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.
Makes Vegas Deal
Better than Britney's
10/22/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez is in the final stages of making a deal to perform in Vegas ... and according to the contract -- obtained by TMZ -- she'll rake in more per show than Britney Spears.
Jennifer is being offered a whopping $350K per show at The Axis at Planet Hollywood ... the same place Britney is performing.
Britney is making a paltry $310K a show.
But Britney will ultimately score more than JLo because her contract provides she'll do 96 shows over 2 years. JLo will do 72 shows, 3 times a week for 24 weeks over a 1 or 2 year period -- the contract leaves that open.
So, in the end, Britney is guaranteed $29,760,000 for the 2-year run. JLo will be guaranteed $26,383,326.
It's all chump change compared to Celine Dion ... who does 70 shows a year and gets $33,320,000.
Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow
10/22/2014 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow may have figured out the whole divorcing thing ... figured it out better than most, because they still genuinely seem to have affection -- if not love -- for each other.
Chris, Gwyneth and their 2 kids went to Katsuya in Brentwood for dinner Tuesday night. They left separately ... Gwyneth and the kids in an SUV, leaving Chris behind.
But the SUV drives a block from the restaurant and then stops. Chris sprints over to his family, and then you see a touch that tells a real story about the relationship that remains between the two.
For all of the warring divorce couples ... watch and learn.
SICK HOCKEY GOAL
... Seriously, It's Impressive
10/22/2014 5:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Say what you will about Justin Bieber ... the dude can play hockey.
Bieber hit the ice at the L.A. Kings Valley Ice Center and scored a goal that featured some impressive skating, impressive puck handling and an impressive shot at the end.
Honestly, it's pretty damn good ... and Bieber knew it -- 'cause afterward he tweeted, "My dangles were unreal ... did u see that shot? I'm number 20. #dangles #20 #iceicebaby #uthoughtthiswasagame #imadethatpuckmybitch."
Bieber's not just a hockey fanatic -- he's also into basketball, skating and now he's boxing with Floyd Mayweather.
In fact, boxing champ Andre Berto says he's worked with Bieber and says the guy is "crazy athletic."
Looks like he's right.
Kicks BF to Curb
There's Only Room for 1 Star
10/22/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj has a message for her ex ... if you didn't wanna be a superstar so damn bad, you'd still be sleeping in my bed.
Sources connected with the former couple tell TMZ ... Nicki cut the relationship off -- after 14 years -- because he became uncontrollably jealous of her success ... success he wanted for himself.
We're told Nicki and Safaree had an arrangement -- she's the breadwinner and he's the backup singer/hype man/personal assistant. But we're told Safaree was getting sick of being in the background and had become increasingly hostile ... an emotion she reciprocated.
We hear the final straw was when Safaree didn't show up recently to one of Nicki's shows, leaving her scrambling for a hype man. She confronted him and he went crazy.
Breakup rumors spread this week when Safaree showed up in public with several of his Nicki tats covered up.
Looks like he's got a lot more work to do now.
Ready to Get Pricked
For a New Body Piercing
10/22/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jordin Sparks is embracing pain ... and this time it has nothing to do with ex-BF Jason Derulo -- instead she's finally worked up the nerve to get a bull ring piercing.
Maybe she was celebrating the single life -- or just looking for a new look -- but Jordin took a trip to T-Man Tattoo in Studio City last weekend to get a hole punched in her septum ... one of the more painful piercings you can get.
Our sources say it wasn't an easy decision -- in fact, Jordin initially left the shop ... and then came back when she felt brave enough.
We're told it ended up taking 2 attempts to get the former "American Idol" champ hooked up -- so they took $30 off the price for her trouble ... and her pain.
Gotta hand it to Jordin ... post break-up piercings beat post break-up tattoo makeovers. Always.
Swore Under Oath
Dr. Luke Did NOT Sexually Assault Her
10/21/2014 1:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kesha admitted Dr. Luke did NOT drug her, did NOT sexually assault her and did NOT have sexual relations with her ... and she swore all of it under oath, which contradicts her lawsuit.
Kesha has accused Dr. Luke of a variety of misdeeds in her lawsuit, including rape and physical and emotional assault. Dr. Luke filed his own suit saying her claims are BS and it's all about Kesha wanting to get out of their management contract.
Now TMZ has obtained a deposition from 2011 in which Kesha and Luke were both being sued by her former manager. Kesha says flat out ... she and Luke never had sexual relations:
The deposition had been sealed ... and Tuesday morning Dr. Luke's lawyer went to court asking the judge in his case to unseal the depo and allow it to be used in the current case. We're told Kesha's lawyer argued it was NOT fair game, but the judge disagreed and unsealed it.
Kesha's lawyer, Mark Geragos, tells TMZ ... using the depo is "a pathetic attempt to once again blame the victim." Geragos says Kesha lied because "Luke walked Kesha down the beach and threatened to destroy Kesha's life and the lives of her family if she didn't cover up his sexual assaults."
Backs That Thang Up On Jamie Foxx
... What Should He Do?
10/21/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mama Knowles jumped on stage during Jamie's performance at the Angel Ball in NYC Monday night -- and decided to back, back, back it on up ... right into Awkwardville.
And that's when Jamie starts sweating. His options:
- Totally go for it and give Beyonce's mom the ride dance of her life
- Politely back away because that's Jay Z's mother-in-law.
And, of course, he doesn't wanna hurt Tina's feelings either, so ... watch to see how Jamie handled it.
As for Tina -- just blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-a-alcohol.