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Prince Photog Tells Online Retailer ... Using Sexy Pic Might Cost Ya

7/20/2016 6:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0719-prince-rebdolls-02A famous pic of Prince with a come-hither stare was plastered on sweatshirts and t-shirts and sold without the photog's permission ... according to a new lawsuit.

Famed photographer Deborah Feingold is suing online retail store Rebdolls for using the pic, which she says is from a shoot she did with Prince in 1980. She says it started selling the Prince items between 2012 and 2014 ... with the caption "Girl Bye." 

It appears Rebdolls caught wind of the suit -- we did a search and the merch is already off their site.

BTW ... the Prince shot on the gear isn't the same as the one included in the lawsuit, but we're told it IS from Deborah's photo shoot. Deborah's lawyer says it was a clerical error.

Rick Ross I Dropped $230k For the Boss of G-Wagons

7/20/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0719-rick-ross-car-g-wagon-INSTAGRAM-01Rick Ross just paid the cost to truly be the boss of luxury SUV owners -- snapping up a rare version of the popular G-Wagon that blows away the rest. 

Rick traveled to Fort Lauderdale on Monday to purchase a new white Mercedes-Benz G65-Wagon from Euro Motorsport. He was beyond lucky to snag one -- only 65 make it to the U.S. each year, and it's not just some well-to-do soccer mom's ride.

This $230,000 whip comes with a V-12 twin turbo engine, and 630 horsepower that goes from 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds! Hell, if it's good enough for the Pope -- who's used this model -- it's good enough for Ricky Rozay.

We're told he dropped some extra cheddar for the two-tone, diamond stitched leather interior.

No biggie for Rick, who's hit up EM's Gene Morales for at least 35 cars in the last decade.

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Drake Yeezy Shmeezy ... My Gold Kicks Aren't THAT Pricey

7/20/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0719-drake-gold-shoes-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01Drake just bought 24 karat gold Air Jordan 10s that put the sneakers in your collection to shame -- and if you're insanely rich ... they come at a bargain.

Drizzy commissioned the shoes a couple months ago and got them last week. We're told reports that the kicks cost $2 million and weigh in at 100 lbs are just plain wrong. Artist Matthew Senna -- who made the shoes -- fetches between $3,500 and $30k a pair. Drake's shoes are on the higher end.

We're told the shoes aren't made entirely from gold. They're a mix of gold and other materials, including parts of real shoe. Each shoe is around 16 inches long and weighs 20 lbs. 

Drake's in good gold company ... the artist has made everything from a gold nail bat for Post Malone to a life-size bronze statue of Jadakiss' head. Check it out below ...  

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Justin Bieber MY NYC Post Concert Turn Up Totally for the Dogs

7/19/2016 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0719-justin-bieber-getty-tmz-01Justin Bieber passed on poppin' bottles after his Madison Square Garden concert -- but still dropped some coin to rent out an entire theater for his crew to watch "The Secret Life of Pets."

Sources tell us JB locked down an entire cinema for himself and about 10 friends to get a private viewing of the #1 movie. It's unclear what size theater Justin secured at the AMC theater in Times Square Monday night -- but it would've cost him somewhere between $750 and $3,000. 

And guess who made the cut -- Bieber's ex-gf Chantel Jeffries.

Soooo ... now we know who shared popcorn with Justin. 

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McKayla Maroney Hey Drake ... Let's Team Up On a Track!

7/19/2016 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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McKayla Maroney is hoping Drake will make her hotline bling -- telling TMZ Sports she's all about hooking up with the rap superstar on a brand new track. 

The ex-Team USA gymnast has moved on from the sport and turned her attention to music -- telling the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Tuesday night on FS1) she's dropping new music in the next few months. 

Will there be a special guest verse from a certain Jewish Canadian rapper? 

Check out the clip ... and stay for the "Not Impressed" face-off. 

Katy Perry CoverGirl Sued ... Her Makeup's a Hard Candy Copy

7/19/2016 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0719-main-katy-perry-tmz-02Katy Perry's makeup line is no "Teenage Dream" -- it's a straight ripoff of cosmetic company Hard Candy ... according to Hard Candy, anyway.

The company is suing Procter & Gamble -- the parent company of CoverGirl -- over its KP line of lipsticks, mascaras and other face paints ... which launched earlier this year. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Hard Candy says it's had trademarks for 10 plus years ... and the Katy line is infringing.

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It's not spelled out in the lawsuit, but it appears Hard Candy's taking issue with the heart in the middle of CoverGirl's Katy makeup logos -- since that's very similar to its logo.

HC wants Katy's line yanked off shelves, and a cut of profits made since the Spring launch.

