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Kim Kardashian

Nabs Huge Pianist

To Achieve Musical Dream

17 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0224_kim_kardashian_piano_tmz_compositeKim Kardashian's hasn't tried to impress a pianist this much since ... well, ever ... because she's taking lessons from a classically trained musician -- and no, she's not only playing the black keys.

Kardashian family sources tell TMZ ... Kim recently reached out to classical pianist Oksana Kolesnikova after a recommendation from no less an authority than Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. We're told Kim's been laser focused on her lessons with Oksana. 

You might think Kanye West is her musical inspiration -- but we're told Kim's interest in piano goes back to watching her father play when she was a child. She also played violin in grade school, and plans to pick that up again ... since Kourtney just gave her one for Christmas. 

Kim could make her debut in May -- Oksana tells us she's invited her to perform at a recital where her students show off their skills. We're told Kim has a special song planned to surprise her family.

Kim Kardashian tickling ivories ... imagine that.

Steve Francis

VIOLENT CHAIN SNATCHING

At Houston Rap Show [Video]

22 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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NBA legend Steve Francis was the victim of a violent chain snatching at a rap show in Houston this weekend ... and TMZ Sports has footage of the brazen attack. 

The 38-year-old, 3-time NBA All-Star was onstage with the Sauce Twinz -- a Houston rap duo -- when someone crept up on the unsuspecting Francis and tried to rip his gold chain right off his neck. 

Problem is ... the chain didn't pop -- and Francis was dragged down to the floor where the culprit continued to yank on the necklace while the discombobulated NBA star tried to figure out what was going on. 

Sources tell us the guy ended up removing the chain from Francis and booked it. 

We're also told police were NOT called to the scene. 

As for the perp, no word on his ID -- or if he's connected to the Sauce Twinz. 

We reached out to Francis and the Twinz for comment -- so far, no word back. 

DJ Khaled

All He Does Is Stiff

... Sued By Jeweler

27 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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DJ Khaled was slapped with a lawsuit by a NY jeweler who says the rapper ordered a ton of bling, but refused to pay for a thing -- and is now more than $100,000 in the red.

According to legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Khaled got 2 Rolex watches, a custom made diamond chain, a pair of diamond earrings, and a 4 carat diamond ring from Rafaello & Company in 2012.

R&C says it had a written agreement with Khaled that gave him 15 days to check out any jewelry the company sent him. The deal was ... if he liked the goods, he would pay -- and if not, send 'em back.

But in the lawsuit, R&C says Khaled did neither -- keeping the watches, chain, earrings and ring ... and never paid a dime for them when he was billed. 

We reached out to Khaled's rep, and so far no word back -- but as his biggest hit says ... "Got money on my mind, I can't never get enough." 

Wiz Khalifa

Shots Fired at Amber ...

'These Hos Are For Everybody'

3/2/2015 6:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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030215_wiz_khalifa_launchWiz Khalifa just turned up the heat in his custody war with Amber Rose by dropping a verse that takes several direct shots at her ... or at least it sounds that way.

Wiz laid down the rhymes for a track with Juicy J, called "For Everybody" -- and on the song there are more than a few hints that point toward Amber being the inspiration.

Just a few of the gems:

- "Man, I fell in love with a stripper, funny thing is I fell back out of love quicker."

- "Bottles be turning these girls into thots, Instagram turning these wives into hos."

- "You all 'bout that money, that s**t that I throw. Just make sure you clean off that pole." 

There are many more ... give it a listen.

And if Amber's ears aren't already burning, there's this: The track was posted with a photo of Wiz and Juicy ... from Wiz and Amber's wedding.

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CeeLo Green

Emotional and Humble with Homeless Vets

3/2/2015 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0302-cee-lo-green-court-TMZ-01CeeLo Green is getting the equivalent of straight As in his efforts to complete his court-ordered community service -- in other words ... he's the anti-Lohan.  

CeeLo was sentenced to 3 years probation and 360 hours of community service following his no contest plea to furnishing ecstasy to a woman he was on a date with back in 2012 -- and TMZ just obtained his latest report from his probation officer.

He's completed 151 hours of community service, and 31 hours of individual drug and alcohol therapy. According to the therapist ... CeeLo sometimes gets emotional when discussing the work he's done with homeless veterans living on L.A.'s Skid Row.

CeeLo was in court Monday for a progress hearing, and since he's been doing so well ... he was informed he would not have to attend any future hearings.  

The therapist also says he shows "genuine humbleness" whenever she asks him about his work on a new album ... which does NOT count toward his community service hours.

That's not always clear to some celebs. 

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Suge Knight

Hospitalized Again ...

I'm Going Blind

3/2/2015 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0302-suge-knight-Getty-01Suge Knight says he's going blind from lack of medical care behind bars ... and he had to be hospitalized again.

Knight reportedly spoke on his own behalf Monday in court -- after he fired the lawyers handling his case -- and said he was receiving inadequate treatment in jail. Moments later he was taken to the hospital.

Sources tell us a doctor informed the rap mogul on Friday his eyesight was getting really bad. Suge reportedly shared that info in court before he was hospitalized.

As we previously reported ... Suge was taken to the hospital for a panic attack following a court appearance last month.  A few weeks later he missed one altogether after he was rushed to the hospital for injuries related to his shooting last summer.

Suge has been in jail since January when he was arrested for backing up his truck over two men ... one of whom died.

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NFL's Eric Decker

I Knocked Up My Famous Wife

... Again!

3/2/2015 10:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0302-jesse-james-decker-instagramFinally, some good news for Eric Decker ... the NY Jets wide receiver just announced his famous country singer wife is pregnant with kid #2! 

