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Travis Tritt

Georgia Home ... ON FIRE!!!

7/29/2015 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Travis Tritt is singing his own song – it's a great day to be alive – because his Powder Springs, Georgia home just went up in flames. 

Firefighters responded to a 911 call from Tritt’s mother-in-law, who returned from the grocery store to an inferno. The crazy thing ... we’re told Tritt was in the main house but had no idea there was a raging fire in his backyard. 

0729-travis-tritt-SUB-TMZ-01The fire engulfed the pool house and playground. We’re told Tritt took a hose and tried holding the flames at bay until firefighters arrived. 

No one was hurt. It looks like it was weather-related .... temps have been in the high 90s. 

Tritt tells TMZ, "I would like to thank everyone for the concern earlier this afternoon."

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Zayn Malik

I've Signed With RCA ...

Thanks to Simon Cowell!

7/29/2015 2:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0729-zayn-simon-getty-tmz-01The Zayn Malik solo era is firing up ... he's officially signed on with RCA Records, with a little help from Simon Cowell

Our sources say Cowell was the go-between for Zayn and RCA.  He's been negotiating the deal for a couple of weeks.

It's interesting ... One Direction and Malik are on competing labels. The group is signed to Columbia and Syco.

We're told Cowell -- who created One Direction  -- felt RCA was the best place for Malik to succeed as a solo artist.

Malik left the band back in March. 

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Nicki Minaj to Ex Safaree

Safaree's Too Dumb

To Write My Rap

7/29/2015 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicki Minaj wants to make one thing clear: "no bitch ass n****" wrote her lyrics.

We just got this video of Minaj in concert where she goes off on her ex, Safaree Samuels, who claims he ghostwrote lyrics in some of her biggest hits.

Check out the video ... she has unbridled contempt for Safaree, who she says isn't smart enough to own her words.


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Amber Rose

Lots Of People Say 'Conversate' ... Stupid!

7/29/2015 1:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Amber Rose knows the word "conversate" is not in the dictionary, but everyone needs to chill out. She's teaching her kid a variety of language skills, including common parlance. 

Amber is pissed at all the criticism on social media, telling friends she knows "conversate" is slang, but here's the thing -- people speak slang! So she says ... what, people aren't supposed to teach kids words like "fleek," "turnt," etc?

Amber caught flak when she posted a video of her son showing off his impressive vocab ... especially for a 2-year-old.

Sebastian's actually a little brainiac … he can already name the planets and identify types of dinosaurs. 

Props to Sebastian ... and Amber.

Demi Lovato

Dog Mauled to Death by Coyote

7/29/2015 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0729-demi-lovato-dog-cancelled-INSTAGRAM-01Demi Lovato's dog Buddy was ripped apart by a coyote ... and she's the one who made the gruesome discovery. 

TMZ has learned Demi's dog was torn to shreds Sunday ...  after a coyote wandered onto the backyard of her LA home. 

Demi was devastated saying, "We are absolutely heartbroken to be writing this but Wilmer and I are devastated to inform you that we lost our little angel Buddy last Sunday. He was taken from us way too soon in a tragic accident."

The pop singer was so stricken with grief she cancelled her "Good Morning America" appearance scheduled for Thursday. 

RIP Buddy.

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John Salley

Cecil's Death is Appalling

But How'd that Dentist Score $55k?

7/29/2015 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NBA legend/vegan crusader John Salley is joining the chorus of celebs who are incredulous over the death of Cecil the lion ... but he raises an issue we haven't heard up to now ... how did a dentist blow $55k to pay hunters to kill the lion?

Salley went on TMZ Live to describe his outrage ...then wondered aloud how much this dentist charges for novocaine. 

Fair question.

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Chelsea Handler Skewers Caitlyn Jenner

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Caitlyn and Kris

Let's Talk Girl to Girl

7/29/2015 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0729-kris-jenner-caitlyn-getty-tmzKris Jenner went to Caitlyn's Tuesday to bury the hatchet ... TMZ has learned. 

Kris' car was spotted leaving Caitlyn's Malibu home after their meeting ... their first meeting since the transformation. 

Sources connected to the former couple tell us, Kris had not met Caitlyn. There was real bitterness following their split, made worse by Bruce who had some harsh things to say about Kris and her reality show during the Diane Sawyer interview

We're told Kris is feeling bad that a nearly 30 year relationship has gone down in flames to the point they almost never even speak. On top of that, they share children and therefore will always be a family.

