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Seal

My New Girl Has A

Mariah Carey Connection

8/3/2015 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0803-seal-kissing-akmgsiSeal enjoyed a romantic afternoon aboard a yacht in Amalfi, Italy ... and his new woman just happens to be former Australian model Erica Packer.

And yes ... that's Packer, as in the ex-wife of James Packer -- y'know, the billionaire guy dating Mariah Carey

Small world ... especially for the super rich.

Britney Spears

Lifetime Conservatorship

8/3/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Britney Spears has been under a remarkably successful conservatorship for 7 1/2 years, and sources familiar with the situation tell us it could last a lifetime.

We're told there are no plans to end the conservatorship, even in the long term, and no one involved is complaining. As TMZ and every other media outlet reported, Britney was so bad off at the end of 2007 her family was in fear she would die.

After she was taken to the hospital on a psych hold, her dad, Jamie Spears, went to court and a conservatorship was established in January 2008. There are actually 2 conservatorships ... one for the person, and one for finances.  

Fact is ... the conservatorships have worked remarkably well. Britney -- who at her worst was on the verge of losing permanent custody of her kids -- is now by any standard a great parent. Jamie and Britney's doctors have stabilized her to the point she can successfully work and maintain a personal life.

As for the financial conservatorship, it has been a huge success. Last year alone the conservatorship raked in $14 million, and that's only a portion of Britney's financial machine. As one source said, before the conservatorship her finances were an absolute mess, and the ship has been fully righted. 

We're told Britney -- who has a team of lawyers and doctors, along with Jamie, managing the conservatorship -- has "substantial day-to-day freedom" to make her own decisions.

Short story ... if the conservatorship were to end, there would be significant risk she could backslide. The plan is to continue the conservatorship indefinitely ... because it works.

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Slipknot

Bassist Rushed to Hospital During Concert

8/3/2015 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0731-alessandro-vman-getty-facebookThe bassist for Slipknot was rushed to the hospital by ambulance in the middle of the band's performance.

Alessandro "V Man" Venturella got onstage with the band Sunday night in Hartford, Connecticut but after a few songs the band abruptly stopped and went backstage. They returned minus V Man, and lead singer Corey Taylor told the audience, "I'm sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had ... something happened."

We've learned Alex was rushed to the hospital for convulsions. It's unclear what his condition is this morning. The band continued its performance.

Slipknot's original bassist, Paul Gray, died in 2010 from an OD.


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Rapper Travis Scott

Arrested for Inciting Crowd at Lollapalooza

8/2/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rapper Travis Scott got taken down by cops one song into his set at Lollapalooza in Chicago Saturday, after urging the huge crowd to rush the stage.

Scott was super hyped as he took the stage in front of 100,000 people, telling everyone to ignore security and climb over the barricades.

Chicago's finest sprung into action and arrested Scott for disorderly conduct.

Ne-Yo To Baby Mama

We Did The Deed ...

Now You're On My Penthouse Deed

8/2/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-neyo-building-01Ne-Yo is a badass baby daddy ... because he just let the woman he knocked up a couple of times become the co-owner of his $1 mil condo.

TMZ obtained docs that show the R&B singer just put Monyetta Shaw -- with whom he shares 2 kids, Madilyn and Mason -- on the deed of his Atlanta high-rise condo.

We're told Ne-Yo made the very expensive gesture to make sure his kids would live in comfort.

It sounds comfy ... 3,001 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, a 24 hour concierge, full gym, swimming pool with sun deck, a tennis court and a load of other goodies.

Monyetta and Ne-Yo were together for a few years and even got engaged before splitting in 2013. She was featured on VH1's "Atlanta Exes" ... where she flung insults at the fedora-loving rapper.

Snoop Dogg

Busted In Italy

Carrying Too Much Cash

8/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0801-snoop-dogg-italy-flag-tmz-getty-02Snoop Dogg found himself in some hot water with Italian Customs agents after facing a problem most people wish they could have ... he was carrying too much money.

Reports say that Snoop was stopped at an Italian airport with approximately $422,000 in cash ... WAY more than the $10K you can move across European borders without claiming.

Half of the money was impounded but in most cases it's returned after fines.

Snoop hasn't had the best of luck in Europe ... he was arrested after officers suspected he was under the influence of pot in Sweden last week.

Mo' Money, Mo' problems.  

Fetty Wap

Olive Garden

Is Lucky I Paid Anything

8/1/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-fetty-wap-olive-garden-GETTY-901Fetty Wap was like, "Hey, what's up? Hello," at an Olive Garden Thursday night ... and then he bolted without paying the bill.

Fetty was dining with a group of friends at the famous franchise in Wayne, NJ when he stormed out of the restaurant.  

We're told he threw down $100 for the apps and drinks, but by the time he left, the bill swelled to $160 ... possibly leaving the server on the hook for $60.

