Next time you blow by a street performer, you might want to make sure it's not Usher.
The former "Voice" judge surprised a huge Venice crowd Monday, when he took off his mask to reveal he was the golden boy with the 24-karat moves.
You gotta see it ... Usher shines as the crowd cheers for more ... but fear not ... he doesn't need to panhandle. It was all part of a shoot for MasterCard's Priceless Surprise Campaign.
He better save a few moves for the Grammys ... he's nominated for two.
His & Her Tattoos
... With Rebound Girlfriend
1/27/2015 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Reconciliation is probably off the table for Slash ... 'cause less than one month after calling off his marriage, the rocker got matching tats with his new GF ... and then MOVED IN with her.
TMZ has learned ... the 49-year-old decided to prove his commitment to Meegan Hodges by permanently marking their bodies with a matching set of GPS coordinates.
And if the tats weren't proof enough of a serious relationship -- we've also learned they've moved into a house together in the deep part of the San Fernando Valley ... with Meegan's two teenage daughters.
As for the home, it's nice ... 3,120 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a pool and a rooftop deck -- and we're told Slash is leasing it.
As we previously reported, Slash filed for divorce from Perla Ferrar on December 30th after 13 years of marriage. They have two kids of their own.
So far, no comment from Perla ... but we're guessing she probably won't be sending a housewarming gift.
About Tom Brady's Ball Habits
1/27/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Eli Manning claims he doesn't give a crap about the pressure in his footballs -- and says the fact that Tom Brady obsesses over it seems incredibly strange to him ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
The 2-time Super Bowl champ was a guest speaker at a private function at the New York Athletic Club last week when he was asked for his opinion on Deflate-Gate.
"I never worried really much about the inflation," Manning said ... "I thought it was kind of strange that [Tom] Brady knew he liked his ball at 12.5 pounds of pressure in the ball."
"That's the minimum number you can have ... seems kind of strange to me."
But get this, Manning says he's not convinced the pressure in the ball "is that big of a deal" ... and claims the Brady scandal is the first he's ever heard of an issue with inflation.
Manning -- who seems to be the bane of New England's existence when it comes to Super Bowls -- also told the crowd what he thinks could be the key to another Seattle victory.
I'm Ridin' Dirty for Six Figures
Scores Classic Movie Car
1/27/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
David Spade has gained a ton of muscle ... under the hood of the nearly million dollar '69 Dodge Daytona he just snagged.
David fell so hard for the model he drove in "Joe Dirt" and its upcoming sequel ... that he bid $900K on a sick fully-restored version of the Hemi-powered ride at Mecum Auctions last Friday.
The 426-hp copper-colored whip has had several other high profile owners ... like former NFL star Kevin Greene.
The real question: where's Spade gonna put the "Cowboy's Butts Drive Me Nuts!" bumper sticker?
When I Leave Cash Money
I'm Taking Drake & Nicki With Me
1/26/2015 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj and Drake are Lil Wayne's goldfish ... 'cause when he finally storms out of Cash Money Records -- a la "Jerry Maguire" -- he's taking them along for the ride ... even if Birdman has other plans.
Our Weezy sources tell us -- in addition to demanding millions from Birdman -- Wayne plans to sue to ensure all his Young Money Entertainment artists remain under HIS umbrella.
Drake, Nicki, Christina Milian, and Lil Twist are all signed to Wayne's label. Mack Maine is also a YME artist, and the label's president.
Even though Birdman was integral in molding Drake and Nicki's careers ... we're told Weezy believes the superstars should go with him because their contracts are with YME.
Clouding the issue is the fact ... Cash Money has a distribution deal with all of the Young Money artists. Most likely the matter will have to be settled in court, but we're told Wayne's intent is clear -- he's not leaving without his crew.
He said as much on the mixtape track, "CoCo" -- "I ain't trippin', I got Barbie ... I got Drake too."
Key Witness in Concert Shooting
... Cops Believe
1/27/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Police in Kentucky want a sit down with rapper Kevin Gates after a shooting at his concert -- a crime they think he can help them solve.
Cops were called to Gates' show in Lexington early Sunday morning after shots were fired. One person suffered a non-life threatening wound ... and a few others were hurt when part of the audience stampeded for the exit.
Law enforcement sources tell us cops think Gates' position at the time of the shooting -- up on the stage -- gave him a unique vantage point, and they're hoping he saw something or someone.
If he did, Gates didn't let on that night -- we're told he actually performed 3 more songs after the shooting ... all while standing in the remaining crowd. That seems like an odd move for Gates (who you might remember from that "I had sex with my cousin" thing) ... if he'd just witnessed a shooting.
