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Sam Hunt Country Boys Have No Street Cred!!!

5/2/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sam Hunt is the first to admit ... even performing with Snoop doesn't give you an automatic street cred pass!

Sam was leaving LAX when we asked about his awesome Stagecoach performance with the Dogg. Sam has bridged the gap between country and rap in his own music, and seeing him with Snoop and G-Eazy was pretty great.

Sam's the real deal.

Arsenio Hall Sinead O'Connor's Crazy Prince Didn't Get Drugs From Me!

5/2/2016 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0502-sinead-oconnor-arsenio-hall-prince-TMZ-GETTY-02Sinead O'Connor is blaming Prince's drug problems on his good friend, Arsenio Hall -- but he says the Irish singer is totally full of it.

Sinead went on the attack, saying ... "Two words for the DEA investigating where (sic) prince got his drugs over the decades ... Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince's and Eddie Murphy's bitch)."

She went on to say on her Facebook page ... she's actually reported Arsenio to the Carver County Sheriff's department, which is investigating Prince's death.

A rep for Arsenio says Sinead's claim is "absolutely false, ridiculous and absurd."

She can thank Prince for writing her biggest hit, "Nothing Compares 2 U" -- but fact is, Sinead was NOT close to Prince ... and she's made other outrageous claims about him. She once alleged he punched her and held her against her will at Paisley Park.

Prince Woman Comes Out Of Woodwork For Chunk of Fortune

5/2/2016 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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502-prince-getty-02Prince's riches might get split 7 ways instead of 6 because a woman is claiming she's entitled to a cut of the late singer's multi-million dollar estate.

Lawyers for Darcell Johnston filed legal docs in Prince's probate case saying she's a beneficiary.

Sources close to Prince's family tell us Darcell is claiming to be a long lost half sister ... same mother, but different father from the singer. We're told some members of Prince's family only learned of Darcell's existence a few days ago.  

We broke the story ... Prince didn't have a will, so by Minnesota law his estate should be split equally among his 6 surviving siblings.

As special administrator of the estate, Bremer Trust bank will look into the legitimacy of Darcell's claim, although the court will have final say. 

We've reached out to Darcell to see if she had any relationship with Prince. So far no word back.

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Kanye West My Record Is So Fresh & Clean ... Judge Erases Pap Case

5/2/2016 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0502-kanye-west-TMZ-01Kanye West is a blank slate, criminally speaking -- a judge signed off on erasing his conviction for that paparazzi beatdown at LAX.

According to court docs, obtained by TMZ, the judge approved Kanye's request to expunge the case. You'll recall he pled no contest in 2014 to misdemeanor battery for the incident.

As we reported, Kanye's been a model citizen ever since ... putting in more than the 250 community service hours that were required, and staying on the straight and narrow for his 24 months of probation.

See, Lindsay Lohan ... it CAN be done.

Britney Spears Face Off with Nemesis Sam Lutfi

5/2/2016 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0502-britney-spears-arriving-to-deposition-SPLASH-03Britney Spears has to sit face-to-face with the man her family says has been haunting her for years.

Britney is in a conference room right now, answering questions fired off by the lawyer for her former friend and self-proclaimed manager Sam Lutfi. Britney's people went to great lengths to keep Lutfi out of the room, arguing to a judge that he intimidates her and she cannot think properly around him.

The judge didn't buy Britney's argument, but did take steps to protect her. According to the order, the conference room must have a long table, with Britney at one end and Lutfi at the other.

The judge also allowed a "surveillance type camera" to record the entire depo, showing the entire room to ensure Lutfi doesn't intimidate or distract Britney. They're also required to come and go at different times, so he doesn't run into her.

Britney's family claims back in 2007 Lutfi was fueling her with drugs. He claims he was trying to get her off meds.

Lutfi is suing for various things ... he says he's owed money as Britney's manager, and also claims her dad, Jamie, punched him.

Prince's Estate Hit the Bricks ... Guy Who Thinks He Owns Prince's Music

5/2/2016 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0429-prince-getty-05Prince did not lose all rights to his music in a billion dollar bet ... according to Prince's estate, which is shutting down that exact claim from a random guy.

Bremer Trust bank, the administrator of the estate, responded to Rodney Dixon's rambling legal filing -- in which he says he won the rights to "Purple Rain," "Raspberry Beret," "Kiss" and every other song Prince ever wrote -- because they had a bet over whether Prince was the Messiah.

Yeah, it sounds crazy, and that's basically what Bremer Trust points out.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, the bank says Dixon's claim is "frivolous," and he would need to have a written agreement to transfer ownership of Prince's catalog. Dixon admits all he has is a "verbal and implied agreement."

