Ariana Grandegot a big scare at a concert after an obsessed fan with a bizarre history showed up, demanding a face-to-face with the singer.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, they were on alert for Timothy Normandin when Grande performed last month in Connecticut. There was good reason to have the heads up.
Normandin has had multiple run-ins with Ariana. He sent her various gifts, including a 42.5 pound pumpkin. He once showed up at her record company in a Santa suit. That stunt got him placed on a psych hold.
He was arrested at the concert venue for criminal trespass and released on a $5,000 bond.
Kanye West was set up to play the hero -- helping Kim Kardashian better understand Bruce Jenner's transition -- thanks to a bunch of crap he himself had to take on while coming up in the music biz.
As Jenner told Diane Sawyer ... Kanye lead Kim to a breakthrough by telling her everyone has to be true to themselves. Sources tell us Kanye was referring to how music execs made him feel about his identity in the rap game.
We're told Kanye felt like he stood out when his career was taking off -- he was a rapper who also had strong interests in other fields, such as fashion. But he felt like the honchos ignored his true identity, and were constantly trying to mold him into someone they could market better.
Sources say Kanye explained to Kim that standing up to those execs was the only thing that eventually brought him true happiness.
Pretty savvy on Kanye's part ... to recognize Bruce going through the same thing he did, and then convey that to Kim.
Lil Wayne's tour bus took on gunfire in Atlanta early Sunday morning ... TMZ has learned.
Wayne performed at Compound nightclub on Saturday night ... and sources tell us the shooting went down shortly after 3:30 AM -- minutes after Wayne's 2 tour buses pulled away from the club.
We're told Weezy and a few other Young Money execs and artists -- including Lil Twist and Hood -- were on board at least one of the buses at the time of the shooting. It appears no one was injured, and it's still unclear if Wayne was on board the bus that was hit.
Law enforcement sources tell us immediately after the shooting the bus was driven to a nearby hotel, and that's when someone in Wayne's entourage called cops.
We're told witnesses on the buses didn't see much -- their only description of the suspects is that they were in 2 white vehicles ... a sports car (possibly a Corvette) and an SUV.
Blac Chyna says Tyga didn't just text her out of the blue this week trying to get back with her ... she says he's been making that play for 7 months.
Sources connected with Blac Chyna tell TMZ ... the text -- in which he said "I want to be with u" -- was the last in a flurry of texts, conversations and private face-to-face meetings in which he made his play to reconcile their relationship.
Sources close to Chyna says she never believed he was physically with Kylie Jenner -- partly because she's 17, and partly because they were all neighbors and close to the Kardashian family. She says she believed Tyga when he called out the media for suggesting he was dating Kylie, but doesn't believe it anymore.
Blac Chyna posted Tyga's texts out of anger, but she claims she wants nothing to do with him anymore. It's complicated by the fact that they have a kid together.
A Canadian politician is BLASTING Drake ... claiming the rapper offended his fellow countrymen when he shook Paul Pierce's hand this week -- and now he's warning Drizzy, DON'T DO IT AGAIN!
The man with the beef is Councillor Norm Kelly ... a Toronto legislator and die hard Raptor's fan ... who says he was sickened when he saw Drake dappin' up the Washington Wizards star while they're in the middle of a heated playoff series.
"For Drake to have any recognition of Pierce, offended a huge number of fans," Kelly tells TMZ Sports.
"We have no problem shaking hands. Just wait to do it until after the series."
Kelly -- who happens to be a HUGE Drake fan -- says he's not the only Torontonian who feels this way and has some advice for the 28-year-old hip-hop superstar:
"If [Drake] really has his ear attuned to the people of Toronto, we won't see a repeat of that behavior again."
When it comes to Tyga's women ... there's only one on his arm -- in permanent ink -- and her name is Kylie Jenner ... NOT Blac Chyna.
A photo surfaced today of Tyga with a fan, but more importantly ... he's flaunting fresh ink -- his 17-year-old GF's name is now on his inner right elbow. Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ ... he got the tat yesterday to prove to Kylie he is fully committed to her and no one else.
It's no coincidence he got the ink the day after his baby mama, Blac Chyna put him on Insta-blast -- posting his texts to her saying, "I want to be with u" ... and have a relationship.
