Former R&B sex symbol D'Angelo has done a lot of growing since his 'How Does It Feel' music vid days -- and we don't mean emotionally. He hit the stage for his latest tour with more than a few extra pounds.
But if you ask some people (larger ones) ... the change is gonna do D'Angelo good.
Scary Kids Scaring Kids Singer
Family Tells Cops
Heroin Killed Him
10/23/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scary Kids Scaring Kids singer Tyson Stevens died from a drug overdose, possibly heroin ... that's what his mom and girlfriend told cops.
Stevens died Monday and the official cause of death is unknown. But law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... there's smoke. The girlfriend and mom say Stevens had struggled with heroin addiction for a long time, although he was recently clean.
Our sources say Stevens' body had "old track marks" that had scabbed on his inner right ankle. We're told there was no heroin in the house where he died, but cops did find weed and pipes.
The toxicology report should reveal precise cause of death. It's due in a few weeks.
I Got a New
Part Time Job
10/23/2014 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is gonna be real busy until 2015 ... less with music, more with court ordered work.
Chris appeared in court Thursday for a progress report in the Rihanna beating case and his community labor was upped to 4 days a week -- so he can complete his remaining hours by January.
Typically, community labor sessions last for around 8 hours -- and at 4 days a week ... that means he's one day shy of having a new full time job.
Chris' therapist wrote a letter to the judge raving about his progress, saying he has his act together. The shrink says he's following his "medication management."
The judge also mentioned Chris violated his probation by breaking a law ... speeding. He got a ticket, but seriously, cut the dude a break.
'Tuesday' Rapper Beat Up On Tuesday
Attacker Id'd & Punished [VIDEO]
10/23/2014 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper iLoveMakonnen went DOWN on Tuesday night -- instead of "goin' up" like he says in his hit song -- when he was attacked on stage by a fan.
iLoveMakonnen was performing his hit 'Tuesday' at SOB's in NYC ... when a large man in a grey hoodie walked up to the front of the stage (:08 in the video), and then grabbed the rapper and started throwing haymakers.
Watch the clip ... after getting in several hard shots, the attacker actually managed to slip away -- but sources inside the club tell TMZ the owners know exactly who the guy is ... and describe him as a "jealous fan." We're told he's been banned for life.
Cops never got involved -- no one called 'em -- and iLoveMakonnen wasn't seriously hurt.
Such A Yenta!
Plays Matchmaker [VIDEO]
10/23/2014 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lady Gaga just gave a couple in England the most AWESOME engagement story ... by helping pull off a surprise marriage proposal during her concert.
Gaga called her friend Jay Lomax and his boyfriend Sean Martins out on stage Tuesday night in Manchester, England. Watch the video (around 1:17) ... Lomax gets down on one knee and pops the question.
Sean tells us he was completely shocked -- and it turns out the whole thing had been plotted for months by Gaga, Jay, and Jay's famous uncle ... photographer (and Gaga friend) Terry Richardson.
Martins says he only got suspicious when Lomax wouldn't let him drink too much at the concert ... and told him to take off his glasses before going out on stage.
Sean says his engagement ring is inscribed with the lyric, "We could belong together" ... from his and Jay's favorite Gaga song, "Artpop."
Martins says there's only one thing that could top the proposal -- having Cher perform at the wedding.
Hits On Hot Model
Using Disney Pickup Line
10/23/2014 11:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber can put Bill Clinton to shame ... and if you doubt that check out this video of the Biebs zeroing in on a very hot model he ultimately reels in.
Bieber was cruising Rodeo Drive in a Rolls-Royce when he caught a glimpse of Jacqueline Younis ... who was in the middle of a photo shoot for Festoun clothing.
JB ordered his driver to stop ... and he then summoned the damsel to the Rolls ... and she obliged.
Bieber -- practically drooling -- took a pic with her and it looked like they were about to exchange numbers, but his fame got in the way ... too many photogs, too many fans.
BTW ... check out his pickup line, comparing her to a Disney character. It's super Goofy.
Felony Drug Charges Reduced
... in Justin Bieber Raid
10/23/2014 11:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Za's new record is looking good ... well, his criminal record anyway -- because the L.A. County DA just reduced his drug possession charge to a misdemeanor.
TMZ broke the story ... Za was charged with felony drug possession -- after cops found ecstasy near him during their raid in January at Justin Bieber's house.