We're told cops are getting radio silence from Gates. We've reached out too, and got the same.
Ghost Adventures Star
Demons Be Gone!
Dumps Haunted Pad
1/27/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans is through dealing with Satan and his minions ... now they're someone else's problem.
Bagans survived 20 months of a dead housing market, and finally unloaded the house he claims has been possessed ever since he brought home a human skull (for research, of course).
Not shockingly ... that claim didn't really help move the house any faster.
Waiting out the demon paid off -- we're told Bagans got $445,000 for the house ... an $85K profit.
As for the new owner, we have a recommendation for a cleaning lady ...
Guess Who This
Well Dressed Dude
1/27/2015 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Before this snazzy little man was wearing suits around the world as an international business mogul he was just another well tailored teen growing up in New York City. Guess what he looks like now!
ID Gets Jacked ...
Still Steps Up to Drive Miss Tran [TMZ TV]
1/26/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is the victim -- of an ID theft behind bars -- and also the hero ... when it comes to hooking up his GF Karrueche Tran with a lift to the airport. It's something no one (according to Harvey) in L.A. does unless ... Chris thinks Karrueche is “the one?”
Then again, sometimes a ride is just a ride.
Melissa Sues Clinic
Over Mom's Death
1/26/2015 1:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Melissa Rivers has just filed a huge lawsuit against the clinic where Joan Rivers' heart stopped beating ... and Melissa's lawyer says the doctors acted like a bunch of groupies and not medical professionals.
The lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- claims gross medical malpractice, alleging during the 20 minutes doctors tried to bring Joan back to life, they didn't think to perform a tracheotomy, which facilitates breathing.
Melissa says, "The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible," adding, "Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better."
In addition to suing the clinic, Melissa has sued Joan's personal doctor, Gwen Korovin. According to the lawsuit, she should not have been permitted in the room where the procedure was being performed, yet she jumped in and announced, "I'll go first."
The suit claims another doctor took cellphone pics of Rivers before the emergency, while she was under sedation, with Korovin in the photos, saying Joan "will like to see these in the recovery area."
According to the lawsuit, Korovin left the room in the middle of the emergency and the allegation is that she left because she knew she wasn't supposed to be there in the first place and "wanted to avoid getting caught." The suit says Korovin simply abandoned Joan.
And get this. According to the suit, in the middle of the emergency, another doctor took issue with a colleague who wanted to scope the affected area, saying, "Renuka, you're such a curious cat. You always want to know what's going on." The suit says the doctor refused to authorize the scope.
Melissa's lawyer spoke to The NY Daily News, which broke the story, and quotes lawyer Jeffrey Bloom who says, "Had doctors acted as physicians for Joan Rivers instead of groupies, Joan Rivers would have been doing 'Fashion Police' last week."
Yorkville Endoscopy has been under intense scrutiny and they are set to lose their accreditation at the end of the month.
So Damn Cool ...
Uncool Ride Gets a Pass
1/26/2015 1:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Every chick already wants him, and now Jared Leto's gonna have every guy jonesin' ... for his truck.
The Oscar winner blazed into a SAG Awards party at the Sunset Tower in a suped up, look-at-me Ford Bronco ... covered in flames!
Fact is ... anyone else driving this Matchbox-wannabe whip would get ripped for being a tool -- but Jared is one of only 2 guys who can make it look good.
Check out the vid for the Bronc ... and for Jared's beard-off with our photog.
Oh, the other qualified driver is the Joker -- who Jared's playing in the upcoming, "Suicide Squad." Everything burns ... especially this ride.
There's Something Fishy About this Photo
I'm Eating Tuna!
1/26/2015 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Papa John says the photo taken over the weekend is NOT what it seems, because he was forking a tuna ... not a pizza.
We got this pic of PJ -- aka John Schnatter -- dining at the uber-fancy St. Regis hotel at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. You see pizza on a plate and a fork in his hand.
But John's people tell us, "what you caught was Papa eating tuna, not pizza. John did have a slice of someone else's pizza as an appetizer before you took that picture ... but hands only, and no fork -- never!"
Miss USA Contestant
My Bikini Can't Take The Pressure
1/26/2015 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miss Beverly Hills Chanelle Riggan got something very important off her chest at the Miss California USA finals ... her top.
Depending how you look at it, Riggan suffered a major wardrobe malfunction during the bikini portion of the contest Jan. 11th, when her eager assets popped out.
That's one way to win, but the judges weren't as impressed ... after showing off those talents, she only managed to grab 4th runner up.
There are two reasons we're demanding a recount.