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Backstreet Boys Quit Playing Games With Our Yuan! Chinese Co. Sues Promoter

2/8/2016 6:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0208_backstreet-boys-gettyThe Backstreet Boys are in the middle of a little showdown in big China -- between a concert touring company and a promoter accused of pulling a $2 million scam.

The touring company says it forked over the cash to a woman named Angela Wong, who posed as a successful promoter who'd previously brought Britney Spears over to China ... and said she could do the same with BSB.

The company says Wong promised she'd lock in the Boys for 10 concerts last March, but she eventually tried to postpone the scheduled dates. According to the suit, things really got fishy when the Backstreet Boys ended up coming to China around those dates ... but through a different promoter.

The suit says Wong gave back $640k when the company called her out, but now it's suing to get the rest of the money back ... plus damages.

John Lennon All You Need is Locks ... for at least $12,000!

2/8/2016 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0208-john-lennon-hair-GETTY-HERITAGE-AUCTIONS-01Several locks of John Lennon's hair are on the auction block, and even though it's already going for five figures ... it's a steal as Lennon memorabilia goes.

Heritage Auction out of Dallas is hawking a 4-inch chunk of John's hair -- a hairdresser cut it off before his role in a 1967 movie called, "How I Won The War" -- and the current bid is at $12k.

Past Lennon items have gone for way more than that: his '65 Rolls Royce Phantom V sold for $2.23 MILLION, and Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "All You Need is Love" fetched $1.25 million.

So chances are the price on Lennon's locks will go through the roof too. Get your bids in now!

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Iggy Azalea Nick Better Not Knock Me Up Yet But When He Does ...

2/8/2016 10:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Iggy Azalea and Nick Young's kids won't just be bicoastal -- they'll be bicontinental if she has her way ... she's just in no hurry to have 'em.

Iggy talked all about raising babies with us at LAX, making it clear she wants them to be proud Aussies as well as Americans.

She also dropped a tiny, tiny hint that maybe, just maybe she and the Lakers star have already traded "I Dos." Pay attention to her choice of words at the end of the clip. 

But something tells us Iggy's wedding won't go unnoticed.

Beyonce Homage to Black Panthers During Super Bowl Performance

2/8/2016 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0208_beyonce_super_bowl_formation_launch2Beyonce made a stirring political statement during the Super Bowl halftime show, in what appears to be a tribute to the Black Panthers, a '60s group that advocated violence to correct racial injustice.

The singer was flanked by backup dancers who wore berets, similar to the berets worn by the group. They also raised their fists, symbolic of the Black Power movement.

At one point the dancers posed with a sign that read "Justice 4 Mario Woods," the man shot and killed by San Francisco cops.

020816-sub-black-lives-group-shotThe dancers on the field also formed an "X" on the field, which seemed symbolic of civil rights militant Malcolm X. Beyonce also had a strap on her chest in the form of an "X" -- but that looks like a homage to Michael Jackson's '93 Super Bowl show.  

020816-jackson-beyonce-gettyTina Knowles posed with the dancers, fists raised high. It's not only a symbol of the Panthers, it's also a gesture used by Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the '68 Olympics.

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'Too Close' Singer Raphael Brown Fears Child Stealing Wins Custody

2/8/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0128-raphael-brown-instagram-01"Too Close" singer Raphael Brown, from the R&B group Next, got sole custody of his kids -- at least for now -- and may have saved them from being snatched and moved to Minnesota. 

According to legal docs, Brown said his ex-wife, Juliette, abused their 12-year-old son and recently forcibly removed him from school.   

He says the first time the son was taken out of school, the boy ran scared and screaming from his mom's car. Brown says 2 days later his ex tried again, but the cops intervened and sent him home to his dad. 

Brown says he's scared his ex might also be abusing their daughter.

We spoke with Juliette and she thinks Raphael's a "difficult person" and this is merely a ploy to escape paying child support. She claims to be an exceptional mother who has never abused her kids, and has only doled out occasional spankings ... which she calls perfectly legal. 

The couple has had their share of troubles, and prior to getting sole custody ... Brown was concerned his ex would take the kids to Minnesota where her family lives.   

Coachella Gets Big Screw You ... Hoodchella Is On And Poppin'

2/7/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0205-main-hoodchella-tmz-getty-01Hoodchella -- the upstart L.A. music festival -- isn't backing down from a fight with Coachella and vows to move forward despite a $100 million lawsuit. 

Hoodchella CEO Kamil Al-Ahdali tells TMZ he's not even considering canceling his April event. Coachella sued Kamil, accusing him of jacking the 'chella name and riding the more famous festival's coattails.

Kamil says he has a trademark for Hoodchella and even registered it as an LLC. He thinks Coachella's lawsuit is just a case of the big guy bullying the little guy -- but Kamil says his lawyers are "not going to let Coachella punk Hoodchella at all."

Legal thug life.

