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Ariana Grande Suspends World Tour In Wake of Bombing

5/22/2017 7:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande has indefinitely suspended her world tour in the wake of the terrorist bombing in England ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to Ariana tell TMZ, she will not perform Thursday in London and has decided for now to put the entire European tour on hold. She was scheduled to perform in England, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

Ariana just tweeted, "broken.  from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry.  i don't have words."

As we reported, Ariana is inconsolable ... "in hysterics" after the bombing. As one source said, she's incapable of performing for anyone. She and her team, we're told, are also deeply concerned about security.

Ariana's manager, Scooter Braun, said, "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act," adding, "We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

Our sources say Ariana is not concerned with her shows now ... she and her team will re-evaluate the touring schedule when she's emotionally ready.

Ariana Grande Concert Nail Bomb Treated as Terrorism ... 19 Dead

5/22/2017 5:18 PM PDT
Breaking News

5:45 PM PT -- The suspected 2nd device turned out to be abandoned clothing. Police blew it up, anyway ... just to be safe.

5:35 PM PT -- Police found what they believed to be a second explosive device and are about to detonate it. They've warned people not to be alarmed by the explosion.The explosion after the Ariana Grande concert Monday night is now being treated as a terroristic act and at least 19 people are confirmed dead.

As we reported an explosion tore apart a portion of the rotunda outside the seating area at the Manchester Arena. There are reports the explosive device was a nail bomb in a backpack and it might have been a suicide mission.

It appears the bomber was waiting around the exit area as people were streaming out of the building.

Police say, in addition to the 19 dead, 50 people were injured. Body parts were apparently strewn throughout the blast site.

Ariana had just finished performing and had left the stage. She was not hurt.

The explosion triggered a stampede in the arena, injuring a number of people.

Ariana Grande Concert Rocked by Explosion At Least 20 Dead, Possible Terrorism

5/22/2017 3:09 PM PDT
Breaking News

4:50 PM PT -- Police are now treating this as a terrorist act. There are reports the explosive device was a "nail bomb" ... which explains the images of victims, several bleeding profusely on the scene.

4:25 PM PT -- People connected with the show tell us they heard what sounded like an explosion in the rotunda area where merchandise is sold -- in the venue but outside the seating area. There was an immediate stampede for the exits.

4:15 PM PT -- Law enforcement says at least 20 people are dead. A video posted on social media purportedly shows a flash in the arena (left side of above video), and then a boom is heard. 

3:45 PM PT -- Greater Manchester Police say there are a "number of confirmed fatalities and others injured." It's unclear if the injuries are from the stampede or from a blast. 

3:30 PM PT -- London police just said, "Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena.  Avoid the area."

3:25 PM PT -- Several people present -- including actress Julie Hesmondhalgh from "Coronation Street" -- say there was no explosion but rather a loud bang, which created a stampede and people were injured trying to get out of the facility.An explosion rocked an Ariana Grande concert in England Monday, sending scores of people running for safety and nearly 2 dozen are dead in what may be an act of terrorism.

The concert was held at the Manchester Arena ... the explosions occurred at the end of Grande's concert. One of the concertgoers tweeted, "Just ran from an explosion, genuinely thought were going to die."

People are writing on Twitter that there is blood everywhere ... people are injured and bleeding.

It was an odd scene ... while fans were scrambling for safety they were clutching pink balloons that apparently had been dropped on the crowd.

A source connected with Ariana tells us she had just left the stage when everyone heard what appeared to be an explosion.

Police descended on the area, and the metro station at the arena's been closed. Authorities are urging people to stay clear.

STORY DEVELOPING ...

The Weeknd Heads to the Hills for $20 Mil ... Snaps Up Mega Mansion

5/22/2017 6:24 PM PDT

The Weeknd has a new place to call home in one of the richest areas of L.A. -- he just copped one helluva mansion in Hidden Hills for nothing short of $20 million.

Abel's new pad sits on 3 acres of land and is spread out over more than 13,000 square feet. It's also got 9 bedrooms, 11 baths and a sick guest house out back.

The inside ain't too shabby either. As you might imagine, this place comes with all the bells and whistles of a multi-million dollar mansion -- a home theater, wine cellar, music lounge and its own gym.

Looks like the real Weeknd is right here.

Judge to Snoop, Dre, Suge You're Off the Hook Ain't No Case Here

5/22/2017 2:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The guys suing Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Suge Knight and other rappers behind "Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)" are 24 years too late.

A California court dismissed the lawsuit brought by 2 L.A. rappers who claimed Snoop and co. stole the hook to 'Ain't No Fun' way back in the early '90s.

According to court docs, these fellas had 3 years to file a lawsuit ... 3 years from 1993.

We broke the story ... the 2 rappers sued Snoop and his Death Row Records crew last year for using their original hook to the rap hit without living up to their end of the alleged bargain ... getting the dudes a record deal and promoting their careers.

The rappers tried claiming the 3 year period reset every time the song was played ... but a judge wasn't buying what they were selling.

Kim and Kanye Together Again At Disneyland!!!

5/22/2017 2:10 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were out and about together for the first time since Easter -- at least the first time we've seen them -- and the venue was the Mouse House.

Kanye, Kim and North hit up Disneyland Monday to celebrate a family friend's birthday. They also brought Kourtney's kids, Penelope and Mason. Kanye bundled up like he was still on a Wyoming mountaintop, despite the 75 degree weather.

