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Ariana Grande Concert Rocked by 'Explosions' At Least 20 Dead

5/22/2017 3:09 PM PDT
Breaking News

4:25 PM PT -- People connected with the show tell us they heard what sounded like an explosion in the rotunda area where merchandise is sold -- in the venue but outside the seating area. There was an immediate stampede for the exits.

4:15 PM PT -- Law enforcement says at least 20 people are dead. A video posted on social media purportedly shows a flash in the arena (left side of above video), and then a boom is heard. 

3:45 PM PT -- Greater Manchester Police say there are a "number of confirmed fatalities and others injured." It's unclear if the injuries are from the stampede or from a blast. Police have not confirmed an explosion. 

3:30 PM PT -- London police just said, "Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena.  Avoid the area."

3:25 PM PT -- Several people present -- including actress Julie Hesmondhalgh from "Coronation Street" -- say there was no explosion but rather a loud bang, which created a stampede and people were injured trying to get out of the facility.Two loud bangs described as "explosions" rocked an Ariana Grande concert in England Monday, sending scores of people running for safety.

The concert was held at the Manchester Arena ... the explosions occurred at the end of Grande's concert. One of the concertgoers tweeted, "Just ran from an explosion, genuinely thought were going to die."

People are writing on Twitter that there is blood everywhere ... people are injured and bleeding.

It was an odd scene ... while fans were scrambling for safety they were clutching pink balloons that apparently had been dropped on the crowd.

A source connected with Ariana tells us she had just left the stage when everyone heard what appeared to be an explosion.

Police descended on the area, and the metro station at the arena's been closed. Authorities are urging people to stay clear.

STORY DEVELOPING ...

Judge to Snoop, Dre, Suge You're Off the Hook Ain't No Case Here

5/22/2017 2:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The guys suing Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Suge Knight and other rappers behind "Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)" are 24 years too late.

A California court dismissed the lawsuit brought by 2 L.A. rappers who claimed Snoop and co. stole the hook to 'Ain't No Fun' way back in the early '90s.

According to court docs, these fellas had 3 years to file a lawsuit ... 3 years from 1993.

We broke the story ... the 2 rappers sued Snoop and his Death Row Records crew last year for using their original hook to the rap hit without living up to their end of the alleged bargain ... getting the dudes a record deal and promoting their careers.

The rappers tried claiming the 3 year period reset every time the song was played ... but a judge wasn't buying what they were selling.

Kim and Kanye Together Again At Disneyland!!!

5/22/2017 2:10 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were out and about together for the first time since Easter -- at least the first time we've seen them -- and the venue was the Mouse House.

Kanye, Kim and North hit up Disneyland Monday to celebrate a family friend's birthday. They also brought Kourtney's kids, Penelope and Mason. Kanye bundled up like he was still on a Wyoming mountaintop, despite the 75 degree weather.

'Ye's been busy working on his album after returning to L.A. He was in the studio Sunday, presumably recording what he wrote at the Wyoming resort earlier this month.

Celine Dion Celebs Flock to Kiss the Ring

5/22/2017 12:53 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Celine Dion's dressing room at the Billboard Music Awards was virtually a revolving door of star power ... celebs simply couldn't get enough.

Sources close to the award show tell TMZ Celine had MANY famous visitors throughout Sunday night's BBMAs -- and some couldn't even snag a little face time with the Queen.

We're told artists like Drake, Desiigner, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Vanessa Hudgens all stopped by to pay their respects to Celine, but mostly to gush about how much they loved her. Vanessa even shed tears over her performance, and Drizzy suggested getting her tatted on his ribs.

The one celeb left out was Jason Derulo. We're told he waited in her dressing room for 45 minutes while Celine was doing press, and passed the time chatting with her son, Rene Charles. Unfortunately, he never got to see her.

Here's hoping his heart will go on.

Michael Jackson Estate Hey, Lifetime & Netflix ... Make Your Movies, Just No MJ Tunes

5/22/2017 9:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The new Lifetime and Netflix movies about Michael Jackson and his pet monkey, Bubbles, won't feature any of MJ's music if they know what's good for them.

Sources close to Michael Jackson's estate tell TMZ the new flicks, 'Searching for Neverland' and the recently announced animated feature, "Bubbles," are not authorized -- therefore, they're not allowed to use ANY of Michael's materials ... especially his music.

We're told MJ's estate is holding off on legal action for now, but if they hear anything like, oh let's say "Billie Jean," "Thriller," "Beat It," "Rock with You," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" or any of his hits ... they'll round up the lawyers.

The reason they're not heading to court now? The estate reps haven't seen the movies. 'Searching for Neverland' drops next week, though, so things could change by Monday.

Here's the real question ... can a movie about Michael Jackson even exist without his music, his videos or his pictures? We think not. Soooo, good luck with that, guys.


Katy Perry Scores $25 MILLION Deal For 'American Idol'

5/22/2017 7:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry is getting a staggering $25 MILLION to judge "American Idol" ... this according to sources familiar with the negotiation.

Multiple sources tell us ABC was desperate to sign a name before the Upfronts last week, when honchos announced she was the lead judge. As one source put it, "Katy had all the leverage. If ABC ended up announcing the show without a judge, they'd be screwed."

