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BET Awards Weekend Strip Clubs Join Forces ... to Import Highest Quality Ass

6/24/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-launch-bet-strippers-instagram-02How's this for rapper's delight ... 2 elite strip clubs are flying in more than 50 of the nation's HOTTEST strippers to meet demand from thirsty ballers in L.A. for the BET Awards.

Ace of Diamonds L.A. and Crazy Girls have both jumped in on the action ... and sources tell TMZ the strip joints expect to haul in at least $500k ... thanks to a swarm of rappers who have expressed keen interest. 

Some of the heavy hitters include Currency, Tokyo, Henny, Mercedes Fox and Malani Ca$h ... just some of the most sought-after strippers headlining clubs in New York, Houston, Miami and Atlanta.

Get those bands ready.

Sinead O'Connor I'm Alive! Cops Lied About Suicide Threat

6/24/2016 8:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-sinead-oconnor-tmz-02Sinead O'Connor is alive and seemingly well after Chicago police responded to a call she was threatening to jump off a bridge.

Chicago PD tried to track down O'Connor Thursday evening when O'Connor's family contacted Irish police, saying she threatened suicide.

But O'Connor is claiming cops made it all up and she never threatened to jump, saying, "some stupid bitch at Swords Garda station [Irish police] decided she'd like to throw a bit of false and malicious gossip."

Irish police told us they have no comment on Sinead's accusation.

O'Connor had reached out to family in May when she last threatened suicide -- but it's unclear if she did that again this week. Our family sources say they're trying to sort it out.

Whitney Houston Estate Can't Beat the Emmys ... Court Blocks Auction!

6/24/2016 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624-whitney-houston-oscar-GETTY-01Whitney Houston's estate and the Whitney fan who already bid $10,000 for her 1986 Emmy are both outta luck -- a federal judge has shut down an auction for the trophy.

Heritage Auctions had put the statuette up for grabs, but TMZ broke the story ... the Television Academy opposed the auction, citing its rule that all Emmys must be returned to them if the winner or winner's heirs no longer want it.

Heritage was hawking the Emmy on behalf of Whitney's estate, but the Academy sought and was granted a temporary restraining order to prevent the live auction from going down Friday.

The online auction had already begun, and as we told you ... someone put up a $10k bid. Sorry, Charlie.

Heritage says it will respect the court's decision and the Emmy will be returned to the Houston family.

Robert Plant Whole Lotta Love For 'Stairway' Jury

6/23/2016 8:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant took a victory lap after jurors sided with his legendary band in the battle over "Stairway to Heaven."

Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page testified in the trial where they were accused of ripping off part of the 'Stairway' guitar riff from the band Spirit -- but this was the first time we saw him outside court.

Just a few hours after the jury ruled in Zepp's favor on Thursday ... Plant headed to LAX and got the Led outta town. He wasn't real chatty, but made sure to show his appreciation for the court decision.

Heaven knows ... he's no Robin Thicke.

Kesha Stop the Craziness with Guns

6/24/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kesha's siding with the Democrats who protested in Congress over resistance to gun laws.

Kesha's so used to not answering questions, our photog caught her off guard and, after thinking for a second, she decided she'd make an exception and make her pitch.

Sinead O'Connor Suicide Watch on Chicago Bridges

6/23/2016 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops are on the hunt for Sinead O'Connor after someone in her family told cops she's threatening to kill herself.

Chicago PD got a call from Irish authorities saying Sinead contacted her family an hour ago and said she was suicidal and planned to jump off a bridge in the Chicago area.

We're told cops actually spotted someone who looked like she fit the profile but it wasn't Sinead.

TMZ obtained scanner audio from the PD giving officers the heads up. We're told there's not an active search ... but cops were told to be on the lookout.

Sinead's been struggling with depression lately -- just last month she was reported missing and her friends and family feared suicide -- she was later found at a Chicago hotel.

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A$AP Rocky Plays Ref in Brawl ... at Fashion Week?!!

6/23/2016 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A$AP Rocky tried but failed to break up a fist fight involving his famous stylist Ian Connor

The slugfest went down in Paris during Fashion Week -- of all things -- and Connor was fuming about something that happened inside fancy clothing store, Colette.

Check out the video ... Connor appears to throw the first punch before Rocky steps in to stop the madness.

Well, he tried ... but the fight eventually spilled into the street.

Chris Brown Manager Sues ... Chris Beat Me to a Pulp

6/23/2016 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Brown has more legal woes ... the guy he hired to rehabilitate his image after the Rihanna beating is now suing Chris for allegedly doing the same to him.

Mike G claims he was hired in 2012 not only to change Brown's image but to get him out of debt and off drugs. Mike G says he did well by Chris, who had a resurgence in popularity. 

Things allegedly turned bad last month, but Mike G claims without provocation, Brown took him in a room, brutally attacked him with repeated punches to the face and neck, which landed him in the ER.

