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Cardi B Did Jay Ask to Touch Your Belly?

4/24/2018 6:31 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

While it's unclear if Jay-Z asked to touch Cardi B's baby bump at Coachella this past weekend, it's also likely she doesn't mind -- 'cause she didn't seem to object then ... or now.

We got Cardi and her fiance, Offset, Monday leaving Mastro's in Bev Hills, where our photog asked when her baby was due -- but, more importantly, whether she signed off on Jay reaching down to quickly cup her belly in the front row of Beyonce's concert Saturday.

Cardi stays mum on that detail. But what is clear here is that she's fully baring her pregnant body in public now, and looking fantastic while doing it. 

Our guy also tried asking Offset about Kanye West allegedly telling HOT 97 radio host Ebro that he loves Donald Trump. He had an interesting response ... more flossing than talking.

Jay-Z Blesses Cardi B's Baby Bump ... During Bey's Coachella Set

4/22/2018 1:36 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jay-Z appeared to give Cardi B and her forthcoming baby his blessing this weekend during round 2 of Beyonce's Coachella set ... a belly rub and prayer hands says as much, anyway.

Jay was spotted getting up close and personal with Cardi in the artist section early Sunday morning around 12:45 AM, after he'd performed a duet with his wife on stage. 

He affectionately grabs her arms and then places his hands on top of her ever-growing baby bump. Cardi was seated during the interaction -- ya know, 'cause she super pregnant ... AND about to perform for the second weekend in a row BTW. Girl needs her rest.

Oh ... Jay and Bey's daughter, Blue Ivy, was there too. She was watching her mom do her thing, but might've drawn a little attention herself with those stylish frames. 

Coachella Week 2 Celebs Flock to Festival to Catch Beyonce

4/22/2018 7:35 AM PDT

Not quite as many celebs who took in Coachella week 2, but there were still plenty.

Check out our gallery ... lots of people came to watch Beyonce, including Marilyn Manson, David Byrne, Tinashe, Tyler the Creator, Tash Sultana, Jamie Foxx, Nile Rodgers and Borns.

Beyonce's performance was awesome as usual, and this time she brought out J Balvin who performed "Mi Gente."  

Cardi B, Migos and Eminem are slated to perform Sunday ... and the festival goes dark but the venue fires up again next week with Stagecoach ... where Yodel Boy will perform again. 

Beyonce Slays at Coachella Week 2 With Surprise Guest J Balvin

4/22/2018 6:52 AM PDT

Beyonce did not disappoint at Coachella week 2 ... it was as good as week 1, with a bonus.

Bey brought out a surprise guest ... J Balvin, who performed "Mi Gente."

The set list was basically the same as week 1, but there were new celebs in the audience, including Jessica Alba and Vanessa Hudgens.

Beyonce and sister Solange had a dance-off ... a definite fan favorite.

The biggest difference from week 1 ... 4 new outfit changes and this time all the backup dancers changed from yellow to pink. Destiny's Child, Solange and Jay Z all changed it up in the wardrobe department from week 1.

The jury has pretty clearly spoken ... one of the great performances at the festival in its 19-year history.

Mally Mall Coachella's Gonna Get Sued Over Belly Beatdown

4/22/2018 7:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mally Mall says the folks who run Coachella better lawyer up quick ... 'cause they're asses are about to get sued over the brutalization of Belly.

We got the producer Saturday night at Lucky Strike bowling alley in Hollywood and he doesn't need more information ... he says the video is enough proof to trigger a lawsuit. 

As we reported, Belly was in the crowd at The Weeknd's performance during Coachella week 1 when around 10 security guys started pummeling him.   It's unclear if Belly was injured. 

We had reached out to the folks at Coachella to find out what Belly had done, but got no response.

Belly had performed earlier in the day ... as a matter of fact, he posted that it was the best performance of his life, adding, "No negative bulls*** can steal my joy."

If Mally Mall's right, a little Coachella cash could add to Belly's joy.

Rapper Belly Wailed On by Coachella Guards ... Crazy Vid During The Weeknd's Set!!

4/21/2018 11:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Belly was the recipient of several flying fists from security guards during The Weeknd's performance at Coachella ... even though the rapper performed at the fest earlier in the night.

Belly -- who actually has a hit song with The Weeknd -- was in a line of people walking from the sound booth to the VIP area near the main stage while The Weeknd was singing "The Hills" ... according to witnesses.

For whatever reason, about 10 men who appear to be Coachella security staff start PUMMELING Belly ... and don't let up for several seconds. The video's wild.

Belly isn't letting it get him down, though. He just tweeted, "No negative bulls**t can steal my joy" and added earlier ... "I'm great y'all. I love you." He also got a shot in at the guards who went after him, saying ... "20 of you p***ies couldn't take me off my feet."

We're told police were not involved in the incident -- by the time they showed up everyone had dispersed and no report was taken.

We reached out to Belly and Coachella organizers about the fracas ... so far no word back.

Ariana Grande Coachella Surprise ... Performs New Single

4/21/2018 7:18 AM PDT

Ariane Grande stunned the Coachella crowd on the first night of weekend #2 by taking the stage during Kygo's set ... and debuting her brand new single.

