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The Rolling Stones

We Might Be In Our 70s ...

But We Still Party Like We're 21

10/12/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0925_rolling_stones_compositeThe Rolling Stones are not only legends on the stage, they go super hard offstage too ... and we've got the rider that proves it.

The Stones recently wrapped up another world tour and one thing they insist on at each stop ... the hotel bar doesn't close. In fact, their hotel rider insists that wherever the band stays, illegal or not -- the place better figure out a way to keep the booze flowing.  

Some other kick ass requests ... 

-Blacked out windows (so they can party as long as they want)

-Extra butlers, for HUGE room service requests 

-After hours dry cleaning, for when things get messy

It's no surprise, Keith and the boys love their cigarettes -- and they demand each hotel room supply plenty. Their brand of choice? Marlboro Reds and Marlboro Lights.

However, there's one thing on the rider that ages the rockers -- they need written out instructions on how to use ALL the electronics in each room.

Oh, to be young old and awesome again ...

Mariah Carey

Performs in China

Forever Egg Foo Young

10/12/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1009-mariah-carey-macau-studio-city-hotel-china-GETTY-01Mariah Carey will most certainly get the best room in the joint when she performs at the grand opening of the newest casino in Macau ... because her billionaire boyfriend owns it. 

Studio City -- that's the name -- promises to be Asia's answer to Vegas. We're told Mariah's getting a check in the high 6 digits for the one-off gig, set for Oct. 27th.

BF James Packer is an investor, but the booking is not rank nepotism. The owners are banking on Mariah being enough of a draw to bring Chinese bigwigs to the casino's tables.  

Times have been tough in Macau because of the free falling Chinese economy.

We're told Packer's got other celebs filling the front row, including pals Brett Ratner, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Added bonus: Studio City one ups Sin City with a high tech Ferris wheel built into the casino's hotel.


Donald Trump

Pal Steven Tyler Threatens Lawsuit

... Over 'Dream On'

10/11/2015 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1011-donald-trump-steven-tyler-TMZ-01One of Donald Trump's celebrity pals is pissed at him, legally speaking, anyway -- Steven Tyler is threatening to sue Trump if he keeps using Aerosmith's song "Dream On" during campaign rallies.

According to Tyler's angry cease and desist letter ... this is actually the 2nd time Trump has been warned about using Aerosmith's classic ballad. Tyler's attorneys say they sent an initial letter back in August, but noticed Trump has pressed on using the song.

Most recently, Trump's campaign played "Dream On" during a stop in Georgia on Saturday. Tyler says the repeated use of the song insinuates the Aerosmith frontman endorses Trump for president. He's giving Trump 24 hours to drop the song from his playlist ... or present some evidence he has license to use it.

Tyler's defense of his song seems like it's purely a business move -- since he's been tight with Trump. Tyler and Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer attended the Republican debate in Cleveland as Trump's guests, Donald has been to their concerts, and Tyler is a registered Republican.

Tyler's attorney Dina LaPolt confirms it's not about politics. She tells TMZ, Tyler's "position has always been consistent regarding copyright and intellectual property. Simply, one must get permission from the music creators. Steven wrote 100% of 'Dream On,' and this is about the un-authorized use of his property."

If it's just about capitalism ... you'd think Trump would understand Tyler's stance. 


Arrested Minutes After Accepting BET Award

10/11/2015 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Scarface was a man of multiple distinctions this weekend ... he received a career achievement award and a shiny pair of handcuffs, both within minutes of each other.

The rapper was at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta Friday night, having just accepted the "I Am Hip-Hop Icon" award, when cops descended on him, placing him under arrest.

Turns out there's an outstanding warrant against Scarface for unpaid child support.  He was taken to Fulton County Jail.  He was still there as of Sunday AM, according to the jail. 



Kanye West

I Want to be the Last 'American Idol'

10/11/2015 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1011-kanye-american-idol-INSTAGRAM-01Kanye West was so pumped and confident after performing for Prez Obama, he mustered up the courage to audition to become the very last American Idol.

