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Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

Divorce 'A Done Deal'

Separated for Months

8/21/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon separated back in May -- and are living apart ... and we're told divorce lawyers have been negotiating a property settlement and custody agreement for months and the divorce is "a done deal."

Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... Mariah and Nick have been living in separate houses in NYC since May. He sees the kids but that's the extent of their contact.

Our sources say  ... Nick's appearance on Big Boy's radio show in March was the beginning of the end. Nick played Big Boy's game -- name the 5 celebs you've slept with. Nick named 5, but our sources say the one that made Mariah insane was Kim Kardashian.  

We're told Mariah tore into Nick for weeks ... feeling humiliated and the relationship never recovered.

We're told it went from bad to worse when Nick went on Howard Stern and talked about Mariah not giving it up before they got hitched. She went nuclear.

Our sources say Mariah feels Nick has abandoned her by taking every gig that's on the table ... when they don't need the money. She's especially angry because it keeps him away from their kids.

For Nick's part ... we're told he feels Mariah has become impossible because she surrounds herself with "yes men."  He says she can't handle it when he dares to disagree with her.

We're also told Nick is incredulous Mariah is bitching about his work ethic ... he says he's generated $75 million since 2011 for the family.

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Beyonce's Mom

Bey's Marriage Is Perfect

Breakup Rumors Are BS!!!

8/21/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Beyonce and Jay Z are NOT breaking up ... in fact, their relationship is "perfect' ... so says a woman who would definitely know -- Beyonce's mom.

Tina Knowles was leaving lunch with Kelly Rowland at Via Alloro in Bev Hills -- and in a super-rare moment, actually opened up about rumors that B and J's marriage is on the rocks. 

Mama Knowles even had some choice words for people like Akon -- who recently told us the couple's relationship "feels corporate."   


And there seems to be evidence to back up Tina's statement -- Bey and Jay have been spotted out together a lot recently ... looking happy at the go-kart track, a restaurant opening, and they even embraced on stage

So, the question ...

The Commodores

Sue Singer

You're 3 Times a Douchebag

8/21/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Commodores Sue Ex Member
The Commodores -- who famously and shockingly survived Lionel Richie's departure back in the 80s -- are now suing an ex-member ... accusing him of jacking the group's name.

According to the lawsuit ... Thomas McClary ditched the Commodores 30 years ago -- shortly after Richie did -- to pursue a solo career ... but is now performing again using the Commodores name.

The Commodores -- who still perform 30 to 50 shows a year -- claim McClary is confusing people by calling his group "The Commodores featuring Thomas McClary" -- and by singing all their old hits, including "Brick House" and "Easy."

The group claims McClary even had the gall to send a legal letter to the real Commodores -- warning them to stop trashing him by warning venues where McClary was booked to perform. 

The lawsuit wants a judge to disgorge money he made from his deception.

Pharrell Williams Sued

I Got "The Voice"

You Want Me to Do YouTube? Seriously?

8/20/2014 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Pharrell Williams' "Voice" could cost him a million dollars.

Mr. Happy is being sued by the producer of his uber-successful YouTube show, "ARTST TLK"  .... featuring interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee, Usher and Tony Hawk. The 12 episodes of Season 1 were huge ... scoring a total of more than 1.7 million views.

But the producer says he got big footed when "The Voice" came along and asked Pharrell to join the judge's panel for Season 7. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Pharrell told him to pound sand, saying "The Voice" made an exclusive deal so he couldn't do the YouTube show.

Pharrell was kind of insulting, writing the YouTube producer, "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement?  It's 'The Voice!'"  Translation, I can't do your stupid little show.

The YouTube producer says he invested a million bucks in the project and wants Pharrell to pay.

Pharrell's rep tells TMZ ... "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."

Kevin Durant

My Favorite Rap Song Is

... Not By Jay Z

8/20/2014 11:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Durant
and Jay Z might be business partners -- but that's apparently where it stops ... 'cause when Durant recently named his favorite rap song,  Beyonce's husband was NOT the culprit.

The Durantula recently sat down for an interview at an NBA2K15 event where he was asked a bunch of personal questions, including what song gets him ready to go out and drop buckets.

Check out the video ... if you're expecting some Roc Nation loyalty, you ain't gonna get it.

Silver lining?  Kevin's answer is just one more thing for Pharrell to be happy about (no it's not that song either, thank god).

Rihanna

Banging Drake Again ...

She Really Wants You to Know It

8/20/2014 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rihanna's antics at Tuesday night's Drake/Lil Wayne concert left little doubt ... she and Drake are banging again ... and she really, really wants people to know. 

RiRi was front and center during the show and made quite a spectacle while Drake was on stage. You'd have to be blind to not spot her jamming in the crowd next to a few of Wayne's family members. Hasn't she ever heard of keeping things on the DL?

The concert wasn't the end of their night ... with sources telling us Drake and RiRi showed up to after parties at 1Oak and The Attic following the show. The flammable duo were both at a NYC nightclub Monday as well.

