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R. Kelly Fan Grabs Handful of Chestnuts During Christmas Concert

12/4/2016 1:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

One R. Kelly fan definitely made Santa's naughty list when she got up close and personal with the singer's junk making it a very, very merry Christmas in the D ... Detroit, that is. 

Kelly kicked off his "12 Nights of Christmas" concert Friday night at the legendary Fox Theatre, but this is clearly not a holiday show for the kids. It's a much different take on "The Nutcracker."

Kelly's reaction to the grabby fan is priceless, considering he was kinda asking for it.

#HoHoHo

Oakland Rave Fire 'Ghost Ship' Concert Vid Shows Clutter, Tight Conditions

12/4/2016 9:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Oakland warehouse that went up in flames Friday night was a popular location for underground EDM shows ... and footage of a previous concert shows the set up was extremely claustrophobic.

The Obscura Machina show -- featuring several DJs -- went down in June at the art commune known as the Oakland Ghost Ship. You can see all the equipment and wires packed tightly into the "stage" area.

Antique musical instruments and lamps, mannequin parts and dozens of other tchotchkes are surrounding the DJ and the crowd. This show went off without a hitch, but the danger that was likely present Friday night is obvious.  

The death toll is now at least 24.

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Blink 182's Mark Hoppus Oakland Tragedy Exposes Danger of Underground Music Scene

12/4/2016 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Oakland rave fire hit close to home for Blink 182 singer Mark Hoppus, who says he and his band are probably lucky they didn't suffer a similar tragedy.

Mark was at the Grove in L.A. Saturday night when we asked about his experience coming up in the underground music scene. He's played gigs in makeshift venues like the art commune in Oakland -- and admits fire safety just isn't top priority when you're an up and coming act.

Hindsight is 20/20, but after this tragedy ... Mark says the industry has to be better about policing itself.

Justin Bieber to Paps I'm Super Normal ... Namaste

12/4/2016 8:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber worked up a sweat in the boxing ring, and then got all zen on photogs waiting for him outside the gym.

Justin was dripping wet on his way out of Ten Goose Boxing -- the Van Nuys, CA gym where he's been sparring lately, and apparently picking up some wisdom.

He's lectured his fans recently about screaming during concerts, and he echoed that for the paparazzi ... begging them to understand he's just a "super normal" dude.

Bigger concern in this video? That's a LOT of sweat on those leather seats.

#ewww

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Taylor Swift Alleged Butt Grabber Interview Disappears ... She Denies Strong-arming

12/4/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

12001_David-Mueller_taylor_swift_tmz_twitterThe radio interview with the guy accused of grabbing Taylor Swift's ass was abruptly removed from the station's website -- and there are conflicting stories about who pulled the plug.

Former radio DJ David Mueller went on iHeart's "Mojo in the Morning" show Tuesday and gave his side of the story. It was the first time he had a chance to plead his innocence publicly. But sources connected to iHeart tell us the entire audio clip was deleted from Mojo's website at the demand of Taylor's people.

We're told soon after the interview was posted online, the 'Mojo' crew got a call from iHeart honchos to remove it ... in order to preserve the company's good relationship with Taylor. She regularly performs at iHeartRadio shows.

Our sources say no specific reason was given for why the honchos wanted it down, but it doesn't take a genius to figure it out. Mueller came off as a sympathetic figure as he explained his side of the infamous run-in with Taylor.

1110-taylor-swift-ass-grab-tmzAn iHeart spokesperson denies Taylor was involved. The rep did not provide any explanation for the Mueller clip's removal. Sources close to Taylor tell the same story -- it wasn't me. Ditto for Mueller's legal team.

Whoever wanted it killed has a problem though -- the interview's been recorded, so it lives on.

'90210' Cast 90's Reunion Screwed Us ... Show Us the Money!

12/4/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202_90210_rewindcon_tmzMost of the OG '90210' cast got together for a huge fan convention, which was probably good times -- right up until some of them got stiffed on their paychecks.  

Rewind Con went down last month in Chicago, celebrating the 80s and 90s with celebs like Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling. Joey Fatone from N'Sync was there too along with a handful of "General Hospital" alums.

Sources tied to the event tell us organizers promised invitees their checks would be in the mail following the convention, but after 2 weeks ... no dinero. Instead they got an email from one of Rewind Con's founders saying she was filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy.

We're told some people, like Luke and Jason, did get paid ... but Jennie and Tori drew short straws. Fatone's rep also says the singer got jack. It's unclear how much most of the celebs were to be paid, except for Port Chuck, the band formed by 4 ex GH stars. Their rep says they're owed about $50k.

Rewind Con co-founder Jaymie Lashaway -- who sent the email -- says the event's financial woes started when an investor, who had agreed to pay all the bills, suddenly backed out. She says it has nothing to do with her personal bankruptcy.

Anybody else smell lawsuits cooking? 

Oakland Rave 9 Killed in Warehouse Fire, No Sprinklers

12/3/2016 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

At least 9 people are dead after a fire ripped through a rave in an Oakland warehouse.

