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Meek Mill I Dreamed Big For My New Chain ... $500k Big

8/23/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill doesn't seem too concerned Drake's still dragging his name through the mud ... he's too busy dropping half a mil on a new iced-out chain.

As we reported ... Meek dropped $380k last week for one of the first Bentley Bentaygas to hit U.S. soil, but it's chump change compared to the $540k he just spent on his new neck bling.

The chain is covered in 250 karats and was made by Shyne Jewelers. It's adorned with the letters DC -- a bedazzled shout-out to his Dream Chasers label.

We're told Meek waited months for the piece and finally picked it up in Philly.

So, technically, Drake's not the only one dropping weight in Meek's hometown.

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DMX I'm Super Potent!!! Welcomes Baby #15

8/22/2016 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822_DMX_TMZ_2DMX has a challenge most parents would find daunting ... remembering the names of all of his kids, which now number 15.

The baker's dozen plus 2 was born Friday in NYC ... weighing in at 6 lbs, 10 oz.

His name -- Exodus Simmons. The mom is X's longtime GF, Desiree. It's her first child.

The rapper missed the delivery -- he was in Arizona when Exodus popped out. But he flew to NYC for the baby's first night in the world.

X tells us he's overjoyed, calling the baby a "blessing." 

Lots of blessings. 

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Demi Lovato Sleigh Bells Sues Are Ya Listenin' Demi?

8/22/2016 1:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0820-demi-lovato-tmz-02Demi Lovato has been sued by the group Sleigh Bells for allegedly ripping off their critically acclaimed song, "Infinity Guitars."

Demi's song "Stars" -- released last year as a bonus track in her album "Confident" -- has "virtually identical content" to "Infinity Guitars" ... so claims the group. The lawsuit says, "The combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest ... is at least substantially similar in both works."

"Infinity Guitars," released in 2010, was a massive critically acclaimed hit, scoring in Rolling Stone as one of the best songs of the year.

Last November, producers said "We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato's song Stars. Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line."

Sleigh Bells wants some serious profits from Demi and the other defendants, and they want to yank her song from getting more play.

Lou Pearlman Died from Heart Issues

8/22/2016 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822_lou_pearlman_launchLou Pearlman died from an ongoing cardiac problem ... TMZ has learned.

According to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office, the mastermind behind the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC ... died at a Miami hospital where he was scheduled to have heart surgery. 

We're told 62-year-old Pearlman had been transferred from his prison cell to have the surgery, but as we reported ... he died Friday -- before the procedure. He had a history of cardiac issues.

The official cause of death is listed as natural causes.

Prince No Conrad Murray in His Death

8/22/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0602-prince-getty-3Prince's deadly dose of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl was NOT prescribed by a doctor, which means it's a near impossibility anyone will ever be charged with his murder.

Law enforcement sources confirm investigators have not turned up a prescription for the Fentanyl. The Fentanyl pills found at Paisley Park were in a bottle labeled hydrocodone -- and it's now believed they were illegally obtained.

Our sources tell us whoever gave Prince the drug would face a 3rd degree murder charge under Minnesota law. However, without a prescription, we're told Prince's doctors would be in the clear ... so there'll be no Conrad Murray-esque trial.

Investigators would have to track down the source of the illicit Fentanyl -- it's reportedly an epidemic problem in Minnesota -- for anyone to stand trial for murder.

It's still possible a doctor could get nailed for over-prescribing other opioids. Remember, we broke the story ... Prince nearly OD'd on Percocet 6 days before his death at Paisley Park. 

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Chris Brown Off the Hook for ATV Joyride

8/22/2016 8:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-chris-brown-tmz-01Chris Brown just scored a W in his legal battle with his pissed off neighbors -- who, for some reason, backed down and now the LAPD's dropped its disturbing the peace investigation.

Law enforcement sources tells us Chris won't face any charges for allegedly disturbing the peace back in May ... when he was accused of terrorizing the streets of his neighborhood on an ATV.

You'll recall ... there was even video of a joyride taken by one of his neighbors. We're told the one who ended up calling cops didn't want to cooperate, so LAPD decided to close the case.

You gotta wonder why the neighbors suddenly went soft. One of 'em was on "TMZ Live," and seemed determined to go the distance with Brown. Hmm ...

Drake Blows Up Meek with 'Back to Back' in Philly!

8/22/2016 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Drake walked right into Meek Mill's house and took a big ole metaphorical dump on his living room floor by not only performing "Back to Back" ... but adding a new, personal shot.

Drake performed Sunday night in Philly -- Meek's hometown -- and refused to take his foot off Meek's throat. Seriously, we thought at this point this beef was well done ... but Drizzy went HAM.

Check out his message to Meek at the end of the diss anthem -- he made sure the crowd knew it wasn't about Philly, in general ... and only about Nicki's BF.