Yeezy must have figured since he was in SFO anyway, why not go down the road where JLo, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban, who were holding auditions for their show.

Kanye performed as Kim Kardashian memorialized it all on camera.

The judges made it look like it was all one big surprise, and it might have been ... but then again, it wouldn't hurt ratings to watch Kim's hubby on "A.I."

Goin' out with a bang. 


Wiz Khalifa

Busted with Pants Down ...

Taking a Public Whizz

10/10/2015 8:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1010-wiz-kalifa-getty-02Doesn't matter what Wiz Khalifa's name is ... he can't go around peeing in public ... according to Pittsburgh cops, who busted him early Saturday morning for allegedly doing just that.

Pittsburgh PD says it caught the rapper emptying his bladder outside a popular bar called The Flats on Carson ... around 2:30 AM Saturday. There's no mug shot coming ... it's just a ticket.

Wiz is from the Pittsburgh area, and ... of course, one of his biggest hits is "Black and Yellow."


NFL's Greg Hardy

Fires Back at Haters In Rap Video

... With Gunfire & Strippers

10/10/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Embattled NFL star Greg Hardy -- the guy who was suspended for allegedly beating up his girlfriend -- is bragging that he'll never get "played" by a woman ever again. 

And he's making his point with the use of a stripper, gunfire sound effects and marijuana imagery in a rap video obtained by TMZ Sports

We've learned ... the Dallas Cowboys defensive end made the video for "I'm Just Me" in late 2014 -- after he was convicted of beating up his GF, throwing her on a bed covered in assault rifles and threatening to kill her. 

Hardy appealed the case -- and his conviction was overturned in 2015 after the alleged victim refused to testify against him in court. 

But during his time in NFL purgatory (he missed most of the 2014 season) Hardy hooked up with rapper Ja Alan to make a video in which Hardy declares to his critics, "What you see is what you get. I'm just me, I'm just real, and that's what I do."

Ja confirms the video was made in late 2014.

Right before Hardy spits his featured verse, a chorus of gunfire rings out. He then raps about women -- saying, "It'll be a cold day in hell before your girl tries to play me."

Interesting, considering Hardy's been under fire this week for several comments he made in which he objectified women (Gisele) and seemingly mocked his own court case by saying he plans to come out "guns blazing" when he returns to the field this week. 

If Hardy was planning to fix his image -- this video sure as hell ain't gonna help. 

We called Hardy for comment -- so far, no word back.

Shania Twain

Nothing Impresses Me Much

... On Tour

10/10/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0923-shania-twain-getty-01Country queen Shania Twain gets only the royal treatment on tour ... and it's because she's got a VERY specific list of demands.

We got a hold of Shania's hotel rider and it's one of the more ridiculous ones we've ever seen ... kicking it off with a request for 7 humidifiers.

On room service ... she's ovo-lacto vegetarian -- we looked it up, no meat, fish, or poultry -- and must have AT LEAST 6 options for lunch and dinner at a dial's touch ... should she decide to order.

On flowers ... 3 bouquets of ONLY white or cream roses in the living room, bedroom and master bathroom of her suite. Lilies are NOT acceptable, nor fillers like baby's breath. 

On candles ... MINIMUM of one in each room of her suite, naturally scented soy, vegetable or beeswax in citrus, lavender or grapefruit scents.

And Shania makes sure all her diva demands are met with a personal "hotel advance," an assistant who arrives 24 hours ahead of Shania to make sure everything is perfect.

Did we mention Shania wants a late check out?

RHCP's John Frusciante

I'm Done Paying

For My Ex's Crappy Music Career

10/10/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1009-john-frusciante-wife-nicole-turley-getty-01Red Hot Chilli Pepper's ex-guitarist John Frusciante is making it loud and clear ... his estranged wife, Nicole, is a struggling musician and he's done footing the bill for her to pursue her dreams.

According to new legal docs filed in their divorce ... John says Nicole's request for $75k/month in spousal support is crazy, especially because $21k of that is just to rent a music studio. 

