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Britney Spears I'm Just Livin' My Life

5/19/2019 7:26 AM PDT

Britney Spears is clearly trying to make it clear ... she's living her life.

Brit and BF Sam Ashgari went for some grub Saturday night at Lure Fish House in Westlake Village, near her home.

She looks great and seems happy ... at least from the pic.  

TMZ broke the story, despite the social media cry to "Free Britney," her conservatorship is biz as usual. She interacts with her dad, conservator Jamie Spears, multiple times a day. She has freedom to do as she wishes, with an asterisk. Her dad makes sure security follows his daughter wherever she goes, to make sure she doesn't cross the line ... e.g., if she went to a liquor store, security would step in.

And, as we reported, iPhones are off limits to Brit, because her dad doesn't want people contacting her who might have ulterior motives.

Britney also said she'll perform again. As we reported, her longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, said he hasn't heard from her in months and it's Britney's decision when, if ever, she'll return to the stage.

All that said, she looks good.

DJ Diablo, Lil Xan DJ Says He's Okay After Suicide Scare ... Xan Totally Wasted

5/19/2019 7:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Diablo seems to have rebounded in a big way ... after his involuntary psych hold and an apparent suicide attempt.

We got the DJ/producer in West Hollywood Saturday night outside Delilah, and he was super introspective about the downward spiral he had experienced just weeks before, when he posted an alarming note on Instagram, saying, "I'm gonna end it tonight. Goodbye everyone."

Diablo was placed on a 5150 hold after friends called the cops to rush over and help him. He now says one of his missions is to spread awareness about mental illness, and how to take steps to keep it in check.

Diablo was at the club with Lil Xan, who was clearly wasted as they made their exit.

And, Diablo gives a shout out to Paris Hilton, who helped him see the light after plunging into darkness.  He also expresses empathy for Britney Spears

Gucci Mane Postpones Canadian Tour ... I Wanna Do Better!!!

5/19/2019 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gucci Mane is not goin' up North for a series of concerts after all ... at least not for a few more months.

The rapper's postponed his 'Live in Canada' tour -- which had 10 stops scheduled in May -- because he wants to bring a bigger and better show to his fans than he had in the bag ... according to his rep.

We're told Gucci and the promotion company he's working with are planning for early September to make up the shows, and he'll be more equipped to give his fans what they deserve ... because he's currently working on a new album.

Our sources say the September tour will still include stops in the big Canadian cities -- like Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver -- and will hopefully add Toronto as well ... which wasn't scheduled in May.

We broke the story ... the rapper had to obtain a temporary resident permit to enter Canada for his tour, which was no small feat, considering his long rap sheet and the country's tough stance on folks with prior convictions.

Gucci made it happen though, and his rep says his paperwork is still in good order and will be through September ... so he won't have to worry about it when it's time to take the stage.

As for the 10 venues where Gucci was supposed to perform this month ... tickets are being refunded due to the postponement.

DaBaby Posse Thrashes a Fan ... DB Bailed For Fear of Safety

5/18/2019 4:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DaBaby bailed on a concert he was supposed to perform at because of an overzealous fan -- who allegedly became confrontational and handsy ... and, thus, got the crap beat of him by the rapper's crew.

The North Carolina-bred MC was all set to take the stage Friday night at Centro Nightclub in Lawrence, MA -- where he was headlining.  DB never made it in the building 'cause his security team and entourage were too busy beating some guy to a pulp outside ... according to Derek Lemire, who was promoting the event for NTS Entertainment.

We're told the fan wanted a photo with DaBaby, but got turned down. When the dude persisted by asking again, Lemire says he got swarmed by DB's posse ... and took a severe beating.

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You can see DaBaby looking on nearby as the dude gets thrashed. He's wearing his signature "KIRK" chain that he's always wearing on stage and social media. We're told the fan was carried away by stretcher and taken to the hospital.

