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Katy Perry, Lorde, Chainsmokers The Show Will Go On After Manchester Bombing

5/24/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Imagine Dragons, Shawn Mendes and The Chainsmokers are not bowing to the terrorists, because they're fully committed to performing in England this weekend ... with an asterisk.  

They're all performing at the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend Saturday and Sunday, and all have pledged to take the stage as planned.

Here's the rub. 50,000 people are expected to attend, and the fan base is young ... similar to the crowd at Ariana Grande's ill-fated concert. Our sources say the various teams representing the artists are working with the venue to ramp up security in a huge way. We're told security was already at red alert level, but it pales by comparison to the new plan keeping the venue and the crowd safe.

The change is worldwide. Our sources say AEG and Live Nation have lunged into action after the Manchester bombing, and are in the process of creating a security plan the likes of which have never been implemented at concert venues.

Some artists have canceled over the next few days out of respect, but we've found no one who's backing out of future concert dates out of security concerns -- other than Ariana, who understandably has put her shows on hold because she's reeling from the attack.

Chris Cornell Cremated, Private Service Planned But Fans Not Forgotten

5/24/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Cornell was cremated Tuesday as a small group of family and friends stood by, but the rock icon's legion of fans will also get a chance to memorialize him ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the ceremony ... tell us 4 people were at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery -- Chris' brother, Peter, his wife, Vicki ... as well as his friends Linda Ramone and singer J.D. King.

The group was there for about an hour, and they'll gather again Friday with other family members at the cemetery. The service will be private, and Chris' ashes will be buried -- and afterward, we're told fans will be allowed entry to visit the burial site.

Cemetery officials tell us they're ready for a huge crowd. Cornell joins legends like Mickey Rooney, Jayne Mansfield and Linda's late husband, Johnny Ramone ... already laid to rest at Hollywood Forever.

Luenell Melania Didn't Sign Up for All this Mishigas

5/24/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Comedian Luenell says it's no wonder Melania Trump swatted her Prez hubby's hand ... because she's been thrown into a life for which she didn't sign up.

The 'Borat' star touched down at LAX Tuesday and didn't hesitate to psychoanalyze the President and First Lady's relationship. She's no Freud, but she's definitely better than your average armchair shrink.

Watch the video ... Luenell thinks Melania's life was in the bag -- literally -- but it was all undone when the electoral college voted.

Conor McGregor Ditches MMA Training Only Focused on Floyd

5/24/2017 12:30 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Conor McGregor has put his MMA training on the back burner to prepare for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke with McGregor's rep who says The Notorious is "only training boxing" while working out in Dublin to focus on the super fight.

That's right ... the UFC lightweight (and former featherweight) champ ain't practicing mixed martial arts.

Dana White announced last Thursday that McGregor's side of the deal is complete ... and the UFC star has been posting training pics directed at Floyd on Instagram ever since.

While the fight still isn't a done deal, Floyd has remained optimistic, telling reporters over the weekend that if he un-retires for a fight, "it's a 90% chance it's against Conor McGregor."

Amy March in 'Little Women' 'Memba Her?!

5/24/2017 12:10 AM PDT

Samantha Mathis is best known for playing Amy March -- whose younger version is played by Kirsten Dunst -- in the 1994 family film 'Little Women.'  Guess what she looks like now!

J.R. Smith Preemie Baby Comes Home ... Medical Miracle

5/23/2017 5:38 PM PDT
Breaking News

Huge day for J.R. Smith -- and it has nothing to do with the NBA Playoffs -- his preemie daughter has finally been discharged from the hospital after a miraculous 4 month battle.

As we previously reported, J.R.'s wife Shirley gave birth to their daughter Dakota (aka Kota) back in January -- nearly 5 months before her due date.

Shirley says the baby was born at just 21 gestational weeks -- and many medical experts believed she barely had a chance at survival.

But Kota defied the odds and with the incredible treatment she received at Cleveland Children's Hospital, she finally got her eviction from the NICU on Tuesday.

J.R. and Shirley are clearly over the moon. Props to the doctors, nurses, staff and everyone involved!

Welcome home, Kota!

Nicki Minaj I'm Not Letting The Terrorists Win!

5/23/2017 4:43 PM PDT

Nicki Minaj has got Manchester's back and says it's good citizens can count on seeing her when her next tour rolls through town ... because she's not letting fear rule her world. 

Nicki obviously had a lot to get off her chest about Monday night's terror attack at her pal Ariana Grande's concert. She had some warm words for AG before making a promise to Manchester.

