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Kanye West Surfaces After Breakdown ... At Art Installation

12/8/2016 6:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1208_kanye_west_blonde_instagram-2Kanye West is back in the public eye -- surfacing exactly where you'd expect him to Thursday in Los Angeles.

The 'Life of Pablo' rapper was spotted at an art installation at the Pacific Design Center ... and he was sporting blonde hair -- a different look from what he had before his hospitalization for a mental breakdown.

Good to see 'Ye getting back into what he loves.

As we first reported ... he's also making music in his home studio.

Shia LaBeouf Soulja Boy's a Sweetheart ... Not Worried About Threats

12/8/2016 3:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Shia LaBeouf knows Soulja Boy doesn't mean it when he says don't come to Atlanta,  'cause Soulja's a sweet kid at heart -- or at least that's what he's assuming.

Paps got the actor-turned-MC out Thursday in Studio City, where they asked what he had to say to Soulja ... who issued an ultimatum in rap's biggest -- meaning, silliest -- beef since Drake vs. Meek Mill.

Let's just say Soulja's probably on his own for landing a major movie debut.

Drake & Justin Bieber Radio Industry Trying to Get Hits on the Cheap ... Music Licenser Sues

12/8/2016 4:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1208_justin_bieber_drake_shakira_tmzSongwriters for Justin Bieber, Drake, Shakira and a bunch of other celebs are getting robbed blind by an "illegal cartel" of radio stations ... according to the company trying to shut 'em down.

Global Music Rights is suing virtually the entire radio industry for colluding to drive down the payments to all songwriters ... including those repped by GMR, such as Drizzy and Biebs.

According to the docs ... the Radio Music License Committee negotiates rights for 10,216 radio stations as a whole. GMR says because the RMLC negotiates rights in bulk ... individual artists (who write their own songs) are getting screwed.

Translation: if stations compete against each other to buy rights to the best songs ... the artists will make more dough. #FreeMarket

Daniel Petrocelli, the attorney for GMR, says the "cartel" stays together successfully because it keeps compensation to songwriters low.

The RMLC says it "will not roll over in the face of the baseless, bullying lawsuit."

Bucs Superfan Nick Carter JAMEIS WINSTON'S THE TRUTH Let Us Do Halftime Show!

12/8/2016 9:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Carter LOVES Jameis Winston

Loves him. 

In fact, he's SO THRILLED his Bucs finally have a winning team, he wants to round up the rest of the Backstreet Boys and do a halftime show in Tampa Bay!! 

Carter has suffered through a ton of losing seasons and bad QBs -- and now that his Bucs are 7-5 and a real playoff threat, dude's FIRED UP! 

Kellyanne Conway The Donald Loves His Tunes, Even If The Artists Don't Love Him

12/8/2016 8:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump cranked tons of music on the campaign trail, and didn't let a little thing like an artist's public disapproval stop him from enjoying any of it.

We got Trump's campaign manager Thursday morning in D.C., where she told us who the Prez-elect listened to most leading up to the election ... we gotta say, he's got good taste.

As for all the musicians who've come out against Trump ... well, Kellyanne says the Prez-elect has a way to reconcile that too. She even drops a hint on who might perform at his inauguration.

Kanye West Recovery in Progress ... Creating New Music

12/8/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1129-kanye-west-tmz-03Kanye West's bounce back from the mental breakdown could come sooner than expected -- the recovery process has his creativity flowing again, and a new album could be in the offing.

Sources close to Kanye tell TMZ ... since he got home, he's been more relaxed and focused. We're told Kanye's built a temporary studio in their Bel-Air mansion so he can have the privacy he needs to get healthy, while also making new music as ideas come to him.

Our sources say Kanye's comparing the breakdown, and 8 day hospital stay, to his near-fatal car crash and his mother's death. We're told he feels he created some of his best work -- "Through The Wire" and '808s' -- after those crises.

As we reported, Kanye started melting down when he stopped taking prescribed doses of his usual meds for psychological issues. We're told he's kept that under control since leaving the hospital, and he's in such a creative space ... an album's worth of material is a real possibility.

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1D's Niall Horan The Pink Slip?

