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Oakland Rave 9 Killed in Warehouse Fire, No Sprinklers

12/3/2016 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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At least 9 people are dead after a fire ripped through a rave in an Oakland warehouse.

The fire broke out early Friday night around 11:30 PM during an EDM party where Golden Donna and a few other acts were performing. Officials said there was no sprinkler system in the two-story building, and no evidence smoke detectors ever went off.

A fire dept spokesman said if the fire started anywhere near the stairway -- which was made of cargo pallets -- it would have gone up immediately and trapped people on the second floor. 

Cops are still assessing the building to decide if it's safe to go inside, but say they're preparing to find dozens more victims once they're able to get in there. There are still at least 25 people missing.

Golden Donna is an alias under which Wisconsin musician Joel Shanahan performs. A Facebook message posted Saturday morning said he was safe but "heartbroken."

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The building was a residence/workshop for local artists. Photos reveal how much old timber and antiques were packed inside, which fueled the fire and made it too intense for firefighters to rescue more victims.

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Kanye West Meds Are the Issue

12/3/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-kanye-west-tmzKanye West is out of the hospital but not out of the woods, and it all stems from the rapper's erratic pattern of taking his meds ... sources connected with the family tell TMZ.

Our sources say Kanye has long suffered from psychological issues controllable by medication. We're told Kanye is steady on his meds, but deviated from the prescribed dosage ... and that's what led to the downward spiral and eventual mental breakdown.

It's still unclear if Kanye flat-out stopped taking some of the pills or just decided to take different amounts -- but we're told he made the biggest changes in the wake of Kim's Paris robbery. Doctors were able to keep Kanye in the hospital for 8 days, and during that time were able to medicate him, and get him more stable.

We're told he's getting outpatient treatment and he's okay right now, but since he's not under 24/7 observation ... it's up to him to stay on the correct dosage.

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Justin Bieber Throwing Punches ... At a Boxer, Not a Fan

12/3/2016 8:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1203-justin-bieber-launch-akm-02Justin Bieber is keeping his hands up to date in a boxing gym -- even though recent evidence shows his jab is pretty sharp.

Bieber hit up Ten Goose Boxing in Van Nuys, CA on Friday for a few rounds of sparring. This is the same gym where he's worked the mitts with his pal Floyd Mayweather in the past.

Justin might feel the need to work on his skills after his run-in with a fan in Spain last week. The fan, who hooked up with JB's left fist, would say it's not necessary. At all.

Madonna & Sean Penn Sean Penn's Got Me in Handcuffs ... Just Like the Good Old Days

12/3/2016 7:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sean Penn slapped the cuffs on Madonna and it only cost him $150k -- instead of marriage and a messy divorce.

The exes ended up on stage for Madonna's charity event -- Raising Malawi -- during Art Basel in Miami. She told the crowd she'd marry Sean again if he bid $150,000 for a necklace, and he did.

He was outbid for the jewelry. As for the marriage part? The jury's still out.

Watch what happened when Madge called Sean on stage -- she's professed love, but she's done this kinda thing before

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Britney Spears It's Birthday Britney, Bitch

12/3/2016 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1203-britney-spears-getty-01Britney Spears celebrated her 35th birthday with roughly 20 thousand people Friday night, and revamped an old 'do for the occasion. 

Spears performed at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball in L.A. -- along with Justin BieberBruno Mars and a bunch of other huge acts -- and her double bun hairstyle made loyal fans nostalgic for that classic, often-imitated, never duplicated "school girl in pigtails" look.

Little messier these days, but still ... cue the track! 

50 Cent $14.5 Mil from Lawyers He Accused Of Sleek Audio Screw Job

12/2/2016 3:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-50-cent-tmz50 Cent just got a HUGE financial helping hand in his bankruptcy case -- his old lawyers will cough up $14.5 million after a sweet settlement deal.

50 had sued his team of attorneys for malpractice, insisting they did a shoddy job repping him against Sleek Audio. You'll recall, Fiddy lost that case and owed Sleek a ton of cash.

Rather than go to trial, the lawyers have struck a deal with the rapper ... agreeing to pay him the $14.5 mil. Not that Fiddy will be able to spend it -- it's already spoken for due to his bankruptcy.

According to docs filed in that case ... 50 still owes $23 million to his creditors, including $17 mil to Sleek -- so the settlement money's likely going straight into their pockets, not his.

The bankruptcy judge still needs to sign off on the deal.

