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One Direction

Zayn It Ain't So ...

He's Leaving The Band

3/25/2015 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0325-one-direction-malik-split-getty-03Zayn Malik has found a new direction and it's all about stepping out of the spotlight ... he says he's leaving One Direction to be just a regular guy for awhile.

The band announced Malik's exit via Facebook Wednesday but Zayn says even though the last 5 years have been a dream, he needs to go with his gut and chill ... you know, just like every other normal 22-year-old pop icon.

The rest of the group says it's a huge bummer, but they respect his decision and plans to go on as a foursome with Niall, Harry, Liam, and Louis picking up the slack. 

Producer Simon Cowell also sang Zayn's praises but he's definitely holding his chin up and assuring the die-hard fans they have nothing to fear -- the band will go on.

As for Zayn's reason to splitsville ... last Thursday he bowed out of the band's world tour due to "stress," but rumors swirled his lifestyle threatened his relationship with his fiance.

The band vows to continue to tour as a lead up to their fifth album.

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Kendrick Lamar

Does Free Show ...

On the Back of a Moving Truck!

3/25/2015 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


If you like exercise and free music, Kendrick Lamar was your hero Tuesday night because he performed a concert ... from the back of a MOVING flatbed truck.

It all started with a tweet from Kendrick directing his fans to meet him in West Hollywood. 

Lamar did the gig to promote his new album and as part of a marketing campaign with Reebok. He had TONS of people along for the ride as he shut down the streets and rolled through the city.

Richard Simmons would've LOVED this show!

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Chris Brown

I Want My Baby Mama Close

So I Can Be a Good Dad

3/25/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Brown Baby Mama A lot of rappers run for the hills when they knock up some random chick, but Chris Brown wants to move that random chick to the hills ... the Hollywood Hills, so he can be close to his little girl.

TMZ broke the story ... Chris got Nia Guzman, a 31-year-old Houston woman, pregnant and now he's the proud dad of 9-month-old Royalty. We know Chris has spent time with the baby since finding out he's the father, but it's difficult because Royalty is 1372 air miles away from Chris' L.A. home.

Sources connected with Chris tell us ... he's asked Nia to move to L.A. with their daughter and he'll foot the bill for housing. He's not romantically involved with Nia, but we're told he genuinely wants a meaningful relationship with Royalty. He's saying he'd like to see her every day.

Chris is in "negotiations" with Nia over support. He's paying her more than he's required to under the law, but he got pissed off when she started talking about their relationship and vowed to go to court where a judge would reduce the child support he's informally paying.

Our sources say Chris has told Nia, if she moves to L.A. he won't pull the trigger on a child support court case and she'll continue getting the premium amount, in addition to a place to live.

Nia hasn't decided, but it sounds like a good deal.

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Kylie Jenner

Watch Me Throw Shade

at Blac Chyna

3/25/2015 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0325_kylie_jenner_black_chayna_watches_insagtram_2Kylie Jenner might only be 17, but her trash talking game is fully grown ... after she not-so-subtly taunted her mortal enemy Blac Chyna.

It started Tuesday night when Blac Chyna posted a photo showing off her sick Audemars Piguet watch. It's pretty clear Tyga gave her the watch back in the day (2013) when they flaunted their matching bling.  

A few hours after Blac Chyna posted her timepiece, Kylie posted a pic of her wearing the exact same watch, with the caption "Currently."  

0325_kylie_watch_insagramKylie first posted a photo of the watch back in December.  

Tyga's got to get more creative with his girlfriends. Then again, cat fights are pretty awesome.


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French Montana

Bar Mitzvah Kids

In Love with the CoCo!!!

3/25/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

French Montana serenaded a bunch of 13-year-olds with a song celebrating cocaine ... at a very fancy schmancy Bar Mitzvah!

It was all in good fun, as the youngest son of Minnesota Vikings owner Mark Wilf transitioned into manhood Saturday at the ridiculously expensive Cipriani restaurant in NYC.

French got the kids turnt up with 'I'm in Love with the CoCo.' Andrew the Bar Mitzvah boy made his entrance in a hamster ball with exploding confetti.

And famed electric violinist Irene Fong did her thing in front of the crowd.

We have no idea how much Wilf dropped on the shindig, but we know French's going rate is $100k for private functions.

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Justin Bieber

My Killer Bodyguard ...

Is Just A Big Puppy

3/24/2015 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber New DogJustin Bieber's bodyguard has been in a heated standoff with photogs and cops ... but he's just been given a tough new detail ... babying Bieb's 8 oz. puppy.

Biebs isn't playing around when it comes to Esther -- the same adorable little Silky Terrier he wined and dined at Mastro's in Bev Hills on Sunday ... it looks like he's put his top dog, Michael Arana, on the job.

The good news ... if Arana can handle himself against a gaggle of Miami cops or some unruly London paps like he did in 2013, he can more than handle picking up Esther's doodie.

No shame in taking care of the lil' doggie, as long as he's not getting paid in kibble. 

