Rihanna is still touring in the U.K. and even though she's already had a busy week packed with sideboob and quality time with her brother, now she's making headlines for another reason. Last night as Rihanna walked through the crowd in Birmingham, she seemed to lash out violently and hit a fan. Here's the video of Rihanna whacking a fan with a microphone.
The idiot who blackmailed rapper J. Cole on Twitter yesterday — by threatening to kill his little sister if J. Cole didn't retweet him — is now being investigated by police, TMZ has learned.
A rep for the New Braunfels Police Department in Texas tells us, they have opened an investigation into the 19-year-old responsible for the tweet … after the picture (showing the fan aiming a gun at his sister's face) was brought to their attention.
The rep says the teenager in question "is cooperating and it seems this was just a bad lapse in judgment." Police say the gun in the picture is a BB gun, not an actual handgun.
The rep adds, "For now this is still an open investigation, and for the time being no charges are being filed."
As for the teenager — we spoke to the kid, and he has profusely apologized for sending the message, telling us, "I'd like to apologize to America for the photo and to put J. Cole in that position. It was all a joke."
He added, "It was an unloaded BB gun and my sister was in on it. I only tweeted it because I didn't expect a response. Mr. Cole please don't sue me. I want to formally apologize more to J. Cole and yeah my mom made me delete my twitter until I fixed it."
James Gandolfini -- who famously played Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" -- died earlier today in Italy ... TMZ has learned.
Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was 51.
Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily -- and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.
Gandolfini shot to fame playing a hitman in the 1993 hit "True Romance" ... and quickly became a Hollywood legend when he was cast as Tony Soprano in 1999. He won 3 Emmy awards for the role during the show's 6 season run.
Gandolfini also appeared in a ton of huge movies including "Get Shorty," "The Mexican" and "Zero Dark Thirty."
We last spoke to Gandolfini in May in L.A. -- he was in great spirits, making funny faces and joking about a "Sopranos" movie.
Well this is bizarre -- a man was arrested last night for tiptoeing around Rihanna's roof ... but lucky for the singer, security guards nabbed the guy before he made it much further.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, private security guards near Rihanna's Pacific Palisades property called police just after 10 PM, reporting they had detained the 26-year-old alleged trespasser. Guards then held the man until officers arrived, and turned him over. The man was subsequently placed under arrest.
We're told the man was adamant ... he did NOT know it was Rihanna's house he was creeping around -- though cops tell us he had a Google map of the area pulled up on his phone. (Maybe he just got really lost???)
Bail was set $2,882. He's still in custody.
According to the L.A. Times -- which broke the story -- Rihanna wasn't home at the time ... she's in the U.K. on her Diamonds World Tour.
It's been a wild year for Rihanna's L.A. pad -- she was swatted in April ... and there was also that guy who tried to break into her house and sleep in her bed. The perks of being famous.
Rapper J. Cole was basically extorted by a sick fan who tweeted a photo of a little girl with a gun to her head ... and claimed he would shoot her if Cole did not respond to his message.
The fan tweeted last night "@JColeNC retweet me and I'll buy Born Sinner. Don't retweet me and I'll kill my lil sister."
Shortly after the threatening tweet, which refers to Cole's new album ... Cole did indeed retweet the message.
It's unclear if the gun is real or where the twisted bastard behind the tweet actually lives. The account, which we're not revealing, claims to be out of Saudi Arabia -- but the truth is it could be anywhere in the world.
We reached out to police in North Carolina -- where J. Cole lives -- to see if they were investigating ... but they hadn't heard anything about it.
We also contacted Twitter headquarters ... a rep said the company doesn't comment on individual accounts to protect privacy
This morning J. Cole commented about the incident, saying ... "Wildest s**t I ever seen on twitter."
Update- The fan is now downplaying his tweet by claiming it's a BB gun in the photo -- apparently, oblivious to the fact even a BB gun could seriously harm a child at that range.
Lil Wayne is lying through his diamond-encrusted teeth ... claiming he didn't INTENTIONALLY step on the American flag during a video shoot ... despite the fact he can be seen looking down on Old Glory several times during the performance.
