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Justin Bieber Sets Up Shop in NYC ... Draws Massive Line

5/4/2016 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0504_justin_bieber_vfiles_pop_upo_shop_launchJustin Bieber's pop-up shop in SoHo is drawing a HUGE crowd looking to drop dough on his gear.

The Biebs set up shop for two days at VFILES on Mercer Street hawking merchandise from his current Purpose tour. Check out the photos ... shirts and hoodies are up for grabs on a first come, first served basis.

We'd say beat the rush, but ...  

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Donald Trump Can't Get What He Wants ... Rolling Stones Join No-Play List

5/4/2016 2:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Mick Jagger doesn't give a rat's ass how many delegates Donald Trump's secured, he and the Rolling Stones are putting the kibosh on their music getting played at Trump rallies.

The Stones fired off a cease and desist letter to the campaign requesting they "cease all use immediately" ... according to a statement from the band's rep.

Trump used their hit "Start Me Up" as his intro music during several Indiana campaign stops this week -- and clearly word got back to the Stones' legal team. The Donald's also used "You Can't Always Get What You Want" in the past.

Candidate Trump's heard this tune before -- Neil Young, Aerosmith, Adele and others have also asked Trump to delete their music from his playlists ... and he's always complied.

 

Janet Jackson It's the Pregnant Principle ... 50 and Expecting!

5/4/2016 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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504-janet-jackson-instagramJanet Jackson's finally confirmed what's been pretty clear since she pulled out of her world tour -- she's knocked up.

Janet and her husband, Wissam Al Mana, are expecting their first child, according to ET. Janet, who will turn 50 on May 16, announced a month ago that she was indefinitely postponing the 'Unbreakable Tour' because she was "planning" her family.

She stopped short of saying she was pregnant at the time, but it was clear the "sudden change" had to be something that big for her to scrap the long-planned tour.

It's unclear how far along she is, but if you assume she's at least 3 months pregnant -- it'll probably be summer 2017 before Janet and her fans are ... Together Again.

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50 Cent Family Wants $10k for Autism Bullying

5/4/2016 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0504_50cent_Andrew-Farrells_tmz-instagramThe family of the autistic teen 50 Cent bullied still wants the rapper to open up his wallet, but this time it's for a good cause and far less cash ... the family's attorney tells TMZ.

Attorney Matthew J. Hammer says Andrew Farrell and his family want 50 to cough up $10k for Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy group.

The donation is far less than the $1 million Andrew's stepdad was first eyeing.

We're told Andrew and his family received 50's signed, albeit short apology Tuesday via an email after news broke of Andrew's disabilities and were happy he said sorry.

As we reported, 50 got in Andrew's face at an airport accusing him of working while on drugs, when in fact he's autistic and is also afflicted by Asperger's.

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50 has yet to answer back about the $10k donation.

Prince Addiction Specialist Had Pills in Backpack

5/4/2016 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

The addiction specialist who was at Prince's house the day he died brought a backpack containing a synthetic opiate ... and his criminal defense lawyer now insists he should not be prosecuted.

Prince's people called Dr. Howard Kornfeld the day before the singer died, saying they believed Prince was on the verge of dying from drugs. Prince was apparently on board to get help, but the doctor said it would be 2 days before he could get there.  

Dr. Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, who worked at their facility -- Recovery Without Walls. Andrew flew out early and was at Prince's home the day he died. 

0504_DR_KORNFELD_SUB_recoverywithoutwallSAndrew's lawyer, William Mauzy, just said Andrew did not supply Prince with any drugs, although he did have synthetic opiates in his backpack. The drug is called buprenorphine, a synthetic opiate for pain management and to wean people off actual opiates. 

 It was Andrew who called 911 after the staff found Prince unconscious in the elevator.

Attorney Mauzy made an odd comment, suggesting prosecutors may be targeting Andrew for some sort of criminal charge. Mauzy said the 911 call would not subject his client to prosecution under the Good Samaritan law. It's unclear why the call is even relevant. What seems obviously more important is the drugs in the backpack. 

Afeni Shakur Smarter Than Prince ... Tupac's Money and Music Protected

5/4/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0503_tupac_Afeni-Shakur_gettyTupac's mother guarded his music and financial legacy in life, and TMZ has learned Afeni Shakur took extraordinary steps to do the same in death.

Afeni had set up a trust to control all of Tupac's music rights, and a rep for his estate tells us the paperwork is flawless. She also named the perfect executor, Tom Whalley -- former head of Warner Bros. Records -- to handle Tupac's valuable catalog.

We're told the trust is very specific about heirs, and the money is going to select charities and family. Afeni is survived by her sister, Gloria, and a daughter, Sekyiwa Shakur ... Tupac's half sister. 

Her estranged husband, Gust Davis, is not mentioned in the trust -- so Tupac's money and music will be virtually untouchable in that divorce

Interestingly, Tupac's mother was repped by attorney Howard King, who also worked with Prince years ago. He says Prince hated dealing with paperwork and rarely listened to advisors, but Afeni was the exact opposite -- which is why there shouldn't be any legal battles over Tupac's fortune. 