The fire broke out early Friday night around 11:30 PM during an EDM party where Golden Donna and a few other acts were performing. Officials said there was no sprinkler system in the two-story building, and no evidence smoke detectors ever went off.

A fire dept spokesman said if the fire started anywhere near the stairway -- which was made of cargo pallets -- it would have gone up immediately and trapped people on the second floor. 

Cops are still assessing the building to decide if it's safe to go inside, but say they're preparing to find dozens more victims once they're able to get in there. There are still at least 25 people missing.

Golden Donna is an alias under which Wisconsin musician Joel Shanahan performs. A Facebook message posted Saturday morning said he was safe but "heartbroken."

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The building was a residence/workshop for local artists. Photos reveal how much old timber and antiques were packed inside, which fueled the fire and made it too intense for firefighters to rescue more victims.

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G-Eazy Cops Called To Video Shoot After Pissed Off Man Allegedly Attacks Crew

12/3/2016 12:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-g-eazy-tmz-01G-Eazy got some unwanted company at a recent music video shoot after a man allegedly attacked his crew simply because they were filming on his block.

Sources close to the rapper say he was in an L.A. neighborhood Thursday making the video. We're told things were running smoothly until one resident took issue with the production on his street. Our source says the elderly man became irate, at one point trying to take a generator and punching a producer.

We're told the situation got even more heated and a scuffle ensued with both sides calling the cops, who showed up, took a report and diffused the situation.

Law enforcement sources tell us they responded to take a report but no arrests were made.

It ain't easy bein' Eazy.

Kanye West Meds Are the Issue

12/3/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-kanye-west-tmzKanye West is out of the hospital but not out of the woods, and it all stems from the rapper's erratic pattern of taking his meds ... sources connected with the family tell TMZ.

Our sources say Kanye has long suffered from psychological issues controllable by medication. We're told Kanye is steady on his meds, but deviated from the prescribed dosage ... and that's what led to the downward spiral and eventual mental breakdown.

It's still unclear if Kanye flat-out stopped taking some of the pills or just decided to take different amounts -- but we're told he made the biggest changes in the wake of Kim's Paris robbery. Doctors were able to keep Kanye in the hospital for 8 days, and during that time were able to medicate him, and get him more stable.

We're told he's getting outpatient treatment and he's okay right now, but since he's not under 24/7 observation ... it's up to him to stay on the correct dosage.

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Justin Bieber Throwing Punches ... At a Boxer, Not a Fan

12/3/2016 8:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1203-justin-bieber-launch-akm-02Justin Bieber is keeping his hands up to date in a boxing gym -- even though recent evidence shows his jab is pretty sharp.

Bieber hit up Ten Goose Boxing in Van Nuys, CA on Friday for a few rounds of sparring. This is the same gym where he's worked the mitts with his pal Floyd Mayweather in the past.

Justin might feel the need to work on his skills after his run-in with a fan in Spain last week. The fan, who hooked up with JB's left fist, would say it's not necessary. At all.

Madonna & Sean Penn Sean Penn's Got Me in Handcuffs ... Just Like the Good Old Days

12/3/2016 7:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sean Penn slapped the cuffs on Madonna and it only cost him $150k -- instead of marriage and a messy divorce.

The exes ended up on stage for Madonna's charity event -- Raising Malawi -- during Art Basel in Miami. She told the crowd she'd marry Sean again if he bid $150,000 for a necklace, and he did.

He was outbid for the jewelry. As for the marriage part? The jury's still out.

Watch what happened when Madge called Sean on stage -- she's professed love, but she's done this kinda thing before

#TheExWhoCriedWolf

Britney Spears It's Birthday Britney, Bitch

12/3/2016 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1203-britney-spears-getty-01Britney Spears celebrated her 35th birthday with roughly 20 thousand people Friday night, and revamped an old 'do for the occasion. 

Spears performed at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball in L.A. -- along with Justin BieberBruno Mars and a bunch of other huge acts -- and her double bun hairstyle made loyal fans nostalgic for that classic, often-imitated, never duplicated "school girl in pigtails" look.

Little messier these days, but still ... cue the track! 

50 Cent $14.5 Mil from Lawyers He Accused Of Sleek Audio Screw Job

12/2/2016 3:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-50-cent-tmz50 Cent just got a HUGE financial helping hand in his bankruptcy case -- his old lawyers will cough up $14.5 million after a sweet settlement deal.

50 had sued his team of attorneys for malpractice, insisting they did a shoddy job repping him against Sleek Audio. You'll recall, Fiddy lost that case and owed Sleek a ton of cash.

Rather than go to trial, the lawyers have struck a deal with the rapper ... agreeing to pay him the $14.5 mil. Not that Fiddy will be able to spend it -- it's already spoken for due to his bankruptcy.

According to docs filed in that case ... 50 still owes $23 million to his creditors, including $17 mil to Sleek -- so the settlement money's likely going straight into their pockets, not his.

The bankruptcy judge still needs to sign off on the deal.

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