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Joni Mitchell

Legendary Singer Hospitalized

3/31/2015 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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UPDATE:  3:00 AM PDT:  Joni is stillin intensive care but her people say she is "awake and in good spirits."

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Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell -- who's synonymous with the Woodstock generation -- was rushed to a hospital after a 911 call from her home Tuesday.

Sources tell us paramedics went to 71-year-old Mitchell's Los Angeles home around 2:30 PM. We're told the 911 call was for an unconscious female, but she was alert on the way to the hospital.

Mitchell was in intensive care late Tuesday. It's unclear what prompted the medical emergency, but it appears to be quite serious.

We've put in several calls to Joni's rep ... but haven't heard back.

Mitchell's best known for her hit, "Big Yellow Taxi" ... which the Counting Crows famously covered in 2002. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Story developing ...

Lil Wayne

Plus Brand New Caddy ...

Ballin' 16th for 'Hip Hop' Prince

4/1/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hip-hop superstars Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Rich Homie Quan were the icing on the cake for a 16- year-old kid's $150,000 birthday party -- and the guest of honor arrived by chopper!

The lucky kid was KJ Jr. -- son of "Hip Hop Since 1978" founder Kyambo Joshua -- and since Dad rolls with the likes of Jay Z and Kayne West on the reg ... it makes sense the Atlanta bash went down in a huge hangar.

As if shout-outs from Weezy, Lil Boosie, MonicaYo Gotti and a YG performance wasn't enough -- the kid got a 2015 Cadillac Escalade!

Right now it's a toss up for "Ballingest Party of the Year" -- KJ Jr.'s 16th or Snoop Dogg's 18th for his son -- but KJ flying in on a helicopter is a damn good tie-breaker. 

Philippe Chow Restaurant

We Love Black People

Including Mavado

3/31/2015 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330-mavado-instagram-6bPhilippe Chow restaurant has finally responded to Reggae star Mavado's claim that he was treated like crap because he's black ... the restaurant's response ... they happily cater to lots of black people all the time.

TMZ broke the story ... Mavado and his family dined at the NYC restaurant last Thursday and were treated like second class citizens ... shuttled to the back of the restaurant, ordered not to take pictures, abused by their waiter and told never to come back, but after he left and they realized he was a star, they begged for forgiveness. 

Now the eatery says, "Philippe Restaurant is proud to have an excellent relationship with all our customers, especially the black community and people of color," adding, "on a weekly basis we have famous and non-famous black people ..."

Here's the best part. Philippe Chow says photos don't lie ... "Don't just listen to us, visit our Instagram and see for yourself."

The restaurant disputes the claims of rudeness, but says if that's the impression that was left with Mavado they apologize.

Selena

Her Murder as Big as

JFK Assassination

3/31/2015 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Selena's murder 20 years ago today was every bit as big as the death of John Lennon, Elvis Presley and the assassination of John F. Kennedy ... so claims the estate of the former Tejano music queen.

Selena's estate claims in new legal docs her record label is hoarding huge amounts of money that should go to Selena's loved ones. In fact, the estate claims Selena actually became way more popular in death than life. 

With 60 million albums sold, the estate is livid that UMG is not honoring the deal -- that the estate gets 50% of net profits for things like ringtones, downloads and other stuff.

Selena was gunned down by the former president of her fan club on March 31, 1995. 

David Lee Roth

Who Gave Me This Bloody Nose?

Oh Right, It Was Me!

3/31/2015 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David Lee Roth has no one to blame but himself for that bloody gash he had on his nose during "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" ... because he whacked himself during his signature mic stand trick.

Roth and the rest of Van Halen reunited for an epic performance on "Kimmel" Monday night, but the sanitized version that aired didn't tell the whole story. 

During the initial performance of "Panama" ... Roth hit himself in the face with his mic stand while twirling it, leaving a cut across the bridge of his nose.

0331-subasset-van-halen-gettyHe kept going, eventually walking offstage to grab a towel. He then patched it up with a band-aid and did the song again. That's the version that aired. 

The show must go on.

The Game

He Threatened to Shoot Me

Hoops KO Was Self Defense [VIDEO]

3/31/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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TMZ obtained video of The Game unloading a punch on an opposing player during a pick-up basketball game -- but we're told the guy threatened to unload a gun in Game's ass before the fight.

Sources connected to Game tell us the rapper says the punchee started things by throwing an elbow at Game ... who responded by elbowing him right back. Then it got really heated -- Game claims the guy said don't make me go to my gym bag because ... "I got that thing."