Wayne just tweeted about his controversial video shoot for "God Bless Amerika" in New Orleans ... saying, "I didn't step on the flag on purpose! It's a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it's just there as I perform."
Translation -- I swear it was an accident ... please don't hate me.
Problem is ... during the video, you can see Wayne look down on the flag at several points in the shoot ... yet continues to trample all over the stars and stripes.
During the shoot, Wayne begins rapping in front of a giant American flag ... which is released to the ground. After it's on the floor, Wayne continues to rap ... while stepping all over the stars and stripes.
The lyrics to Wayne's song are just as controversial ... "My country 'tis of thee / Sweet land of kill 'em all and let 'em die / God bless Amerika / This ole' godless Amerika."
It's a good thing Chief Keef's rich ... 'cause he's gonna need a chauffeur after an Illinois judge banned the rapper from driving for 18 MONTHS for going 110 in a 55 last month.
The 17-year-old rapper pled guilty to one count of driving more than 40mph over the posted speed limit -- and in exchange, the judge sentenced him to 18 months of conditional discharge ... in which Keef is FORBIDDEN from driving a vehicle.
The judge also ordered Keef to submit to random drug testing throughout the 18-month term. He'll also be required to complete 60 hours of community service, pay a fine, and finish a traffic safety school.
As we previously reported, Keef was pulled over back in May when cops in Northfield, IL spotted the rapper's 2011 BMW X6 M flying down Edens Expressway at 3:45 AM. He only had a learner's permit at the time of his arrest.
UPDATE: Chief Keef has just been ARRESTED again.
Keef was leaving the courthouse where he pled guilty to speeding, when cops arrested the rapper for a completely SEPARATE incident.
We're told the arrest stems from a criminal trespass complaint that was filed back in May. Law enforcement tells TMZ ... Keef had been trespassing at a housing complex on the south side of Chicago and had repeatedly been told not to come back.
We're told cops were waiting for Keef outside the courthouse because they knew he would be there ... and once he emerged, the 17-year-old was almost immediately taken into custody.
Kim Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl ... TMZ has learned.
Source close to KK tell TMZ ... it was a NATURAL CHILD BIRTH. She started having contractions Friday night and went into full labor early Saturday AM.
Our sources tell us the baby and Kim are both in good health. We're told Kim delivered the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this morning ... 5 weeks early.
Our sources say BF Kanye West was there for the entire thing -- in the delivery room by Kim's side. We're told Kanye cancelled his appearance at his own record release party last night when Kim told him she was feeling "a little off."
It is the first child for Kim and Kanye.
(In related news, Taylor Swift posted the following tweet after Kim gave birth.)
TMZ has obtained EXPLOSIVE VIDEO of 2 Chainz and his crew being robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco this weekend ... and the footage shows the chaotic moments as the rapper and his crew desperately ran for their lives.
2 Chainz and his entourage were casually walking down the street Sunday afternoon when at least 2 men approached the crew and pointed guns at them ... one in a white shirt, the other in a black hoodie.
2 Chainz and his crew immediately scattered -- frantically trying to sprint down the street while the gunmen chased after them.
One of the gunmen seemed to be having fun during the incident ... and gleefully skipped after the rapper while 2 Chainz tried to get away.
During the chase, 2 Chainz stumbles and falls ... and one of the gunmen pounces ... hovering over the rapper with his gun drawn.
According to police, the bad guys jacked 2 Chainz for his cell phone and wallet. Towards the end of the video, you can see a man running back up the street with what appears to be the loot stuffed under his clothes.
Under the category: "Who ya gonna believe, me or your lyin' eyes" ... 2 Chainz later posted a tweet denying he was robbed ... saying, "Rule #1 if a rapper gets robbed people usually post items that has been taken."
As far as the bad guys, so far no arrests have been made.
Looks like the Jenner house is going to be extra packed after Kim Kardashian gives birth! In a new interview, the Kardashian momager confirms that Kanye and Kim will be living at the family's Calabasas mansion.
Apparently Kanye West was finally convinced to move in with the parents. As the $9 million Bel Air estate he bought with Kim Kardashian continues to undergo construction, Kris Jenner has confirmed that the couple will be moving in with her for the time being.
