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L.A. Reid Pumped for Gaga at Super Bowl ... 'Incredible' Choice

9/30/2016 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

L.A. Reid says he's stoked the NFL tapped Lady Gaga for the Super Bowl LI halftime show ... despite the fact he once DROPPED her from his record label. 

True story. 

Back in 2006, Reid 86'd Gaga from Epic Records ... and now calls it "the biggest mistake of my career."

He recently explained the whole situation to FOX 5 saying, "I feel a little bad about it. I do. I feel bad. I signed her. She comes in, she plays the piano, she’s incredible, she sings, I sign her, I tell her she’s going to change music. A couple of months later I say, maybe I wasn’t right. Maybe I don’t like this so much and I make the biggest mistake of my career. I dropped Lady Gaga."

Good news ... they managed to move past it -- and he's still a huge fan. 

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Chris Brown Accuser Pageant Struts to Chris' Hit Song!

9/30/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who claims Chris Brown pulled a gun on her got a hysterical assist from Breezy in her quest to win a beauty pageant.

Baylee Curran was a contestant in the Miss Greater Inland Empire Pageant -- it's a prelim for Miss California -- and when it came time for the evening gown competition last weekend, she got a sweet and serendipitous surprise.

The DJ had a great sense of humor because he threw on CB's "Don't Wake Me Up." Watch the video ... you gotta laugh.

0930-baylee-curan-pageant-bikini-credit-pageant-videosThe pageant director tells TMZ the song choice was purely a coincidence. People in the audience say it didn't appear Baylee noticed, but she was upset about something else.

We're told she didn't even place in the competition, so she stormed out early. Still a better exit than the one she made at Chris' house.

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Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke Fan Attack Numero Dos In Mexico

9/30/2016 6:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mexico has gone all Beatlemania over Fifth Harmony and singer Ally Brooke got the brunt of it again after another fan attacked her, taking her down onstage.

The girl group was South of the border Thursday night at Auditorio Banamex in Monterrey, when the guy slipped past security and manhandled the singer.

It's the second time this week ... Ally almost bit it hard when she arrived at the Monterrey airport after a fan almost tore off her shirt.

L.A. Reid, who signed the group, gave us his take on the fan pandemonium in L.A. Thursday night right before attack 2 went down. He also clears up those Camila quitting rumors for all the F5 fans.

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Tyga Beware the Repo Man ... This Time for His Mama's Ride!

9/30/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0929-tyga-TMZ-01Tyga's about to have a new battle with an old foe -- the repo man -- and this time his poor mother could end up suffering.

A woman in Orange County has filed docs against the rapper claiming she acted as a middleman on a Range Rover lease for Tyga's mom. The woman says Tyga started missing payments on the whip ... and she's ready to report it stolen if he doesn't buck up. 

We know ... you and Kylie Jenner have heard this story before.

The Range is far from standard -- it's a loaded Evoque, with a sticker price around $60k. We're told Tyga's payments come in at about $1k a month ... when he makes 'em, that is.

Tyga's lawyer, Shawn Holley, tells us the rapper's put together a totally new team of top accountants, business managers and attorneys to help clear up some issues that came up when he didn't have legit representation. We're told they're working around the clock to pay his debts and make sure he won't ever be taken advantage of again.

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Lady Gaga It's Official ... I'm Doing Super Bowl Halftime!!

9/29/2016 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0929_lady_gaga_nfl_tmz_gettyLady Gaga has been promoted from the National Anthem at last year's Super Bowl ... to headlining Super Bowl LI in February ... the NFL has confirmed.

The timing couldn't be more perfect for Gaga ... who is launching a new album in October.

Gaga received all types of praise for her rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 -- and clearly impressed the NFL enough to lock her down as the halftime performer for Super Bowl LI.

Gaga follows Coldplay -- who performed at Super Bowl 50 -- and joins an esteemed group of S.B. halftime alum that includes Beyonce, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty ... and of course, Prince.

Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris Impossible Happens ... Bitter Exes Are Friends Again

9/29/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0928-calvin-harris-taylor-swift-tmz-instagram-02Satan's gonna need a winter coat -- Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are no longer at war after one of Hollywood's nastiest breakups, and are firmly in the friend zone.

Sources close to the former couple tell TMZ ... shortly after Taylor and Tom Hiddleston broke up, Taylor and Calvin started texting and put an end to their drama.

It's unclear who hit send first, but here's what we do know -- we're told this is NOT a rekindling of the old fire. Also, they have NOT spoken on the phone or seen each other in person. It's strictly text, but it's been enough to erase the resentment that exploded after the June breakup ... and that mess about who wrote "This Is What You Came For."

There's been buzz Calvin's new single, "My Way," is about getting over Taylor, but that had nothing to do with their decision to bury the hatchet. Besides, we're told it's really inspired by his old job at a grocery store.

Nothing romantic ... which is exactly how both sides describe the renewed friendship. 

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Justin Bieber Get to Miami for Grilling Or Else ... Cops Will Come Get You

9/29/2016 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0928-justin-bieber-tmz-02Justin Bieber has been ordered to get back to Miami for a deposition, and the judge doesn't care if it means interrupting his current world tour schedule. 