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Rich Homie Quan

Shaken and Stirred Escape

In Miami, Bitch! [TMZ TV]

3/24/2015 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rapper Rich Homie Quan has taken club brawling to a whole new level. After allegedly punching a security guard, dude made his getaway 007 style ... on a freakin’ speedboat!

And the video of his caper is awesome -- or we imagine it is, anyway. Reenactments are fun!

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David Crosby

Dramatic 911 Call ...

'I Hit a Guy!'

3/24/2015 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

David Crosby pleaded with dispatchers to quickly send an ambulance to the scene of the accident where he hit a jogger with his car.

During the call, Crosby can be heard begging dispatchers over and over to send help. He tells the dispatcher multiple times that he struck the guy with his car and, just like he told police, he blamed the accident on the sun's glare. 

The accident occurred Sunday in California wine country. The victim was treated for serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

Crosby was uninjured and police are still investigating. 

PGA's Bubba Watson

I LOVE JUSTIN BIEBER

He Should Join My Boy Band!

3/24/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber has a HUGE fan in the PGA -- Masters champion Bubba Watson ... who tells TMZ Sports he thinks the two should hook up to form the ULTIMATE BOY BAND!! 

Watson was rockin' his green jacket out in NYC today when we asked about "The Golf Boys" -- his pop group comprised of fellow gold studs Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane and Hunter Mahan

Check this out ... the GBs have already released 2 music videos ... and their hit "Oh Oh Oh " has more than 7 MILLION views on YouTube!!!

So, how does Bieber come in to the picture? Check out the clip. 

'Empire'

Legal Dogfight Over Show Name

3/24/2015 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0323-empire-fox-02FOX claims there's nothing special about the word "Empire," and the network has now filed a lawsuit trying to torpedo a demand by a record label laying claim to the name. 

The label is called Empire Distribution -- they do distribution and publishing as well with big artists like Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Too Short, N.O.R.E. and Sean Paul. The label claims FOX has no right to use the name Empire because the show tarnishes its brand.  

Empire Distribution has claimed it's being hurt because the fictitious label on the show is run by a "homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends."

Empire Distribution is willing to live with the taint, but only if Fox pays $8 million ... $5 million if the show uses Empire Distribution's artists as regulars.

But now FOX has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare Empire Distribution's demand bogus. In the new world order, Fox notes that Empire Distribution is relatively obscure, showing up on the 7th page in a Google search.

FOX wants the dispute put to bed STAT, before season 2 kicks off.

Miley Cyrus

I'll Have the Yellowtail ...

But Patrick's Having the Crow

3/24/2015 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0323-miley-patrick-no-arrow-twitter-et-bug-01Miley Cyrus was in the mood for sushi, and forgiveness -- she and Patrick Schwarzenegger went out together for the first time since he sucked body shots off a chick on spring break.

Patrick and Miley hit up Kiwami in Studio City, CA -- not far from her house on Monday night. ET got a shot of them inside ... and all signs point to Patrick getting a pass for his Cabo fiesta with his ex-GF and his BFF's GF.

According to ET's sources in the restaurant, they were very romantic -- kissing, holding hands, and laughing ... probably NOT about his Mexico shenanigans, but looks like she's over it.  

Sooo ... wedding still on?

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Chris Massey

Lil Twist Is Great ...

At Shining Justin Bieber's Shoes

3/24/2015 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE


Chris Massey is throwing shade -- with racial undertones -- at Lil Twist ... the guy who allegedly beat him with a pair of brass knuckles.

Massey ripped Twist as nothing more than Justin Bieber's lackey when we shot him at LAX Monday afternoon. We asked Chris about the warrant out for Twist's arrest ... following the alleged fight at Chris' bro Kyle's house.  

At first he played off our photog's question like Lil Twist is a nobody -- but then decided to go HAM with a string of insults, including a shoe shine crack ... which used to be taken as a racist remark. But since that was before Massey's time ... we're guessing that wasn't his intent.

Still, this clip won't sit well with Bieber -- or his shoe guy. JK.

Rich Homie Quan

Beats Down Club Security

Makes James Bond Getaway

3/24/2015 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Rapper Rich Homie Quan stands accused of decking a security guard who wouldn't let him inside a club ... and then fleeing in a speedboat!

RHQ and his crew were trying to get into LIV at the Fontainebleau, according to the Miami Beach police report. When they got to the VIP entrance a security guard broke the news ... the club was full and they'd have to wait in the regular line with all the plebeians. 

The security guard told cops RHQ launched into a do-you-know-who-I-am tirade screaming, "I'm Rich Homie Quan and I'm a rich millionaire, bitch. I'm coming through these doors. I'm with Flo Rida!"

The hired muscle held his ground and says RHQ then socked him twice in the face, breaking his nose and bloodying his lip. He claims a member of the rapper's crew then hit him in the back of the head for bad measure.

The security guard claims RHQ and his entourage crossed the street and boarded a speedboat and roared off. 

Police are on the hunt. Consider them dangerous and really full of themselves.

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