Donald Trump Never Got Permission For 'We Are The Champions'

7/19/2016 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump's triumphant entrance at the RNC to Queen's anthem was never approved by Queen ... TMZ has learned.

Trump walked onstage to "We are The Champions," but a rep for Sony Music ATV -- which owns publishing rights on the song -- tells us the Trump campaign never asked nor were they given permission to use the song. 

Trump also used 'Champions' last month, and Queen's Brian May came out firing, saying he would never give permission to use the song because the band never wanted it used for politics. 

Queen just released a statement, calling Trump's move, "An unauthorized use at the Republican Convention against our wishes."

It's unclear at this time if Sony ATV plans to take legal action. 

Kim and Kanye No Prosecution for Secret Recording Taylor Knew People Were Listening

7/19/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0718_kanye-on-the-phone-snapchat-2Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will not face criminal prosecution for the secret recording in which Taylor hears all about the song "Famous" ... because she had NO expectation of privacy.

TMZ broke the story, Taylor's lawyer threatened Kanye with prosecution for taping the call and Taylor Swift has been mulling over the option of filing a police report.

Here's the problem ... in California, if someone records a "confidential communication" and the other party to the conversation doesn't know it's being taped, it's a crime. But "confidential communication" does not include conversations that "may be overheard."

We've heard the full tape ... and Taylor knew she was overheard. The conversation from Kanye's end was on speaker phone, and during the call producer Rick Rubin speaks up several times. Members of the crew filming Kanye on the call also speak in the room.  

There's no doubt listening to the full tape ... Taylor knew she was being overheard. As a result, it's pretty clear ... Kanye didn't violate the law by recording it.

Sting Freddie Mercury Would Turn Thumbs Down on Trump

7/19/2016 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sting has no doubt ... Freddie Mercury would be mighty unhappy that Donald Trump made his grand entrance Monday night to his iconic song.

Sting was leaving Craig's Monday night when our photog told him "We Are the Champions" was used to intro the Republican candidate.  

It took a nanosecond for Sting to give his take.

Donald Trump Mercury Retrograde at RNC

7/18/2016 7:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump made a rock star entrance Monday night at the Republican National Convention.

A wash of light carved the unmistakable outline of the candidate. He unmasked himself by walking onto the stage to Freddie Mercury.

Trump took the podium, told the crowd their win would be big, and then surrendered the stage to his wife.

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Metta World Peace Comes Back To Rap With Live Show At L.A. Club

7/18/2016 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Metta World Peace is un-retiring ... from hip-hop ... and TMZ Sports has video of MWP re-igniting his rap career with a performance at one of L.A.'s hottest clubs.

It went down Friday night at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood when Metta and his crew took the stage to perform a cut off his new album "Diamond Wave."

If you think it's a one-off you're wrong ... we spoke to MWP and he tells us he wants to rap full time after his NBA career is over ... and will be doing more club dates like the one at Bootsy's.

BTW -- Metta tells us "Diamond Wave" is his official comeback album even though he dropped one back in March, because according to him he "didn't like" the other one.

Check out the clip and judge his skills for yourself.

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Ice Cube 'F*** tha Police' Still Fair Game

7/18/2016 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ice Cube refuses to stop performing N.W.A.'s legendary anti-police anthem -- despite all the recent shootings of police officers -- and his reasoning is pretty simple.

"F*** tha Police" caused a ton of trouble for Cube and N.W.A. when it was released in 1988 ... but after the attacks on cops in Dallas and Baton Rouge, we asked Cube if it would come off his playlist ... at least for now.

Remember, the track includes lyrics like ... "I'm a sniper with a hell of a scope. Taking out a cop or two, they can't cope with me."

Check out why Cube says he's not backing down.

Brandy My Record Contract Is Slavery I Want My Freedom

7/18/2016 3:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0718-brandy-norwood-TMZ-01Brandy claims the contract she signed with Chameleon Entertainment is like a ball and chain, and she has filed a lawsuit to break the shackles.

The singer has been signed to the record label since 2011 and claims in the lawsuit they promised her hundreds of thousands of dollars in production costs to make her albums. Brandy says that didn't happen after the first album.

Brandy claims the label actually tried to prevent her from recording and releasing new music, which she says put her career in jeopardy.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, the record label tried to pressure her into giving up her non-recording avenues of including concerts and Broadway shows.

Brandy's lawyer says in the lawsuit, "Brandy Norwood's story is 'Kesha Redux, but without the sex." As you know, Kesha also referred to her contract as slavery.

Brandy filed a similar lawsuit in L.A. back in March ... the latest lawsuit was filed in NYC. 

She wants out of the contract and hundreds of thousands of dollars she claims they owe her for pay or play fees.

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