Our sources say they talked out some of their issues and it went well. We're told it got very personal ... as you know, there are multiple versions of what Kris knew and when she knew it.

As for the future, at least from Kris' side ... she's hopeful this is a fresh beginning.

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Gigi Hadid & Joe Jonas

Crazy Sex Hair ... Don't Care

7/29/2015 1:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0729-gigi-hadid-joe-jonas-pcnGigi Hadid left BF Joe Jonas’ LA pad yesterday morning ... and her hair says it all.

The top model nailed the walk of shame, pulling it off with no makeup and an oversized tee. 

Joe planted a big one on the way out.   

Mission accomplished.

  
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Cecil the Lion

Bones Will Become a Memorial

7/29/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0729-cecil-the-lion-paula-french-01Cecil the Lion did not die in vain ... his remains will be used for an anti-poaching memorial in Zimbabwe ... TMZ has learned.  

Johnny Rodrigues from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells us the headless corpse of Cecil is still out in the sun ... so vultures and other carnivores can eat the flesh in circle of life fashion.    

We're told after the meat is gone ... Cecil's bones will be used to create an anti-poaching memorial in the Hwange National Park, to educate people on the beauty of the beast and the harm that comes from killing them. 

Johnny says the plan is for Cecil's head and skin ... which have been confiscated for the criminal investigation ... to become part of the memorial.  

0729-cecil-the-lion-memorial-TWITTER-02Tributes are not confined to Zimbabwe  ... the killer dentist's office in Minnesota has been turned into a makeshift memorial. 

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Ben Affleck

Threatening Lawsuit

Over Nanny Dating Allegations

7/29/2015 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0729-ben-affleck-akm-gsi-01Ben Affleck is angry over allegations he's dating his children's nanny, so angry he's threatening a lawsuit. 

A rep for Affleck calls the US Weekly story -- which claims Affleck and the nanny, Christine Ouzounian, began dating AFTER Ben and Jennifer Garner split but before they announced their divorce -- "complete garbage and full of lies."

The rep adds Affleck is "considering legal options."

Affleck and Garner announced their split last month after ten years of marriage. 

  
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Amber Rose

Let's Conversate ...

My English's Just Fine

7/29/2015 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Amber Rose is dead set on teaching her kid good English, irregardless of whatever people think.

Rose is busy filling 2-year-old Sebastian's mind with vocabulary. Problem is, the kid's brain now includes the word "conversate," thanks to mommy.

Amber proudly posted her lesson on Instagram, then removed it after a flurry of criticism.  

Truth be told, there's a real debate over the word "conversate."  It's become a word through usage, though not recognized by the hoity-toity Oxford English Dictionary.

Sebastian is clearly super bright. She recently asked him the color of a jellyfish. He precociously answered, "translucent," which is not a color but really, how many 2-year-olds know that word?

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Drake

Unloads on Meek Mill ...

You're Nicki Minaj's Bitch!

7/29/2015 6:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Drake is going after Meek Mill and this time with a vengeance, ripping on his manhood for being girlfriend Nicki Minaj's opening act.

The song -- titled "Back to Back" -- is actually his second diss song against Meek, but this one is way more vicious. In it, Drake raps ...

Is that a world tour or your girl's tour?
I know that you gotta be a thug for her
This ain't what she meant
when she told you to open up more

Drake also makes fun of Meek for not being the breadwinner in the relationship ... 

Shout-out to all my boss bitches wifin' n****s
Make sure you hit 'em with the prenup

And how's this for ironic ... Meek Mill was booed when he came out onstage during Tuesday night's show with Nicki because he was 90 minutes late. The show was in ... Toronto.

Drake 2, Meek 0.

  

Nipsey Hussle

Double Cupping

In Front of Cops

7/29/2015 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nipsey Hussle may have dodged a bullet Tuesday, because cops missed what could have been an obvious offense ... all contained in a double cup.

Hussle got into it with a paparazzo, and it got so heated police were called.  

As Hussle jawbones with cops, the telltale double cup sits right by his feet. It's possible it's not sizzurp, but not probable.

You may recall, Hussle was arrested last month for possession of codeine without a prescription.

Bullet dodged.

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