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Jon Jones Goes Upside Snoop's Head ... With Spinning Elbow!

8/24/2016 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Jones gave Snoop Dogg a private backstage MMA lesson in Albuquerque Tuesday night -- complete with a spinning back elbow tutorial ... and the whole thing was caught on video. 

Snoop invited the UFC star to his dressing room before his show with Wiz Khalifa -- where they all did a little friendly slap fighting ... and Jones broke out a spinning elbow. 

Snoop LOVED IT -- and demanded Jones teach him how to throw it himself. Jon complied. 

Don't expect Snoop in the Octagon anytime soon ... you know ... drug tests and such. 

Ariana Grande Sued Your 'One Last Time' Is Just An ALL NIGHT Rip-off

8/23/2016 5:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-ariana-grande-getty-02If the hook in Ariana Grande's hit song, "One Last Time," sounds familiar that's because she jacked it from a song that came out 2 years earlier ... according to a new lawsuit.

Songwriter Alex Greggs says he wrote, and holds the copyright on the 2012 tune, "Takes All Night" ... an EDM track for Skye Stevens. In the suit, Greggs says Ariana and David Guetta -- who produced "One Last Time" -- duplicated the most memorable part of his song ... the chorus!

Greggs is a heavy hitter, who's worked with Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and both Jacksons -- Janet and Michael -- and says Ariana copied his music as well as lyrics, like ... "take(s) [or taking] you home."

He's suing for a cut of the profits from AG's track, a top 20 hit in 2014.

Go ahead and play juror ... check out both tunes. 

Meek Mill Tried to Block Drake From Philly Turnup

8/23/2016 11:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-drake-meek-mill-TMZ-02Meek Mill tried to set up a full blockade of Drake in Philadelphia, but the plan blew up in his face ... TMZ has learned.

Sources in both rappers' camps tell us Meek had Sunday night marked down on his calendar -- knowing full well Drake was scheduled to be behind enemy lines ... performing in Meek's hometown. We're told Meek's crew put out calls to several nightclubs asking them to turn down Drake if he wanted to throw an after-party.

Meek's camp also put out calls to several hundred of their homies in town, and asked them to make a show of force at the Wells Fargo Center. Things really got heated when their crews contacted each other directly -- Meek's team warning Drake's that there better not be any disrespect when they got to Philly.  

We're told the warning only pissed off Drake ... and reignited the beef. This is exactly why he called Meek a "p****" on Saturday night ... and then ripped into him even harder in Philly.

For what it's worth -- Drake did NOT party in town after the concert. It's unclear if that's because Meek's blockade was successful, or if Drizzy just chose to get the hell outta Dodge ... with all his bodyguards nearby. 

Nipsey Hussle My Chain Is Dope ... Seriously, Light It Up

8/23/2016 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-Nipsey-Hussle-tmzNipsey Hussle never has to worry about running outta chronic as long as he's wearing his new 100 percent smokable gold chain.

Nipsey's new piece is every stoner's dream ... 100 grams of weed rolled into joints with gold papers, and then linked together. The giant pendant is toke-ready too!

The handiwork was done by professional joint roller Tony Greenhand -- yes, that's a job, and you gotta love his name. We're told the papers alone cost $300, and the pendant is loaded with $3,000 worth of pot ... retail price, of course.

Nispey got it gratis though. It's just a matter of time before that chain's reduced to a choker, and then a bracelet ... a ring ... paper clip ... 

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Ariana Grande Lip-Lock with Another Rapper

8/23/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822_ariana_grande_mac_miller_kissing_tmz_wm Ariana Grande and Mac Miller are going very public with their relationship -- sucking down sushi and each other's faces, and we got the pics.

The couple hit up Katsu-Ya in the Valley Sunday night and couldn't keep their hands off of each other -- kissing and giggling through the meal. Witnesses tell us at one point Ariana was even lying on his lap. 

Sources close to them tell us they are dating, even though Mac's downplayed their relationship in interviews ... referring to Ariana as just a "homey." 

They've got some history. Before Ariana hooked up with Big Sean ... Mac was on the scene as her boyfriend in her "The Way" music video.

Way to go, homey.

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Tyga Groundhog Day! Nailed for $186k Landlord Tab

8/23/2016 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822_Tyga_tmz-2Tyga better bust out his bad renter playbook to deal with another landlord who won a judgment against him for trashing a rented space.

Tyga owes $186,275.89 to F&S Investment Properties after he allegedly abandoned ship and left the space in ruins ... according to docs. The "Rack City" rapper rented the space for his company, Egypt Last Kings Clothing, and is accused of pouring ink down the drain and a bunch of other tenant no-nos.

Here's the deal ... if Tyga doesn't pay he knows what could happen next -- F&S lawyers will grill him in court about his finances. You'll recall a Malibu landlord tried to do the same, but when Tyga was a no-show for a hearing ... a warrant went out for his arrest. He eventually paid up to settle the case.