The lawsuit claims Brown, rather than being remorseful, began mocking Mike G on social media and bragging to friends about the beating. Mike G says Brown had the audacity to tell people working on his tour, if they got out of line he'd beat them just like he beat Mike G.

Mike G says Brown's rage was drug-fueled and the suit mention concern for retaliation from Brown's "gang member friends." 

Mike G's attorney, Patty Glaser, tells TMZ, "We did everything we could to resolve this in a non-public way to avoid damage to Chris Brown. Regrettably, as outlined in our complaint, Chris Brown has proven to be his own worst enemy."

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11:00 AM PT: Chris just responded to the lawsuit in an Instagram video, claiming he fired Mike G for stealing money from him. Mike G's lawyer says that's not true and they will be adding a defamation claim to the lawsuit.

Sia My Cover's Blown!!!

6/23/2016 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0623-main-sia-gettyFor any doubters it's Sia actually singing under that mop of hair ... a Rocky Mountain breeze has your back.

Sia was performing Wednesday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado when the weather refused to cooperate. The famed amphitheater is carved into the foothills of The Rockies, so the wind gets tricky.

The singer's been spotted without her wig before, but her face is always covered when she's performing, so count this as a cheap thrill for the crowd. 

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Desiigner I'm My Own Hype Man ... Goes HAM at Party!

6/23/2016 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Desiigner proved one thing for sure ... he is his own biggest fan.

The 19-year-old "Panda" rapper held a listening party in NYC Wednesday night for his upcoming mixtape ... and went OFF. Sources at the event tell us Desiigner lip-synced the whole performance for over an hour ... and you can see from the vid, he shed some clothing while he did it.

We're told he also chopped it up with fans, took pics and even signed autographs for anyone who asked. 

At this rate, he'll have broads in more places than just Atlanta. 

Led Zeppelin Wins 'Stairway' Lawsuit It's NOT a Rip-Off

6/23/2016 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0614-jimmy-page-robert-plant-getty-02Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant didn't jack the rock classic "Stairway to Heaven" ... according to the jury in their song theft trial.

The verdict came in Thursday morning -- after less than a day of deliberation -- and the jury ruled in favor of Zeppelin.

The trustee for songwriter Randy Wolfe, from the group Spirit, had sued claiming the iconic 'Stairway' guitar riff was lifted from Spirit's song, "Taurus." The jury didn't hear that and said there was no substantial similarity.

During the trial ... Spirit bassist Mark Andes recalled the band played "Taurus" at a Denver show where Led Zeppelin opened. Zepp's attorney claimed the bands were never onstage together and never toured together.

But a 1968 concert review in the Rocky Mountain News -- found on LZ's own website -- puts the bands together at the Denver concert. It was Zeppelin's U.S. debut.

In court ... guitar and piano renditions were played by musicians from both sides. Defense experts argued the songs only share a descending chord sequence that's common -- and clearly, the jury agreed.

"If you listen very hard ... the tune will come to you at last."

Busta Rhymes PUMPED ABOUT DERRICK ROSE (Not Pumped About Porzingis)

6/23/2016 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's the summary of this video -- Busta Rhymes LOVES Derrick Rose. He LOVES Carmelo Anthony

Porzingis?? Not so much. 

Busta is a huuuuge NY Knicks fan -- and says the combination of D-Rose and 'Melo is a major step in the right direction for his beloved squad. 

But when we brought the other star on the team -- Kristaps Porzingis -- Mr. Rhymes didn't seem too enthused about the Latvian sensation. 

"Carmelo and Derrick Rose ... and I'll vouch for that. I ain't vouching for nothing else."

Check out the clip -- Busta isn't ready to predict a championship yet ... but he loves where the team is headed. 

Drake Sued Bodyguard Beat My Ass ... Threatened My Bitches

6/22/2016 5:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0622_drake_tmz-2Drake drives a hard bargain ... if he tries hiring you but you turn him down, he'll have someone beat you up -- this according to famed rapper/producer Detail.

Detail has just filed a lawsuit against Drake, claiming the famous Canadian offered Detail a plum job back in 2014 as his exclusive producer. Problem was ... Detail didn't want to be tied to one guy, so he declined.

According to the lawsuit, the rejection didn't sit well with Drake, who became irate. Time passed but the bad feelings lingered. Detail claims in June 2014, Drake invited him to his Calabasas estate, on the pretext of working together again.  

Detail says he arrived at 2 AM and was met by Drake's bodyguard, Chubbs, who coldcocked him and broke his jaw.

Detail says during the beating, Chubbs yelled, "I will beat all your asses, including your bitches. I don't give a f***. I will hit you again. Do you think Drake is soft? You think Drake's a punk?"

The producer says Drake set him up for the beating, and he wants lots of cash.

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