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Josh Groban

Kentucky Derby Fun Fact

Bet You Didn't Know ...

5/2/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Josh Groban is singing the National Anthem at the Kentucky Derby in a few hours -- but before he takes the mic ... he dropped an interesting fun fact about the race to TMZ Sports

It's something you don't really think about unless you're tapped to perform ... but now that mentions it -- makes total sense. 

Check out the clip ... 

N.W.A. Photog

Dear MTV, Express Yourself

WITHOUT Jacking My Photos

5/2/2015 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0501-nwa-viacom-wiki-01The guy who shot the most iconic image of N.W.A. says the same company keeps ripping off his classic work with the rap legends ... so now he's trying to take 'em down in court. 

In the docs, Howard Rosenberg says at least 3 of his shots popped up on MTV.com and BET.com -- which are both owned by Viacom. It's deja vu for Rosenberg ... who points out he also sued Viacom in 2011 for the same thing, and eventually settled.

Rosenberg says his N.W.A. pics are so valuable because they were shot in 1989 -- right before Ice Cube left the group. So he says they're rare shots of the whole lineup -- Cube, Dr. DreEazy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren.

Howard says he already fired off a warning letter to Viacom, which deleted the images from its websites ... but they still haven't paid him a dime.

He's now asking a judge to make the media giant cough up his cash and stop using his pics once and for all.

LeAnn Rimes

Accidentally Sets Off Airplane Fire Alarm

... MY BAD!!!

5/1/2015 2:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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LeAnn Rimes is lucky she's famous ... because most people would be in serious trouble if they set off the fire alarm on an airplane, but she was able to joke about it.

The country music/reality TV star was on a flight to Los Angeles, when she took a bathroom break to freshen up. As she explains it: "Leave it up to me to set off the fire alarm in the airplane bathroom w/ @theDrybar dry shampoo #purecomedy #firsttimeforeverything."

Our photog was waiting for LeAnn when she landed, and she laughed off the whole thing -- although it sounds like the flight staff wasn't as amused ... at first, anyway.

Check out how LeAnn diffused the situation, and uh ... nice hair?

B.B. King

Daughter Claims Elder Abuse

Police Called in Dispute Over Care

5/1/2015 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0501-bbking-getty-01Blues legend B.B. King's daughter believes he is being abused ... and called police Thursday to settle a dispute over whether he needed to be hospitalized. 

TMZ has learned there's a huge battle over B.B.'s care -- between his daughter Patty King and his longtime manager Laverne Toney. Patty, who lives with her father in Las Vegas ... tells us she wanted to take him to the hospital because his urine was orange and he wasn't eating. 

She claims Toney -- who has power of attorney over B.B. -- refused, so Patty called police. Responding officers called in paramedics, who agreed B.B. needed to be checked out by doctors.

89-year-old King was treated at the hospital -- and Patty says he suffered a minor heart attack. She also says this photo was taken during his brief stay, and she hopes the image will convince authorities something needs to be done to protect him.

Patty and her boyfriend filed a police report last November ... claiming elder abuse, and burglary. They accused Toney and her assistant of fleecing $20-$30 million from B.B., withholding his medications while on tour -- and jacking several Rolexes and a ring valued at $250k. 

Police are investigating, but no charges have been filed yet.

We've reached out to Toney for comment, but so far no word back. Patty says she's meeting with her attorney to discuss wrestling power of attorney away from Toney. 

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NFL Draft's Trae Waynes

Did He Celebrate With Lil Jon??

... Yeeeahhhhh!!!!

5/1/2015 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0501-waynes-lil-jon-instagramHours after Trae Waynes was taken as the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft ... the newest member of the Minnesota Vikings partied from the windowwwwwww to the wall -- with Lil Jon!! 

The former Michigan State cornerback hit up Studio Paris in Chicago for a post-draft party ... where he rocked the purple and gold to celebrate the fact that he just became a friggin' MILLIONAIRE! 

Congrats! 

Tim McGraw

I Like It, I Love It

I Want Some More of It!

5/1/2015 6:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Tim McGraw ... talk about country strong.

Guests at the Hotel Del Coronado near San Diego were stunned when a semi-exposed and hairless Tim put on a gun show before performing at his own show later that night.

The country star -- who turns 48 today -- credits his godly physique to the Paleo diet and CrossFit. 

Country music just got even more popular.

Ben E. King

'Stand By Me' Singer Dies

5/1/2015 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0501-ben-e-king-getty-01Soul singer Ben E. King -- most famous for his classic, "Stand By Me" -- died on Thursday ... according to his publicist.

