16/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The South will apparently rise again -- "Party Down South" is coming back for Season 2 now that the cast is waving the white flag of surrender in its pay dispute ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... the "PDS" regulars were stonewalling ... refusing to work unless CMT paid them $7,500 an episode -- a hefty 1,400% pay raise from the paltry 500 bucks for Season 1.
But sources close to the show tell us ... CMT refused to budge -- even though "PDS" is the network's most successful show EVER.
We're told, the network is being hard-ass ... saying the cast signed a contract through season 2, so that's the way it is ... the network's way or the highway.
BUT ... CMT dangled a carrot, promising bigger paychecks in Season 3.
Note to cast: That's the oldest trick in the book.
Only a MORON
Would Use Ass as Golf Tee
3/16/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kendra Wilkinson has NO SYMPATHY for the model suing Playboy ... telling TMZ Sports only an IDIOT would let someone hit a golf ball off a tee shoved in their butt.
Kendra was leaving the Planet Blue clothing store in Bev Hills this week when she UNLOADED on Liz Dickson -- who claims she suffered injuries during the ass-stunt, which took place at a Playboy event back in 2012.
"That's HER fault," Kendra said ... before spending another minute ripping the model.
Ya gotta watch the clip -- it's obvious Kendra's loyalty to Hef runs super deep.
'Marriage Boot Camp' Hubby
Pissed the Show
Leaked My Porn Past
3/16/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shaun Sulligan -- the hubby from "Marriage Boot Camp" with a porn past -- is pissed that the show leaked his XXX work in a desperate attempt to drum up ratings.
As TMZ previously reported, Sulligan shot two scenes for a gay website called "Straight Guys for Gay Eyes." The scenes were shot in 2009 ... one sex scene with a woman and one solo masturbation scene. The sex scene is shot POV on him, not the chick.
Sulligan tells TMZ he deeply regrets doing the videos, and only did it because he was homeless and living in his car at the time. He says he would NEVER do anything like it again.
Sulligan and his wife Sofia are particularly pissed off at the show for leaking the story because they say it was never brought up during filming and it was never an issue between them.
The couple says they are seriously considering skipping the reunion show ... unless the show writes them a big check.
Now we get it.
I'm Going 'Round and 'Round
To Save My Marriage
3/16/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke may have failed as a husband ... but it seems he wants to show Paula Patton he rocks hard in the daddy department.
Robin went public in ATL Thursday with 3-year-old Julian at the 20 story high SkyView Ferris wheel.
The singer racked up some miles just to give Julian a thrill. He had flown from Detroit to Atlanta just to ride the Ferris wheel, then hopped on a plane for North Carolina for another concert.
Paula's back in Vancouver working on her movie -- but if she sees this ... well, baby steps.
Stars and Scars
You Be the Judge
3/15/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Crazy week ... Justin Bieber could not have looked worse in his videotaped deposition we posted Monday ... and Chris Brown is in JAIL for who knows how long? So we gotta ask ...
What's The Big Frigin'
3/16/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
3/16/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Real Houswife' Rebounds
With a Rolls From a Dictator's Son
3/13/2014 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Tonight Show' Star David Brenner
Dead at 78
After Battle With Cancer
3/15/2014 4:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Legendary comedian David Brenner has died at the age of 78 ... and he went out with a joke.
Brenner's rep says David passed away peacefully Saturday evening at his NYC home surrounded by family.
As we previously reported ... Brenner slipped into a coma this week after his cancer got aggressive and started spreading rapidly.
D.B. holds the record for most "Tonight Show" appearances with 158 couch sessions. He also hosted the show a handful of times.
We're told David had one final request -- $100 in small bills be placed in his sock -- and said it was "just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going."
Tyler the Creator
For Inciting a Riot
3/15/2014 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyler the Creator was arrested Saturday afternoon at an airport in Texas ... after cops say they had a warrant with his name on it -- for starting a riot at the SXSW festival.
Austin PD officials say Tyler was booked this afternoon for inciting a riot at his concert Thursday.
Cops released a video of the riot (below) -- and Tyler is clearly telling everyone to break down the barricade to get in. The scene is pretty scary.
As you may recall, Tyler's concert was cancelled the night before -- after a driver plowed into a crowd of people waiting to get in -- leaving 2 dead and 23 injured.
According to the warrant ... a bartender at the facility told police he tried protecting a woman from getting trampled on ... but a guy punched him in the face for it.
Tyler's still in custody on a $3,500 bond.
Girl Who Puked on Gaga
Chill Out Demi
We Didn't Glamorize Anything!
3/15/2014 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The girl who puked all over Lady Gaga's chest during SXSW this week says Demi Lovato needs to calm down ... because their performance wasn't meant to glamorize squat.
Performance artist Millie Brown tells TMZ ... she and Gaga did not intend to offend anyone struggling with bulimia -- they were attempting to challenge the concept of beauty.
Millie says, "there's a clear difference between using my body to create something beautiful, to express myself and feel powerful, rather than using it to punish myself and conform to society's standards."
As we previously reported ... Demi blasted the performance yesterday saying it glamorized bulimia.