To make matters worse, Lemire tells us that DaBaby completely flaked on the gig ... bouncing after the altercation and allegedly taking the money he was paid with him. Lemire says NTS shelled out $22k for DaBaby, and he's working on getting it back.

A police spokesperson tells us cops responded to the scene early Saturday morning -- but when officers arrived, none of the witnesses would cooperate. 

As far as how this went down from the DaBaby's point of view, we're told it was a classic case of look-but-don't-touch. The fan persisted on getting a photo, and when he was repeatedly denied ... the guy allegedly started talking smack and getting handsy with Baby's security. Our sources say the dude touched the hand of the rapper's bodyguard ... and then it was on.

We're told DaBaby left because of a contract provision that allowed him to bounce if he wasn't feeling safe. Our sources say DaBaby just felt the venue didn't have it together.

Tyga Once Married to Tristan Thompson's Baby Mama

5/18/2019 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyga was once married to Tristan Thompson's baby mama ... and that creates a crazy, tangled web!!!

We found court records showing Tyga and Jordan Craig -- who has a 2-year-old son, Prince with TT -- got hitched on September 06, 2010 and they filed divorce docs exactly one month later. Interesting ... Tyga recently started liking Jordan's pics on Instagram, a clear sign he's trying to grab her attention.

The brief marriage certainly adds an interesting layer to the Kardashian dating tree. Tyga has a kid with Blac Chyna who also has a child with Rob Kardashian. Tyga, of course, also dated Rob's sister, Kylie

As for the Tristan side of things ... he went on to have a daughter, True, with Khloe Kardashian

Tristan seemingly shaded Tyga Friday ... posting a pic of Prince just hours after Tyga liked one of Jordan's photos. 

Country Star Travis Tritt Involved in Fatal Accident

5/18/2019 6:40 AM PDT

Travis Tritt was involved in a fatal car accident just before 3 AM Saturday morning.

The country star was on his tour bus on a South Carolina highway when he says a Jeep, going the wrong way, hit a pickup truck in front of his vehicle, killing 2 -- the driver of the jeep and the passenger in the truck that was struck. His tour bus was sideswiped by another vehicle and only sustained minor damage. No one on the bus was injured.

Travis said, "I feel so bad for those who died needlessly tonight. I’m literally shaken by what I witnessed. God bless those who died and their families. Two human beings died tonight for no reason other than stupidity. I’m saddened beyond belief!"

It's unclear why the Jeep was going the wrong way, but Travis said, "I’m told that two people were killed in tonight’s accident as the the result of someone who was obviously driving drunk or impaired. Just a sober reminder to everyone to never drive if you’ve been drinking or impaired in any way. Uber or Lyft is just a phone call away."

He went on ... "I beg everyone to please, please, please drive sober. Know when to admit that you are too impaired to drive."

Britney Spears Conservatorship Business as Usual ... Despite 'Free Britney' Campaign

5/18/2019 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Britney Spears may be in the eye of a social media firestorm, but her conservatorship is working 24/7 and it's business as usual.

Sources with knowledge of the conservatorship tell TMZ ... Britney and her dad, conservator Jamie Spears, talk at least 3 times a day, often at Britney's behest. There have been reports Britney and Lynne Spears have squeezed Jamie out of his daughter's life, but it's not the case. In fact, we're told she's actually calling him "more than usual."

As for how the conservatorship runs ... we're told it's the same way it's run for 11 years. Britney fills her day with massages, acupuncture, facials, hair appointments and caring for her 2 sons.

She's free to come and go as she pleases, with certain restrictions. Security follows Britney at all times, but they don't meddle unless there's a red flag. For example, we're told liquor stores are off limits. You'll recall, Britney had issues with alcohol back in 2008 when she went into a tailspin.

