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Gavin Rossdale Chester's Suicide Is a Reminder ... Look Out for Each Other!

7/22/2017 10:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington's suicide -- and also Chris Cornell's -- has Gavin Rossdale wondering about what he describes as a "bad scene" in music right now.

He and his band Bush performed Thursday night in Hammond, Indiana ... and addressed the crowd about what had happened earlier that day -- Linkin Park's frontman killing himself. As TMZ first reported ... Chester took his life in an eerily similar way to his dear friend Chris Cornell.

Gavin talked about the last time he'd seen Chester -- singing "Hallelujah" at Cornell's funeral.

It was obvious, he was struggling to make sense of the deaths, saying it was "impossible to know what" Chester was going through. Still, he tried to inspire his fans ... before launching into "Glycerine."

Randy Newman Trump Penis Song was a D*** Move ... But I'm Not That Sorry

7/22/2017 10:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Legendary singer-songwriter Randy Newman can't quite explain why he wrote a song about President Trump's dong ... but it's hilarious listening to him try.

We got Randy at LAX, and our guy pressed him about the penis song ... which he ultimately decided to scrap for his upcoming album. Randy says he was just adding more vulgarity to the situation and didn't feel right about it ... even if Trump had it coming.

Fortunately, Newman divulged some of the lyrics he had in mind last week, which include ... "My d**k’s bigger than your d**k / It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true / My d**k’s bigger than your d**k / I can prove it too."

Anyway, sounds like Randy wants to apologize now ... even if he can't quite get out the words.

As you'll recall ... Donald talked about the size of his package last year during one of the Republican debates.

Chester Bennington Plot Beside Chris Cornell Open Reunion in Death?

7/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington might get an eternal resting spot right next to his dear friend, Chris Cornell.

TMZ has learned the burial plot beside Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is available ... and a source at the cemetery tells us they expect Chester's family to call about buying it.

Chester was very close with the Soundgarden frontman ... he performed "Hallelujah" at his funeral, and had a difficult time coping with his death.

We broke the story ... Bennington may have mimicked Cornell's suicide -- they died in eerily similar ways. Bennington also killed himself on what would have been Chris' 53rd birthday.

Master P Takes Kodak Black Under His Wing

7/22/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kodak Black is turning a new leaf now that he's out of prison and he's doing it with the help of Master P.

Master P tells us the two linked after Kodak's interview on "The Breakfast Club" in January where he mentioned he'd want P to mentor him. Word got to Master P and he's been teaching Kodak the ropes of the music biz and now feels like a father figure to the young rapper.

It explains why Kodak popped up at a celebrity basketball game for Team Hope NOLA, Master P's foundation, in June, right after he got out of the pen for violating his house arrest.  

Their next project is a back-to-school fundraiser on August 14 in Pompano Beach, Florida, Kodak's hometown, where they plan on giving away school supplies to over 1300 kids. We're told the event means a lot to Kodak who wants to stress the importance of education.

Chris Brown Concert Organizer Tried to Extort Me for $300k

7/21/2017 5:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Brown claims he's been held up for $300,000 over a show he postponed, but eventually made up, in the Philippines ... so now he's going after the concert organizer in court.

Chris says the trouble started when he was forced to delay a New Year's Eve 2014 gig in the Philippines ... due to a "misplaced passport." He arranged to play the makeup show in July 2015 ... and performed right on schedule.

The next day ... Chris was trying to leave his hotel -- but, according to the docs, he was met by armed men who blocked his exit. Chris says a lawyer for the arena walked up and told him he would be arrested -- unless he wired $300k to a trust fund for Jose Victor Los Banos Biongco.

Chris refused to pay, hired an immigration attorney and eventually got clearance to leave the country. He says on his way to the airport ... Biongco and his reps continued to text, asking for the dough.

Chris got home safe and sound, but says in the docs the damage is done and he wants Biongco to pay for his "extreme" emotional distress.

Usher New $10 mil Lawsuit for Exposing Woman to STD

7/21/2017 3:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Usher had sex with a woman earlier this year who had no idea he was exposing her to Herpes ... according to a new lawsuit she's filed for millions of dollars.

According to the suit, filed by a Jane Doe, she and Usher hooked up in Atlanta on April 16 at her home. She says there was some heavy petting, some kissing, and she performed oral sex on him. They eventually had intercourse, and she says he wore a condom.

However, in the docs, obtained by TMZ, she says they had sex again 12 days later -- this time in a New Orleans hotel room -- and they did not use a condom.

Cut to this month ... when Jane Doe says she read news reports about Usher admitting in docs, connected to an earlier legal case, that he has Herpes Simplex 2.

In this new suit, the woman does not say she's infected. She is concerned because she was "exposed" and says she wouldn't have had sex with Usher if he'd disclosed he has the virus.