Grande's live performance Friday night of "No Tears Left to Cry" came just hours after she released the single ... her first new track since last year's Manchester bombing. She also sang Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" with Kygo during her surprise appearance.

It was her second live performance of the year -- she sang at the March for Our Lives rally in March as well.

As we reported ... Kygo dedicated his set to Avicii -- who was found dead at the age of 28 in Oman -- and ended it by playing the world-famous DJ's song, "Without You."

Avicii Emotional Tribute From Kygo At Coachella

4/21/2018 6:56 AM PDT

The death of Avicii was weighing heavily on everyone's minds at Coachella at the start of the second weekend, but his memory lived on thanks to dedications from several musicians ... like Kygo.

The Norwegian DJ closed his set on the main stage Friday night with a tribute to the world-famous DJ, saying ... "Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration and he was the reason I started making electronic music so I don’t think I would’ve been on this stage tonight if it wasn’t for him. I know he’s inspired millions of other producers out there."

He then played Avicii's 2017 track, "Without You" ... which he said is his favorite.

As we reported ... Avicii was found dead in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Details surrounding his death are still unclear, but he was smiling with fans days before his death.

He was 28. RIP.

Ex-Destiny's Child Singer Bey, I'm Down for a Reunion, Too ... Call Me?

4/21/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Former Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin didn't join Beyonce on stage at Coachella, but she's making it clear -- she's fully on board for the next reunion ... if the queen will have her.

Farrah was a member of DC for about 6 months in 2000 -- she was on the "Say My Name" remix -- and she watched Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams onstage last weekend. Zero bitterness, though ... she says she was thrilled like everyone else.

She says she wasn't invited to be part of the Coachella gig -- and didn't really expect to be -- but she sounds keen on Bey organizing a more complete reunion in the future.

For now, Farrah's happy doing modeling, acting and her own music ... which includes a trap collab with Maino. All that being said, she'd squeeze in some time for her ex-group mates if the phone rings.

Cardi B Wore $400k in Diamonds At Coachella

4/19/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B wasn't just glowing from her pregnancy during her Coachella performance Sunday ... she was also glowing thanks to a hefty, super expensive chain around her neck.

Celebrity jeweler Eliantte Avianne of Avianne & Co. tells us Cardi put the idea of doing a Lola Bunny Chain in his ear about two months ago, but waited until 5 days before her main stage Coachella debut to actually put in the order.

Avianne had to work overtime to get it done since the chain and pendant are littered with 110 carats of diamonds valued between $350k and $400k.

Cardi clearly liked it because she gave Avianne a shout-out on her social media from the festival wearing the expensive ice around her neck during Migos' set.

The Weeknd Totally Single ... Despite Coachella Rumors

4/18/2018 11:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Weeknd was seen partying with a ton of hot chicks at Coachella ... but he isn't locked down by a single one.

Abel -- who headlined the festival on Friday -- was spotted with Chantel Jeffries, hanging out with Kendall Jenner and even being friendly with his ex, Bella Hadid. However, sources close to the singer tell us he's simply enjoying the single life ... and isn't serious with anyone.

Our sources say Bella was in the crowd for Friday's show and the two exchanged hellos, but any reports saying they swapped spit are totally untrue.

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We're told after his performance Friday, Abel spent most of the weekend partying with his friends, family and the XO Crew.

Coachella Weekend 2 starts this Friday with another massive headlining performance from the singer, and you gotta imagine Abel will pull 'em again.

O.T. Genasis Beyonce Dancing to My Song Made Me Cuss Up a Storm

4/17/2018 3:32 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.T. Genasis says he had no clue Beyonce chose one of his songs to include in her epic Coachella performance -- and his reaction in the moment was priceless.

O.T. was on the road Tuesday when we talked to him about Bey's headlining gig, during which she did a full-on dance to his 2017 single, "Everybody Mad." He was busy in the middle of his own tour, at the time, but says his phone started blowing up.

Y'know you're suddenly tied to Bey when bee emojis start flooding your phone.

O.T. makes a good point here -- Beyonce didn't just throw his song in the background as transition music ... she used it as a crucial part of her performance, meaning she had given it a lot of thought and time in rehearsal. In other words ... Bey clearly digs his work. 

She's given "Everybody Mad" sales and online streams a big boost, too.

We also asked him what his first thought was when he heard Beyonce had plugged him at Coachella. We had to bleep it for TV, but you'll get it raw here.

Beyonce Queen of YouTube ... Coachella Weekend #1 is a Record!!

4/17/2018 1:18 PM PDT

Beyonce's got YouTube crazy in love thanks to her Coachella performance which set a live stream record.

Bey's Saturday performance drew 458k simultaneous viewers on YouTube ... the most ever for a single Coachella performance since they started streaming the festival 8 years ago.

In all, we're told the opening weekend -- which also included The Weeknd, Eminem and Migos, -- generated 43.1 million live stream views in 232 countries. That makes it the most-viewed live music festival ever on YouTube. That number is also up a whopping 75% over last year, when Lady Gaga stepped in to replace pregnant Bey.

As Beyonce might put it ... you're welcome, YouTube.

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