Za completed 12 drug classes, 160 hours of community service and passed multiple drug tests with flying colors. He also paid $7K in restitution and fines ... including $600 for the phone he broke in jail -- and the judge commended him on a job well done.
Never say never.
Messi Was Named After Me
10/23/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There would be no Lionel Messi ... without Lionel Richie ... and the singer tells TMZ Sports he was "quite honored" when he learned the soccer star was named in his honor.
Turns out, Messi's parents were huge Lionel Richie fans -- and named their son after the "Hello" singer back in 1987 ... one year after Richie released his double-platinum album "Dancing on the Ceiling."
So, when Richie was leaving Ago in West Hollywood last night -- we had to ask if the two had ever met to talk about it ... and we got a pretty interesting answer.
Check out the clip -- maybe we'll get a Lionel & Lionel duet in the near future???
My Vegas Deal Kicked J.Lo's Ass
10/23/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marc Anthony now has bragging rights over Jennifer Lopez in one department -- he doubled the insane Vegas salary she's about to get ... with a recent show of his own at Planet Hollywood.
It sounds crazy, but Marc topped J.Lo's $350K per show guarantee when he took home $700K for his one-night-only gig on September 13th. In fact, the contract, obtained by TMZ, actually paid him just over $1 MILLION ... but promoter fees and operating expenses were taken out of that sum.
Of course, Jennifer's scheduled to play 72 shows to Marc's one -- and she'll make more than $26 mil over 2 years.
Bottom line ... Marc won the battle, but J.Lo wins the war.
Parties with Casino Killer
10/23/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paris Hilton nabbed a whale during her Atlantic City DJ gig -- a gambling legend who's cleaned out casinos in the past ... showed up to watch her and dropped giant stacks of cash while he did it.
Don Johnson -- blackjack pro, not the actor -- was in the V.I.P. while Paris was spinning at Pool After Dark at Harrah's last weekend. Sources close to P tell us Don made champagne flow like a river -- buying 10 bottles of Ace of Spades at $1,000 a pop! And for a chaser ... 8 more bottles of Moët.
Total bar tab -- $15,000! Best of all ... he shared the bubbly with the normies outside V.I.P.
We're told Paris and Don have been friends for years. They have a lot in common.
FUN FACT: During a 6-month stretch in 2011 ... Don won $15 million from Atlantic City casinos. Trained assassin.
Chow Does It Feel?
10/23/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
D'Angelo is in the middle of his first-ever Australian tour, and from the looks of it ... there's way more of R&B's former #1 sex symbol for fans Down Under to love.
The "Untitled (How Does it Feel)" singer was performing at Soulfest in Melbourne last weekend ... and he's no longer flaunting the buff physique he had years ago. Still sounds good though.
The ex-neo soul brother #1 has had huge swings in poundage over the years.
It's an up year.
I Got a New Vegas Deal
I Make Celine Money Now!
10/22/2014 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears was doing well with her Vegas contract -- raking in nearly $30 mil for 2 years ... but we just found out, 50 shows into her run, her show was so successful she got an even sweeter deal.
Sources connected to Britney tell TMZ ... the singer did indeed sign a contract for $310K per performance, and with 96 concerts over 2 years the total was $29,760,000.
But Planet Hollywood was blown away by ticket sales, which they said broke Vegas records. So Britney's people went back to the bargaining table and hashed out an amendment -- with back end, merchandising and other perks, the singer will earn around $475,000 a show. Celine Dion, the top money earner in Vegas, makes $476K a show.
Planet Hollywood actually added shows for Britney ... she'll now do 140 shows during the 2-year residency.
Bottom line ... with all her ventures ... we're told EVERY WEEK, Britney's people deposit around 1 MILLION DOLLARS in her bank account.
Perri 'Pebbles' Reid
TLC Movie is Full of Lies
And Ruined Me!
10/22/2014 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TLC's ex-manager is a conniving, dishonest businesswoman who hoodwinked 3 innocent girls -- that's how it looked in a TV movie about the group ... and the ex-manager is now gunning for justice.
Perri "Pebbles" Reid claims in a new lawsuit ... the TV flick, "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" assassinated her character by portraying her as a liar and a cheat, when actually she invested her time and money as TLC's manager and created one of the best-selling female groups of all time.
Pebbles says the film falsely depicts her as pressuring Chilli to get an abortion ... pushing T-Boz to put the group ahead of her health ... and doling out a measly $25/wk for the girls.
Reid says the film -- which first aired a year ago and several times since -- destroyed her reputation, and she's suing for $40 million.