Justin and Selena, Chris and Karrueche ... guess reconciling is the new black.

2 Chainz

Crushes Coaching Debut

At Rucker Park Hoops Tourney

8/20/2014 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Call in the Brinks truck ... 'cause 2 Chainz just helped a group of streetballers collect a $25,000 check -- coaching the guys to victory in a huge hoops tourney in Miami. 

2 Chainz was one of 6 celebrity coaches at the South Beach Invitational in Miami ... which pitted some of the best street ballers from all over the country against each other in a tourney sponsored by the legendary Rucker Park. 

Check out the video -- 2 Chainz, a former college basketball player, clearly took his job seriously ... dishing out wisdom to his team as they took on squads coached by Pusha T, French Montana and other stars. 

In the end, 2 Chainz's team won the grand tourney and the grand prize -- a fat $25k check. 
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Justin Bieber Sued

Allegedly Ordered Photog Attack

Personally Destroyed Camera

8/20/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber can jump off a cliff ... but he can't order his bodyguard to attack anyone trying to photograph him doing it ... so a paparazzo alleges in a new lawsuit against the singer.

Aja Oxman claims Bieber was behind a brutal attack against him in which he was lifted in a choke hold and slammed onto the hood of a car. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Justin "enjoyed the beating."

Bieber was in Kauai last November at Shipwreck Beach and decided to cliff jump. Oxman says he took a photo on a public beach and Bieber sicked his bodyguard on him ... ordering, "Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card."

Oxman says that's when the bodyguard opened a can of whoopass, took his camera and memory card. The bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, was booked for 3rd degree assault and 4th degree criminal property damage.

The suit -- filed by attorney Sark Ohanian -- claims Bieber and his hired muscle destroyed the camera together.

We called Bieber's people. So far, no comment.

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Rihanna vs. Selena Gomez

Who'd You Rather?

(Short Shorts Edition)

8/20/2014 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rihanna Selena Gomez Short ShortsHere's Rihanna rocking a pair of tiny denim shorts Tuesday in New York City ... and Selena Gomez donning a similar pair in L.A. 

The question is ...

Casper Smart

I Won't Be Banging JLo

In My New House

8/20/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Casper Smart New HomeCasper Smart bought a sweet new pad in the San Fernando Valley and he WON'T be banging Jennifer Lopez inside ... these are the 2 things we know. 

We found out Smart just closed on a $760,000 ranch-style home in Woodland Hills.  He put down 20% -- $152,000.  And get this ... it's all Casper's money.  JLo didn't give him a penny.  He's been renting out a condo he already owned and making money doing choreography for artists like Nicki Minaj.

The 2,039 sq ft house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a pool, fruit trees, and a batting cage.

Now the banging part.  We posted pics of Smart and JLo driving together Monday in L.A. and it looked like something was up -- she was trying to hide from the photog -- but we're now told they continue to be friends but the romance is over and out.

Plus ... JLO wouldn't be caught dead in THAT part of the valley. 

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Robin Thicke

From Blurred Lines

to Grocery Lines

8/20/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Robin Thicke Grocery ShoppingRobin Thicke is living that bachelor life now, which includes making a solo run to the grocery store Tuesday.

Robin went to the uber-expensive Bristol Farms in Bev Hills ... where 3 bags of groceries can really set you back. And, just like the rest of us, he succumbed to the temptation of tortilla chips.

DiGiorno frozen pizza? You know you want it!

'Big Time Rush' Star

American Airlines Smashed My Custom Guitar

8/20/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Big Time Rush Guitar Smashed "Big Time Rush" lead singer Kendall Schmidt is having issues with the airlines again after his custom made guitar was destroyed in flight ... and he demands American Airlines pony up.

Kendall had an appearance in Sacramento Sunday where he was supposed to perform ... but showed up with a mangled piece of wood instead of the $4,000 guitar he bought 6 months ago.

And Kendall says American isn't making things easy ... informing him he shouldn't expect any answers for at least a month.

American has a liability limitation of $3,400 for domestic flights ... so, best case scenario, he'd be out $600 ... unless he got insurance.

Kendall's had other airline woes ... he says a bag with $7,000 in jewelry went missing last year.

We've reached out to American ... but they must have lost our number. 

Jennifer Hudson

Half-Brother Jailed in Stabbing

8/19/2014 5:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's so eerie ... Jennifer Hudson's half-brother is in jail ... for allegedly repeatedly stabbing a man in the face ... a man who was involved in a relationship with his estranged wife.

The incident mirrors another tragedy in the Hudson family.  William Balfour -- the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer's sister Julia -- murdered her mom, brother and nephew in a jealous rage triggered by what he thought was a gift to Julia from her new boyfriend.

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Steven Simpson is now in custody in Paw Paw, Michigan, and he's expected to be charged with home invasion and attempted murder.

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