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'Love & Hip Hop' James R.'s 'Bah Gurl' Track Triggers 'Bad' Lawsuit

1/18/2018 6:57 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

James R. -- a newcomer on this season of "Love & Hip Hop" -- jacked a song that doesn't belong to him and is trying to pass it off as his own -- including on the show ... according to a new suit.

Music producer Luis Vargas is going after James R. and Viacom -- which owns VH1 -- claiming 'L&HH' used his song "Bad Girl" on 2 episodes of season 8 so far ... but the show has no right to do that.

Here's the backstory -- Vargas says he signed James R. to his label, Bully Sound Records, last year, and together they made "Bad Girl" ... but Vargas' company owns the rights to the track.

Vargas claims James R. tried to part ways with Bully and take "Bad Girl" with him, but when they couldn't work out a deal ... Vargas says James R. just jacked the song and changed the name to "Bah Gurl."

According to the docs ... James R. appears on 2 eps. of this season VH1's show making an unauthorized music vid for "Bah Gurl" and having a release party for it. To make it worse -- he claims James R.'s promoting the jacked version of "Bad Girl" online, as well.

Vargas is suing for damages ... which he believes are more than $1 million.

We reached out to Viacom and James R. ... so far no word back.

Meek Mill Someone Shot Me at Your Concert So I'll Take a Shot at You in Court

1/18/2018 1:50 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill is responsible for a fan getting shot at one of his concerts ... so claims the fan who is now suing him.

The concert in question went down December 30, 2016 at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT.  Two men died from the gunfire and 2 others were injured.

Dylan Thomas was shot in the leg, and claims Meek's responsible because he was the man in charge. Thomas goes on to say there has been violence at previous Meek Mill concerts, so he should have known the real possibility of more violence existed and therefore should have had more security. 

The incident went down after the concert in a parking lot on the premises.

The lawsuit also names Roc Nation as a defendant, alleging it allowed "thugs" to remain on the premises after they had exhibited disorderly, disruptive, argumentative, angry, and/or agitated behavior.

Meek had been previously sued by the family of one of the men who died, who claimed that the presence of "thugs" incited the violence. Meek responded that the "thug" fan reference in that lawsuit was racist. 

Justin Bieber Sweet Vacay with His 'Proud' Mama

1/18/2018 11:15 AM PST

Justin Bieber's not only reconciled with his mother ... he's carved out some quality time with her in the tropical paradise of the Maldives.

The Biebs and his mom, Pattie Mallette, are vacationing together, which is a big deal. They've been estranged for years, and only recently started reuniting. Based on Pattie's own words ... it's going very well.

She posted this pic and gushed ... "I'm so proud of the amazing young man you are, and the young man you are becoming. None of us are perfect and never will be, (so we will always need patience and grace for each other), but your genuine growing relationship with Jesus is evident in the choices you are making daily and the good 'fruit' you bear. I admire your character and integrity."

Since canceling his Purpose Tour, in part to focus on his religion, Justin's reconciled with Selena Gomez ... and now his mom.

There's a definite pattern.

Katy Perry Habitually Tardy for the 'Idol' Party

1/18/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry is having some serious issues making it to the "American Idol" judge's table on time. 

Production sources tell us Katy's almost always late to the audition rounds, showing up 10-25 minutes after call time. While it's been frustrating for show producers, we're told the other judges -- Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie -- haven't been all that upset.

There's a bigger issue that looms. We're told the judges are all solid and their chemistry is good. Problem is ... there's no comedic tension a la Paula/Simon or Blake/Adam on "The Voice." Katy is really fun, Lionel has a strong point of view and Luke's pure country. But they're not at each other's throats, either in a serious or funny way, and some honchos are worried that's the kind of heat that makes a show a hit.

As one source said, the editing of the auditions is everything. It could make or break the reboot.

Zayn Malik Porn Talk Sets Off Happy Ending

1/18/2018 7:32 AM PST

Zayn Malik didn't let a porn site's tweet rub him the wrong way ... oh, far from it.

The "Pillowtalk" singer was leaving Gigi's apartment Wednesday in NYC where a bunch of photogs were stationed and had just a few quick seconds to get him to respond to Pornhub's birthday tweet. 

And bravo to the 2 photogs who had the testicular fortitude to ask Zayn about it -- first by one guy who wondered how the Pornhub subscription's going and then by our very own guy asking a brilliant -- and much-needed -- follow-up question.

For the record ... Pornhub said the tweet was just a joke. And if Pornhub's mission was to get Zayn to bust a laugh, mission accomplished.

Liam Payne Turns On Rita Ora, Radio DJs ... With 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

1/18/2018 7:34 AM PST

Liam Payne's voice doesn't just turn on Rita Ora ... he left at least 3 dudes speechless with his seductive reading of "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Liam and Rita were guests Wednesday on London's KISS radio. The two recorded a single together called "For You" for the new 'Fifty Shades' flick, so the radio DJ's asked him to read an excerpt from the book.

Liam didn't just do it, he slayed to the point where if the solo thing doesn't pan out, there's no doubt the 1Der's got a career reading books on tape.

Cardi B Call Me A Raptress Now, Okkkurrrr!

1/18/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B might break her next record at the box office because she just inked her first movie deal ... TMZ has learned.

We're told the "Bartier Cardi" singer begins filming in March, so seeing her on the silver screen might happen sooner than you think. 