TMZ broke a story way back in 2012 that 'A.I.' was trying to get Katy as a judge but she rejected the network's $20 mil offer.

As we reported, ABC tried to get Kelly Clarkson but at the last minute she jumped ship and went to NBC's "The Voice." NBC also snagged Jennifer Hudson.

We're also told ABC is "on the verge" of signing the deal with Ryan Seacrest to host the show. Sources connected with the first run of 'Idol' tell us Ryan was making $15 mil a season at his high point. We're told Jennifer Lopez was also raking in $15 mil a season. So Katy blew them both away.

2017 Billboard Awards Behind the Scenes

5/22/2017 3:11 AM PDT

Lots of people saw the performances at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards but check out what went down when the TV cameras were turned off.

The Cyrus brood was all over the place, Drake was rubbing elbows with everyone from Celine Dion to Desiigner and Nicki Minaj's  attiou're is hard to look at and then look away.

Maybe not the most stirring show, but plenty of eye candy for sure.

Check out all the behind the scenes shots to see what you missed during all those super annoying commercial breaks.

Tupac & Biggie OG Outfits Resurrected For 'All Eyez on Me'

5/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The actors playing Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. in "All Eyez on Me" should look pretty damn authentic 'cause they're wearing actual outfits the legendary rappers wore in real life.  

Sources close to production tell us ... April Walker -- who designed for Pac and Biggie in the '90s -- brought back some of her original wardrobe designs for filming the biopic.

We're told April had to remake 2 costumes for the biopic using patterns she saved from back in the day. One of them is the yellow Walker Wear vest Tupac rocked in "Above the Rim" -- and the other is a tracksuit she custom made for Big.

Besides coming in handy for the movie ... we're told April also wants to use her old designs for a museum exhibit featuring the resurrected hip-hop wear.

Cher Lets Trump Off The Hook At Billboard Awards

5/21/2017 8:15 PM PDT

Cher took home the "Icon" award at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards -- and to the surprise of viewers and show execs -- she didn't mention President Trump.

TMZ broke the story, award show producers went into Sunday holding their breath for what the singer -- who's been extremely critical of Trump -- may say during her acceptance speech. Lucky for ABC ... Cher held back on any vulgarity or any Trump remarks at all. 

The 71-year-old took the stage to perform "Believe" and "If I Could Turn Back Time" before  accepting the award from Gwen Stefani. Her speech was short and simple ... thanking friends, family and those who helped her in the industry.

Chaz Bono was also there to see mom accept the award.

Celine Dion Rewinds Clock 20 Years Crushes 'My Heart Will Go On' At Billboard Awards

5/21/2017 7:21 PM PDT

Celine Dion just brought the house down at The Billboard Music Awards -- singing "My Heart Will Go On" -- a performance that ended with a standing O and host Vanessa Hudgens in tears.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Titanic, Dion took center stage at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas to belt out the classic ... and of course, it was perfect.

The performance marked one of Dion's first at an award show since the death of husband Rene Angelil last year.

Celine was emotional when the song wrapped ... but it was Hudgens who was left in tears to open the next segment.

Beyonce 2nd Baby Shower Tatted in Her Mind ... And On Her Belly

5/21/2017 7:11 AM PDT

Beyonce is just about ready to pop -- and it REALLY showed at her 2nd baby shower this weekend ... mostly 'cause of her belly tattoos.

Bey hosted a "Carter Push Party" Saturday and invited her mom, Tina, and a few her famous gal pals -- including her Destiny's Child crew Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland ... plus Lala Anthony AND fellow expecting mom Serena Williams.

But the highlight was obviously Queen Bey, who was walking around in some kind of tribal outfit with her very preggo belly fully exposed ... and covered in henna tattoos. Reminds us of when she first announced the twins

It seems like any day now, but Bey's dad Mathew Knowles said on "TMZ Live" Friday she was more than 2 weeks away.

Kanye West Sweats it Over New Album

5/21/2017 7:23 AM PDT

Kanye West is back in his hood, strolling through Calabasas after seeking musical inspiration on the highest mountaintop in Wyoming.

Kanye breezed into his studio Saturday with a few buds, presumably to work on new music. TMZ broke the story ... Kanye's working on a new album and has gone to a Wyoming resort several times over the last month for some peace and quiet.  

The resort is super luxurious and he's spent more than a week each time ... all by his lonesome.

Cher Billboard TV Execs Fear Trump Bashing During Awards Speech

5/21/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cher can't resist going after Donald Trump Meryl Streep-style, at least that's the worry of Billboard Award honchos who worry her acceptance speech could become super vulgar.

Sources tell TMZ ... they're dealing with what they believe is the inevitable -- Cher hates Donald Trump with a passion and will go on the attack Sunday night when she receives the Icon Award.

Here's the dilemma ... show execs don't want to cut Cher's mic, because it will look like censorship and possibly even a pro-Trump move. It could also piss off the anti-Trump audience.

The flip side ... if Cher unleashes her considerable vocabulary of forbidden words, ABC could be in hot water with the FCC.

Cher -- who is set to perform at her first award show in 15 years -- has been vocally against Trump, and has called him an obnoxious asshole and  a "f***ing" idiot. She also said, "He wants the adulation. He doesn't give a s**t about the work."

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