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Jamie Foxx Oprah Saved Me From Alcohol

5/24/2017 12:33 PM PDT

Jamie Foxx was on a fast track to blowing his career after he made the movie "Ray" ... and Oprah told him so and scared him straight.

The Academy Award-winning actor went on "The Howard Stern Show" and confessed he was drinking and partying way too much back in 2005 when Oprah staged what amounts to an intervention.

O called him and told Jamie straight-up he was ruining his career, saying, "All of this gallivanting and all this kind of s**t that's not what you want to do. I want to take you somewhere."

Jamie met Oprah at Quincy Jones' house after the call for a come-to-Jesus moment, where Sidney Poitier and other black Hollywood actors were on hand to push Jamie toward more sober and responsible living.

Unclear whether he went to rehab, but whatever he did worked. Jamie went on to win the Best Actor Oscar for "Ray."

Peyton Manning Downs 'Tennessee Whiskey' Belts Out Country Hit With Chris Stapleton

5/24/2017 11:26 AM PDT

Turns out Peyton Manning's voice is good for more than just yelling "Omaha," and we have video proof ... with the future Hall of Famer hitting the stage and going country with Chris Stapleton.

This all went down at the Red Rocks Amphitheater just outside Denver, where Manning got up onstage during Chris' show and joined him for Stapleton's song, "Tennessee Whiskey," and we gotta say, Manning wasn't half bad.

Peyton's showed off his pipes before, he duetted with Lee Brice last year for a rendition of "Rocky Top," but let's face it, that song is kinda like a lay up for Manning.

That's two times now, so, new career maybe.

Live Nation Offers Refunds For England Concerts

5/24/2017 11:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Live Nation is sympathetic to people who bought tickets for concerts in England, offering them refunds if they're too scared to attend ... TMZ has learned.

Sources at Live Nation tell us refunds will be available for UK concerts featuring Katy Perry, Iron Maiden, KISS, Robbie Williams, Phil Collins, Depeche Mode, and James Arthur. BTW, Senator Bernie Sanders also has a show scheduled at 02 Academy Brixton, and it's sold out.

Our sources say Live Nation has not made a decision on refunds for other countries, but they are having discussions at offices worldwide ... and they expect to come up with a policy soon.

The decision to refund tickets in England is partly because of the attack at the Ariana Grande concert and partly because the Prime Minister has made it clear ... another attack seems imminent.

One Live Nation source tells TMZ, "We've gotten about a thousand media calls but very few consumer calls asking for refunds."

Ariana Grande Concerts Canceled at Least Through June 5

5/24/2017 10:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande's concerts have been canceled until June 5 and maybe longer, until her team figures out how to address new security concerns.

Grande's management confirms the story TMZ broke, telling us, "The Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost."

Ariana's team has cancelled the London O2 shows this week and all shows through her scheduled Switzerland concert a week from Monday.  

As we reported, Ariana is devastated by the terrorist bombing after her concert. She's currently with her mom in Boca Raton.

Here is the full statement from Ariana's management: "Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost."

"The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland. We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence."

"Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you."

Justin Bieber No Hablo Español During 'Despacito' Live

5/24/2017 8:47 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber's seemingly masterful Spanish singing on the #1 hit "Despacito" did not translate in a live performance ... unless we missed the "blah blah blah" lesson in Español class. 

The Biebs got on the mic Tuesday night at 1 OAK in NYC, where he tried singing along to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's hot record -- which features Justin singing the hook in Spanish.

It appears Justin forgot the more intricate elements of the chorus, and by intricate we mean everything but "despacito."

The takeaway here -- Spanish is hard when it's not written down for you in a studio. 

Chris Cornell 'High, F***ed Up' During Last Performance

5/24/2017 8:06 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Cornell was messed up during his Detroit concert ... hours before he committed suicide -- this according to a longtime confidant who was present and working the event.

Ted Keedick, who worked with Chris for the last decade as his house engineer and tour manager, tells TMZ, "Chris was out of character from note 1 of the show. I've never heard or seen him that way before, at least if we did not cancel a show."

Keedick says Chris seemed "high" and "f***ed up," but not depressed. In fact, Keedick says during sound check Chris was in good spirits. It's consistent with what Chris' widow says of her phone conversations with Chris before and after the show.

Vicky Cornell says Chris told her he had taken "an extra Ativan or two" and she was so alarmed she called hotel security to check on him. Chris' own security guy discovered the singer had hanged himself in his bathroom.

Keedick says Chris was off during the entire show, saying, "I'd never heard his voice that way before. He was having serious control problems."

Keedick was positioned in the middle of the audience with his mixing board, and at one point during the concert he was so concerned he phoned someone backstage and asked what was wrong with Chris.

As we reported, Chris had struggled with drug abuse for years, but his wife says he was clean when he died. Based on Keedick's account, it appears he fell off the wagon before his last concert.


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, Vicky ... 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, Mel Blanc and Linda's late husband, Johnny Ramone ... already laid to rest at Hollywood Forever.

Katy Perry, Lorde, Chainsmokers 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.

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 ...

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.

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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