Enrique Iglesias is getting credit and A LOT of money for his smash hit, "Bailando," but according to 2 songwriters he stole it right out from under them.
Cristian Escuti and German Schulz claim they cut a track called "Quiero Bailar Contigo" back in 2009. They say they sent it to a Sony exec in 2012 but never heard back.
Fast forward to 2014, when Enrique released "Bailando," which the songwriters say is a direct rip-off of their tune. They say Sony had partial ownership in the song and they believe there was a musical conspiracy to jack their song.
The 2 songwriters say the chorus line, melody, lyrics and rhythm were lifted from their song.
What's especially galling to them ... "Bailando" became Enrique's biggest song off his latest album, "Sex and Love" and has been viewed 686 MILLION times on YouTube.
Here's a clip of Enrique's song. We asked Schulz and Escuti's attorney for their song, but he says his clients won't let him send it to us.
You Can't Sell Our Tickets to Joe Blow!
1/27/2015 1:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The only riff raff the Grammy's want at its ceremony a week from Sunday is the singer, and maybe not even him ... and that's the basis of a new lawsuit.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences claims VIP Concierge has somehow gotten hold of some of the tickets and is hawking them online.
The Academy claims in the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the tickets are not transferable and anyone who buys them will be unceremoniously thrown out of Staples Center.
But it doesn't end there. According to the lawsuit, VIP Concierge has been advertising the tickets with a pic of the Gramophone logo and the phrase, "Music's Biggest Night."
The website doesn't say how much a ticket will set you back ... that's all backroom stuff.
The Academy is asking a judge for an order declaring VIP legally out of bounds, and they want some cash for their troubles.
Hackers Threaten to Release Nudes
1/27/2015 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
11:20 AM PT -- Swift just addressed the hack, tweeting, "PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING."
Taylor Swift's social media was taken over by hardcore hackers who are now threatening to release nude pics of Taylor.
Multiple tweets went out from Swift's account this morning ... telling her 71 million plus followers to follow @lizzard and @veriuser -- both of whom claim to have ties to a group of hackers called the Lizard Squad. The messages were also posted on her Instagram account.
The Lizard Squad claims to have hacked major gaming systems -- such as Sony PlayStation and Xbox Live -- last year. They also claim to be behind Monday's Facebook and Instagram outage.
Now, the hackers say they're planning to post naked shots of Taylor.
Swift used her Tumblr page to inform fans she'd been hacked -- and Twitter has shut down the alleged hackers' accounts.
Story developing ...
In Love With the ...
Making It Rain Gun
1/27/2015 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
O.T. Genasis can't be bothered with all the energy it takes to manually throw dollar bills at strippers ... so he went and got himself a dollar bill gun ... to fire George Washingtons at 'em!
O.T. hit up the new Los Angeles strip club Ace of Diamonds Monday night where he displayed his device ... which we're gonna go ahead and dub, the Makin' It Rain Ray.
We're told the rapper dropped about $5,000 all told.
He's in love with the CoCo ... and also Diamond and Champagne and Destiny and Missy and Candy ...
No Skate Zone
At LAX Baggage Claim
1/27/2015 11:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The guys of Rae Sremmurd are 19 and 21 years old, but they act like they're 12 ... as evidenced by the hijinks they got into while waiting for their bags at LAX ... which even got them into trouble with airport security.
The "No Flex Zone" rappers (Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy) looked like kids who escaped their mother ... as one rode a skateboard and the other rode the baggage carousel. It was just good-natured fun, but one security guard actually got on the loudspeaker to calm them down!
When it came time to finally chat with our photog, the fellas claimed their music is capable of raising the dead ... literally!
Ah, to be young and rich ...
I'm Still Pissed at the Cowboys
They Screwed Over a Legend
1/27/2015 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Talk about holding a grudge ... country music superstar Travis Tritt says he REFUSES to root for the Dallas Cowboys ever again -- all because of something that went down 26 years ago.
Tritt was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills Monday night when he told us he's still bitter at Jerry Jones for the way he axed legendary head coach Tom Landry back in 1989.
FYI -- Jones had JUST bought the team when he rushed in and blew out the entire Cowboys coaching staff ... a move Landry (and scores of Dallas fans) felt was completely disrespectful.
Tritt says he never got over it ... and btw, neither did Landry -- who rooted for the rival NY Giants until his death in 2000.
OMG, It's Me ...
And I Got Solid Moves
1/27/2015 6:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Next time you blow by a street performer, you might want to make sure it's not Usher.
The former "Voice" judge surprised a huge Venice crowd Monday, when he took off his mask to reveal he was the golden boy with the 24-karat moves.
You gotta see it ... Usher shines as the crowd cheers for more ... but fear not ... he doesn't need to panhandle. It was all part of a shoot for MasterCard's Priceless Surprise Campaign.
He better save a few moves for the Grammys ... he's nominated for two.
His & Her Tattoos
... With Rebound Girlfriend
1/27/2015 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Reconciliation is probably off the table for Slash ... 'cause less than one month after calling off his marriage, the rocker got matching tats with his new GF ... and then MOVED IN with her.
