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'Soul Man' Sam Moore Performing at Trump's Inaugural Concert

1/17/2017 12:35 PM PST
Breaking News

0117_Sam-Moore_tmzGrammy-award winning "Soul Man" Sam Moore will perform at Donald Trump's Inaugural Concert.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend was added to perform during the "Make America Great Again!" concert slated for the night before Trump gets sworn in.

The legendary singer announced that "As an American, I am honored to perform for President-elect Donald Trump. I was a participant in the civil rights movement and have seen many positive changes and advancement in my 81 years of living in this wonderful country."

Sam's announcement came the same day we reported the inauguration committee was going to keep featured performers for the Inaugural balls under wraps.

Chuck D Quit Attacking Steve Harvey! We NEED an Inside Man with Trump

1/17/2017 12:12 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0117_chuck_d_steve_harvey_tmz-2Chuck D doesn't think people should be going after Steve Harvey for rubbing elbows with Donald Trump ... because he thinks it's vital to have someone keeping tabs on the Prez-elect.

The leader of Public Enemy tells TMZ ... certain members of the black community need to sit face-to-face with any perceived adversary so they can find out what's really going down with the new administration ... and let everyone else know.

On the flip side, Chuck says it's great so many artists and entertainers are protesting this year's inauguration ... but it doesn't have to be everybody.

Translation -- we gotta stick together for the next 4 years ... but having an inside man or 2 will only help the cause.

Donald Trump Inauguration Gospel Star Travis Greene Proud to Say ... I'm Performing!!!

1/17/2017 12:14 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee doesn't want to say who is performing at the inaugural balls ... but one of the singers sure does.

Gospel and Grammy nominated singer Travis Greene -- who will open the Liberty Ball -- says God told him to perform, and he has no reservations.

He told us he's getting blowback on social media, but he's figured out a way to deal with it. For the record, his team tells us he's also getting support for his decision.

Travis will be singing his hit (and 2016 Grammy nominated song) "Intentional."

Donald Trump Featured Entertainers Booked But Under Wraps

1/17/2017 10:33 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0117-donald-trump-walter-washington-convention-center-03Donald Trump's inauguration committee has booked multiple performers to sing at 2 inaugural balls, but the committee is not releasing their names for fear they will get intense blowback and back out.

Sources connected to the inauguration tell us the 2 events are the Freedom Ball and the Liberty Ball, both of which will take place at the D.C. Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The committee, we're told, now knows the drill. Performers like Jennifer Holliday accept the invite but then get cold feet after fans and others go on the attack. So the committee is doing everything possible to keep the names under wraps.

We're told Trump will attend and speak at both balls and do a "first dance" with Melania.

As we reported, Paul Anka was going to sing a modified, stylized version of "My Way" for the first dance, but had to back out because of an ongoing child custody trial.

Tickets, we're told, will go on sale for $50 a pop.

Plies Busted, Baby Arrested for DUI

1/17/2017 11:10 AM PST
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Plies ran off on da plug twice, but couldn't outrun cops ... 'cause he just got busted for DUI.

The Florida rapper was arrested early Tuesday morning and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail for allegedly being messed up behind the wheel.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they slapped on the cuffs after Plies was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence.

He was released on a $500 bond the same day. Sounds like he wanted to get back to vibin' at the Ritz-Carlton.

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Eagles of Death Metal Frontman Accused of Voodoo Death Threats

1/17/2017 10:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116-jeff-hughes-instagram-2Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes is being accused of not only making death threats against an ex-buddy, but attempting to curse him ... if you believe in that kinda thing.

Jesse's former friend, Andrew Julian Vega, got a restraining order against the rocker. In the docs, he says Jesse threatened to shoot him and blow his lungs through his back. He also says Jesse glued a voodoo doll on his gate, stabbed it with a knife and wrote in red paint, "Andy is next."

People connected to Jesse and Andrew tell us the bad blood started over a girl ... naturally.

In the docs, Andrew says he's nervous Jesse will hurt him or his young daughter. A judge granted the restraining order ... forcing Jesse to stay 100 yards away from them.

We've reached out to Jesse, so far no word back.

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Nick Young Splits from Paloma Ford ... No Bad Blood

1/17/2017 8:30 AM PST
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0117_nick_young_paloma-ford_tmz-2Nick Young's a single man again ... 'cause the Lakers star and his pop singer girlfriend, Paloma Ford, have officially broken up ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sources close to the two tell us there was no cheating or secret baby mamas (like the Iggy Azalea situation) ... this time, the two just grew apart.

The two started dating back in September and things heated up quick. But after a few months, both sides agreed that Nick's family should take priority ... especially with his new kid.

We're told Nick and Paloma are still cool and are gonna do the whole "friends" thing. He even has a cameo in her upcoming music video ... and we're told she plans on keeping him in it.

