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Taylor Swift

Ok, Calvin Harris ...

You Can Sit With Us

5/17/2015 6:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are a lot closer than expected at the Billboard Music Awards -- and he got the full GFE after she won an award.

Ok, Calvin wasn't the first person she hugged after winning Top Billboard 200 Album -- but he IS the only one who got an extended hug combined with a neck snuggle. They haven't exactly been undercover, but this qualifies as a full couple coming out.

As we showed you earlier ... the seating chart called for Taylor to sit with 2 friends between herself and her BF.  Nice decoy, T Swizzle. 

Mariah Carey

Blows Off 'BMA' Rehearsal

... Because She's Mariah

5/17/2015 2:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0517-mariah-carey-billboard-awards-TMZ-01update_graphic_red_bar5:55 PM PT -- Crisis averted. Mariah performed 2 songs -- "Vision of Love" and her new hit, "Infinity." Not only did she show up ... she NAILED one of the closing notes. Like, old school Mariah ... nailed it.

update_grey_gray_barMariah Carey knows how to cause a mass panic -- she bailed on her final rehearsal before the Billboard Music Awards, which air LIVE in a few hours -- but Mimi's got one word for the haters ... CHILL. 

TMZ has learned BMA producers are scrambling because they don't know what's going on with Mariah -- especially on the heels of her bronchitis issues earlier this week. Our BMA sources say the other reason for concern is ... it's been 17 years since she was last on the award show. 

But our Mariah sources are laughing off the panic, because producers shouldn't be shocked at all. As one source put it, "Nobody does dress [rehearsal]. WTF?? No big stars go ... ever."

It's true, you'd think award shows are old hat for a vet like Mariah. Plus, she performed as scheduled last night at Caesars Palace, and seemed fine.

As for what happens tonight on live TV? Stay tuned ... 


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Jay Z

Screw Tidal's Critics ...

I'm the Steve Jobs of Music Streaming

5/17/2015 1:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Z ripped into everyone who's bashing his new business ... as only he can -- by uncorking a blistering freestyle in which he compared himself to the founders of Apple and Nike. 

The lyrical attack came during Jay's 'B-Sides' concert last night, which aired on Tidal ... his music streaming service. Critics have accused the rap mogul of charging users more for Tidal -- compared to similar services -- simply because his name is attached to it. 

Jay Z's point? Steve Jobs was rich, and everyone bought iPhones ... and "Phil Knight is worth trillions, you still bought them kicks."

Check it out ... he also accuses Google and YouTube of underpaying artists -- or as he put it, "You know n***as die for equal pay right? You know when I work I ain't your slave, right?"  

No prisoners.

Taylor Swift

I Want Calvin Close at Billboard Awards

Just Not THAT Close

5/17/2015 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0517-taylor-swift-calvin-harris-billboard-music-awards-seats-GETTY-01Taylor Swift's playing the old music game -- make your fans think you're single, 'cause it's good for business -- and that may be why she'll sit 2 seats away from her boo at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards.

Taylor and Calvin Harris have been seen together in public showing lots of affection, but we're told Taylor requested that several of her friends form a human barrier between her and the famous DJ.

Apparently she wants to have interaction without reaction.

And that's why they call it the music game.

Rapper Chinx Drugz

Murdered in Drive By Shooting

Member of French Montana's Coke Boys

5/17/2015 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0517-chinx-TMZ-01Rapper Chinx Drugz was shot and killed early Sunday morning in a drive-by.

It happened in Queens NY at around 4 AM.  Police found 2 victims in a car, one who whom was Chinx, who was shot multiple times in the torso.

0517-chinx-crime-scene-TMZ-01The 31-year-old is a member of French Montana's Coke Boys.  Chinx big song is "I'm a Coke Boy" which features French.

The second victim, who was shot in the back, has been hospitalized.  He's in critical condition.

Cops are on the hunt for the shooter.

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Robin Thicke

Our Dog Ate Weed

Now It's One Sick Puppy

5/17/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0516_robin_thicke_pot_dogRobin Thicke and his 20-year-old girlfriend aren't gonna win any SPCA awards anytime soon, because they accidentally turned their dog into a pothead.

April Love Geary gushed about Bincy last month when she and Robin plunked down $350 for the terrier mix.  

But things went south quickly.  April says a day after they took the pooch home it somehow got into their stash and got sick.  Bincy went to the vet, but apparently she still had a taste for the green stuff.

Three days after returning home, Bincy was back at the animal doc, for the same problem.  This time April insisted it was more of a contact high, but when friends started ragging on her she tweeted, "IT'S NOT ME!!! Some falls on the ground or she sits by him smoking and just inhales it hahaha."

Best we can see, Bincy's back home.  Keep those Funyons away from her, Robin ... they're dangerous.