The clear hint was the guy had a gun.

What happened next was a case of punch or be punched -- we're told Game is saying the guy raised his fist first, and that's when Game threw his Tyson-tatted right hand

The video doesn't appear to back up Game's claim about the guy being first to make a fist.

Game denies making any death threats as the victim claimed to cops. Police are still investigating.

Taylor Swift

Go Take a Hike

Then Dine on Asian Delight

3/31/2015 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor Swift hit up Katsuya in Hollywood Monday night without her Calvin ... but she brought along one of her good friends.

Swift and Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello chowed down together and left without saying much, but she looks great.

Before dinner ... Taylor went for a hike in L.A., getting some musical inspiration along the way. We doubt her playlist was about Calvin Harris ... too early for that.

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French Montana

I Was Just Sippin' Ciroc

On Diddy's Sea-Doo

3/30/2015 3:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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French Montana was not under the influence of alcohol when he was photographed drinking Ciroc from the bottle while cruising on one of Diddy's Sea-Doos ... so claim people close to the rapper.

As we previously reported ... French was in Miami Beach Saturday, catching some rays and drinking vodka. It's not illegal in Florida to drink while boating, but it IS illegal to drink to the point that the driver is impaired.

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Although our French sources insist he "was not f***** up," Khloe posted a pic around the same time showing her crew -- including French -- on Diddy's roof with the caption, "The Ciroc made us do it!! #StepIntoTheCircle."

Destiny's Child

Battle for Center Stage at Reunion

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3/30/2015 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It finally happened ... all the Destiny’s Child members coming together for the first time in -- well, not that long actually, but it was still awesome!

So awesome that Beyonce even surrendered that coveted middle spot! Just for a few seconds, but y'know ... baby steps.tmz-on-tv-3

Kevin Gates

Not One, But TWO

Fights with Girls!

3/30/2015 2:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's bad enough rapper Kevin Gates got into it with a couple of girls during his show Sunday night in Michigan -- he then fought with a different girl during the same show!

Gates -- probably as well known for having sex with his cousin as he is for his music -- was performing at Z Club in Flint ... when a few girls in the front kept grabbing him.

In the video, you can see Gates shake off the girls a few times before finally having enough … and going after them. Gates' security pulled him back from the crowd and the show continued.

But a short time later, he mixed it up with another girl on the side of the stage -- this time throwing elbows in the fan's direction. It's unclear if he ever connected.

Despite the ruckus, we're told no cops were called -- and as you can see in the video ... the crowd was into the show.

Justin Bieber

Not My Tempo ...

Treats Sushi House To Drum Seshi

3/30/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber loves fish sticks ... to keep the beat ... Sunday night JB and his crew knocked out some off the cuff table jams at a Miami sushi spot using nothing but chop sticks and table tops.

Our sushi sources tell TMZ ... Biebs and about 22 of his closest buddies chased their sashimi down with percussion instead of saki (though it sounds like they had that too) and treated the whole joint at Tokyo Blue to a freestyle jam sesh.

Give it a listen ... JB drops the rhymes while the rest assisted with anything they could grab.

It's pretty cool -- like a tabletop "Stomp" -- but after 2 songs we're told Biebs felt bad, apologized to the other patrons, and posed for pics. We're told he even dropped a $500 tip on the $1,000 tab.

Still ... this won't make his next album.

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Brett Ratner

Kissing NOT Mariah Carey

3/30/2015 6:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330_brett_ratnet_kissing_photos_launch_2Hmmmm ... 

Don't know what to say about this. Brett Ratner making out with a chick on the same yacht where he was nuzzling Mariah Carey.

People on the boat said Brett and Mariah were in full-on couple mode, and we're told both of them loved our posts over the weekend.

But check this out ... Brett on the same yacht Sunday night in the Caribbean, sucking face with another chick.

Like we said ... hmmmm.

The Game

Accused of Unleashing Tyson

In Hollywood Basketbrawl

3/30/2015 7:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330-the-game-tmz-01Well, that didn't take long -- one week after The Game got Mike Tyson tatted on his hand ... he allegedly decked someone so hard during a basketball game ... police were called to the scene.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Game was playing in a Pro-Am game Sunday at Hollywood High School when he got into a heated argument with another player. We're told the player says Game threatened to kill him, punched him in the face and took off. 

Officers responded and the alleged victim filed a report. Police are investigating the incident as a battery. 

We've reached out to Game ... no word back. Ditto for Tyson.

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