That doesn't cut it for the estate ... which wants the court to toss the claim. We've reached out to Dixon, but he hasn't gotten back to us.

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Kid Rock 911 Operator Defended by Bosses

5/2/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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429-kid-rock-tmzThe 911 operator who painfully procrastinated while Kid Rock and his girlfriend made a desperate plea for an ambulance was rock solid and right ... so say her bosses.

It's difficult to hear. Kid Rock pleads with the dispatcher to send help for his assistant who appears to be dead after getting into an accident on the singer's ATV, but the dispatcher asks a slew of questions before sending help, some of which make no sense. You hear both Kid Rock and the girlfriend say the man appears dead, and then the dispatcher asks, "Is he awake?"

A rep for the Nashville Emergency Communications Center tells us the dispatcher was following protocol ... adding the agency must protect first responders, so the dispatcher won't send them until he or she is convinced the EMTs aren't putting their lives on the line.

Turns out the ambulance did no good ... KR's assistant, ​Michael Sacha​, was already dead when he called.

O-Town Tour Demands Are All '90s Or Nothing

5/2/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0428-otown-getty-tmz-01O-Town's either stuck in the '90s or they just have a great sense of humor about their upcoming tour.

The boy band's hitting the road with 98 Degrees, Dream and Ryan Cabrera for the nostalgic MY2K Tour and their rider is filled with throwback items like a '90s boombox "to play their sweet cassette collection" ... and a Nintendo 64 to "play GoldenEye." 

Other backstage demands include cases of local beer, assorted liquors, 5 cans of silly string and a back scratcher.

Most bizarre on their list is definitely the kitty litter and wet cat food "for the stray cats the band takes in while on the road."

That's gotta be code.

Nipsey Hussle Spell My Name Right Or There's No Show

5/1/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0429_nipsy_hussle_compositeNipsey Hussle has his priorities when he performs, caring way more about credit than booze.

We got hold of the rapper's rider from an Atlanta gig. Money is at the top of the list -- payment in crisp $100 bills ... we're told 250 of them. Next in line is promotion -- "All advertisements MUST use the proper spelling and correct pronunciation." 

Nipsey also won't play to an empty house ... he'll only go onstage if the venue's at 25% capacity, minimum. 

The rapper's pretty easy to please in the food and beverage dept -- 2 bottles of Moet -- although he does demand Polo crewnecks at his ready disposal. 

Now that's some sweet fashion hustle.

Stevie Wonder Real Rain Gives Way to Purple Rain Tribute

5/1/2016 6:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Stevie Wonder told a disappointed crowd in New Orleans Jazz Fest was being torpedoed by a rainstorm, but he brought them back to life with a different type of rain.

Stevie, bullhorn in hand, led a tribute to Prince with a rousing rendition of "Purple Rain."   

The crowd at least left semi-satisfied.

John Salley Usher Botched Penis Pic ... Take My Advice.

5/1/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Heads up ... there's a lot of genital talk in this video ...

John Salley has some "pointers" for Usher about how to take a world class ... Internet-breaking ... truly inspiring and memorable ... picture of your penis.

Usher "inadvertently" showed his little guy on Snapchat Thursday ... posting a nude snap with a smiley face covering his happy place ... but leaving a little bit left over to say hi.

We asked John about this man-sized malfunction when we got him out at LAX -- 'cause he's sorta like an expert -- and he gives us the lowdown on proper penis pic etiquette.

Take notes, fellas ...

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Circle Jerks Drummer Flipping Funded My New Punk Rock Crib

5/1/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0428-lucky-lehrer-house-FACEBOOK-MLS-01Iconic punk drummer Keith "Lucky" Lehrer has scored a new home in the Hollywood Hills just a few blocks from his former palace. Asking price ... nearly $2 million!  

Lucky's new 2,417 square foot home has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, hardwood and stone floors ... and opens up to amazing city views. Josh Altman repped the Circle Jerks' drummer. The seller was repped by Jane Schore and Lauren Biedenharn. 

He had plenty of dough for the purchase after flipping a different Hollywood Hills home back in March. Lucky walked away with $6.8 mil from that deal.

Punk rocker by night. Budding real estate mogul by day. 

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Snoop, Sam Hunt Strange, Stagecoach Bedfellows

4/30/2016 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sam Hunt made an awesome move at Stagecoach Friday night, mixing country with hip hop as he invited Snoop and G-Eazy to the stage. 

Sam's stock in trade mixes country with mild rap, so it wasn't a total left turn, but it was fantastic.

The country fans embraced the Dogg like he was their own.  

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