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Kate Middleton & Prince William Bets Are On Arthur For Royal Baby Name

4/23/2018 8:25 AM PDT
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Kate Middleton and Prince William haven't announced the name for their newborn son yet, but there's already a bunch of people betting it'll be Arthur.

We reached out to Ladbrokes, a major UK betting company, who's been taking bets on the new royal baby name and Arthur is the clear frontrunner.

If you're wondering why Arthur ... royals are traditionally named after relatives and Arthur is commonly used in the royal family. Both Prince Charles and Prince William have Arthur as a middle name, but it hasn't been used as a first name in a while.

Check out the top contenders:

-- Arthur 6/4
-- James 5/1
-- Albert 6/1
-- Philip 6/1
-- Thomas 10/1
-- Alexander 12/1
-- Henry 12/1

Funnily enough, it’s not looking good for daddy’s namesake. William bottoms the list at 25/1.

There are some familiar names on the potential godparent list as well ... the top contender is Tiggy Legge-Bourke, Prince William's old nanny ... and Prince Harry comes in at 10/1 -- tied with Pippa Middleton, Kate’s sister. Meghan Markle is further down at 14/1. Some celebs with not such good odds? Elton John at 50/1, David Beckham at 100/1 and Donald Trump at 1000/1.

Kate and Prince William's son was born Monday morning at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. It's their third kid, second son and fifth in line to the thrown.

Kellyanne Conway Says Melania Is 'Superior' First Lady ... to Michelle Obama

4/23/2018 6:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kellyanne Conway says Melania Trump is a "superior" First Lady to Michelle Obama ... and the country is lucky to have her. 

Yep, that's the word she used. 

We spotted the White House counselor in D.C. and asked about reports that Melania has gotten the cold shoulder from U.S. magazines while Obama appeared on at least a dozen during Barack's 8 years in office. 

"Melania Trump is such a superior and excellent First Lady," Kellyanne told TMZ ... "This country is so lucky to have her."

Conway proceeded to rave about Melania's achievements ... calling her a wonderful role model for women and girls.

"I don't think she needs to be on the cover of a magazine for everyone to see how wonderful her work is." 

Lil Wayne My People Will Shoot Anyone Who Throws Stuff Onstage

4/23/2018 7:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Wayne gave concertgoers an ominous warning ... if you throw stuff onstage you're gonna get shot.

Wayne was performing Saturday night at the Cannabis Cup at NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, and he repeated the mantra we've heard him threaten before when people throw things onstage.

Listen to the clip ... he says, "I got New Orleans people with me and all they know how to throw back is shoot. They'll just shoot."

Apparently the venue had no problem with the threat, because the concert continued without incident.

Gronk Honors Avicii With 'Levels' Dance Battle

4/23/2018 5:57 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Everybody mourns in their own way ... for Rob Gronkowski, he paid his respects to Avicii by dancing his face off to the DJ's biggest hit -- and TMZ Sports has the video. 

The New England Patriots tight end was at the Summit Rooftop Lounge in Austin, Texas over the weekend when Avicii's "Levels" started booming out of the speakers.

So, what did Gronk do? Dance battle.

The NFL star cleared an area and went toe-to-toe with a female clubgoer ... and together, they put on a show!

R.I.P.

Tekashi69's Crew Tied To Another Shooting 2 Men Hit With Bullets

4/23/2018 6:57 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Another one of Tekashi69's crew members are under police investigation for a shooting in which two men were hit -- both with ties to 69's rival, Casanova.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Casanova was filming a music video in NYC's Bedford-Stuyvesant Thursday when at least ten shots were fired at the crew. We're told two men were hit with bullets, but are expected to make full recoveries.

Tekashi and Casanova have a long-standing rivalry. On Saturday night, both crews were in attendance for the Adrien Broner fight at Barclays Center and had a scuffle in an arena hallway. Cops say one shot was fired during the scuffle, and they believe the shooter was an unidentified member of Tekashi's crew. 

Police believe the Broner incident was a continuation of Thursday's violence. They have not yet named any suspects, but the case is under active investigation. 

Kendall Jenner Putting Work Into Bev Hills Crib

4/23/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kendall Jenner's renovating her Beverly Hills home to give it her own special touch -- possibly because Charlie Sheen used to live there ... or she wants to flip it like a pro.

According to L.A. City docs ... Kendall got permits back in October and December to remove and replace the fireplace and remodel the kitchen and bathrooms. She also filed to put a new roof on the house last month.

Kendall bought the mansion, listed by agent Jill Lowy, back in August for $8.55 mil. It belonged to Charlie until 2016, and now Kendall's pumping cash into it for a major remodel.

It's unclear if she's doing all this work on the 5-bed, 6-bath pad -- with a bomb courtyard and pool -- for herself, or to put it back on the market to turn a profit ... but flipping houses does run in the fam.

And, whoever ends up living there will gain a famous next-door neighbor ... Christina Aguilera!

Traci Braxton Toni is in My Rearview ... Surprise, I'm Going Solo!!!

4/23/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Traci Braxton is taking a career setback and turning it into a comeback -- after getting thrown off her sister Toni's upcoming tour ... she's opting to hit the road on her own.

