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Erykah Badu I Know Rappers, and ... You're No Rapper, Iggy Azalea!

11/30/2015 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Just when Iggy Azalea thought it was safe to leave home ... Erykah Badu hit her with a ton of shade while hosting the Soul Train Awards.

Erykah opened the show by taking a slight shot at herself -- pointing out that hip-hop fans give her crap for making rappers "change gods and wear crochet hats" (see Andre 3000) ... but it was all a setup for this shot at Iggy.

Check it out ... the crowd loved it, but it'll be a while before Iggy sees the sun again. Just so much shade.

Jimmy Jam Adele Has Numbers But Janet's Still Got Her On ...

11/30/2015 6:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Adele is crushing Janet Jackson's comeback album -- and everyone else's for that matter -- on the charts, but Janet's longtime collaborator says don't hand Adele the crown just yet. 

We got legendary producer Jimmy Jam outside Staples Center, and to be clear ... dude has a ton of respect for Adele and the record-breaking success of "25" -- but he didn't back down when it came to defending Janet's "Unbreakable" album.

Jimmy's bottom line -- it's not ONLY about how many records you sell right now, and there's still one category where Adele can't touch JJ! 

Does he have a point? Check it out. 

Fetty Wap Meet My Adorable New Trap Queen

11/29/2015 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1128-fetty-wap-dog-instagramFetty Wap's real life trap queen is a serious bitch ... but a freakin' cute one.

Fetty just got an American Bully, and TMZ has learned the puppy was a gift for his infant daughter. Tyrone Carter owns Different Breed Kennels in CA, and says he first reached out to Fetty months ago when he heard the rapper was in the market for a pooch.

The female pup is almost 3 months old -- born on 9/11 -- and Carter says Fetty hand-picked her. Carter took to calling her Trap Queen while she was weaning, and he says Fetty decided to keep the name. He'll call her Queen for short.

Carter's usual price is between $3k and $5k, but he says Fetty got the hook-up ... gratis.

We're told Fetty and his baby mama will share custody. Looks like baby Zaviera and Queen are already BFFs. 



Sinead O'Connor Angry Suicide Note... My Family Betrayed Me

11/29/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1128-sinead-oconnor-gettyupdate_graphic_red_bar10:55 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources confirm Sinead has been found "safe and sound" somewhere in Dublin, and she's getting medical attention.update_grey_gray_barSinead O'Connor has taken an overdose of pills in response to a "horrific set of betrayals" ... at least according to an emotional message she posted blasting her family and blaming them for her suicide.

The note, posted Sunday morning, alleges "appalling cruelty" on the part of her husband, her children and even her son's girlfriend -- and she says it all started when she had a hysterectomy in August. Sinead claims they've been keeping her babies from her, and she just couldn't take it anymore.

The 48-year-old singer wrote, "I have taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect. I am not at home. I'm at a hotel, somewhere in Ireland, under another name."

She adds she's been, "Howling crying for weeks. And been told by them all to go f*** myself. I'm invisible. I don't matter a shred to anyone."

1128-subasset-sinead-oconnorSinead has four children, ranging in age from 9 to 28. She's currently married to Barry Herridge -- the therapist she married in Las Vegas after meeting on the Internet.

It's unclear if family or friends have begun searching for Sinead. We've reached out to her reps, but no word back yet.


Future's Tour Rider Keep My Powder White ... On My Doughnuts

11/29/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1125_future_candy_request_tmz_compositeFuture's needs are VERY specific when he's on the road ... in fact -- he's so specific -- even his doughnuts need to look a certain way. 

TMZ obtained Future's rider from a show back in December and it's pretty wild. For starters, the rapper makes $150k for a 45 minute show. However, show promoters better have 4 bottles of Ace of Spades, Ciroc and Moet, among other drinks on hand to keep him happy.  

And get this -- when it comes to food -- Future's a poor man's Gordon Ramsay, demanding items like chicken fingers, cheddar popcorn and broccoli to keep him full. The best part, Future loves his doughnuts ... requesting "fresh white powdered" ones be at the ready, with plenty of junk food.

But the dude likes to relax too ... asking for scented candles in his dressing room. His scent of choice?Lemon grass.

Weird ... our money was on jolly rancher.  

'Times of Your Life' Writer Leave My Anka Hit Out ... Of Political/Trump Attack Ads

11/29/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Roger Nichols, the songwriter behind some huge '70s hits, is trying to make sure one of those songs doesn't end up getting tied to Donald Trump's face during his presidential campaign. 

Nichols co-wrote The Carpenters' #1 hit "We've Only Just Begun" ... and also penned "Times of Your Life" -- which Paul Anka took to the top of the charts in 1976. 

In a lawsuit, Nichols says Club For Growth Action -- a political action group -- never got his permission to use "Times of Your Life" for an attack ad against former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold. Nichols is pissed the ad gets heavy play on YouTube and Wisconsin TV stations, but he's also worried his musical baby will soon be connected to Trump.