Jessie James Decker posted the obligatory celeb "I'm Preggo" announcement pic on Instagram with a little help from her hubby and their 11-month-old daughter Vivianne ... writing: 

"Vivianne is so excited because she is going to be a big sister! We are over the moon about having another baby!!!" 

Eric just appeared in Jessie's new music video for her single "Clint Eastwood" ... where he featured in a scene where the two were ALL OVER EACH OTHER in a mobile home trailer. 

#MethodActing #RhythmMethodActing

Brownstone Singer

Death by Wine Glass Was Freaky

But No Signs of a Crime

3/2/2015 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0302-charmayne-maxwell-INSTAGRAM-01R&B singer Charmayne Maxwell's death in her home appears to be an almost one in a million accident, and nothing sinister ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us detectives combed the scene where the ex-Brownstone singer fell on Friday evening -- and say all evidence points to her falling backward at the doorway between the house and the back patio ... while holding a wine glass.

We're told during the fall ... the wine glass shattered on the ground behind Maxwell's head, and when she landed shards of glass punctured the back of her neck in two places. We're told there was an injury to the back of her head, and it's possible she was knocked unconscious. 

TMZ broke the story ... Charmayne's husband Carsten Soulshock came home and found her bleeding around 9 PM Friday. We're told cops interviewed him and several other family members ... and say there's no history of domestic violence. They do not suspect foul play.

The one remaining mystery is what caused the fall -- and we're told one theory is she was intoxicated. The coroner now has her body, and will conduct an autopsy and toxicology test which could answer that question.   

Leo DiCaprio & Rihanna

First Photo!!

Banging But It's a Little One-Sided

3/2/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0227_rihanna_leonardo_dicaprio_splash_SPLITRihanna and Leo DiCaprio should be a perfect match -- neither's into settling down with one person for too long -- but now that they're banging ... one of them is way more committed than the other.

We got pics of RiRi and Leo getting cozy recently at her birthday party -- which he helped organize -- and sources at the bash tell us one thing was clear ... Rihanna's the clingy one.

We're told Leo is affectionate enough -- they engaged in plenty of PDA -- but he could barely get a moment to himself. As one source put it, "she's the baddest bitch in the party, but she's following him everywhere."

We're told they've been hooking up for about 3 months, but it's still not exclusive -- more like they're each other's first choice. Not that anyone's crying for either of them.

#LeoProblems 

Kris Jenner & North West

Repping for Kanye ...

You Gotta Start 'Em Young

3/2/2015 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0302-kris-jenner-north-west-akmgsiKris Jenner welcomed her granddaughter into the family biz ... of shameless promotion -- and North West's game is strong.

Kris was walking through Heathrow Airport in London with Kim and Kanye West's toddler over the weekend ... and had her decked out in a Yeezus tour jacket. Not to be outdone ... Grandma Jenner was wearing a pair of the new Yeezus shoes.

Bonus points to 21-month-old North for that classic Kanye-esque sneer. 

She's about four, five seconds from ... making serious bank just like the rest of her family.

Ludacris

Baby Mama Is Workin' 9 to 5 ...

To Get Custody Back!

3/2/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ludacris Custody Battle

Ludacris' baby mama is taking drastic measures to regain custody of their 1-year-old daughter ... SHE GOT A JOB!!! 

According to our sources, Tamika Fuller took losing custody of daughter Cai to Ludacris very hard ... and is trying to get her life in order to gear up for an appeal of their custody arrangement.

Step one, we're told, is Tamika landed a gig in the hospitality industry ... and she's working nights, 40 hours per week to make enough money to support herself and Cai. 

Meanwhile a more immediate court battle is looming. We're told Luda wants to take Cai out of the country on vacation, but Tamika thinks their daughter is too young for that kind of travel.  

Our sources say Luda could push for an emergency court hearing on the matter. Stay tuned ...

Brownstone Singer

Dies After Bloody Freak Accident

3/1/2015 1:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0301-charmayne-maxwell-INSTAGRAM-01Charmayne Maxwell -- part of the 90s R&B group Brownstone -- died Friday night in L.A. after her husband found her bleeding from a cut to her neck  ... TMZ has learned.

A family member tells us Charmayne had come home from her son's soccer game, and was home alone with him. Later in the evening ... around 9 PM her husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock, came home and found her unconscious and bleeding.

We're told it looked like Charmayne had fallen and cut her neck on glass ... she was bleeding profusely, but still had a pulse. Carsten called 911, and paramedics transported her to Cedars Sinai Hospital ... but she had lost too much blood. We're told she died on the way to the hospital.

LAPD went to the home ... and tell us it was a broken wine glass that cut Charmayne's neck. Detectives do not suspect foul play.

The group -- which was on Michael Jackson's MJJ Music label -- had its biggest hit with 1995's "If You Love Me." They earned a Billboard Music Award and a Grammy nomination for the song.

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Justin Bieber

Poppin' Bottles For 21st Birthday

3/1/2015 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

030115_justin_bieber_launchJustin Bieber rang in his 21st birthday doing something common -- drinking champagne -- and something very few people can do ... popping that champagne ON A PRIVATE ISLAND! 

Sources close to Justin tell us he rented a Caribbean isle near Grenada for the "I'm finally legal" bash ... and based on this video, he had a great time celebrating with friends.

Bieber posted a pic on Shots of the party ... and it looks like he's getting close again with model Yovanna Ventura -- who he was rumored to be hooking up with in the past.

Wonder if she came with a ribbon?

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