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Mike Tyson Drops Diss Track Music Video ... Hot Chicks In Bikinis

1/17/2017 6:04 AM PST
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Mike Tyson has a brand new music video to match his anti-Soulja Boy diss track ... complete with hot bikini chicks in weird poses ... and even a shot at Floyd Mayweather

Tyson's barely in the video for "If You Show Up" ... but he did add some brand new verses touting his prodigy, Chris Brown

He even drops this lyrical masterpiece -- "Chris Brown's gonna make you s**t your pants."

Floyd (Soulja's coach) gets it too ... but really, our attention was on the visuals. 

Enjoy!

'Dreamgirls' Jennifer Holliday Canceled Trump Inauguration Because of Death Threats

1/16/2017 2:19 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116_jennifer-holliday_tmz-2Jennifer Holliday pulled the plug on her inauguration performance because people threatened to kill her and her family ... TMZ has learned.

The "Dreamgirls" star agreed to sing at an inaugural event but did an about-face Saturday, saying she bailed because she was taking heat from the LGBT community.

But we've learned when her agent contacted the Inauguration Committee, he said the reason was death threats. We're told the LGBT concerns were not even mentioned.

A rep for Holliday told TMZ Monday ... both the death threats and the LGBT reaction were factors in her decision.

The rep tells us, "It was all of those things. She wasn’t scared to perform. She didn’t want to put her family at risk based on the death threats and she also didn’t want to offend the LGBT community which was especially upset that a past ally would perform on a program with President-Elect Donald Trump."

You may recall ... Trump's people said she was a lock late last week, but then her management team came out and said Trump's people jumped the gun ... that she was merely considering the offer. That doesn't square with the fact that Holliday herself said Friday she was fully on board.

We don't know if the people who made the threats identified themselves or any group with which they were affiliated.

A rep for the singer tells us her primary concern was the safety of her family.

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Justin Bieber Selena's Using The Weeknd

1/16/2017 10:46 AM PST
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0116-justin-bieber-selena-gomez-TMZ-02Justin Bieber can spot an opportunist from a mile away ... at least now he can, and the opportunist is Selena Gomez.

Our Bieber sources tell us ... the singer says he's been there, and believes Selena's using The Weeknd for promotion. Bieber's intel -- and ours -- is that Selena and The Weeknd are working on music together.

We're told Justin feels this is all cookie-cutter stuff ... she did it with him, Nick JonasZedd and now with good ol' Abel. When Selena wants to push new music, it seems she dates stars with whom she wants to collab.

Long story short ... we're told Justin's rolling his eyes at the Selena/Weeknd love story. Can you tell


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Mariah Carey & Elton John Bank $4.2M at Russian Wedding

1/16/2017 6:20 AM PST

Mariah Carey and Elton John got hired for a wedding gig over the weekend ... and it wasn't cheap.

The singers raked in $4.2 million after a Russian billionaire, Valery Kogan, footed the bill for his granddaughter's wedding over the weekend in London. The astonishing 9 hour reception at The Landmark hotel featured Mimi dedicating "We Belong Together" to the new couple.

The bride -- 19 year old Irene Kogan -- and her hubby requested Mariah's appearance. She was flown in from the U.S. 

Sir Elton John kicked things off with an impressive 12 song set.  And listen to Mariah ... she sounds fantastic.

Antonio Banderas also was there.

Mike Posner Performs At Father's Funeral After 'Conan' Cancer Reveal

1/15/2017 8:16 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Mike Posner's father passed away last week, and his son honored him by performing at his funeral ... after revealing the man had cancer last year on TV. 

Mike's dad, Jon, died last Wednesday from his months-long battle with cancer at the age of 73 -- and Mike chose to remember him in song by covering a classic.

The singer performed Bright Eyes' "First Day Of My Life" in front of an audience Friday at the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield, Michigan, where Jon was an attorney. 

Back in May, Mike had alluded to his father's illness while performing on "Conan," where he changed the lyrics to his hit song "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" to ... 

And my dad has cancer
I'm still wrapping my head 'round that
Sat by the hospital bed, nurses poked in their heads
And asked me to sign autographs
And my dad has cancer!
I shouldn't be here, I should be home
But in case you couldn't tell, I'm busy playing myself
In this little Mike Posner show

Nothing's cooler than that. 

Justin Bieber Sorry, No Comment on Selena ... Now Where's The Damn Car?

1/15/2017 6:46 AM PST

Justin Bieber had nothing to say -- at least to us --  about Selena Gomez hooking up with The Weeknd ... but he did almost lose his way.

We got the Biebs and Patrick Schwarzenegger at Catch Saturday night ... and as Justin was leaving, he gets disoriented when fans start asking for pictures. You'll recall, he's not that into it anymore.

Car's to the left there, bud.

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