Dave Matthews Band Rocked the Pier at Pre-Super Bowl Party (VIDEO)

2/5/2016 11:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Dave Matthews Band rocked San Fran Thursday night at a killer pre-Super Bowl party.

DIRECTV & Pepsi sponsored the concert on Pier 70 to kickoff the 50th Super Bowl weekend. 

The party was aptly titled "Super Thursday Night" and it will continue through Sunday featuring Pharrell Williams and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

As if free booze wasn't kind enough, the party was catered by celeb hotspot steakhouse STK offering sweet corn pudding cups, candied bacon cones, and Captain Crunch Cookies. Captain Crunch Cookies!  

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Future Finally, I Get to Be A Doting Dad

2/5/2016 9:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Future arrived in L.A. with some adorable carry-on -- his 1-year-old son, Future Jr. ... a clear sign his war with Ciara's cooling down.

Future arrived at LAX Thursday night with his son clinging to him as they walked outside. Our sources tell us dad and son have been together for about a week now.

We're told this is the first time Future's had the kid since he and Jr.'s mom, Ciara, had a blowout about custody issues during the holidays.

While Future's getting QT ... Ciara's on vacay with Russell Wilson. Looks like a win-win.

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Hines Ward SNOOP FOR NFL COMMISH? ... Hell Yeah!!

2/5/2016 8:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Commissioner Dogg? Maybe. 

We got Hines Ward out in San Fran last night and asked if Snoop -- a hardcore fan who runs his own youth football league -- could ever be an executive in the NFL. 

Turns out ... Hines is all about it! 

"Snoop would be a great commissioner in the NFL," Ward said ... "He keeps it real. Keeps the fan base excited. Snoop's the man! I think he should run for commissioner!"

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Snoop Dogg Uhhh, Cops Say Your Equipment Really was Jacked!!!

2/5/2016 6:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0205-snoop-dogg-tmz-01Snoop Dogg insists he was never a victim of a theft that put his Super Bowl week concert in jeopardy, but a police report suggests otherwise. 

According to a San Francisco Police Dept. report, on Monday at 9:52 PM, someone called the cops to report an auto burglary.

The caller said Snoop's silver suburban was vandalized and "all the band's equipment, luggage, laptops were taken, their entire show for tomorrow was in the van." 

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The report continues, cops spoke with another person involved with the equipment and that person "is standing by the van, freaking out about the magnitude of the loss -- they might not be able to perform tomorrow night."

Snoop insisted none of his stuff was jacked. Whatever happened, he was able to perform the following night.

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Diddy New Story He Killed Tupac Sounds Like Old, Bogus Claim

2/4/2016 3:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0204-diddy-tupac-tmz-01New stories are circulating that Diddy was out to kill Tupac Shakur. Well, a similar story was published in a big newspaper years ago ... and the paper was forced to eat crow and retract it.  

There's a film Netflix is about to release based on a book with the premise ... Diddy hired hit men to murder Tupac in 1996. The author of the book -- a retired LAPD investigator -- claims Diddy hired a Crip to kill Tupac for $1 million. 

Turns out the L.A. Times published a similar story in 2008, claiming 2 years before the murder Diddy's boys shot Tupac 5 times in NYC outside a recording studio, but failed to kill him. The paper relied on FBI files and Diddy's own people as sources.   

The Times published a major retraction, saying, "The Times has since concluded that the FBI reports were fabricated and that some of the other sources relied on -- including ... a 'confidential source' cited in the FBI reports do not support major elements of the story."

The paper concluded it believed the story was no longer credible.

As for the documentary, which purports to chronicle the 1996 murder in Vegas, the author relies on a confession from a Crip gang member, who said Diddy hired him to kill Tupac.  

Diddy has denied involvement in both the '94 shooting and the '96 murder.

Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa Tongue n' Cheek Again ... Thanks to Kanye?

2/4/2016 9:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa are back in each others arms and damn near each other's mouths -- call it a possible silver lining to their epic Twitter beef with Kanye West.

Amber showed up in NYC to support Wiz at his album release party. It looked and sounded like they were putting up a united front ... mostly for their kid. Wiz gave his "baby mama" a shout-out from the mic, and Amber posted a pic captioning it, "supporting Sebastian's dad."

Things went from PG to PG-13 in the back of their ride home from the party.

Can't help but notice ... the two weren't getting this physical before the Kanye feud, which means maybe 'Ye was right -- he's got the power to bring exes back together

Justin Bieber Take Your Grandpa to Work Day!

2/4/2016 8:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0204-justin-bieber-x17-01Justin Bieber may have started a new holiday by pulling a late night recording session with his grandfather!

Biebs hit up a studio in Santa Monica on Wednesday with grandpa in tow. Justin's done stuff with gramps on social media, but this is the first time we've seen them hang together at work.    

Here's a couple of the dynamic duo's greatest hits ... so far.

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