Beyonce didn't just keep her new album and music videos a secret from the world -- she actually kept it from nearly EVERYONE involved in production ... even her dancers.
One of the dancers for the "Blow" video -- a girl named Morgan Hebert -- tells us, she knew she was involved in some kind of video project for the singer when they were filming in Houston in September, but she didn't know exactly what.
Morgan says it was all arranged VERY last minute. She and a few other dancers from Beyonce's Super Bowl show flew to Houston for the 2-day shoot and it was like Fort Knox. No cell phones, no pictures, nothing. She also had to sign a scary confidentiality agreement.
Morgan says she figured it was all for a music video, but didn't expect anything to be released until next year.
When she woke up today to see her video all over the Internet -- in addition to a FULL album and 16 other music videos -- Morgan says she was blown away.
Seriously impressive. These days, it's like albums leak before they're even recorded.
I Make $62,000 a Month!!!
12/13/2013 11:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jack White rakes in serious cash every month -- roughly $62,000 -- but according to his divorce agreement, he's only paying $3,200 in monthly child support.
Jack's divorce from ex-wife Karen Elson was just finalized, and in the docs, each spouse declares his or her monthly income. Karen (who is also a singer) says hers is $33,971. Not a bad living.
But the strange part -- Karen's now the primary residential parent for their two kids (a 6-year-old and 7-year-old) and Jack has agreed to pay only $3,200 a month in child support, which feels low when you think about how much he makes.
Then again, Jack also gets the kids for a huge chunk of the year -- 150 days -- so the low number makes a little more sense.
As for the rest of their divorce agreement, Jack did pretty well -- he gets to keep the rights to all his musical businesses, including The White Stripes, the Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and his record label. Karen gets to keep the rights to hers.
Jack and Karen were married in 2005 in a canoe in the middle of the Amazon river in Brazil, only to separate in 2011. Karen filed for divorce in 2012. The split was pretty bitter.
Attacked By a Door
12/13/2013 6:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna got smacked HARD by a door in New York last night ... when no one decided to hold it open for her.
RiRi and her bodyguard were leaving a building near the High Line -- when some random woman cut in between them to leave the building, and failed to keep the door open for Rihanna.
The result? Rihanna got smacked ... and then proceeded to yell, "THANK YOU ... BITCH."
Rihanna appeared to be OK. No word on the door's condition.
Falls On His Ass
12/13/2013 6:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
While You Were Sleeping ...
I Dropped A New Album!
12/13/2013 5:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce just pulled off a HUMONGOUS feat ... surprising fans by dropping an entire album in the middle of the night on iTunes ... and doing it in almost total secrecy.
Not just a single song, mind you ... a full album -- called "Beyonce" -- with 14 new songs and 17 music videos.
There are a ton of stars featured on the tracks -- Jay Z, Drake, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, The Dream, Miguel ... and a bunch of others ... even her baby, Blue Ivy gets a credit.
Right now, the album's only on iTunes ... Queen B said she did that for a reason, saying "I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it. I am bored with that."
She also released a music video for every new song -- and somehow, one of our TMZ photogs got into one of the shots (see video below) ... PHOTOBOMB!!
I Prefer My Coats Animal Style
12/12/2013 5:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
I'm Way Too Famous
For Malibu Rehab
12/12/2013 1:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chief Keef has been moved from a fancy Malibu rehab facility because the media just can't get enough of him.
Keef's lawyer tells us the rapper is no longer at Promises ... he's been moved to another rehab facility in Southern California because of the "overwhelming media attention" he was getting in Malibu.
We're told Keef -- aka Keith Cozart -- still has about 60 days of court-ordered treatment to go ... as he deals with his weed issues.
Attorney Leah Starkman says since Chief won't be home for Christmas ... home will come to him .... arrangements are being made to fly his family out from Chicago.
BLASTED BY OHIO POLICE CHIEF
How Dare You Compare Yourself to Cops!
12/12/2013 10:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A police chief in Ohio is GOING OFF on Kanye West -- tearing the guy apart for comparing himself to cops and soldiers ... saying Kanye has NO CLUE about the real dangers they face.
The cop with the beef is Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver ... who says he was listening when Kanye told a media outlet that he puts his life on the line at his rap concerts ... just like cops and soldiers.
Chief Oliver was so angry, he posted an open letter to West on the department's Facebook page ... saying, "You sir, are as misguided as they come."