She's suing "U.R. IV" -- Usher Raymond IV -- for negligence, battery and emotional distress ... and is seeking at least $10 million in damages.

We've reached out Usher's reps, but haven't heard back yet.

Linkin Park Cancels Tour ... After Chester's Suicide

7/21/2017 2:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Linkin Park has officially canceled its North American tour ... TMZ has learned.

The cancellation comes just a day after frontman Chester Bennington committed suicide at his Palos Verdes Estates home. The band's rep told us immediately following the news, the group was so devastated they couldn't think about the tour's future, which was set to kick off next week.

But now it's official -- the tour's a no-go ... and Live Nation tells us refunds will be available to fans.

Chester was 41.

Beyonce 'Whitewashed' Wax Figure Now in a Much Different Light

7/21/2017 1:27 PM PDT

Beyonce's controversial wax figure got a little makeover ... and maybe a little sun too.

Bey's wax figure at Madame Tussauds in NYC was briefly removed from the museum amid criticism it looks like a white woman, but was back on full display Friday ... with some slight modifications.

Tussauds reportedly updated its wax Beyonce by adjusting the styling and lighting of her figure. Take a look at the side-by-side pics ... definitely some changes to the hairstyle and complexion.

Still not a dead ringer, but look at this video -- the closer ya get, the more Bey-ish it gets.


Snoop's UFC Protege I LOVE WEEEEEEEED ... Makes Me Better Fighter

7/21/2017 11:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Snoop Dogg's new favorite UFC fighter has A LOT in common with the rapper -- telling TMZ Sports he's all about that Kush ... and pulled out a fat ass joint to prove it.

22-year-old Sean O'Malley made one helluva first impression on Snoop during his big victory on "Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series" this week ... earning a UFC contract in the process.

Snoop is one of the announcers on that show -- and was so impressed with Sean, he smoked the dude out after the fight.

 

Now, Sean tells us he's grateful for Snoop for "medicating me after my fight."

In fact, O'Malley says he looooves the weed -- and thinks the sticky icky is a great thing for all athletes. 

It's at that point, he busts out one of the biggest joints we've ever seen -- while wearing a marijuana bathrobe -- and self-medicates.

Nate Diaz would be proud

Linkin Park Tour in Limbo ... After Chester's Suicide

7/21/2017 9:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Linkin Park's impending tour has obviously hit a wall -- and we're told the band has not yet made a decision on whether to pull the plug in the wake of Chester Bennington's suicide.

The "One More Light" world tour is set to kick off next week in Mansfield, Massachusetts. A rep for the band tells us the guys are so devastated they can't think clearly enough to make a decision.

The Xfinity Center in Mansfield is fielding hundreds of calls from ticketholders, who are being told to "standby."

Fans might not have to wait long ... we're told the decision will likely come today.

Stay tuned ...

Chester Bennington Hanging Almost Identical To Chris Cornell Suicide

7/21/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington may have mimicked the suicide of his close friend, Chris Cornell, because they died in virtually identical ways.

Law enforcement sources tell us, the Linkin Park singer was found hanging from a door separating his bedroom from his closet. TMZ broke the story, Chris Cornell died hanging from a hotel door separating the bedroom from the bathroom.

We're also told Chester was found with a belt around his neck. Chris was found with an exercise band around his neck.

Our sources say there was a partially empty bottle of alcohol in the room where Chester died, but no evidence of drugs.

And we're told Chester did not leave a suicide note in the room. Neither did Chris. 

TMZ broke the story ... Chester killed himself on Thursday, which would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. 

Meek Mill Done with Drake ... Takes Shot at Nicki On New Track

7/21/2017 7:06 AM PDT

Meek Mill dropped Nicki Minaj like a fly and buzzed off, not the other way around ... at least that's how his latest lyrics make it sound.

Meek dropped his "Wins & Losses" album Friday, and on the track "1942 Flows," he makes Nicki out to be an emotional ex who would do anything to have him back: "Cut her off, act like she's dead and it's killing her."

There's also a line where Meek warns bloggers not to ask him about his relationship with her.

Nicki and Meek dated for almost 2 years, but ended things around December -- and it wasn't pretty since there were cheating allegations

Your move, Nicki.

Justin Bieber Banned from China For Being a Baaaaad Boy ...

7/21/2017 6:38 AM PDT

Justin Bieber found out it IS too late to say he's sorry -- China just banned his ass for bad behavior.

Beijing's Culture Bureau responded Friday to a fan's request asking why the Biebs' Purpose tour has scheduled dates in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong but NOT China.

According to the bureau, Justin pissed off the People's Republic and they said, "Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign idol. As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviors, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China."

The bureau didn't dive into specifics but you'll recall Justin, back in 2013, got carried onto the Great Wall of China ... emperor-style, no less.

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