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T.I. Shots Ring Out at Concert ... 1 Dead

5/25/2016 8:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Shots rang out at a T.I. concert Wednesday night ... multiple people were hit and one is dead.

The rapper was set to perform at Irving Plaza in NYC Wednesday night when the shooting occurred. We're told at least 2 men and 2 women were hit.  A 33-year-old man who was shot in the stomach didn't make it.

The rapper had not yet taken the stage when the incident went down. Sources backstage tell us an argument erupted just before one of the opening acts took the stage. Someone brandished a gun and people backstage scrambled into the crowd as shots rang out.

Cops say at this point it's unclear how many shooters were involved and they don't have any suspects.

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Justin Bieber I'm the Captain Of My L.A. Lake House

5/26/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0525-justin-bieber-house-mlsJustin Bieber turned into a skipper overnight when he signed a lease for an L.A. pad that sits on a lake ... with its own boat and dock. 

TMZ has learned the Biebs has been dropping $80k a month on a 10 bedroom home in the tiny Toluca Lake neighborhood. One of its best features -- 16 bathrooms! No more peeing in buckets for JB.

It's also got a gym, game room, screening room and a pool straight out of a 5-star luxury hotel -- and of course ... the whole boat thing. Despite the huge rent check, Justin's barely been home since he's been on tour

Now that's he's on a break ... it looks like Justin and his pals are making up for lost time. Don't get it twisted though ... we're told he's been a great neighbor. Oh, how times have changed.

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Chris Cornell Historic Grunge Tapes Returned ... After 25 Years!!

5/25/2016 3:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0525_chris-cornell_tmz-2Chris Cornell just got his hands on the mastertapes for his legendary grunge album -- featuring Soundgarden and Pearl Jam members -- and it only took him 25 years to do it.

We're told Cornell and his label, A&M Records, recently settled a bitter, drawn-out lawsuit over the "Temple of the Dog" recordings. Chris and A&M actually got the physical tapes back on Tuesday ... ending the battle with the album's producer, Rick Parashar. 

Parashar had kept the 1991 masters -- which are iconic since the band's one and only self-titled record featured Cornell, Eddie Vedder and future Soundgarden and Pearl Jam members.

When Parashar died his family continued to fight A&M for ownership, but with the settlement ... Cornell finally celebrated with a victory photo.

We're told the label's looking to reissue the album for the 25th anniversary.

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T-Pain Lil Wayne & Birdman Blew Thousands Just Playing ‘Madden’

5/25/2016 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0525-lil-wayne-birdman-tmz-01T-Pain's a serious gamer, but totally bows down to Lil Wayne and Birdman, who used to turn gaming into hardcore gambling ... according to the singer.

T-Pain was live streaming his own game of 'Doom' on Twitch ... when he spilled some tea about Weezy and Birdman's days playing 'Madden' when they were all in the studio.

He claims they'd wager $10,000 per game -- and that wasn't even the bizarre part. Check out his description of HOW they played the games. It's good to be rich.

Ironic that they used to throw around that kinda cash -- on a video game -- considering the current state of their financial relationship

J.J. Watt Gone Country Hosting CMT Awards

5/25/2016 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0525-jj-watt-gettyMVP meets CMT. 

J.J. Watt has officially been tapped to co-host the CMT Music Awards next month -- after impressing producers as a presenter during last year's show. 

CMT announced Watt will join Erin Andrews -- who hosted the show last year along with Brittany Snow. But Snow's out -- and Watt's in. 

"I am very excited to be involved in a much larger capacity this year as co-host,” Watt said.

"I can’t wait to host the awards with Erin and be part of such a great night, honoring the biggest stars in country music.”

Andrews also commented -- saying, "I can’t wait to see what antics J.J. and I will get into together."

Wiz Khalifa I'll Pass On Amber's TV Show, But ...

5/25/2016 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wiz Khalifa's not trying to jack any of his ex Amber Rose's shine ... now that her talk show is about to hit the air -- but he's totally up for some friendly competition in a different arena.

Amber's show debuts in a couple weeks, and since she and Wiz have mastered the whole co-parenting thing with Sebastian ... you'd think he might make a guest appearance. Not so -- Wiz told us why he's tapping out on TV.

However, he lit up when we brought up his tour with Snoop Dogg. You gotta see him talk about life on the road for 2 legends of the weed game.

Seriously, you might catch a contact high just watching this.

