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Virgin America Buckle Up, Todrick Hall ... You're Getting Sued for Safety Video

5/17/2018 2:46 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The production company behind Virgin America's wildly popular safety video is pissed because it claims the guy who created it, got sloppy ... legally speaking.

The airline's super-bouncy little ditty about buckling seat belts, life vests and oxygen masks was created by Todrick Hall -- a singer and choreographer you probably remember from "American Idol," "Rupaul's Drag Race" and also the safety video. If you've ever flown Virgin, the damn song probably stuck in your head for the whole flight.

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, when Todrick sold the video to Virgin for $3,000, he told them he had cleared all components of it -- meaning he had legal rights to the music, lyrics, voices and performances.

The company that produced the video for Todrick is called Virgin Produced 2.0 (a production arm of Virgin Group). According to the suit, if Todrick had NOT cleared something in the video, he would be on the hook for it.

Enter said hook -- Virgin America and Virgin Produced 2.0 got sued by a woman named Noemi Del Rio, who says she worked with Todrick in 2013 to co-create the safety video. That's her voice during the distinctive "little girl's rap" section. Del Rio says she never gave Todrick rights to her voice, so she's suing to get paid.

In its lawsuit against Todrick, Virgin Produced 2.0 says he's gotta cover their ass, financially speaking, for the lawsuit with Del Rio.

Translation: This is your captain speaking, and there's gonna be some turbulence ahead, Todrick. Fasten your seat belt. *DING*

YouTuber Vitaly KSI Has a Chance In Logan Paul Fight ... 'Cause He's Black

5/17/2018 7:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

KSI has a REAL shot to beat Logan Paul's ass in the boxing match everyone's talking about ... because he's black ... so says YouTube megastar Vitaly Zdorovetskiy.

Yeah, he really said that. 

Was he joking? Maybe ... Vitaly's "thing" is edgy jokes and pranks ... and his humor has helped build 10 MILLION subscribers on YouTube. 

So, when we saw him at Hyde in L.A., we had to ask about the KSI vs. Logan Paul showdown ... which is going down for real in Manchester, England on August 25. 

Vitaly says he's putting his money on Logan ... but added, "KSI's black so he has a chance."

Sidenote ... Vitaly TRIED to book a fight with KSI before Logan did ... and even called him out back in February. KSI decided to ultimately sign a deal with Logan. 

But keep an eye on this guy ... it's possible he could fight KSI (or another social media star) sometime in the future.

Tyron Woodley Slams GSP & Nate Diaz You're Both Bitches

5/11/2018 1:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyron Woodley says Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz have something in common -- they're both punk bitches. 

The Chosen One went off on both fighters on 'The Hollywood Beatdown' ... blasting the UFC stars for refusing to fight him over the past 6 months while working on a deal to fight each other instead. 

He's mad. You gotta watch. 

There's a lot more ... including Tyron's take on that brutal fight after the Met Gala involving Cardi B's entourage ... and his blunt advice for DJ Khaled, who refuses to participate in certain activities with women. 

Tyron also breaks down the new Conor McGregor sparring footage and tells us why he's actually impressed! 

Plus, Tyron wants to take Evan for a real-life streetfight ... good times!

Check out the 'Beatdown' every Friday on the TMZ Sports YouTube channel

YouTube Star Loren Gray Capitol Records Deal is $erious Pay

5/2/2018 4:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Singer Loren Gray is getting a boat load of cash after signing with Capitol Records ... and she's barely old enough to drive a car.

The 16-year-old -- who has a massive social media following that includes nearly 11 million Instagram followers and 2.5M on YouTube -- signed her deal back in March ... and TMZ's obtained the deets of her contract with Capitol Records.

According to docs, Loren's getting a $550k advance for her first album and can make up to a whopping $4.8 million total for her second, third and fourth albums. And that doesn't even count the royalties she stands to get if she cranks out a few hit songs.

Loren burst onto the scene covering songs on YouTube and producing makeup tutorials. 

She can now add professional singing to her resume ... with a fat bank account to go along with it.

Tyron Woodley To Kanye West: Sit Down, Be Humble

4/27/2018 5:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyron Woodley is begging Kanye West to STOP supporting Donald Trump ... saying his pro-POTUS tweets are "a poor way of getting attention."

The UFC champ went off on Ye on "The Hollywood Beatdown" -- suggesting Kanye is diabolically using the controversy to drum up interest in his albums. 

Woodley also weighs in on rumors Kanye will run for office one day ... telling the rapper the only way he should be running is if he's on a treadmill! 