Club for Growth Action has been attacking Trump lately, and Nichols is preemptively voicing concerns his song might be slapped over images of the Donald. Nichols thinks the song will be less valuable for future licensing ... if it's remembered for being 'that anti-Trump' song.  

Nichlos is suing for damages and wants his song immediately pulled from the Feingold ad.

Justin Bieber I Support Chainsmokers

11/28/2015 6:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber is curiously making surprise appearances at the same time he's canceling others.

The Biebs jumped on stage Friday night at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown L.A. and sang 3 songs with The Chainsmokers.

You gotta think Stephen Colbert is a little pissed off, since Bieber bailed on his show days earlier.

As we reported, Bieber melted down after being taxed to the max in the last few weeks ... hawking his new album.


David Foster Celine Dion's Voice is Magical BECAUSE ...

11/28/2015 7:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Celine Dion's voice is top of the game for a reason ... and it's all about silence.

Legendary music producer/songwriter David Foster gave us the lowdown on what Celine does to protect her voice before recording ... and it goes WAY beyond Mariah Carey's humidifier. 

NFL's Rashad Jennings Hey 'Dancing with the Stars' ... PICK ME!!!

11/27/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

NY Giants RB Rashad Jennings says he wants to be the next Michael Sam ... 'cause he is itching for the opportunity to strut his stuff in front of the world on "Dancing with the Stars."

Jennings was out in NYC when we talked about his television watching habits ... and asked if he'd ever be down to trade in his cleats for dancing shoes to compete on 'DWTS,' a show he said he LOVES.

Check out the clip -- Rashad says 'DWTS' is definitely something he wants to do when his football days are over ... and is desperately hoping he gets the chance to prove it to producers.

Rashad also talks to us about his favorite cuts off the new Justin Bieber album ...

Never judge a book by its cover, people. 

Justin Bieber Rebel Takes a Pause ... With O.C. Bikers

11/25/2015 1:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1125_JUSTIN_BIEBER_TMZThe same day Justin Bieber pulled out of promoting his album, he took a much needed break from working ... to chill at a biker bar!

According to our sources, after canceling his appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and his Thanksgiving Day Parade taping ... JB simply wanted to "feel normal" again.

We're told he took a trip to Orange County where he ended up at Cook's Corner ... a low-key biker bar. Our sources say Justin stayed for a few hours with one of his friends to eat cheeseburgers and play video games.

We're told he had a great time hanging with the locals who welcomed him with open arms. One of the bikers even invited Justin to take a spin, but he took a raincheck.

Probably smart. 


Drake 'Hotline Bling' Xmas Sweaters Selling Like Holiday Hotcakes

11/25/2015 10:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1125-drake-sweatersDrake's "Hotline Bling" can only mean one thing ... HUGE ugly Christmas sweater sales. 

Tony Madalone, the owner of Fresh Brewed Tees, tells TMZ his team put together the Drizzy-inspired gear just a few weeks ago, and they officially went on sale Wednesday. We're told the customer response has been insane, selling more than $20k in merch in just a couple hours. 

With the success of the song, it's no surprise sales went from 0 to more than 100 real quick. 

But don't worry, the sweaters won't cost 10 bands, 50 bands, or 100 bands ... one can be yours for just $50. 

Merry 6-Mas.  

Lil Boosie Pray For Me ... I Have Cancer

11/25/2015 8:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1125-lil-boosie-instagramLil Boosie is asking fans to pray for him because he just found out he has kidney cancer. 

The Louisiana rapper posted his plea on Instagram, saying, "prayer is power that's why I'm letting the world know" about the diagnosis, but his announcement caught some people close to him off guard.

We're told Boosie's team was not happy he revealed his condition ... which is why the caption was deleted shortly after the initial posting. The photo of Boosie eating a meal remains on his IG. 

Boosie is only 33, but he's been living with diabetes for years. 

He just got out of prison last year ... after serving 5 years on a drug charge.



Wu-Tang Clan Sells ONE Album ... For MILLIONS!!!!

11/25/2015 6:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1125-wu-tang-getty-01Wu-Tang Clan ain't as crazy as you thought -- they just sold a single top secret album for more than $1 MILLION, and what IS crazy is ... the buyer can't share the music publicly!!

You'll recall the Wu announced it had spent 6 years recording a double album called "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" ... and would auction it off. Not a copy, but THE only album. Well, Forbes says the bizarre plan worked -- it sold at auction for a "price in the millions."

The American buyer wants to remain anonymous, like the record itself.

Part of the deal is he or she must wait 88 years to release the 31 cuts to the public -- which means RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Method Man et al. will NEVER hear the music played in a club or on the radio. On the plus side ... they'll probably die rich.

"Diversify your bonds, bitches!"


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