Being interviewed about her new talk show, Kris revealed the move to Hollywood Reporter. The story only mentions the juicy details in passing:
"There'll be even more attention if Kim gets married to Kanye,
who's moving into Kris' house with her (though, says Kim, "We
have a hotel that she doesn't know about yet.")."
First of all, Kris definitely knows about it now!
It had previously been suspected that Kim, Kanye and their baby-to-be would move to Kris' Calabasas mansion out of necessity. Kim recently sold her Beverly Hills home and Kanye has put his Hollywood Hills home on the market and already moved out it. And since the home Kimye bought together is not yet ready to move into, it seems the couple will crash at Kris' for a short time — they have nowhere else to go! At least they have that "secret" hotel room to get away to if they ever want a break from the wild world of Kris.
Kim must have broken down Kanye's pride, because as a source close to the rapper told HollywoodLife.com exclusively, Kanye had initially refused Kris' invitation and wasn't "trying to impose on nobody."
That's an honorable, proud feeling for Yeezy to have, but it's also not necessary — Kris has an enormous house and she loves nothing more than having her family close. And hey, now Kris can pitch in on baby duties, which we're sure Kanye will appreciate.
It's going to be one big, happy family (emphasis on big) until Kim and Kanye can move into their new house!
"[I hate YouTube because] the player is so ugly, and it's presented in such a terrible manner. I want everything I do to be presented in an art context, as this is a form of sonic art. I was an artist originally, I have been in art school since I was five-years-old.
I got scholarships to three art schools, Art Institute of Chicago, Saint Xavier, and the American Academy of Art, where I ended up going–and I dropped out because I had an assignment where I was supposed to do an ink painting or something, and I would take two weeks to do it, and when I looked at my work, I just felt that I would never be one of the great visual artists of the world." ( I just felt like I would end up like–and this is no knock to anybody that does this–but I felt like I would end up working at an ad agency or something like that. I wanted to make something of impact. I found that when I would drop samples, my friends would react to it more. I felt that I had a real talent in chopping and appropriating music."
He also offered an interesting take on the state of popular culture and art.
"Right now it's a fight against the separation and constant dumbing down of culture, and I'm standing in the middle of it. So if you know what people say are my lowest moments, those moments where I sat and saw them try to dumb down culture, and I would not allow it to happen on my clock. So when I used to go to fashion shows with my boys and we'd be eight deep, it was almost like a civil rights, like a sit-in. They wouldn't even let us in. They had no idea what rap would mean to this world, what rap would mean to the art world.
Before the Kendrick Lamars and the A$AP Rockys, it was Kanye West in a hotel room at the Le Maurice getting a 'no, no, no, no' to every single fashion show. But I thought it was so important to get close to the artists who worked so hard on making a usable form of art–like this furniture right here, like everything that is in all these rooms that inspire us so much–and I fight in my position of being a very commercial celebrity boyfriend, I fight to push culture forward every chance I get. And I only frown because paparazzi ask me dumb*** s**t all the time, and I think about changing the world, and I think about what I can do to make things better. And, without further ado, I want to play you guys my new album. It's called Yeezus."
Proof Jay Cutler actually went through with it -- Kristin Cavallari just posted this happy wedding photo with her new hubby ... nearly TWO YEARS after he torpedoed their first engagement by dumping her ass.
At least this wedding dress turned out better than the last ones ...
Kanye West insists he did NOT cheat on Kim Kardashian with a Canadian model/bartender -- telling TMZ, the woman accusing him of being unfaithful is just out for some easy publicity.
24-year-old Leyla Ghobadi recently did an interview claiming she met Kanye at one of his concerts in July 2012 -- three months after Kim and Kanye began dating. She says Kanye had his security pick her out of the crowd and they went for drinks after.
She claims they later engaged in two sexual encounters -- one while Kim was pregnant -- and that Kanye confessed his relationship to Kim was a sham in order to increase his fan base.
But a rep for Kanye says it's all BS -- telling us, "This most recent attack on Kanye West and his family is totally without merit. It's a blatant attempt by a misguided individual who is clearly seeking publicity, and another in a series of malicious stories drummed up by non-credible 'news' sources."