She's dropping a lot of attitude in this clip ... especially when one photog dared to bring up President Trump. Nicki's not a fan, which she made clear to everyone.

Chuck D Sues Production Co. ... Hands Off the Public Enemy Story!

5/23/2017 4:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chuck D's getting screwed by a deal that's shutting down his effort to tell Public Enemy's story ... so he claims in a new lawsuit.

The legendary rapper's suing Alt House Productions because he says he agreed to let the fledgling company to produce a documentary about Spectrum City ... the group that eventually became Public Enemy. Chuck says the deal did NOT give the company exclusive rights to his story or Public Enemy's.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Chuck admits signing an amendment to the deal which had a clause about his "life story," but says he didn't have a lawyer present, and had no clue what he was signing.

Chuck says another production company wants to tell Public Enemy's story, but the deal with Alt is mucking it up. He's suing to block Alt from locking up rights to his or his legendary group's story.

Translation: Chuck's fighting the power. Or, put another way ...

Barack Obama 4-Under the Tuscan Sun

5/23/2017 3:33 PM PDT

Barack Obama can't get enough of Tuscany -- or at least its killer golf courses, 'cause he's back driving the fairways.

Obama hit the links Tuesday at the Castiglion del Bosco Resort in Siena, Italy -- and looked focused on his form. Decent follow-through, too.

You'll recall ... the former Prez also got his golf on over the weekend. While Michelle's been taking in Italy's sights, shops and restaurants ... BO's all about honing his game on this vacay.

BTW ... the Castiglion resort is all about 2 things: golf and wine. Barack's choice is clear.

Meek Mill Sued Your Thug Crowd Incited Violence!!

5/23/2017 2:58 PM PDT

Meek Mill's murderous lyrics attracted a bunch of thugs which led to a hail of bullets that killed 2 men ... at least according to one of the victim's families.

The family of 31-year-old Travis Ward -- along with another man injured at the concert -- says the rapper's appearance at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT drew a violent crowd. It also says the venue allowed "thugs" to remain on the premises to incite violence after the concert.

As we reported ... 4 people were shot in December outside Meek's show. Travis' family says the Oakdale, which is also being sued, should have taken Meek's lyrics as a warning.

The lawsuit quotes Meek's track, "Tony Montana (Freestyle)" ... "AK-47 picture perfect like a camera ... What's your body count n****? I'm double digits."

The family's suing for unspecified damages.

We've reached out to Meek, so far no word back.

Ariana Grande Flight Home NOT on Taylor's Dime

5/23/2017 2:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande is back on U.S. soil, but Taylor Swift was not involved in the flight that got her here ... as some reports have claimed.

There's a story floating around that Taylor sent one of her private jets to pick up Ariana and her mom in London. Our sources, with direct ties to Ariana, tell us that's just not the case. We're told Ariana's tour promoter Live Nation and her manager, Scooter Braun, split the PJ bill, 50/50.

The flight touched down Tuesday afternoon in Florida ... where Ariana's boyfriend, Mac Miller, greeted her.

Cavs vs. Celtics Security Increased After Manchester Attack

5/23/2017 2:40 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cleveland police are boosting security for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals as a result of the terror attack at Manchester Arena, TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us there will be more uniformed and undercover officers than usual at Tuesday's game against the Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena.

On top of that, we're told there will be more undercover security outside the venue as well.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass tells us in light of the recent attack, the league is "in communication with the appropriate authorities and taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our fans, teams and staff.”

Our sources say increasing security during the playoffs is common, but after Monday's event in Manchester, "there will be heightened awareness within the law enforcement community."

Manchester Bombing Social Media Tribute Flag Was Jacked But Artist Is Honored

5/23/2017 1:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Manchester tribute flag you're seeing all over the Internet was created by an artist who never signed off on his work being used by millions of people ... for free, mind you -- and yet he's not pissed.

Mark E. Tisdale, who's American, tells TMZ he created the original art back in 2013. He was surprised to see it become such a uniting symbol for the Manchester tragedy ... posted by tons of people, including David Beckham.

Mark says, obviously, he didn't design the flag years ago with tragedy in mind. However, in light of the bombing ... he's glad it's being used to help bring people together on social media.

And while his art's mostly being spread without crediting him ... he says he has gotten a lot more traffic on his website where he sells his digital art.

Mark's planning to donate any dough he makes off the Manchester flag to relief efforts.

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