Woodley also weighs in on Greg Hardy getting a shot in the UFC and talks about Odell Beckham's SUV pulling workout!

Make sure to check out "The Hollywood Beatdown" every week on the TMZ Sports YouTube page.

Kanye West's MAGA Pic No Alt-Right Gesture ... That's a Company Sign!!!

4/25/2018 4:49 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Everyone who thinks Kanye West's red MAGA hat photo also features a man flashing an alt-right symbol needs to chill, because it's not true.

The man giving the OK sign -- which many believe is a gesture used by the alt-right or white supremacists -- is YouTube's Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen ... but it's not even an OK sign to him.

A rep for YouTube tells us ... Cohen's gesture is meant to represent the company he founded -- 300 Entertainment -- and nothing more. He's also done it several times before.

As we reported ... Kanye's been on the Trump Train Wednesday, sending out several tweets about his love for the Prez, including the provocative selfie with Cohen and Lucian Grainge, CEO of Universal Music.

But now we know, even though Ye's embracing Trump ... he's not hanging with people who embrace the alt-right.

Jake Paul Sued Joke's on You, Bud ... Trashing Our Pad Will Cost Ya $2.5M

4/23/2018 12:28 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

3:17 PM PT --  Jake's rep tells TMZ, "There's no allegation regarding the actual amount of damages other than the request for punitive damages. That's because the damages were minimal compared to the amount they're asking. They say they want punitive damages because they say they didn't know Jake would use the house for his pranks, but the original lease states it's for Jake's personal use."

The rep adds, "After more than a year, when they presumably would have known all about the pranks, instead of asking him to leave they raised the rent and increased the security deposit. Something doesn't add up."The Paul Bros. are at it again -- this time it's Jake being taken to court for treating his rental home like the capital of Pranksville, USA ... which could cost him millions.

Jake is being sued by Cobra Acquisitions, LLC -- which owns the newly constructed L.A.-based house Jake allegedly rented from them in 2016 -- for what they claim are substantial damages left at the home during his year-and-a-half tenancy.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jake rented the pad in May 2016 for $17,495/month with a security deposit of $40k. He moved out in December 2017, and allegedly left the place in ruins -- burn marks in the pool, dead landscaping, and busted cabinets.

Cobra says Jake did not disclose he was a famous YouTube prankster when they first leased to him, but that it quickly became apparent what line of work he was in. They allege the fire department had been called out a number of times while he lived there, and that social media stars would constantly be at the crib ... leaving neighbors pissed and complaining. 

Needless to say, Cobra doesn't believe the $40k deposit covers their estimated damages. They're asking a judge for at least $2.5 million in damages.

Beyonce Queen of YouTube ... Coachella Weekend #1 is a Record!!

4/17/2018 1:18 PM PDT

Beyonce's got YouTube crazy in love thanks to her Coachella performance which set a live stream record.

Bey's Saturday performance drew 458k simultaneous viewers on YouTube ... the most ever for a single Coachella performance since they started streaming the festival 8 years ago.

In all, we're told the opening weekend -- which also included The Weeknd, Eminem and Migos, -- generated 43.1 million live stream views in 232 countries. That makes it the most-viewed live music festival ever on YouTube. That number is also up a whopping 75% over last year, when Lady Gaga stepped in to replace pregnant Bey.

As Beyonce might put it ... you're welcome, YouTube.

YouTube Feud Mars Sues Titanic and ThatPoppy ... You Jacked My Identity!!!

4/17/2018 10:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A YouTube star who goes by the name ThatPoppy is accused of stealing the identity of fellow YouTuber Mars Argo, and Mars says her ex-bf, Titanic Sinclair, is behind the dastardly deed.

Mars claims in a new lawsuit she and Titanic were an item for 5 years, but that all changed after Titanic became violent and even suicidal in 2014 when she says they broke up.

During happier times, Mars and Titanic were prolific, producing 92 super popular videos featuring Mars singing.

But, love is a fleeting thing that often turns bad after breakups, and Mars says that's exactly what happened. She claims Titanic hitched his wagon to ThatPoppy, who starred in Comedy Central's "Internet Famous with Poppy."

Mars says Titanic and ThatPoppy completely mimic her songs. Even worse, she says ThatPoppy started looking creepily like her ... rabbit ears and all.

So Mars is now trying to sink Titanic, claiming copyright infringement, emotional distress and other stuff. She's also suing ThatPoppy for uncreatively pilfering her persona.