There are other restrictions that Britney doesn't like, but they're in place nonetheless and haven't changed. Most notably, she really wants an iPhone, but we're told Jamie has put the kibosh on that because of concerns over social media and people with ulterior motives contacting her. Britney has taken the issue up with the judge -- as recently as a week ago Friday -- but the judge sided with Jamie.

Britney and Kevin Federline still have 50/50 joint custody of their sons ... the actual time week-to-week has gone back-and-forth for various reasons, but the formal arrangement hasn't changed.

As one source put it, "Britney does what she wants. The conservatorship protects her, but with a few exceptions it doesn't restrict her in her day-to-day life."

And, Britney's pretty much living by herself. We're told Lynne left the house Thursday and is flying back to Louisiana today.

Jay-Z Sued Ya Helped Yourself To My Sample ... Time For a Paper Chase!!!

5/18/2019 11:14 AM PDT

Jay-Z didn't bother reaching out to a musician whose song he sampled on one of his most popular albums, and now the dude wants his all these years later ... according to a lawsuit.

Soul artist and guitarist Ernie Hines recently filed suit against Jigga, Roc-A-Fella Records, Sony Music and Timbaland -- who produced the track Ernie's griping about -- claiming they jacked one of his songs from back in '69 and used it on Jay's 1998 record "Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life" without his permission ... and without ever paying him. 

Hines says his track "Help Me Put Out the Flame (In My Heart)" was sampled for the 'Vol. 2' song "Paper Chase" ... but he didn't even become aware of it until last year. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Hines asserts that he's a senior citizen -- he is, the guy's 81 years old -- and that he doesn't listen to rap music ... only learning about the alleged unauthorized use of his song in 2018. Presumably, that's his excuse on why he's doing this now, well past the statute of limitations.

Funny enough, 'Paper Chase' is listed on Tidal as having sampled 'Help Me' on a specific sampling page that lays out all the songs used to make that classic album. So, there's no question Timbaland used it to produce Jay's track. 

There's more ... Hines claims Timbaland also used 'Help Me' on Ginuwine's 1999 album, "100% Ginuwine" -- once again without his permission or without any payment. Interestingly, Ginuwine isn't a defendant on the lawsuit. 

Hines says the songs have been played on a lot of platforms over the years, and that he's owed a lot of dough because of it. He's suing for damages exceeding $2 million. We've reached out to Roc Nation for comment ... so far, no word back.

Janet Jackson Rocks Vegas!!!

5/18/2019 7:44 AM PDT

Janet Jackson is loved in Las Vegas .... and that couldn't be clearer from the opening night of her residency.

Janet performed Friday night to a packed house at the Park Theater at the MGM. The show is part of her tour -- "Metamorphosis."

Her set list is awesome -- "Nasty," "Escapade," "Miss You Much," "Free Xone." "Throb," "All Nite (Don't Stop) You," "Trust A Try," "Rock With U," "When We Ooo," "That's the Way Love Goes," "I Get Lonely," "Any Time Any Place," "Would You Mind," "Moist, Someone to Call My Lover," "When I Think of You," "All For You," "If," "Rhythm Nation," "Made For Now," "Scream" and "Together Again."

Her residency is set for 15 days, but it sounds like she'll be adding an additional 3. One thing's a sure bet in Vegas ... Janet can sell out venues as much as she wants. 

Tyga Fans Outraged ... No Show at San Diego Concert

5/18/2019 7:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyga must have a lot on his mind, because he apparently forgot he was supposed to perform Friday night in San Diego ... and the fans were enraged.

Kylie's ex-BF was supposed to perform at Omnia nightclub, and the event was pricey -- $100 for men and $70 for women, and that's just to cross the threshold.

As the night wore on, people figured out what was up and things got rowdy.  Eyewitnesses tell us there was pushing, shoving, bottles and glasses were thrown on stage, etc.

The DJ tried to vamp up the crowd from midnight until 1:45 AM, but they weren't having it.

It looks like there may be an issue with refunds, because management told the crowd, "Nothing could be done."  