Traci says she's getting a second chance thanks to a TV network that's offered to back her tour in June. She was supposed to open for Toni and Tamar on a few dates this summer, but got 86'ed due to the family drama surrounding Tamar's divorce. Tamar also got the boot eventually.

Traci says her tour's not just a surprise for her fans ... she didn't tell her sisters! Until now.

Despite all the family drama, almost all of the sisters sang on Traci's new single, "Broken Things." Tamar was the sole holdout, but Traci insists there's no hard feelings, and they're actually talking about doing a duet soon.

Sisters. Can't live with 'em, can't tour with 'em ... but it's all good.

Ronda Rousey Best Wrestling Debut I've Ever Seen Says WWE Legend Jim Ross

4/23/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey's first wrestling match wasn't just great, it was the GREATEST OF ALL TIME -- so says WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross

Good ol' JR was at WrestleMania 34 to watch Ronda take on Stephanie McMahon and Triple H up close and personal ... and told us he's never seen anyone dominate the squared circle this fast.

"I thought Ronda Rousey's debut was the most impressive thing I've seen in pro wrestling in my 40-year career ... best debut I ever saw," JR told TMZ Sports.

JR also gave WWE mad props for pickin' up the UFC mega-star -- calling it the 2nd best hire they've ever made besides him (lol), and saying she's a "huge star" for the company.

As for Ronda ... she's been poppin' up on "Monday Night Raw" since her match at 'Mania, kickin' ass and takin' names arms. 

Marcedes Lewis On Pro MMA Fight: 'Never Say Never'

4/23/2018 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Did you know ... NFL tight end Marcedes Lewis is a BEAST when it comes to MMA?

It's true ... both UFC champ Tyron Woodley and Jay Glazer have said he's got what it takes to compete in a pro MMA fight. 

But will we ever see Marcedes in a cage? 

"Never say never," Lewis tells TMZ Sports. 

Look, Lewis kept it all the way real -- telling us as long as he's in the NFL, there's no chance he'll take a pro fight. But once he retires ... he'll definitely considering it. 

We asked if he would ever fight Greg Hardy -- a former NFL star who's undefeated as an MMA fighter ... and Lewis agreed it would be a helluva spectacle. 

"It would be something to see, right?!"

As for his NFL career, Lewis is currently a free agent -- but he definitely has a team in mind he wants to sign with. 

Lil Uzi Vert Oozing in $425k of Diamonds and Gold

4/23/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Uzi Vert's rocking a brand new house around his neck -- or at least the jewelry he's wearing could buy a nice house ...  with a pool, even. In-ground!

The rapper dropped a whopping $425k -- as in damn near half a million dollars -- on a new piece that tips the scales at about 3.5 pounds. Now y'know how much 150 carats of diamonds on a 14 karat gold Cuban link chain weighs. We're told the shark tooth he's wearing with it is something he previously owned, so we're guessing he actually has more than $500k around his neck. 

Uzi worked with Joe the Jeweler, aka Shyne, for about 2 months. You can tell he's thrilled with the end result. Sometimes all that glitters IS gold.

Scarlett Johansson 'Ghost in the Shell' Costume Up For Grabs

4/23/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Scarlett Johansson's “Ghost in the Shell” was a total flop in theaters, but her costume from it is expected to have a killer opening at auction.

Several props from the film -- including the white Stage Three Thermoptic Suit ScarJo wore -- are being sold this Monday via the Prop Store. That alone is expected to fetch as much as $10k. There's also the smashed Geisha head that opens fire in the opening scene that's also expected to haul in about $10 grand. 

Roughly 400 items from the film will be auctioned through May 4, including a full-size Geisha Bot Body and the SIX12 Revolving Shotgun and Cylinder used by actor Pilou Asbaek in the flick.

If you're into super cool cyber-human stuff, from a not-so-cool movie ... check it out.

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. 

Tekashi69 Crew Member Allegedly Fired Gun During Adrien Broner Fight

4/22/2018 12:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Someone in Tekashi69's crew allegedly fired a gun inside the Barclays Center this weekend, but it had nothing to do with Adrien Broner ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops believe an unidentified member of Tekashi's entourage fired a shot inside Barclays Saturday night during an altercation with a rival rap crew headed by Brooklyn-based MC Casanova, who Tekashi's been beefing with online.

We're told police understand the situation as follows ... Tekashi and his guys were heading down a hallway in Barclays to hit up a VIP area in the arena, when they bumped into Casanova and co. along the way. The two crews started pushing and shoving ... and someone in Tekashi's group allegedly discharged one round from a firearm.

Sources tell us a .32 caliber shell casing was recovered afterward, but it was not processed after it was touched by arena staff. We're told no one was hit by the shot, and both crews dispersed ... with Casanova and his pals fleeing the grounds entirely. 

Tekashi and his crew stuck around, though, and they were all interviewed by investigators. Our police sources tell us no one in the group was found to have a weapon on them, however, and nobody was arrested. We're told cops think the man who fired fled the scene.

The silver lining -- if there is any -- is that this apparently had nothing to do with the ongoing beef between Tekashi and Broner, who were talking s*** to each other on social media in the week leading up to the fight. 

Adrien did take a verbal shot at Tekashi after his match against Jessie Vargas was declared a draw ... but it sounds like Tekashi was preoccupied trying to avoid a real shot just outside.

Cops are investigating the matter for further information.

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