Chris Brown Scores Big Legal Victory in Custody War

5/25/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0524_chris_brown_nia_guzman_tmz-instagramChris Brown annihilated his baby mama in court Tuesday, after a judge pooh-poohed her request to restrict Brown's custody because of alleged drug use and gang affiliation.

Nia Guzman claimed Chris was unfit to care for Royalty without strict supervision. She wanted a monitor and more ... Nia asked the judge to reduce the amount of contact he has with the 1-year-old.

The judge wasn't having it, so the status quo remains. We're told Chris and Nia will continue to have joint legal and physical custody. Under the existing custody order, Chris gets 12 days a month with his daughter and it will continue to be unmonitored.

Nia's also gunning for more child support, although that wasn't on the table. She's getting $2,500 a month but wants it upped to nearly $16k a month.

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Mathew Knowles I Don't Want to Be Beyonce's Manager I Want to Be Her Dad

5/25/2016 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mathew Knowles was super interesting Tuesday, telling our photog he and Beyonce made peace long before anyone knew.

Mathew and Blush Music, the rap group he's managing, were tooling around Bev Hills when he told us his relationship with his daughter got repaired long before his cameo with Blue Ivy in Bey's new music video.

And the most interesting part ... his reaction when we asked if he'll ever manage her again.

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Jay Z Cheating All the Way to the Bank!!!

5/25/2016 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0525-jay-z-beyonce-splash-01Jay Z is embracing his wife's cheating song, making it clear he's ultimately the winner because it gives him heat.

Jay appeared on a remix of Fat Joe and Remy Ma's "All the Way Up," in which he raps, "You know you made it when the fact ... your marriage made it is worth millions ... Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is ... Survival of the littest."

Of course, the song was released on Tidal.

"Lemonade" is nothing more than a Beyonce album, because there were clearly no hard feelings Tuesday night when they left a NYC restaurant. 

Nick Menza Drugs Not a Factor in Death

5/25/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523_Nick-Menza_facebookNick Menza's onstage death had nothing to do with drugs, it was a massive heart attack ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us autopsy results revealed heart disease in the 51-year-old, and also confirmed a working theory -- that this was not your stereotypical drug-related death. Officials searched the scene and interviewed people close to the former Megadeth drummer -- who died onstage Saturday -- and concluded Menza had no recent history of drug use. 

Sources close to Nick say he had dabbled -- like many rock stars -- but we're told he'd been completely sober for 8 years.

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Yo Gotti Sues Employee Crashed My Whip On Joyride

5/25/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0524-yo-gotti-instagram-01Yo Gotti's prized $409k Lamborghini Aventador got wrecked instead of repaired when an employee at the dealership took it out for a joyride ... according to the lawsuit he just filed.

Yo Gotti is suing Motorcars of Georgia, a luxury car dealership, where he took his Lambo last October for maintenance work. It was still there in December when, according to docs ... an MOG employee took it out for an early morning spin and crashed the whip into a tractor-trailer on the interstate.

Gotti says the accident happened 20 miles away from the dealership, and he points out he never gave the dealership permission to drive his car off the lot.

Gotti talks about the car like a loved one, saying it sustained "serious physical injury."

He's suing for $80k in damages -- to the car -- plus his personal pain and mental anguish. Not to mention the money lost from not being able to use the car in music videos.

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Twista Weed Case Dropped

5/24/2016 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0524_twista_tmzRapper Twista and his pals are off the hook for a marijuana arrest, thanks to their driver taking the fall in the case ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... Twista, 2 other passengers and the driver were pulled over by cops in Indiana who found a 1/2 ounce of weed in the vehicle. Initially, all four were arrested because prosecutors said no one claimed the pot.

Sources with direct knowledge of the case tell us Twist and co. reached an agreement with Porter County prosecutors -- 3 of the 4 cases will be dismissed, including Twista's. We're told the driver admitted the weed was his. He's getting off with probation, and no jail time.

Usher Alleged Stalker Arrested For Getting Too Close

5/24/2016 11:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-usher-tmz-01Usher's got a serious problem shaking an obsessed fan ... and it's gotten so bad she was arrested standing outside a recording studio trying to film him.

Law enforcement tells TMZ Usher was at an Atlanta recording studio earlier this month when Darshelle Jones showed up. We're told Jones was across the street trying to record the singer with an iPad, a big no-no considering he's got a restraining order against her.  

0524-usher-stalker-mug-shot-TMZ-01According to the arrest report -- obtained by TMZ -- Jones was only 100 feet away from the studio and the restraining order says she's gotta be at least 200 yards away from the singer.  

Jones was booked for aggravated stalking and is still in custody.  

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