'Ye's been busy working on his album after returning to L.A. He was in the studio Sunday, presumably recording what he wrote at the Wyoming resort earlier this month.

Celine Dion Celebs Flock to Kiss the Ring

5/22/2017 12:53 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Celine Dion's dressing room at the Billboard Music Awards was virtually a revolving door of star power ... celebs simply couldn't get enough.

Sources close to the award show tell TMZ Celine had MANY famous visitors throughout Sunday night's BBMAs -- and some couldn't even snag a little face time with the Queen.

We're told artists like Drake, Desiigner, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Vanessa Hudgens all stopped by to pay their respects to Celine, but mostly to gush about how much they loved her. Vanessa even shed tears over her performance, and Drizzy suggested getting her tatted on his ribs.

The one celeb left out was Jason Derulo. We're told he waited in her dressing room for 45 minutes while Celine was doing press, and passed the time chatting with her son, Rene Charles. Fortunately, he finally got to meet her. 

Michael Jackson Estate Hey, Lifetime & Netflix ... Make Your Movies, Just No MJ Tunes

5/22/2017 9:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The new Lifetime and Netflix movies about Michael Jackson and his pet monkey, Bubbles, won't feature any of MJ's music if they know what's good for them.

Sources close to Michael Jackson's estate tell TMZ the new flicks, 'Searching for Neverland' and the recently announced animated feature, "Bubbles," are not authorized -- therefore, they're not allowed to use ANY of Michael's materials ... especially his music.

We're told MJ's estate is holding off on legal action for now, but if they hear anything like, oh let's say "Billie Jean," "Thriller," "Beat It," "Rock with You," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" or any of his hits ... they'll round up the lawyers.

The reason they're not heading to court now? The estate reps haven't seen the movies. 'Searching for Neverland' drops next week, though, so things could change by Monday.

Here's the real question ... can a movie about Michael Jackson even exist without his music, his videos or his pictures? We think not. Soooo, good luck with that, guys.


Katy Perry Scores $25 MILLION Deal For 'American Idol'

5/22/2017 7:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry is getting a staggering $25 MILLION to judge "American Idol" ... this according to sources familiar with the negotiation.

Multiple sources tell us ABC was desperate to sign a name before the Upfronts last week, when honchos announced she was the lead judge. As one source put it, "Katy had all the leverage. If ABC ended up announcing the show without a judge, they'd be screwed."

TMZ broke a story way back in 2012 that 'A.I.' was trying to get Katy as a judge but she rejected the network's $20 mil offer.

As we reported, ABC tried to get Kelly Clarkson but at the last minute she jumped ship and went to NBC's "The Voice." NBC also snagged Jennifer Hudson.

We're also told ABC is "on the verge" of signing the deal with Ryan Seacrest to host the show. Sources connected with the first run of 'Idol' tell us Ryan was making $15 mil a season at his high point. We're told Jennifer Lopez was also raking in $15 mil a season. So Katy blew them both away.

2017 Billboard Awards Behind the Scenes

5/22/2017 3:11 AM PDT

Lots of people saw the performances at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards but check out what went down when the TV cameras were turned off.

The Cyrus brood was all over the place, Drake was rubbing elbows with everyone from Celine Dion to Desiigner and Nicki Minaj's  attiou're is hard to look at and then look away.

Maybe not the most stirring show, but plenty of eye candy for sure.

Check out all the behind the scenes shots to see what you missed during all those super annoying commercial breaks.

Tupac & Biggie OG Outfits Resurrected For 'All Eyez on Me'

5/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The actors playing Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. in "All Eyez on Me" should look pretty damn authentic 'cause they're wearing actual outfits the legendary rappers wore in real life.  

Sources close to production tell us ... April Walker -- who designed for Pac and Biggie in the '90s -- brought back some of her original wardrobe designs for filming the biopic.

We're told April had to remake 2 costumes for the biopic using patterns she saved from back in the day. One of them is the yellow Walker Wear vest Tupac rocked in "Above the Rim" -- and the other is a tracksuit she custom made for Big.

Besides coming in handy for the movie ... we're told April also wants to use her old designs for a museum exhibit featuring the resurrected hip-hop wear.

Cher Lets Trump Off The Hook At Billboard Awards

5/21/2017 8:15 PM PDT

Cher took home the "Icon" award at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards -- and to the surprise of viewers and show execs -- she didn't mention President Trump.

TMZ broke the story, award show producers went into Sunday holding their breath for what the singer -- who's been extremely critical of Trump -- may say during her acceptance speech. Lucky for ABC ... Cher held back on any vulgarity or any Trump remarks at all. 

The 71-year-old took the stage to perform "Believe" and "If I Could Turn Back Time" before  accepting the award from Gwen Stefani. Her speech was short and simple ... thanking friends, family and those who helped her in the industry.

Chaz Bono was also there to see mom accept the award.

Celine Dion Rewinds Clock 20 Years Crushes 'My Heart Will Go On' At Billboard Awards

5/21/2017 7:21 PM PDT

Celine Dion just brought the house down at The Billboard Music Awards -- singing "My Heart Will Go On" -- a performance that ended with a standing O and host Vanessa Hudgens in tears.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Titanic, Dion took center stage at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas to belt out the classic ... and of course, it was perfect.

The performance marked one of Dion's first at an award show since the death of husband Rene Angelil last year.

Celine was emotional when the song wrapped ... but it was Hudgens who was left in tears to open the next segment.

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