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 April tells us in one of the trips to the vet, although they thought the dog got into the pot the stool sample revealed it was garlic.  It's unclear how the dog got into garlic.

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Steve Aoki

Screw Vocal Surgery

LET'S ROCK!!!

5/17/2015 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Steve Aoki made a weird appearance Saturday ... screaming his lungs out onstage just days after he announced he was cancelling European appearances because of a large nodule on his vocal cord.

Steve threw a huge concert Saturday on the streets of downtown L.A., celebrating the release of his new album, Neon Future II.

He doesn't seem to have a problem with his pipes, which is surprising since he said he was canceling the 5 performances so he could have surgery.

Given the diagnosis, doesn't seem it's just what the doctor ordered. But it's awesome.

Skrillex

Haircut EXPOSED!!!

Cut By Amateurs

5/17/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0515_skrillex_with_girls_wmSkrillex got a haircut Friday that was worth every penny ... because it was free.

The dubstep guru hit up the Paul Mitchell beauty school in Sherman Oaks to trim his Skrillabob. The half chop would have put a $15 hole in his well-lined pocket, but it's a case of the rich getting richer.

The stylist -- who's close to graduating -- was so stoked all she wanted was a pic with Skrillex and her fellow students. Unclear why the sleepy faces.

 Save the drop for the beat, Sonny.

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Mariah Carey

I'm Back at Caesars!!

Fans Highly Doubt It

5/16/2015 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Mariah Carey has the green light to perform Saturday night at Caesars Palace in Vegas, but Mimi's fans are still skeptical about whether she'll make it to the stage. 

Sources at the hotel tell us the box office has been flooded with calls today from gun shy fans who are concerned they're going to get stiffed like the crowd did on Wednesday ... when Mariah had to cancel due to bronchitis.

If it's any consolation to the worry worts --- our Mariah sources say all signs point to MC performing. Doctors cleared her, and she attended a rehearsal. In order to save her voice, we're told she whistled the songs ... and even that sounded pretty good.

It's a big weekend ... besides tonight's show, she's pulling a double on Sunday. We're told Mariah will perform for the Billboard Awards at the MGM Grand around 5 PM, and then shoot down the Strip to Caesar's for her show at 8 PM.

Taylor Swift

Pulls Plug on Rock in Rio Livestream

Fans Pissed

5/16/2015 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0516_taylor_swift_rock_in_rio_gettyTaylor Swift pissed off people from around the world Friday night, when she pulled the plug on a livestream of her concert at the very last minute.

Taylor performed at Rock in Rio in Vegas, along with Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and John Legend. Yahoo! Music made a big deal that it would livestream the entire concert, including Taylor's set.  But just before Taylor went on, she had a change of heart and nixed the livestream.

Fans were irate, some of whom stayed up all night so they could watch her sing.

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Taylor famously goes to great lengths to protect her music, but a lot of fans think if she really had a problem with the livestream she shouldn't have signed up in the first place. 

Rihanna

Hiding in Plain Sight

5/16/2015 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0516_rihanna_camo_pcnRihanna failed miserably Friday in a feeble attempt to blend into the scenery.

RiRi wore her best camo, which might have worked in the jungles of Afghanistan, but she was leaving the Bowery Hotel in NYC, and she was plain as day.

That said, what a recruiting tool she'd be.

Bobby Shmurda

Knuckles Up for Crips vs. Bloods

... Jailhouse Edition

5/16/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobby Shmurda had to bust out his quick hands when a gang war erupted in his NYC jailhouse.

Shmurda and 5 other inmates were cleaning house during the brawl last month in Otis Bantum Correctional Center ... according to law enforcement sources. 

We're told the brawl was in full swing when guards came upon the inmates punching the crap out of each other. A little color commentary -- the combatants included an accused burglar, shmurderer, sodomist, and kidnapper. 

Jail officials believe it was a Bloods and Crips thing -- we're told 4 of the inmates, including Bobby, are Crips ... while the other 2 are Bloods. Guards broke up the melee with 3 blasts of a pepper spray like "chemical agent." 

Shmurda's locked up awaiting trial on conspiracy charges. His attorney had no comment on the jail brawl ... which, by the way, went down on April 15.

Even inmates hate taxes.

Memphis Grizzlies

Honoring B.B. King

Before HUGE Playoff Game

5/15/2015 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0515-bb-king-memphis-grizzlies-GETTY-01B.B. King might be gone, but the Memphis Grizzlies are making sure he's not forgotten ... taking time out to remember the music titan before tonight's HUGE playoff game ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke to the Grizzlies reps who tell us ... before the team takes on Golden State in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals tonight ... they'll honor the hometown hero who passed Thursday at age 89.

The team didn't wanna give away too many specifics about how they're planning to honor King -- but are hoping fans of both basketball and music enjoy the huge surprise they have in store. 

R.I.P. B.B.

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