Everyone shoulda seen this coming after Drake's Saturday night gig in D.C. ... where he flat out called his nemesis a p****.

Who's not letting it go now?

Rapper Paul Wall Gold Grillz Giveaway To All U.S. Medal Winners!!

8/22/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-paul-wall-johnny-dang-grill-olympics-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01File Under: "Perks of Being a Winner" ... 'cause EVERY. SINGLE. AMERICAN ATHLETE who won a medal in Rio is being offered a FREE gold grill ... courtesy of rapper Paul Wall.

Wall and his partner, Johnny Dang, have been running a high-end grillz biz for years -- and want to reward our best athletes by blingin' out their mouths with a special Olympic-themed gold piece. 

0819_rio_olympic_grillz_sports_wmDang tells TMZ Sports ... the offer is good for every single U.S. medal winner -- from Michael Phelps to Ryan Lochte to Katie Ledecky ... to the men's and women's basketball squads. 

We're told the offer is for an "upper" piece made with 18k gold -- and the 2016 Olympics logo etched in the front. 

By the way, according to our count ... more then 100 American athletes have earned medals so far. 

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Birdman Everything I Touch with Wayne Costs Me Millions!!!

8/22/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-birdman-cash-money-tmzBirdman just got hit hard for stealing loot from some veteran songwriters ... hit hard as in millions of dollars. 

Lil Wayne and Cash Money sampled some obscure tracks for the songs, "You" and "Certified." Seems Cash Money shorted the songwriters -- ironically exactly what Wayne claims Birdman did to him in a separate, multi-million dollar lawsuit. 

Birdman and Cash Money now have to pay the piper ... to the tune of $3.3 mil.  

Mind you, Wayne wants $51 million in his lawsuit against Birdman. But the mogul isn't worried ... we're told he's about to sign a big deal with Apple, so he'll have money to blow.

Fetty Wap I Treated a Kid Like Dirt For His Birthday!!!

8/21/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819_Ftty_wapp_bike_instagram_MAINFetty Wap just made it impossible for the parents of a 19-year-old not to disappoint their kid ... because Fetty shelled out $8k for an amazing birthday present.

The "Trap Queen" rapper ran into Taekwon "Pug" Ford a few months back when he came to Baltimore to ride dirt bikes with Pug's crew. 

Apparently, Fetty knew Pug has an obsession with bikes -- he starred in "12 O'Clock Boys," a documentary about dirt bike riders in Baltimore.

So imagine Pug's surprise when Fetty presented the 19-year-old with a 2016 Yamaha YZ125. 

Fetty is no stranger to bikes ... and bike mishaps. He shattered his leg in a motorcycle accident last year. He's transitioned from 2 wheels to 4 -- smart.

Guns N' Roses Models Still Dig Us Because We Asked Them To

8/20/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-guns-n-roses-splashGuns N' Roses knows what matters most when you're playing in L.A. ain't your instruments -- it's how attractive your audience is, and they made sure to stock their show with hordes of hot models.

TMZ has learned the GNR team fired off an email to Photogenics -- an L.A.-based modeling agency -- inviting every female model on their roster to Friday's show at Dodger Stadium.

We're told the 50 or so models who accepted got hooked up with free seats in the first couple rows, backstage passes and a spot on the guest list at the Roosevelt Hotel after-party.

There's only one rule: no boyfriends or non-models allowed. The invite strictly forbids +1s.

Translation: Leave your ugly friends at home.

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Justin Bieber It's Tough Losing A Pal, So The Tab's On Me

8/20/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-justin-bieber-getty-tmz-01Justin Bieber shelled out a few hundred bucks to cover the bar bill of a grieving group of strangers.

The Biebs was a few drinks in at Residuals Tavern in Studio City Tuesday when he noticed customers at a nearby table crying. Justin asked the bartender what was up, and he heard the saddest story.

One of the regulars at the bar -- a guy named JD who was in his late 20s -- had tragically died earlier that day when he fell from his fire escape.

Bieber was moved so he paid their tab, which came to a few hundred bucks.

And, no, it didn't end up on Instagram.

Soulja Boy Threatens to Kill Ex-GF's New Guy

8/19/2016 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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12:57 PM PT -- Nia tells TMZ she's NOT calling cops to report Soulja. She says she doesn't have a BF, and the person he threatened is just an Internet troll trying to piss off the rapper.

A rep for Soulja claims the gun was a fake, and adds he's already reached out to Nia to apologize. 

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Soulja Boy is making disturbing threats against the guy he thinks took his place ... with his ex-girlfriend.

The "Crank That" rapper made the vicious threat Friday in a video post ... waving and pointing what appears to be a Glock with an extended magazine.

It's unclear why the threat's being directed at Nia Riley and her BF. Not the smartest move -- especially considering Soulja's on probation for a weapons charge

We've reached out to Soulja, so far no word back.

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