Singer August Alsina fell unconscious right in the middle of his performance tonight in NYC ... and paramedics are on scene.
BET's best new artist of the year appeared to faint during his gig at Irving Plaza in downtown Manhattan. August was walking near the front of the stage when he suddenly fell over into the crowd.
Witnesses tell TMZ ... he appeared to be out cold when security guards ran to him in the crowd ... and quickly moved him backstage. Paramedics were seen entering the venue to treat the singer -- most famous for "Ghetto" (with Rich Homie Quan) and his "No Love" remix with Nicki Minaj.
Witnesses say August was taken out on a stretcher, and was alert enough to wave to fans on the way out. It's unclear what his condition is now. We've called his reps ... so far, no word back.
Story developing ...
I'm Not Apologizing For Wheelchair Flub
... I'm the Victim!
9/15/2014 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West says he's not apologizing for refusing to perform until a wheelchair-bound concertgoer stood up this weekend during his concert ... because the rapper believes HE was the victim.
Yeezus attempted to explain himself during one of his signature rants Sunday night in Brisbane, Australia ... but instead, he started attacking Matt Lauer.
Kanye says people need to lay off of him ... because he's a "married, Christian man."
Watch the video ... it's pretty ridiculous.
I Was Too Wasted on Vicodin
To Write 'Blurred Lines'
9/15/2014 9:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
4:34 P.M. PDT -- Thicke's attorney Howard King tells TMZ ... “Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim.”
Robin Thicke was wasted on Vicodin and booze when he helped create "Blurred Lines" ... and that's his defense to allegedly ripping off Marvin Gaye.
Thicke sat for a deposition in the case where Gaye's family sued him for allegedly lifting Marvin's song, "Got to Give it Up."
The lawyer for Gaye's family asked Thicke if he was present when Pharrell created "Blurred Lines." Thicke responded, "I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio." He goes on to say he was so out of it he really wasn't involved in the creative process.
Thicke then kind of throws Pharrell under the bus in the depo, saying, "The reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."
Thicke has a problem ... he gave a GQ interview where he said, "Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give it Up.' I was like, 'Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.'"
Thicke had a great answer for his GQ interview, telling the lawyer, "With all due respect, I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year."
In fact, Thicke said, "Every day, I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews."
Robin says he's now drug free, telling the Gaye family lawyer, "I've been sober for the last 2 months ... When your wife leaves you, it gives you good reason to sober up."
But here's the thing. Later in the depo Robin says he's sober in the sense he no longer pops Vicodins but he still drinks.
Coroner Calls BS
She Never Touched Whitney's Body Bag
9/15/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan is lying when she says she had to roll Whitney Houston's body bag at the L.A. County Morgue ... because Whitney was never in a body bag.
An official from the Coroner's Office tells TMZ ... Whitney was NEVER in a body bag and no one in the probation program came in contact with Whitney's body.
Lindsay -- who was ordered by a judge to spend time at the morgue to teach her a lesson about drinking and driving -- claimed in an interview she was singled out to roll Whitney's body bag.
Whitney died on Saturday, Feb 11, 2012. The autopsy was performed the next day and her body was gone by morning. No one from any court-ordered probation program came in contact with the body ... according to the Coroner's official.
The official says Whitney was wrapped in plastic with a sheet cover the entire time she was at the morgue. In fact, she was taken out in plastic -- not a body bag -- from the hotel where she died.
I Handled Whitney's
9/15/2014 6:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan had a run-in with Whitney Houston while performing her community service -- thing is, Whitney was dead.
Lindsay was working at the L.A. County Morgue in her probation violation case a few years back when she came in contact with Whitney's body ... so she tells the Telegraph to promote her upcoming London play. She mused, "It’s different for me than it would be for other people. Like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in LA and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston."
A quick check of the timeline shows Lindsay might not be making this one up. Houston passed away tragically on February 11, 2012 ... and Lindsay did her time at the morgue from October 2011 through March 2012.
It must have been like gazing into her future ...
Hologram Triggers Gun, Hitler Threats
9/15/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A feud over the Michael Jackson hologram triggered a war so fierce between 2 prominent men ... a judge has now ordered one of them to 86 his firearms and his Hitler pics.
You may recall the epic MJ hologram rolled out during this year's Billboard Music Awards. You almost didn't see it, because a mogul named Alki David went to court claiming a guy named John Textor stole the technology and asked the judge to block Textor from showcasing the hologram on the show.
The judge told David to pound sand, and that's where the craziness began.
According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- David went on a hate campaign against Textor, posting a pic of Hitler flipping off the camera on Instagram and tagging Textor. David also allegedly sent Textor death threats and allegedly tried extorting him with photos and illicit money transfers.
And most ominous ... David posted pics of himself holding a gun to a dog's head, which Textor says was a not-so-veiled threat to him.
Textor went to court this week with the help of legal pit bull Marty Singer, asking for a protective order and the judge agreed. David has been ordered to stop the harassment, stay clear of Textor and get rid of his guns and not get new ones.