Check out Tyga's apology ... no excuses, and generally "sorry" doesn't cut it.

Tyga's next performance is Saturday night at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA for the Powerhouse Liftoff Edition, but clearly ... don't hold your breath.   

By the way, check out our story about Tyga and his connection to Tristan Thompson and the Kardashians, proving the Kevin Bacon "six degrees of separation" theory. 

Master P Zion Will Be Bigger Than Michael Jordan ... If He Plays For NOLA

5/18/2019 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Master P says if Zion Willamson decides to play for the New Orleans Pelicans he could be BIGGER THAN MICHAEL JORDAN because of the sheer love he'd get from the community.

The Pelicans got the first pick of the draft (hi, New York!) and almost immediately people started to speculate that Zion wouldn't want to hoop there, preferring a bigger market to shine his star.

Zion's stepdad recently squashed all that, saying they'd love to play in New Orleans, and when we talked to P -- who's from the Big Easy --  he said if Zion embraces the city, it'll make him a HUGE STAR.

"He'll be bigger than Michael Jordan, I'm just telling y'all. Think about it, when Jordan first came out of college everyone had to have his jersey. Everyone wanted to be like Mike. Come to New Orleans they gonna wanna be like you Z."

Listen, he's got a point ... Drew Brees became a near deity in New Orleans, and the love from the city definitely helped push his career to new levels.

Question is, can the Crescent City get Zion to buy in??? We'll find out (or maybe we won't) next month -- the NBA Draft kicks off on June 20. 

Stevie J Crashed Into Another Car ... It's Not My Fault!!!

5/18/2019 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Stevie J backed his luxury SUV into another car -- causing a ton of damage -- and allegedly didn't have insurance, but Stevie says insurance doesn't matter ... 'cause he ain't to blame!!!

The accident went down in an LA gym parking lot Last month when the ex "Love and Hip Hop" star got stuck exiting at the ticket machine. We're told he threw his Mercedes in reverse and slammed into the car behind him. 

We've obtained pics from the accident, and as you can see ... the other guy's vehicle sustained major front-end damage, including a bent hood.

The driver says his total damage was around $4,000.

The motorist claims Stevie admitted he fudged up, flashed a California ID, but said he didn't have his insurance card on him. We're told Stevie tried to get his wife, Faith Evans, to bring him the insurance card, but she was too busy. Instead, Stevie provided his insurance company's name.

That sounded well and good, but the other driver tells us after he submitted his claim, the insurance company said Stevie wasn't listed on Faith's policy ... so it rejected the claim. The man says he tried calling and texting Stevie to get answers, but got crickets.

Stevie did respond to us and insisted the other driver actually plowed into his SUV.

There's no police report, only an incident report from parking lot personnel. The man says he didn't go to cops because he initially trusted Stevie -- but says now HIS insurance will be taking legal action. 

Dwayne Bowe Champ Bailey Was Toughest Defender ... I Faced in NFL

5/17/2019 4:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Now that Dwayne Bowe is officially retired ... he's revealing the one defender who gave him the biggest headaches on the field -- Champ Bailey!!!

Bowe -- who led the NFL in receiving TDs back in 2010 -- just signed a 1-day contract to end his career with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week ... finishing with more than 7,200 yards and 537 receptions.

Bowe coulda had a few more receptions if it weren't for Bailey, admitting the Hall of Famer is the ONLY guy who was able to hold him to ZERO catches in a game (in his prime) because of his coverage.

When he wasn't defended by the legend, Bowe has a Pro Bowl season in 2010 and earned 2nd team All-Pro honors that same year.

So ... what's next for Bowe??? He's looking to take over the rap game. He's released his first album, "No Referee" earlier this year ... and has a song with Trippie Redd coming out as well!!

"Everybody's been receptive to the music," Bowe says. "This is my first love before I actually played football. A lot of people don't know i was recording myself before I ever touched a football."

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