TMZ has learned ... the 49-year-old decided to prove his commitment to Meegan Hodges by permanently marking their bodies with a matching set of GPS coordinates.
And if the tats weren't proof enough of a serious relationship -- we've also learned they've moved into a house together in the deep part of the San Fernando Valley ... with Meegan's two teenage daughters.
As for the home, it's nice ... 3,120 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a pool and a rooftop deck -- and we're told Slash is leasing it.
As we previously reported, Slash filed for divorce from Perla Ferrar on December 30th after 13 years of marriage. They have two kids of their own.
So far, no comment from Perla ... but we're guessing she probably won't be sending a housewarming gift.
When I Leave Cash Money
I'm Taking Drake & Nicki With Me
1/26/2015 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj and Drake are Lil Wayne's goldfish ... 'cause when he finally storms out of Cash Money Records -- a la "Jerry Maguire" -- he's taking them along for the ride ... even if Birdman has other plans.
Our Weezy sources tell us -- in addition to demanding millions from Birdman -- Wayne plans to sue to ensure all his Young Money Entertainment artists remain under HIS umbrella.
Drake, Nicki, Christina Milian, and Lil Twist are all signed to Wayne's label. Mack Maine is also a YME artist, and the label's president.
Even though Birdman was integral in molding Drake and Nicki's careers ... we're told Weezy believes the superstars should go with him because their contracts are with YME.
Clouding the issue is the fact ... Cash Money has a distribution deal with all of the Young Money artists. Most likely the matter will have to be settled in court, but we're told Wayne's intent is clear -- he's not leaving without his crew.
He said as much on the mixtape track, "CoCo" -- "I ain't trippin', I got Barbie ... I got Drake too."
Key Witness in Concert Shooting
... Cops Believe
1/27/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Police in Kentucky want a sit down with rapper Kevin Gates after a shooting at his concert -- a crime they think he can help them solve.
Cops were called to Gates' show in Lexington early Sunday morning after shots were fired. One person suffered a non-life threatening wound ... and a few others were hurt when part of the audience stampeded for the exit.
Law enforcement sources tell us cops think Gates' position at the time of the shooting -- up on the stage -- gave him a unique vantage point, and they're hoping he saw something or someone.
If he did, Gates didn't let on that night -- we're told he actually performed 3 more songs after the shooting ... all while standing in the remaining crowd. That seems like an odd move for Gates (who you might remember from that "I had sex with my cousin" thing) ... if he'd just witnessed a shooting.
We're told cops are getting radio silence from Gates. We've reached out too, and got the same.
ID Gets Jacked ...
Still Steps Up to Drive Miss Tran [TMZ TV]
1/26/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is the victim -- of an ID theft behind bars -- and also the hero ... when it comes to hooking up his GF Karrueche Tran with a lift to the airport. It's something no one (according to Harvey) in L.A. does unless ... Chris thinks Karrueche is “the one?”
Then again, sometimes a ride is just a ride.
I Want to be Gone, Gone, Gone
From My 'Idol' Contract
1/26/2015 10:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Phillip Phillips says "American Idol" producers are ruining his career ... and he wants out of his contract with them before he goes in the dumper.
Phillips claims 19 Entertainment has held him down since he won the competition in 2012. Phillips claims 19 controls every aspect of his career and has made decisions that only benefit them and actually hurt him.
Phillips mentions one concert -- where he was forced to perform a free show for a JetBlue ad, and 19 flat out told him he had to do it because it benefited the "American Idol" live concert tour.
He also says they have kept him in the dark to the point he wasn't even consulted about the title to one of his albums and only found out when he heard about it in the media.
Phillips goes on and on, claiming it's typical "in the life of a rising star" for the record company to give him a better deal, yet 19 never asked Interscope to cut him a break. As you know, Jimmy Iovine who ran Interscope until recently was also a mentor on "Idol."
Phillip says the 19 contract is so one-sided it's illegal, and he's asking for the Labor Commission to let him out.
The story broke in the Hollywood Reporter.
The rep for 19 Entertainment tells TMZ, "We have always acted in the best interest of Phillip. We will vigorously defend ourselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships." Translation ... they're gonna fight him.
Allegedly Strikes Photog
But Something's Weird
1/26/2015 6:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Martin allegedly hit a photog with his jeep as he left a fancy Santa Monica restaurant, but there's something really odd about this one.
Chris and Gwyneth Paltrow went to Giorgio Baldi Restaurant with their 2 kids and all was fine, but on the way out a photog runs up to take their photo and says he was struck by their jeep. An ambulance was called and the pap was taken to the hospital.
Here's the weird thing. The photog who took pics of the accident was standing across the street. It's unclear why a cameraman would be so far away, because there was a clear shot of the family from the restaurant side ... right on the sidewalk. In fact, 3 other photogs were perched right there.
We've never seen a photog take pics from across that street ... so, as we said, it's weird he's the one who got shots of the accident. Also, he and the guy who allegedly got hit have worked together.
And as the injured photog is taken away on a stretcher, he's looking directly into the camera.