The majority of the letter is dripping in sarcasm, mocking Kanye for the ridiculous comparison:
"Since you are accustomed to danger, from your life as an international rapper, I am strongly encouraging you immediately abandon you career as a super star and join the military."
"After joining, I would like you to volunteer to be deployed in Afghanistan or one of the numerous other forward locations where our men an women are currently serving. When the Taliban starts shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow."
"I’m sure they would just drop weapons and surrender. You could quite possibly end all wars, just from the enemy being star-struck."
The letter ends, "What I do not get is you EVER comparing what you do for a living to our heroic military members, who are always in harm’s way… and my brother and sister police officers who have to go to work carrying weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest to protect themselves."
"Check yourself, before you wreck yourself….Chief Oliver."
Pulls Out Of SeaWorld Gig
12/12/2013 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Trisha Yearwood is the latest musical act to bail on a big music event at SeaWorld in Orlando -- and we're told it's all over the alleged shocking mistreatment of the park's killer whales.
Trisha follows the exits of Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies and Heart, all of whom pulled out because of revelations about whale abuse exposed in the CNN documentary, "Blackfish."
As for why Trisha bailed from February's event -- Bands, Brew and BBQ -- it's a little confusing. Our Trisha sources say the singer hasn't seen "Blackfish," but she's heard all the fuss and that's enough for her.
And that's enough for us too.
Lil Wayne's Baby Mama ARRESTED
12/11/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Wayne's baby mama/ex-wife Toya Wright was arrested Tuesday in Georgia ... TMZ has learned.
The details surrounding the arrest are sketchy at best -- with one law enforcement official telling us Wright was pulled over in College Park, GA yesterday ... and during the stop, the cop noticed a warrant out for her arrest.
We're told ... the warrant was issued after Wright failed to appear at a recent court date -- though it's unclear why she was supposed to be in court to begin with.
Toya was hauled to a nearby station, where she was booked and posed for an "Are you frickin' serious?" mug shot.
Toya, who starred in the reality show "Tiny and Toya," was eventually released from jail Wednesday morning at 1:30 AM on a $290 bond.
The story was first published by MediaTakeOut.
'Roseanne' TV Daughter
Attempts Nirvana Karaoke
Smells Like...Something Bad
12/11/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The actress who played one of Roseanne's daughters on TV would never make it on "The Voice" ... but we gotta give her props for her ballsy performance at a Brooklyn karaoke joint.
Sources tell us Lecy Goranson took to the stage just before closing time last Thursday .. when the place was almost empty. She let loose ... with an ear-splitting rendition of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Only problem was ... it kinda stunk.
Lecy was one of two actresses who played Roseanne's daughter Becky on the TV series, "Roseanne" (the other was Sarah Chalke).
At least she sings better than Roseanne.
Now Serving Rock & Roll...
With A Slice of Pepperoni
12/10/2013 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Foo Fighters just had a CRAZY blowout jam session in Moorpark, CA ... at a pizza joint!
Dave Grohl and FF showed up last night -- unannounced -- at the appropriately named Redballs Rock & Roll Pizza ... surprising 200 serious eaters who paid 10 bucks apiece for the Chevy Metal Christmas Dance Party.
Chevy Metal's a band featuring Foo drummer Taylor Hawkins.
The Foo Fighters and Chevy Metal joined forces on stage for more than 2 hours ... while the audience gorged themselves into a stupor.
This is the first gig for the Fighters in months ... the rehearsals have been downright bloody. (see pic below). They're playing two gigs this week in Mexico City ... where they're Numero Uno.
BOY BAND REUNITING
And We Have Diddy's Blessing
12/10/2013 10:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Day 26 -- the boy band masterminded by Sean "Diddy" Combs on MTV's "Making the Band 4" -- IS TOTALLY REUNITING FOR A NEW TOUR ... TMZ has learned.
A rep for Day 26 tells us ... the band, which was handpicked by Diddy on the 2007 show, is planning a 30-city tour starting in the Spring of 2014 ... and it's gonna include ALL of the original members.
Back in the day, D26 produced 2 albums before trouble began. Qwanell "Que" Mosley was kicked out of the group in 2009 because of disagreements with management.
The whole band broke up in the summer of 2012 ... and there've been rumors of a reunion ever since. It wasn't until Que climbed on board that it became a reality.
As for Diddy ... we're told he's NOT part of the resurrected band ... but he's already given the boys his blessing.