Fetty says he was there for 2 hours and the service was so slow his food never came, so he said "arrivederci."

But Olive Garden employees say he was there for only 30 minutes and it was a simple case of dining and dashing. 

Happy ending ... the server didn't have to pay.

We couldn't reach Fetty for comment.

Joe Jackson

Member of the Jackson 1

Caring for Joe

7/31/2015 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Janet Jackson has put her life on hold to take care of her dad while he recovers from 3 heart attacks, and she's the only member of the brood who made the trek to Brazil.

We're told Janet arrived in Brazil Tuesday to tend to her father, cancelling rehearsals for her upcoming tour. We're told Janet limited the access to ICU, where Joe was hooked up for nearly a week.   

The good news ... Joe's now out of ICU and on the mend. He's eating solid foods and the goal is for him to regain enough strength so he can get on a plane and return to the U.S. for further treatment.

We're told La Toya and Jermaine were talking about flying over, but when Joe's condition improved they decided to wait until he came home.

If all goes well, Joe could return home as early as Monday. 

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Country Singer

Lynn Anderson

Dead at 67

7/31/2015 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0731-lynn-anderson-GETTY-01Lynn Anderson, best known for her country hit "Rose Garden," died Thursday night, TMZ has confirmed. She was 67.

Anderson reportedly suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

She had been hospitalized for pneumonia after returning from a vacation in Italy.

Anderson continued to make records until her death … her last, "Bridges" was released in June. Her heyday was in the ‘70s following the release of "Rose Garden" which would remain her biggest hit to date and earned her a Grammy. 

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Kenny Chesney

Suns Out, Guns Out

... At KC Chiefs Practice

7/31/2015 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0731-kansas-city-chiefs-twitterSo... Kenny Chesney's jacked. 

The country superstar hit up the Kansas City Chiefs practice this morning .... and spent some time with head coach Andy Reid

Maybe it's time to share workout advice? 

Just sayin' ... 

Justin Bieber

Crashes Mariah/French Recording Sesh

7/31/2015 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731-montana-carey-bieber-instagram-01Justin Bieber made a very spontaneous decision to appear in a Mariah Carey and French Montana song.

We're told Mariah and French were working on a new song Thursday night at a Hollywood recording studio when Bieber just showed up.

Biebs confessed to Mariah he's a huge fan, so she played a portion of the song she and French were recording.

Bieber was so into it, he jumped into a booth and laid down some vocals that'll be featured in the song. 

Kylie Jenner was also there with a few friends, but she won't be on the song ... for obvious reasons.

Bret 'The Hitman' Hart

Trolls Meek Mill Over Diss Track

7/31/2015 10:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0731-bret-the-hitman-hart-meek-mill-GETTY-TMZ-01Another Canadian superstar is going in on Meek Mill -- Bret "The Hitman" Hart ... who just poured salt in the wound ... saying Meek's diss track was WEEEEAAKKKK!!!

"I’m glad to see a fellow Canadian walk away with the championship gold around his waist #drake #canadian #ovo #thebestthereiswasandeverwill," Hart posted. 

And as our friends at BSO pointed out, he also posted a pic of Drake's OVO owl. 

0731-subasset-bret-hitman-instagramDepending on who you talk to, Bret "The Hitman" Hart is the greatest Canadian professional wrestler of all-time and is considered one of the greatest if not the greatest technical wrestler of all-time. 

The fact even he is dissing Meek Mill tells you how big this battle between Drake and Meek has gotten.

If you wanted to use a wrestling analogy to describe the beef, Drake is currently John Cena and Meek is Fandango.

Yes, it is going that bad for Meek at the moment.

Meek Mill

I Wasn't Lyin'

Drake Really Did Get Peed On!

7/31/2015 8:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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update_graphic_red_bar1:30 PM PST -- Sources close to both T.I. and Drake say the culprit was a heavily intoxicated friend of T.I.'s who peed himself. The pee unintentionally got on Drake's shoe and that's when he got pissed.

update_grey_gray_barMeek Mill's random line at the end of his Drake diss song -- that Drake once got PEED ON -- is true.

The lyric in question came at the very end of "Wanna Know," where Meek said, "You let Tip homie piss on you in a movie theater n****, we ain’t forget."

Our sources say, it all went down in 2010, during a private screening of "Takers" on the Sony lot ... a movie in which Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Chris Brown and T.I. all starred in.

Drake attended the screening and, 30 minutes in, jumped up screaming and ran out of the theater.

We're told a dispute erupted over who was sitting where ... apparently Drake and one of T.I.'s childhood friends got into it. The friend got pissed, and pissed on Drake.

We're told Drake ran out of the theater, screaming "motherf*****."

And sources told us the obvious ... intoxicants were involved. 

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