We're told Bieber's lawyers were in a packed courtroom Wednesday for the case where a photog is accusing the singer's bodyguards of attacking him inside a Subway restaurant.

According to court docs, the judge is giving Bieber 30 days to return to FL for the grilling by lawyers ... or he'll issue a writ of bodily attachment -- which means sheriff's deputies will haul him in if he doesn't come voluntarily. 

Bieber's European leg of his Purpose World Tour doesn't end until late November ... so it's going to be a logistical nightmare.

As we previously reported ... the photog's attorney, Mark DiCowden, will grill Bieber on his previous altercations with photogs and fans. We're also told the depo will be videotaped -- which probably doesn't sit well with Justin's legal team.

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Fifth Harmony Fan Attacks in Mexico

9/29/2016 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke felt a different kinda girl power when a crazed fan almost brought her to the ground Wednesday as the group arrived in Monterrey, Mexico.

It's pretty scary ... the person in the yellow shirt appears to go in for a selfie with the singer, but grabs a hold of Ally's shirt.  

Ally stood her ground until security eventually peels the fan off ... perhaps proving to 5H fans that she definitely doesn't have two right feet.

Frances Bean Cobain Forced to Pay Ex While Working On Divorce

9/28/2016 4:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0928_Frances-Bean-Cobain_Isaiah-Silva_gettyFrances Bean Cobain is going to fork over nearly $50k in emergency relief to her estranged husband until the dust settles in their divorce ... TMZ has learned. 

A judge signed off on an agreement for Frances to pay Isaiah Silva $12,000 a month for the next 4 months. The dough is temporary spousal support to carry him over until they wrap up the divorce battle. According to the docs, Frances and Isaiah are going to mediation during the 4 month period.

Frances will also have to pay $15k toward his attorney fees. For Isaiah's part, he was ordered out of their house 10 days ago. 

The exes were married less than 2 years. As we previously reported ... he's aiming for $25k per month when it's all said and done. Mediation should be interesting. 

French Montana Cops Profiled Me That's Why I Called 'em Out

9/28/2016 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0928-french-montana-tmzFrench Montana's adamant his "Black lives matter" shout-out wasn't a wisecrack at cops -- instead he was reacting to what he saw as harassment of his crew ... for no good reason.

The rapper tells TMZ, NYPD pulled over his SUV just one block from Aces strip club where they were partying. He says the officers told them they were checking to see if the driver had been drinking.

French says his guy was sober and when all his paperwork checked out, they peace'd out.

But he thinks cops were hoping to find something more incriminating. French believes he and his friends were targeted as they left Aces because they're black and famous. He says he only yelled "Black lives matter" to remind the cops it's "pathetic" to stop him for nothing. 

We reached out to NYPD for comment, so far no word back.

Fetty Wap Sued Hello! He Ripped Off 'Trap Queen'

9/28/2016 11:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0928_fetty-wap_tmzFetty Wap and his producer on "Trap Queen" are being sued by a Danish songwriter who claims they jacked his beat without permission for Wap's monster hit.

In his lawsuit, Lazar Lakic says he purchased exclusive rights in 2014 to a beat called, "Hello" ... from producer Tony Fadd. Lakic says that's why he was shocked to hear it sampled in "Trap Queen."

Lakic says Fadd contacted him in January 2015 in an attempt to buy back the rights to "Hello," but Lakic declined. "Trap Queen" ended up going 4x platinum in the US, and Lakic says he never got a cut.

Fetty's attorney, Navarro Gray, tells TMZ ... Fetty legally bought the beat from Fadd and has the contract to prove it. So if Lakic is awarded damages, Fetty says he'll go after Fadd to cover it.

Lakic is suing for profits from the banger. He also wants to destroy all copies and stop all sales of "Trap Queen" ... which would be damn near impossible at this point.

Ice Cube Forget Clinton & Trump ... We Need Obama Back

9/28/2016 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ice Cube has a very bold take on the election ... saying we're screwed either way, and the only way to fix it is to get Obama back in the White House for 4 more years.

Cube appears on Too $hort's BoomBox podcast with Bobby Loco Wednesday and the upcoming election is a major talking point. It's interesting -- Cube urges the public they've got to work hard no matter who gets elected prez -- but he says the best solution for everybody is to just get Obama back in office.

Ice Cube's the inaugural guest on Short's podcast ... but the veteran rapper has a whole season of celeb guests lined up, and a new episode will drop every Wednesday.

French Montana Taunts NYPD During Stop ... 'Black Lives Matter!'

9/28/2016 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

French Montana got pulled over outside a strip club, and seemed to have Desiigner's recent arrest in mind ... as he joked about his fellow passengers holding anything illegal.

French and a bunch of friends were being driven in an SUV leaving Aces in Queens early Wednesday ... when they got stopped. While recording video, he threw a few verbal jabs at the officers. 

He referred to them as "hip-hop cops" (the alleged NYPD unit dedicated to tracking rappers) ... and repeatedly yelled, "Black lives matter." It's unclear why French and co. got pulled over, or if anyone was ticketed.

Watch the video though ... French wanted to make sure no one else in the ride had "some s*** I need to know about."

You'll recall, Desiigner was initially arrested for gun and drug possession. The drugs turned out to be steroids, which did not belong to Desiigner or his crew, and most of the charges against him have been dropped.

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