David has also been ordered to remove the Hitler pics and the various threats from social media.
Shreds Ex-Fiancee Naya On New Track
9/15/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Big Sean is so damn happy Naya Rivera is out of his life, he rapped about it on his new single ... and the track is pretty vicious.
"I Don't F*** With You" is all about how infrequently Sean thinks about Naya after their nasty break-up ... even though the whole track is about her. So ... irony?
The song was produced by Kanye West -- and in the spirit of a good Yeezy rant -- Sean calls Naya a ho, a bird brain, and lays down the instant classic ... "I just dodged a bullet from a crazy bitch."
That's just a taste. Enjoy the rest ... especially if you're Lea Michele.
AWKWARD Video Surfaces of Wheelchair Mixup
9/14/2014 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you thought Kanye West refusing to perform until a wheelchair-bound concertgoer stood up sounded like an awkward scene ... wait till you watch the cringeworthy video.
As we previously reported ... the whole thing went down at the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney, Australia Friday night -- and shortly after he stopped rapping, the crowd started booing the person in a wheelchair.
Kanye clearly meant well ... but it's hard to watch the video without feeling bad for Yeezy's fan.
For Covering Zeppelin/Baez Classic
9/14/2014 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus already offended boomers across the country with her Beatles cover ... now, she's going a step further with a Led Zeppelin/Joan Baez classic -- and people are pissed.
Cyrus recorded "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" -- re-naming it "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You" -- and posted it on Soundcloud Friday. Judging by the comments ... not well received.
-- "Further proof that Gene Simmons was right - rock is finally dead."
-- "Thank you for destroying my favorite Zeppelin song."
-- "When my dog farts it sounds better than this."
To be fair, some people did say they liked it -- so, we gotta ask ...
Iggy to Porn Co.
Use My Name and
I'll Screw You!
9/14/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea's lawyers are throwing the kitchen sink at a major porn company ... now claiming Vivid will get its dirty corporate ass sued if it dares to market her alleged sex tape ... because the name "Iggy" can only be used by Iggy.
It seems a sex tape exists, even though her lawyers deny it. Initially they said it was a fabrication ... then said if it does exist she may have been a minor. The "sex partner" -- rapper Hefe Wine -- told TMZ Live Friday there is indeed a tape and she knew about it and consented. And he says she was NOT a minor ... he says he met her when she was 18.
Now Iggy's lawyers have fired off a letter to Vivid -- obtained By TMZ -- in which they say the name "Iggy" is gold ... protected by U.S. Trademark.
So maybe Vivid could market the tape this way -- STEAMY SEX TAPE, FEATURING SHMIGGY SHMEZELIA AND HEFE WINE!
Vivid is unimpressed, restating it's desire to market the tape.
BTW ... sources close to Iggy say she feels betrayed by her ex-BF.
9/13/2014 5:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Looks like Justin Bieber is done living the bachelor life ... he actually brought his girlfriend Selena Gomez to Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather fight -- and she's gonna meet his boxing BFF.
Sources close to Bieber tell us the couple hit up the Hard Rock pool party Saturday and Selena was spotted with friends in a picture posted on Shots.com. Bieber also posted a pic poolside.
We're told Selena and Floyd have surprisingly never met -- Biebs usually rolls to Vegas with his boys -- but he plans to introduce the two after the fight.
Normally Lil Wayne and J.B. walk Floyd to the ring ... but Weezy is on tour -- so right now it's looking like Wiz Khalifa will be taking his place.
Jay Z Hints ...
9/14/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z may have dropped a HUGE pregnancy bombshell re: Beyonce during their concert Friday in Paris ... alternatively he's trying to drum up more publicity for their tour.
The first couple of hip hop were in France for their "On the Run" tour and during Hova's song "Beach is Better" he changed one key lyric that has the internet stirring.
According to an Instagram video which first appeared on Vibe -- we tried our best to hear for ourselves but it's tough -- Jay Z allegedly says "pregnant with another one" instead of "I replace it with another one."
Wonder if Aunt Solange will be in the delivery room.
'Love & Hip Hop: Hwood' Star
I'm Going Bulletproof
Rap Game is Too Deadly
9/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hip hop producer Mally Mall is pimping his sick ride -- not for style, but for safety -- bulletproofing his Maybach because he tells us there's way too much shooting in the biz these days.
The new "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" cast member says he sent his custom whip to Richie Rich at West Coast Customs for what you might call the POTUS treatment -- full bulletproofing AND bombproofing.
Mall says the windows all have double-pane glass (with the holes to return fire if needed) -- and the frame is layered with steel plates. He says the vehicle virtually indestructible now ... though we'd love to see who was dumb brave enough to test it.
As we first told you ... Mally helped squash the Drake-Chris Brown beef -- but he says recent shootings involving Suge Knight and Chris Brown, and backstage at Wiz Khalifa's show ... made him think it's time for security upgrades.
Carpooling with African wild cats doesn't hurt either.