Justin Bieber did an impromptu acoustic concert in L.A. ... and sounded great -- further proving he's making big changes in his life and his career. He didn't even pee in a bucket during the gig!
Hard to believe, but it's looking like bad boy Biebs is gone for good.
Deal With It 'View' Execs
I'm Staging Sit-In to Save My Back
1/21/2015 2:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Whoopi Goldberg's got back ... problems and it's creating a rift between her, the other "View" co-hosts and producers of the show -- who think Whoopi's new chair is a major eyesore.
When Whoopi returned from her two-week injury sabbatical Tuesday, she brought a new ergonomic chair for support. All the women used the same chair ... so Whoopi's wouldn't look different.
According to our sources, producers felt the chairs looked clunky on camera ... so they yanked them for Wednesday's episode -- but Whoopi stood (or sat) her ground in the new chair.
And yes ... it stood out.
We're told Whoopi has no plans to change back, so producers are struggling to find a way to make it more pleasing to the eye.
At least they don't have anything else to worry about ...
Rips Birdman With New Song ...
I Saved Your Ass, But Now I'm Gone!
1/21/2015 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Wayne just opened a lyrical can of whoop ass on Birdman by releasing a mixtape with tracks that take direct aim at his former mentor and Cash Money Records.
Wayne dropped "Sorry 4 The Wait 2" -- a clear reference to his long delayed "Carter V" album -- and goes right in on Birdman with a song called, "Coco."
Some of the lyrics include:
"Who kept this s**t together? N***a, me, that's who!
Who was there when n***as left? N***a, me that's who!"
Cash Money is an army, I'm a one man army!"
He also raps about going out like Tony Montana in "Scarface."
This should put an end to any doubts ... the Wayne-Birdman beef is 100% real.
The timing of the song and mixtape are interesting ... considering internet rumblings that Wayne could be plotting a move over to Master P's No Limit records.
I Was Racially Profiled for OfficeMax Felony
Because of My Braids
1/21/2015 10:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West says he has been racially profiled by cops ... arrested and charged with stealing printers from an OfficeMax back in 2000 ... all because of his braids.
We got hold of Kanye's deposition in a case filed by a photog who Kanye assaulted at LAX. In the depo, Kayne admits to being convicted of a felony ... and then recalls the incident where he says, "I was racially profiled for having a white T-shirt and braids."
Kanye says cops snagged him for allegedly stealing printers at the Illinois OfficeMax. He gets sketchy, not explaining where cops found him, but he does say at the time he was already a successful music producer.
Kanye suggests cops even doctored the evidence to frame him, saying, "I was driving a white Ford Expedition. When I saw the police report, they crossed out where it said 'Cream Ford Explorer.'"
In the depo, filed in court by his lawyer Shawn Holley, Kanye says he believes he was convicted of a felony but says it was actually "a mistaken identity for stealing some printers from OfficeMax after I was a platinum producer."
The opposing lawyer responded, "I'm sure that wasn't in the charge that you were ... a platinum producer." Kanye fired back, "Yeah, I believe so. I think that's what -- I think that's what -- where America had me at that time for having braids."
'The View's' Rosie Perez
Latina Group Blasts Show
For Racist And Sexist Remarks
1/21/2015 11:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A distinguished group of Hispanic women are blasting "The View" for allegedly making disparaging remarks against co-host Rosie Perez ... saying they are both racist and sexist.
The group referring to themselves as #YoSoyRosie is responding to a "View" source who spoke to the NY Daily News and said Rosie, "is not the sharpest tool in the box," and most recently told Variety that "Ms. Perez can't read a TelePrompTer."
The group just put out a letter, obtained by TMZ , "questioning a woman's intelligence is an old stereotype that is sexist and in this case also racist" and they go on to say "when you disparage the only Latina on 'The View', you disparage all Latinas."
#YoSoyRosie members include high profile names like New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and NY Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez and best selling author Esmeralda Santiago.
Rosie is scheduled to appear on "The View" Thursday to address the comments.
Hospitalized with Rare Virus
1/21/2015 9:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
10:50 AM PT -- We're told Lindsay was just released from the hospital because her fever broke sufficiently, but her joint pain is still intense. Doctors referred her to a specialist.
We're also told Dina Lohan is on her way to London.
Lindsay Lohan is in a London hospital with a rare, incurable virus she apparently picked up in Bora Bora ... TMZ has learned.
We're told Lindsay contracted Chikungunya, a virus transmitted by mosquito bites that causes fever, joint pain and fatigue.
Lindsay vacationed in Bora Bora over the holidays and then flew to L.A. to shoot an Esurance commercial ... we believe for the Super Bowl.
Lindsay began complaining of the illness just before New Year's. She then went back to London where she became so ill she couldn't walk.
Lindsay is currently in King Edward VII's Hospital ... the same place the Queen gets treated. They're keeping Lindsay because she has a high fever and the joint pain is unbearable.
As for her prognosis ... we're told the joint pain could last for months.
'Shahs Of Sunset' GG
Flashes Hot New Set Of Boobies
1/21/2015 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ain't no shame in her game ... there are two things "Shahs of Sunset" star Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi won't lie about ... and they're both on her chest.
GG wants the world to know she got a boob job last month -- we had a few questions for her outside of Beso in Hollywood ... but the only thing she'd dish on were those juicy new cantaloupes.