No doubt, F&S is gunning for the same result. Rinse and repeat.

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Jay Z Manhandles Crazed Beyonce Fan

8/23/2016 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Z was on the verge of going into attack mode when a crazed fan went for the Beyonce money shot.

Jay and Bey showed up at the SVA Theatre in NYC Monday, and word quickly spread. By the time they left there was a big crowd, and one guy was hell-bent on getting a pic with Bey.

Check out the video ... Jay grabs the guy and the bodyguard quickly swoops in.

Don't mess with Papa Bear. 

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Meek Mill I Dreamed Big For My New Chain ... $500k Big

8/23/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill doesn't seem too concerned Drake's still dragging his name through the mud ... he's too busy dropping half a mil on a new iced-out chain.

As we reported ... Meek dropped $380k last week for one of the first Bentley Bentaygas to hit U.S. soil, but it's chump change compared to the $540k he just spent on his new neck bling.

The chain is covered in 250 karats and was made by Shyne Jewelers. It's adorned with the letters DC -- a bedazzled shout-out to his Dream Chasers label.

We're told Meek waited months for the piece and finally picked it up in Philly.

So, technically, Drake's not the only one dropping weight in Meek's hometown.

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DMX I'm Super Potent!!! Welcomes Baby #15

8/22/2016 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822_DMX_TMZ_2DMX has a challenge most parents would find daunting ... remembering the names of all of his kids, which now number 15.

The baker's dozen plus 2 was born Friday in NYC ... weighing in at 6 lbs, 10 oz.

His name -- Exodus Simmons. The mom is X's longtime GF, Desiree. It's her first child.

The rapper missed the delivery -- he was in Arizona when Exodus popped out. But he flew to NYC for the baby's first night in the world.

X tells us he's overjoyed, calling the baby a "blessing." 

Lots of blessings. 

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Demi Lovato Sleigh Bells Sues Are Ya Listenin' Demi?

8/22/2016 1:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0820-demi-lovato-tmz-02Demi Lovato has been sued by the group Sleigh Bells for allegedly ripping off their critically acclaimed song, "Infinity Guitars."

Demi's song "Stars" -- released last year as a bonus track in her album "Confident" -- has "virtually identical content" to "Infinity Guitars" ... so claims the group. The lawsuit says, "The combination of the hand claps and bass drum, structured as 3 quarter beats and a rest ... is at least substantially similar in both works."

"Infinity Guitars," released in 2010, was a massive critically acclaimed hit, scoring in Rolling Stone as one of the best songs of the year.

Last November, producers said "We did not use any samples in Demi Lovato's song Stars. Demi was also not involved with the production. She only wrote top line."

Sleigh Bells wants some serious profits from Demi and the other defendants, and they want to yank her song from getting more play.

Lou Pearlman Died from Heart Issues

8/22/2016 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822_lou_pearlman_launchLou Pearlman died from an ongoing cardiac problem ... TMZ has learned.

According to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office, the mastermind behind the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC ... died at a Miami hospital where he was scheduled to have heart surgery. 

We're told 62-year-old Pearlman had been transferred from his prison cell to have the surgery, but as we reported ... he died Friday -- before the procedure. He had a history of cardiac issues.

The official cause of death is listed as natural causes.

Prince No Conrad Murray in His Death

8/22/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0602-prince-getty-3Prince's deadly dose of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl was NOT prescribed by a doctor, which means it's a near impossibility anyone will ever be charged with his murder.

Law enforcement sources confirm investigators have not turned up a prescription for the Fentanyl. The Fentanyl pills found at Paisley Park were in a bottle labeled hydrocodone -- and it's now believed they were illegally obtained.

Our sources tell us whoever gave Prince the drug would face a 3rd degree murder charge under Minnesota law. However, without a prescription, we're told Prince's doctors would be in the clear ... so there'll be no Conrad Murray-esque trial.

Investigators would have to track down the source of the illicit Fentanyl -- it's reportedly an epidemic problem in Minnesota -- for anyone to stand trial for murder.

It's still possible a doctor could get nailed for over-prescribing other opioids. Remember, we broke the story ... Prince nearly OD'd on Percocet 6 days before his death at Paisley Park. 

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Chris Brown Off the Hook for ATV Joyride

8/22/2016 8:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-chris-brown-tmz-01Chris Brown just scored a W in his legal battle with his pissed off neighbors -- who, for some reason, backed down and now the LAPD's dropped its disturbing the peace investigation.

Law enforcement sources tells us Chris won't face any charges for allegedly disturbing the peace back in May ... when he was accused of terrorizing the streets of his neighborhood on an ATV.

You'll recall ... there was even video of a joyride taken by one of his neighbors. We're told the one who ended up calling cops didn't want to cooperate, so LAPD decided to close the case.

You gotta wonder why the neighbors suddenly went soft. One of 'em was on "TMZ Live," and seemed determined to go the distance with Brown. Hmm ...

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