King reportedly died at his home in New Jersey after suffering a heart ailment. He was 76 years old.

King's mega hit song made it to Billboard's top five in 1961 -- but "Stand By Me" returned to the charts in the '80s. It was also covered several times by other artists ... including John Lennon ... and made the charts 9 times.

He started his career with the Drifters in the '50s and had hits like "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "There Goes My Baby."

Ben E.'s passing comes just 2 weeks after the death of another soul legend -- Percy Sledge, who sang "When a Man Loves a Woman."

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Britney Spears

My Ankle's Busted

... Show Will NOT Go On!!!

4/30/2015 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Britney Spears hurt her ankle so badly during her Las Vegas show Wednesday night, she's been forced to cancel two shows. 

Her shows for this coming Friday and Saturday will be rescheduled after doctors advised her not to perform ... opting instead to rest her injured ankle so it can heal.

So, now it looks like Britney has no plans on Saturday night ... or she will be front and center at the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight, which just happens to be the same night ...

See ya there, y'all!!!

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Britney Spears

Playing Through the Pain ... Sorta

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4/30/2015 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Britney Spears went boom during one of her recent shows in Vegas -- but like a true pro, she toughed it out and somehow managed ... to keep on lip syncing.

And it was totally horrifying for the audience -- or maybe exactly what they expected.tmz-on-tv-3

Floyd Mayweather

NOT PAYING SUGE KNIGHT'S BAIL

... Says Money Team

4/30/2015 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0430_Floyd-Mayweather_suge_knight_TMZBad news for Suge Knight ... Floyd Mayweather will NOT be posting his $10 million bail if he wins his fight this weekend ... this according to a key member of Floyd's Money Team. 

TMZ Sports just got off the phone with one of Floyd's most trusted members of his TMT crew -- who tells us Suge's lawyer was just plain wrong when he told media outlets there was a plan in place for Floyd to fork over the money. 

We're told Floyd and Suge were close in the past -- but they haven't been in contact in several years. 

Suge is currently locked up in L.A. on murder charges -- and his attorney Matthew Fletcher reportedly said Knight was counting on Floyd to cover his bail.

We reached out to Fletcher for comment -- who says he only made the comments because that's what he was told by Suge's family.

Scott Weiland

Butchers 'Vasoline'

Swears No Drugs Involved

4/30/2015 10:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Scott Weiland is adamant he was NOT high on drugs (including heroin) during a botched performance of the STP classic, "Vasoline," this week ... but admits something was off that night.  

Fans were shocked and concerned after Weiland -- who's struggled with substance abuse in the past -- belted out a flat, uninspired version of the song with a dead gaze in his eyes during a performance Tuesday in Texas with his new band The Wildabouts

We spoke with Weiland's rep who acknowledges it wasn't Scott's best work -- but says it was a "perfect storm" of Scott being tired and having a couple of drinks before the show. The rep says to make things worse, Scott's earpiece went out during the show, making it hard for him to stay on point. 

The rep says, "Good news we've overnighted him a brand new pair of earbuds and they will be there for his show in Baton Rouge tonight." 

Suge Knight

Bail Reduction Denied ...

Pleads Not Guilty

4/30/2015 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Suge Knight will not get the deep deep discount he wants on bail -- a judge denied his request during Knight's arraignment ... where he pled not guilty to murder.

The court previously reduced bail from $25 million to $10 million, but Suge wanted a judge to knock it down even more ... to $5 million. During Thursday morning's hearing ... the judge stood at $10 mil.

Suge walked on his own into court, but did use a wheelchair when he left. He previously complained he was embarrassed because deputies forced him to use the chair.

Knight is charged with murdering Terry Carter during a confrontation which was captured on video. Suge claims he ran over Carter in self-defense. 

Jeb Bush

Recruiting Pitbull

... Key to the White House

4/30/2015 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The 2016 presidential election could come down to one man ... PITBULL ... and Jeb Bush knows it. 

There have been reports that both Democrats and Republicans have been ferociously trying to court the rapper to their party -- strongly believing Mr. 305 could have GREAT political influence in the election.

And why? He's got a huge Latino following ... especially in Florida ... which is one of the most important swing states for presidential elections. 

Which brings us to former Gov. Bush -- who was out in D.C. Thursday morning. We asked a fairly easy question -- if you could bring ANYONE to a baseball game, who would it be?

First he picked Teddy Roosevelt ... but then, he adds another name to the list -- Mr. Worldwide!! 

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