While flaunting her assets off she boasts " I don't lie about plastic surgery" -- an obvious jab at celebs like Kylie Jenner and Paris Hilton who've been called out for possibly having work done.
Gotta get them out there while they still have that new boob smell.
Check her them out.
Don't Blame Me If the New 'Star Wars' Sucks ...
It Wasn't My Idea!
1/21/2015 10:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Disney thinks the Force is no longer strong with George Lucas ... because the legendary filmmaker says all his ideas for the new "Star Wars" film were tossed out the nearest airlock.
In an interview with Cinema Blend, Lucas was asked if he had come up with any ideas for "Episode VII" before he sold LucasFilm to Disney back in 2012. He told the interviewer, "The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn't really want to do those. So they made up their own. So it's not the ones that I originally wrote."
Now while Lucas' writing credits are spectacular -- the first three "Star Wars" movies and the first three "Indiana Jones" movies, to name a few -- the last three "Star Wars" films and the final "Indiana Jones" movie were all ... well, you know.
Perhaps this is for the best, George.
'Wicked Tuna' Star
Arrested for VERY Aggressive Flirting
1/21/2015 9:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Wicked Tuna" star David Marciano does NOT have a way with women -- he was arrested for allegedly grabbing a hotel employee by her hair ..in a flirting move gone awry.
According to cops in Morehead City, North Carolina -- the town where "Wicked Tuna" is filming -- Marciano was busted for assault around 1:10 AM Monday. Police say Marciano grabbed the woman's ponytail in a lame attempt to get frisky ... but it wasn't well received.
Marciano was arrested for assault ... the employee told police he seemed intoxicated, but cops think he was sober ... which presumably makes it worse.
The show is standing by their star ... no plans to 86 him, but a show rep tells us they're still taking the arrest seriously.
In other news...
This musician knows A LOT about Taylor Swift, but he's promised he'll never open his mouth!
CBS Honcho Les Moonves
Manny vs. Floyd = Gold Mine!
'Hoping Fight Happens'
1/21/2015 9:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CBS honcho Les Moonves says he's "hoping" Floyd Mayweather signs the contract to fight Manny Pacquiao ... telling TMZ Sports it would make "a lot of money for everybody."
Of course, CBS owns Showtime -- and Moonves has reportedly been working hard with both Manny's camp and Floyd's camp to lock up a deal for the network.
FYI -- experts predict the fight would CRUSH every financial record in the history of the sport ... including the all-time pay-per-view record of $150 million, which was set during the Mayweather-Alvarez fight in 2013.
Moonves also shot down rumors that he threatened to fire the head of Showtime Sports if the fight doesn't come to fruition.
So where do things stand? Manny says he's signed his side of the contract and is giving Mayweather until the end of the month to sign his ... or else he'll move.
Impromptu Acoustic Show
Move Over, John Mayer!
1/21/2015 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The new-and-improved Justin Bieber continues his march through L.A. ... this time popping up and doing a random acoustic guitar set at a West Hollywood hot spot ... and he was good.
It all went down Tuesday night at State Social House ... the same restaurant where Bieber crashed a gay Republicans meeting.
We're told Biebs spontaneously grabbed a guitar and hit the stage. He sang four songs and as you can tell from the video ... there was no Belieber craziness -- just a guy singing some tunes.
As TMZ previously reported, Bieber has changed dramatically over the last few months ... and he actually wanted to be roasted by Comedy Central to put the past to bed and move on as an adult.
Check out the video. It's good.
In other news...
Renee Zellweger was spotted outside of a Santa Monica Starbucks without a stitch of makeup on looking gorgeous!
Boxer Jermain Taylor
Bizarre Bathtub Video ...
After Shooting Arrest
1/21/2015 6:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Boxing superstar Jermain Taylor -- the WBC middleweight champ -- released a disturbing new video in which he essentially apologizes for firing a gun during a MLK parade in Arkansas.
The footage is shot while Taylor is taking a bath -- and he addresses the incident in which he was charged with 5 counts of assault for allegedly squeezing out two shots during an altercation with a man and his son.
"I know y'all disappointed in me ... I'm sorry if I let anybody down or hurt anybody."
But here's where things get even more puzzling -- the 36-year-old says he had a beef with parade organizers that day because none of the kids at the event had any candy.
"Y'all need to get it together," Taylor said to event organizers ... "Had my little girl out there. Nobody had no candy."
Taylor then suggests he could be in jail for next year's parade -- and says he won't try to duck serving time by claiming he has drug issues.
"If I gotta go to jail, I'm gonna sit my ass in there ... but I'm not gonna say I have no problems with no drugs to get out of jail ... I worked too hard for my life to put that in it. So you can kiss my ass."
Taylor has less than 24 hours to turn himself back in to authorities. No word on when he plans to surrender.
I'm No Scrub!
Kicks in $5K for New TLC Album
1/21/2015 6:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TLC's Kickstarter campaign to make a new album is $5,000 closer to its fundraising goal ... thanks to none other than Katy Perry.
According to our sources, the "Roar" songstress is such a big fan ... she dug into her own pockets and shelled out 5 grand for the cause.
One of the perks for a $5k donation is a slumber party in L.A. with T-Boz ... so we could be in for some epic selfies.
As of this posting, the girls are still a little more than $44,000 shy of their $150,000 goal.