If the texts were real ... it looks like Tyga's had a quick change of heart.
He's trying to establish a relationship with his daughter -- even trying to get baby mama Nia Guzman to move to L.A. -- but his efforts have been thwarted by Ba, who still considers himself the dad. Ba, who is still with Nia, has been taunting Chris with pics of himself and the baby.
Chris now has his lawyer in the act, negotiating with Nia and Ba to change the birth certificate to list him as the biological father. If push comes to shove, it will end up before a judge.
Ariana Grande has a big problem with boyfriends screaming from the mountaintops that she has a priceless p***y ... which is why she says she called it quits with Big Sean.
Sources connected with Ariana tell us ... the last straw was when Sean dropped his track, "Stay Down," in which he raps:
I ain't even gonna lie, I got a million dollar chick With a billion dollar p****y Every time I c*m, I swear to God I feel like I be rich
We're told Ariana felt humiliated because Sean was treating her like a piece of meat. Ariana's grandmother came to her and asked about the lyrics, which was especially embarrassing.
But there was plenty of tension leading up to the song. Sean claims she made him pay for all sorts of extravagances. But our Ariana sources say SHE is the one who foot most of the bills, including vacations and private flights.
As we reported, Sean complained that Ariana didn't show up for his big House of Blues performance in February because she selfishly cared more about her Grammy's performance the following day.
But our Ariana sources say it was Sean who was self-absorbed. Ariana's Grammy performance was live and during the day on Saturday when she rehearsed her voice was strained and her vocal coach ordered her not to even speak for the rest of the day, and Sean got pissed.
As for Sean saying Ariana set up the Bieber stage grab to humiliate her, Ariana says it's total B.S. ... they were already broken up and she did NOT ask Bieber to engage in a stunt. And she says Sean never even brought it up.
We expected Tyga to go on a profanity-laced tirade after his ex, Blac Chyna put his texts to her on Instagram for the world to see -- but instead he's taking a low-key approach ... at least for now.
Blac Chyna posting the texts was her going nuclear in her war with Kylie Jenner-- but Tyga is clearly a casualty too. In the messages, Tyga (who is apparently "Kings Father" in BC's phone) begs, "Can I just come for a lil. Just us 3. Do something or spend a lil time."
The direct shot at Kylie comes when he allegedly tells BC he wants "to be a family again" -- and adds, "Want to start this friendship. Relationship."
Tyga responded early Friday morning, writing, "Focus on what's real in life. And surround yourself with people that you really care about.its simple."
Not sure how long cooler heads will prevail in this mess.
MTV star Charlamagne Tha God has a message for Cavs star Iman Shumpert ... back away from the mic slowly ... telling TMZ Sports he's heard Shumpert's new rap song, and it's totally garbage.
You might remember ... the last time Iman stepped in the studio it was to record a diss track aimed at the radio host, who Shumpert labeled as a hater for blasting his rap skills on "The Breakfast Club."
Shumpert's latest track -- a motivational song dedicated to the Cavaliers' playoff run called "The Offs" -- dropped yesterday and Charlamagne says although Shumpert's changed teams, his rap skills haven't changed at all.
"It's garbage. He needs to focus on his defense and not his rapping."
It gets worse ... Charlamagne says he questions Shumpert's focus -- and wants to know why he's making terrible rap songs when Cleveland is still 10 wins away from a championship.
"LeBron doesn't even tweet in the playoffs, and he's making rap songs!? The best motivation he could provide for his team is getting in the gym."
Tina Knowles' hubby, Richard Lawson, is all about his new stepkids Beyonce and Jay Z -- and to prove his loyalty he put in some work for one of their flailing business ventures.
TMZ broke the story ... Richard and Tina tied the knot a couple weeks ago -- and Wednesday in L.A. he said their families are totally bonding already ... partly, he says because he and Tina have been tight for decades.
But you gotta see papa-in-law go into pitch mode when the photog brings up Tidal -- Jay Z's music streaming service. Sales of the app have plummeted, but you'd never know it from Richard's enthusiasm.
Watch ... someone just guaranteed himself a Jay & Bey Christmas card.