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Machine Gun Kelly Gets the Finger in Vegas

5/4/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Machine Gun Kelly got way too hyped-up for his own good during his show in Vegas ... he broke one of his digits. 

The rapper was 2 songs deep Sunday at the Drai's Animal House party at The Cromwell when he just banged too hard.

Kelly powered through the pain, and ending up jumping off a balcony into the pool.

And he didn't even drop the mic.

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50 Cent I Apologize For Mocking Autistic Man

5/3/2016 3:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0503_50cent_Andrew-Farrell_tmz_facebook50 Cent's manning up and admitting his attempt to crack jokes on social media turned into an insult -- albeit unintentionally -- to a 19-year-old airport employee with autism.

50 says, "It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community, which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally to him and his family."

Fiddy posted a video of himself mocking Andrew Farrell for being "high as a motherf*****." Andrew is not only autistic, but also suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and severe hearing loss. 

In his apology, first posted by the NY Post, the rapper added ... "While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man."

As we first reported, Farrell's family was talking to attorneys about a possible lawsuit against 50 Cent, but a rep now says they'll be satisfied with a sincere apology.

50 has deleted the video. Further financial crisis averted. Maybe.

Justin Bieber Sued for $100k in Beer Bong Disaster

5/3/2016 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0503-justin-bieber-tmz-01Justin Bieber may have bought himself the most expensive phone in the world, because a guy who claims the singer destroyed his cell has filed a lawsuit seeking as much as $100,000.

Robert Earl Morgan was at Cle nightclub in Houston last month when Bieber showed up and began clowning Post Malone, appearing to extinguish a cigarette on the rapper's arm.

Bieber was feeling his oats, and according to Morgan, Biebs grabbed a beer bong and tried his hand at chugging. Morgan says Bieber "was clearly a novice," spilling the brewski all over his clothes and face.

Morgan says he was shooting cell phone video of the mishap, when Biebs became enraged, grabbed his cell phone and smashed it to pieces.

According to the lawsuit filed by Jason Friedman, Morgan never got his SIM card back, which contained precious memories, including pics of his grandma's 100th birthday party. He says he also lost business contacts and it's eaten into his commission. Morgan adds he minored in photography in college and had 5,000 pics and videos documenting his travels, which he'll never get back.

He's suing for up to $100k. 

We reached out to Bieber's camp. So far no response.

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Zendaya I Was On Music Video Set 'Lemonade' Was No Shock to Jay Z

5/3/2016 12:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Zendaya dropped a huge hint Jay Z was totally on board with Beyonce airing the couple's alleged dirty laundry on "Lemonade." 

We just got her at LAX and asked her about her time with Bey, shooting a cameo for the "Lemonade" HBO special. Zendaya says Jay absolutely paid a visit to the set to see his wife.

As for any drama? Check out Zendaya's take on what she saw. Looks like she's confirming what we already knew -- Jay & Bey are passionate about driving album sales.

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Prince Emergency Call to Home Over Cocaine Use

5/3/2016 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

502-prince-getty-07Someone made an urgent call to the Carver County Sheriff's Dept. asking for help, because "the caller is concerned about Prince's cocaine habits."

The call came in June 20, 2011 ... this according to records just released by the Sheriff's Dept.

According to records, the caller said Prince had told her the year before in Germany that he "cannot control his habit."  

Sheriff's personnel discussed the matter after the caller hung up, and then called the woman back. They told her the information was stale since it was a year old and since there was no proof Prince was in immediate danger they closed the case. 

There's another record of an emergency call in the just released docs. In October 2013, a call came in for a 53-year-old male who was "dehydrated." He was transported to a medical center. 

And in the records that were just released, it mentions that someone called April 21st, just after the singer died, saying she has a 17-year-old son who was fathered by Prince and she wanted him to attend the funeral.

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Madonna & French Montana Met Gala Turn Up ... In Ya Mouth!

5/3/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

French Montana and Diplo got the real show AFTER the Met Gala -- courtesy of Madonna. And her mouth.

Just check out the video from inside the after-party at Up&Down nightclub.

57 and still gettin' it! This woulda been a much better show, Down Under.

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Beyonce Rita Ora Cleared From the 'Becky' List

5/3/2016 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0503-rita-beyonce-snap-01Judge Beyonce has made her ruling and it appears Rita Ora has been acquitted in the mysterious "Who the hell is Becky?" case.

The singers were smiling and hanging together inside the Met Gala -- perhaps putting an end to rumors Rita is the "Becky with the good hair" that Bey refers to in "Sorry."

Rita posted a Snapchat and included the "Family" caption.

For good measure, she slapped on a "Not Becky" name tag at an after-party.

Okay, okay ... we get it, Rita! Case closed.

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