No word what the film's called or how much she's getting for it, but it must be a ton. One source told us ... because of filming, Cardi's had to turn down other gigs in March that would've made her between $100k-$200k. Translation ... although we don't know how much she'll make on the movie, it's not gonna be pocket change. 

Cardi B recently became the first woman with five top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in a single week ever, ousting Beyonce's previous record of 4.

Taylor Swift Alleged Stalker Threatens Fam ... I'll End All the Swifts!!!

1/18/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift's alleged stalker is facing new charges after prosecutors say they uncovered a new batch of creepy emails he sent, threatening to kill her entire family ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Frank Andrew Hoover sent the new emails to Taylor's father, Scott, between May 2015 and Oct. 2016. According to the 122-page indictment one terrifying email read, "Decided that we are going to end all the Swifts on one day because I can’t stand that virus shit your daughter spread." 

Others included ..."The evil family of devils: Scott, Austin, Taylor, Andrew. Sincerely, the end real son of god" -- and, "This article is not a joke and is why god is going to burn them into the desert for me." 

Another simply said, "Go to hell, Swift."

Hoover also allegedly told Scott, "Enjoy the brain aneurysms and death."

As we reported ... Hoover was arrested for violating a restraining order by allegedly tailing Taylor while she was in Texas back in 2016. 

The new charges are for stalking and repeatedly violating a restraining order.

Mariah Carey Sued She's Trying to Blame Us After SHE Bailed on Shows!!!

1/17/2018 4:35 PM PST
Breaking News

Mariah Carey tried to pass the buck on South American promoters, laying the blame on them for her canceled 'Sweet Sweet Fantasy' gigs ... according to a countersuit they've just filed.

The promoter, Fenix, says it arranged for Mariah to play 2 shows on her tour -- one in Argentina and one in Chile ... but she pulled out. The "why" is what sparked this legal war. Mariah's company initially sued Fenix, claiming it didn't pay her for the shows and damaged her brand.

But according to the new docs, obtained by TMZ, Fenix says it had paid Mariah nearly 75% of what she was due for the concerts -- $703,100. The promoter says that was standard ops based on previous deals with Mariah's camp. 

In the suit, Fenix says it believes the real reason Mariah bailed is because she had low ticket sales at 3 shows in Brazil. Further, Fenix says Mariah defamed them when she tweeted to her nearly 17 million followers at the time ... her fans "deserve better than how some of these promoters treated them."

The company is suing for at least $3 million. Mariah's lawsuit against Fenix is still pending.

The Game Father Dies at 65

1/17/2018 1:12 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Game's father, George Taylor, died unexpectedly in his sleep Wednesday morning ... TMZ has learned. 

We're told a family member found him unresponsive in his home in Apple Valley, CA ... and alerted a neighbor who called 911. The Fire Dept. arrived at 8:30 AM this morning. He was unresponsive, and transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

We're told, at this point, It doesn't appear there's any foul play. The coroner's office has George's body now, and is investigating. 

Game rapped about his dad in the song, "Bloody Moon," off one of his albums. The lyrics on the track go, "My father left me when I was seven, at a home / Left me but took his chrome, I looked up and blood was gone / Man, fuck it, guess in the world I'm all alone."

They've had an off/on relationship since Game's been an adult. It's unclear what the status of their relationship was recently.

George was 65.

The Killers Somebody Told Me ... There's a Fight in the First Row

1/17/2018 11:12 AM PST

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers stopped the band's concert Tuesday night after a fight broke out in the front row, but what's even more amazing is how the band jumped right back into the song.

Flowers and co. were about 3 songs in at the United Center in Chicago when he put the brakes on the set because 2 guys were going at it in the front row. The band was performing "Somebody Told Me" when Flowers told them to stop ... so kinda perfect timing, if you think about it. 

We'll say this, fighting at a concert's never cool -- but The Killers made the most of it. You gotta see their restart into the 2nd verse. FIIIIRE!!!!

Tony Hawk Bros Down with Paul McCartney ... Beatle Dance Party!!

1/17/2018 10:18 AM PST
Exclusive Details

What happens when the king of extreme sports meets one of the Beatles?

IMPROMPTU DANCE PARTY!!!

Tony Hawk ran into Paul McCartney Tuesday night at the Hollywood bash for his daughter Stella McCartney's clothing line ... and shared the hilarious play-by-play of their encounter.

"Hi Paul, I'm Tony Hawk. You signed a skateboard for our skatepark foundation and I wanted to say thank you."

"Him: 'You're welcome, let's skate!'"

"... Then this happened. So tonight I either danced awkwardly with Paul McCartney or we did sick stationary slalom moves."

Looked like a little bit of both ...  with the legends groovin' to a live Grimes set.

TMZ Sports spoke with Tony the day after the event ... and he admitted to being a little starstruck by Sir Paul and another big-time celeb.

Paris Jackson I'll Say, Say, Say It ... Paul McCartney Rocked My World!!!

1/17/2018 8:13 AM PST

Paris Jackson tried to play it off pretty cool while hanging with her father's old pal, Paul McCartney ... but don't be fooled, she totally lost it.

Paris hung with Paul Tuesday night in L.A. at his daughter Stella McCartney's Autumn/Winter clothing line bash. We're guessing part of the reason she freaked is Michael Jackson's history with Paul -- two top 10 hits, and the whole Beatles catalog deal.

Goldie Hawn was front row with Stella, while Kate Hudson shot video ... and it's easy to see why everybody geeked out -- Paul's still got it!

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