Sam Smith 'Memba Me? I'm Alive, Chilling with Nicole

12/2/2016 2:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1202-sam-smith-nicole-scherzinger-AKMGSI-01Sam Smith damn near fell off the face of the planet this year -- but resurfaced in London Thursday night with some hot arm candy, Nicole Scherzinger.

The two hit up the Toy Room nightclub ... which wouldn't be a big deal, except for the fact virtually no one's seen Sam since his April performance at Coachella.

Cancel the APB.

Lil Yachty Hey Shia, Stick to Your Script ... You're Not On My Level

12/2/2016 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If Lil Yachty's got something for him -- it's sound advice. 

We got the Atlanta MC leaving LAX Friday, and had to ask if he had a response to Shia's new diss track, "Zapruder." One highlight -- Shia referring to Yachty as "Lil Romeo meets Raggedy Ann."

Yachty's not impressed ... in fact, his assessment of Shia's MC skills is pretty simple: get back to doing what you know how to do. Even Steven?

Nickelback Canadian Cops Busted By Band ... Our Music Is No Joke

12/2/2016 12:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-nickleback-dui-tmz BNickelback isn't laughing about Canadian cops joking they'll torture drunk drivers by playing the band's music in patrol cars -- in fact, Nickelback got pissed and shut down the prank.

A spokesperson for Kensington Police tells TMZ a Nickelback rep demanded they take down the Facebook post that went viral this week. The post warned holiday season DUI offenders they'd get hit with fines, criminal charges, driving suspension and "the office's copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail."

Funny. To everyone but Nickelback. Cops say the rep was polite, but made it clear Chad Kroeger and co. didn't like being the butt of the joke. Apparently, they're not used to it yet.

Kensington cops say they never meant to embarrass the band, they were just looking for an effective way to get the anti-DUI message to the public. Mission accomplished.

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Avenged Sevenfold Warner Bros. Can't Release Our Greatest Hits ... Unless We Say So!!

12/2/2016 11:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-avenged-sevenfold-wb-GETTY-01Avenged Sevenfold is going to war with Warner Bros. Records over a greatest hits album they don't think is so great ... because they never gave it their seal of approval.

The heavy metal band claims WBR released the album without notifying them, letting them select the songs or prepare the artwork -- a clear violation of their recording agreement ... according to a letter fired off to the company's CFO.

Avenged recently left WBR and signed with Capitol Records, then released a new album in October. A source close to the band tells us ... they believe WBR was pissed, so they rushed out a greatest hits album "in a fit of vindictiveness" to eat up the sales of their new record.

The band's demanding WBR pull "The Best of 2005-2013" from the shelves.

We reached out to Warner Bros. Records ... so far, no word back.

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Shia LaBeouf Destroys Lil Yachty, Hot 97 DJ With New Freestyle

12/2/2016 7:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Shia LaBeouf is so serious about his MC skillz, he's now ripping a DJ who put him on blast, and actual pro rapper Lil Yachty

Shia turned in a new 3-minute freestyle Friday for Charlamagne Tha God to air on "The Breakfast Club" -- and it's straight fire ... for a guy who doesn't do this for a living.

The actor-by-trade was responding to a diss from Hot 97's Rosenberg ... who mocked Shia for freestyling on "Sway in the Morning" last month.

Take a listen, there's even a shot at Drake. Shia might want to consult with Meek Mill

50 Cent I Saw Kanye's Breakdown Coming

12/2/2016 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West dropped hints he was in a bad place before his emotional and mental meltdown ... at least according to 50 Cent.

50 came to 'Ye's defense on "Watch What Happens Live" Thursday night as Andy Cohen fired off questions about Kanye's condition, the Paris robbery and Kanye's insurance claim for cancelled tour dates.

Fiddy's usually the guy going for the jugular, but sounds like he's cutting Kanye some slack.

Diddy Reminisce Sometime ... Still Missing Biggie at Art Basel

12/1/2016 1:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-diddy-biggie-painting-dmitry-prut-zeem-rock-01Diddy's down in Miami for Art Basel this week, and already looking to expand his art collection with a Notorious B.I.G. painting worth around $20k ... TMZ has learned.

The mogul attended the hip-hop themed Avant Gallery exhibit at the Rockwell Wednesday night and took immediate interest in buying the 6 ft. painting of Biggie done by Miami street artist Zeem Rock.

Our gallery sources tell us although Diddy really liked the piece, and even posed with it ... he hasn't pulled the trigger yet.

The Biggie portrait was on display next to a Tupac mural, done by the same artist, but we're told Diddy didn't seem interested in that one.

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