The best part -- John says, "I don't know if you can call her recording efforts a hobby or a past-time ... but it seems improper to characterize Nicole as a professional musician."

Beyond her music habit ... Nicole also wants more than $2,600/month for gifts and expenses for her "adult" brother -- which John finds ridiculous. 

'Dogg Pound 4 Life'

Movie Hits Wall ...

Suge Knight & Labels Want a Cut

10/9/2015 3:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Dogg Pound 4 Life" -- the biopic based on TupacSnoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound -- is in jeopardy because Suge Knight and others want to cash in on the project, but Daz Dillinger ain't having it.

The DPG vet who's spearheading the movie broke the bad news to us at LAX. The casting and script are humming along, but Daz says the hangup is maybe the most important part -- the music!

You can tell Daz is PISSED -- he drops a few profanities -- because several parties, including Suge, are trying to block him from using his music in the flick. He insists he owns the rights, and he's ready to fight for them.

"Dogg Pound 4 Life" would pick up where "Straight Outta Compton" left off ... focusing on the rise of Death Row Records, which got folded into eOne Music when Suge had to sell.

Daz makes it sound like sharks are in the water and they smell blood -- and by blood we mean box office profits.

Stevie Wonder Lawsuit

You're Blind ...

But You're Not Deaf!

10/9/2015 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1009-stevie-wonder-tmz-01Stevie Wonder knew full well what he was doing when he signed an agreement to pay his attorney's widow 6% of his royalties because it was read out loud to him ... according to the widow.

As we've reported ... way back in the day Stevie signed off on the deal with Johanan Vigoda -- but Stevie thinks the wool was pulled over his eyes, and he's filed a lawsuit over it.

Now, Vigoda's widow ... Susan Strack is calling BS on Stevie. She says Vigoda had a witness read the entire contract to Stevie -- including the part where she would continue to get her husband's 6% fee, even after he died.

In her legal docs, Strack acknowledges Stevie came back years later and contested the contract, but never got it done before Vigoda died. Her point is ... even though Stevie doesn't like it, the contract is still binding.

Translation: Go kick rocks. And pay me while you're doing it.


Migos Rapper Offset

I'm Not A Gang Member

So Let Me Outta Jail!!

10/9/2015 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1009-offset-instagram-01Migos rapper Offset has been behind bars since April and he's making a move to get out ... claiming he's been wrongly accused of being a gang member.

Offset was in court in Georgia on Friday to take another shot at convincing a judge to let him out on bond ... something he was denied because of his felony record. However, Offset claims he was painted as a gang member by the prosecutor just for being in Migos. 

The prosecutor says Offset's "gang-related tattoos" on his body clearly show he's the CEO of the Black Migos Gang. Big mix-up according to Offset who says Black Migos Gang is just a record label.

As TMZ reported, Offset was arrested for felony drug possession and felony possession of loaded guns.

Offset and Charles Mittelstadt, the man working to clear his name, want the judge to set him free as he causes no risk to society, especially if he isn't in a gang. 

Three 6 Mafia

Koopsta Knicca Dies From Stroke

10/9/2015 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1009-koopsta-instagramAnother member of Three 6 Mafia has passed away -- Koopsta Knicca died on Thursday after suffering a stroke ... according to DJ Paul.

Paul announced Koopsta's death on social media Thursday evening, but then did a quick about-face ... saying Koopsta was still fighting, and on life support. He eventually died overnight, and Paul released a statement saying, "Everyone who knew Koop knew hew was very funny and the coolest guy ever! He will be missed!!!"

KK had been hospitalized since last weekend when he suffered the stroke. He was 40, the same age as Lord Infamous ... the other Three 6 Mafia member who passed away in 2013.

1009-subasset-three-six-mafia-gettyKoopsta was an original member of the Memphis rap group, but was not with them when they won the Oscar in 2006. He rejoined when they became Da Mafia 6ix, years later.  

He had recently started working on a solo record, according to DJ Paul.


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