Mars' lawyer, Matthew Umhofer, tells TMZ, "Both Mr. Mixter [Titanic] and Poppy are frauds. Their only artistry is con artistry: Their only original creation is the suffering they've caused my client."

Conor McGregor Will Get Wrecked By Khabib ... Says Tyron Woodley

4/13/2018 3:39 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Conor McGregor is on a collision course to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov -- and it ain't gonna end well for the Irishman ... so says Tyron Woodley

"If they fought 100 times, i think Khabib would win 99," Woodley said on "The Hollywood Beatdown."

"Conor would not be able to stop him from doing what he does."

Woodley essentially believes the publicity from the bus attack will only draw more interest in a Conor vs. Khabib fight somewhere down the road ... so, don't be surprised if they square off eventually. 

There's more ... Woodley also tells us if he's scared to train Floyd Mayweather after someone ambushed the boxer's entourage Monday and opened fire. 

He's also weighing in on the Tristan Thompson cheating scandal with Khloe Kardashian and punching himself in the face for his freestyle performance on "The Breakfast Club."

Make sure to check out "The Beatdown" every Friday on the TMZ Sports YouTube channel

YouTube Shooter Body Cam Vid Cops Ask If She's Dangerous And Why She Left Home

4/13/2018 11:58 AM PDT
Breaking News

The YouTube shooter told cops she wasn't planning to hurt anyone hours before she continued her trip to carry out the attack ... according to new police body cam footage.

Nasim Aghdam's seen calmly talking to Mountain View, CA cops in the early morning hours of April 3. She explains why she left her family in San Diego before answering "No" to a series of questions about whether she wants to hurt herself or anyone else.

It's pretty eerie ... the cops are half-joking around with Aghdam by the end of their talk before deciding to let her go. Hours later, she shot and injured 3 people at the YouTube campus before killing herself.

As we reported ... Aghdam's father says he reported her missing in Southern California before her run-in with Mountain View cops, and when they contacted him they said they found her and everything was "under control."

Aghdam had posted videos before her attack expressing frustration with YouTube, claiming the platform unfairly censored her content and discriminated against her.

YouTube Shooter Made Contact With Local Police ... Hours Before Shooting

4/4/2018 6:46 AM PDT

The YouTube shooter had a run-in with cops just hours before she opened fire at the media company's headquarters -- but they apparently thought nothing was amiss.

Nasim Aghdam's father, Ismail Aghdam, says he and his family had reported his daughter missing in Southern California before police in Mountain View, CA -- about 30 miles from YouTube HQ -- contacted them early Tuesday morning. 

He says cops told him she'd been found and everything was "under control" -- despite Ismail claiming he'd initially told authorities she might go to YouTube because she "hated" the company for allegedly censoring her videos.

Mountain View police confirm officers encountered Aghdam Tuesday asleep in her car in a parking lot. They ran her plates and found it matched the description of a missing person, and when officers made contact ... they concluded all was well, notifying her family.

Hours later, she shot and injured 3 people at the YouTube campus before killing herself.

YouTube HQ Police Dispatch Female Suspect Shot in Chest Handgun Found Near Body

4/3/2018 1:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

8:00 PM PT -- The alleged shooter has been identified by NBC as Nasim Aghdam of Southern California.

6:00 PM PT -- One of the victims -- a 36-year-old male in critical condition -- was reportedly the shooter's boyfriend. The 2 other injured victims are women ages 32 and 27. The shooting is being investigated as a domestic dispute, according to the AP.

2:39 PM PT -- San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini just held a news conference and said 4 victims suffering from gunshot-related injuries were transported to a hospital. The woman believed to be the suspected shooter died inside the building from a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police did not release the identity of the suspect.  

2:17 PM PT -- Several reports say the female suspect is dead at the scene. It's currently unknown if she was killed by police or shot herself.

There's an active shooter at YouTube Headquarters in Northern California and, according to police dispatch audio, the alleged suspect is a female who's been shot in the chest. 

In the audio, you hear an officer note there's a woman down with a gunshot wound to her chest. Another voice on the dispatch mentions the woman is the suspect and the first officer gets back on dispatch to confirm there's a handgun near the alleged suspect's body.

Police are still on scene at the San Bruno, CA headquarters. According to emergency dispatch, 37 people were injured on scene, it's not clear what from. Cops have advised people to steer clear. 

At least 1 employee tweeted he heard gunshots and saw people running while he was sitting at his desk. He also said he barricaded inside a room with co-workers before tweeting he had been evacuated.

YouTube's headquarters houses nearly 2,000 employees.

Story developing ...

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