12/8/2016 8:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Niall Horan looked like he knew he had just let a giant cat out of the bag leaving one of L.A.'s most expensive baby stores with a basket of pink stuff. 

Niall's old 1D bandmate, Liam Payne, and his partner, Cheryl Cole, are reportedly expecting in early 2017, but haven't revealed the sex of their baby. Naturally 1D fans jumped to the conclusion the girly stuff Niall's toting is for the couple. 

Of course, it's possible the basket is for someone else ... after all, it is the holidays and Liam and Cheryl are hunkered down in London. 

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Greg Lake Emerson, Lake and Palmer Singer Dead at 69

12/8/2016 8:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1208-greg-lake-GETTY-01Greg Lake, who co-founded the popular progressive rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer ... died Wednesday.

Greg's agent said he died after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer." Greg is the second member from the '70s band to die in 2016 -- founding member and keyboardist Keith Emerson died back in March.

ELP burst onto the scene in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival ... where Jimi Hendrix and The Who also famously headlined. The band broke up off and on and reunited for a tour as recently as 2010.

Greg also had a successful solo career that included the 1975 classic, "I Believe in Father Christmas."

He was 69.

Soulja Boy to Shia LaBeouf I'll Squash Our Beef If You Make Me a Movie Star

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

Soulja Boy's negotiating a cease-fire with Shia LaBeouf ... terms and conditions apply.

The rapper tells TMZ he's willing to give Shia a hall pass to return to the ATL if the actor can help him cross over into movies -- and a particular big budget one too.

Soulja's response to Shia's third diss track, which dropped Monday ... isn't all olive branches though.

In fact, it's filled with more threats than anything else.

Young Thug Goes Off On Airline Staff Y'all Are Some 'Nappy' Peasants

12/7/2016 5:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

update_graphic_red_bar6:35 PM -- Young Thug's Seattle fans just got screwed ... he says he didn't make his backup flight, so he's postponing Wednesday night's show to Dec. 12.update_grey_gray_barYoung Thug gave two female Alaska Airlines employees the business for trying to make him miss his flight and his show ... at least that's the way he saw it.

The rapper went in on the women pretty hard -- calling them "peasants" and "ants" with "nappy" hair. You can tell they're pissed as he tried to offer them $15k to quit their jobs.

A rep for the airline tells TMZ ... Thug was supposed to be on a flight from ATL to Seattle, but he arrived after their 45 minute cutoff period. We're told they still offered him a seat on a partner flight, but he declined..

It's unclear if he's going to make it in time for his 7 PM gig in Seattle.

We don't know what was said before Thug started recording, but the way he treats the women here ... makes him seem like a complete tool.

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Sia & Erik Lang Calling it Quits

12/7/2016 3:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1207-sia-erik-anders-lang-getty-tmz-02Sia and Erik Lang are headed for splitsville -- they're breaking up after a short 2 year marriage.

The couple tells TMZ that "after much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple. We are, however, dedicated to remaining friends."

The couple moved things pretty fast ... announcing their engagement back in June of 2014, and then tying the knot just 2 months later.

They have no children.

Mariah Carey I Don't Do Rain! Send in My Umbrella Team

12/7/2016 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1207-main-mariah-carey-akm-02Mariah Carey gets the royal treatment ... especially in the rain. But her supposed new boy toy Bryan Tanaka -- not so much.

A 3 person crew made their best attempt to keep Mimi dry Tuesday night as she arrived at the Empire State Building for a lighting ceremony. Bryan had just 1 schmoe.

But he gets to cavort with Mariah ... so that explains the smirk.

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Ricky Martin Beefcake Beach With Fiance & Tramp Stamp

12/6/2016 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1206-ricky-martin-fiance-yosef-vacation-speedo-shirtless-photos-launchRicky Martin and his new fiance -- Swedish stud Jwan Yosef -- turned their private beach in Mexico into muscle beach ... complete with some serious-ish ink.

44-year-old Ricky showed off his tan, ripped bod and clearly has no problem rocking a Speedo these days. They appear to be wearing matching diamond rings, so it's possible they're already married.

We wonder if Jwan has a lower back tat to match Ricky's though.

Viva la '90s!

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