The rep adds, "This is a sad attempt to hurt two people trying to live their lives."
Jay-Z is a rap mogul worth around $500 million — but his clothing brand Rocawear is in the red, a lawsuit claims.
The apparel group allegedly owes $450,000 to wholesale company iSource NYC for urban-style duds made in Pakistan and shipped to New York last April through June, the Manhattan Supreme Court filing states.
The clothing items "were specially ordered goods . . . [with] the 'Rocawear' brand name imprinted on [them]," the Garment District company claims in the suit.
"Defendant never returned the ROC goods to iSource."
Rocawear paid for about half of the $1 million order, but has yet to cough up the balance, the suit alleges, and iSource wants the rest of the money plus 9 percent interest — because the bill was due last summer.
Reps for Rocawear did not immediately return messages for comment.
The Los Angeles District Attorney asked a judge on Monday morning to order Chris Brown to redo his entire 180 days of community service in Los Angeles, claiming that the R&B singer lied about completing the court-ordered requirements.
Brown, 24, showed up in a Los Angeles court wearing a white blazer, black slacks, a button-down shirt and glasses for his probation violation hearing on June 10. This was in connection to a 2009 assault charge involving Rihanna.
It has yet to be determined as to whether Brown will in fact have to redo his community service in L.A., he was originally supposed to have completed his service in Virginia, but he is set to return to court on July 15. According to court documents obtained by CBSLA.com, Brown is being accused of vacationing in Mexico and at a charity event in another state when he was supposed to be completing his community service in VA.
2 Chainz was just arrested at LAX ... after cops allegedly found weed on the "I'm Different" rapper as he was trying to board an airplane, TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us ... 35-year-old 2 Chainz is currently being booked for possession of marijuana after he was caught with pot in Terminal 5.
Just yesterday, 2 Chainz -- real name Tauheed Epps -- was tweeting about how impressed he was with the weed in San Francisco.
2 Chainz has been booked on felony narcotics possession. Law enforcement sources tell us ... Chainz was in possession of Promethazine -- one of the 2 main ingredients in sizzurp. He also had pot, but less than an ounce.
According to law enforcement, 2 Chainz was on board an outbound flight waiting to take off when TSA officials discovered the drugs in his checked luggage. He was subsequently removed from the aircraft before it departed, and placed under arrest.
Kanye West has reportedly put Scott Disck to work, which is itself no small task.
In Touch reports that West cast Disick in the role he was born to re-create, when the two filmed an "American Psycho"- themed video to promote the rapper's new album, "Yeezus," due out June 18.
West was in New York to perform at Governors Ball on Sunday, but he spent the weekend filming the video in Brooklyn with Disick and his girlfriend Kim Kardashian's best friend Jonathan Cheban, who gets killed in the end, according to the magazine's source.
The video will reportedly be released later this week, and Disick will finally get to use his likeness to Patrick Bateman for something more than a Halloween costume.
Who knows, if Disick can prove he's as perfect for the role as we think he is, maybe that "American Psycho" remake with him as the lead could happen after all.
Nicki Minaj is expanding her business empire with a new deal Myx Fusions, which has forged a new partnership with the singer/rapper.
Nicki will be the face of Myx Fusions' new, ready to drink Moscato, which is expanding into the United States market. She will be featured in a campaign that includes print, radio, television, off-line events and social media messaging.
Myx Fusions is co-owned by "Love & Hip Hop" executive producer Mona Scott-Young, who is also the Chief Marketing Officer for Myx Fusions. "Nicki is an innovative trendsetter and has the ability to energize the masses," Mona Scott-Young told AllHipHop.com in a press release.
"She embodies everything that Myx Fusions represents – style, spontaneity and the desire to push the envelope and inspire change. Both brands are perfectly aligned," Mona Scott-Young said.
"I am so excited to team with the Myx brand," says Minaj. "I have no doubt that it will be number one. It's a great-tasting, amazing product that people will love. It's not even a hard sell. Myx Fusions gives us an opportunity to revolutionize the wine industry." "
The latest move for Nicki Minaj adds to her growing list of business accomplishments, which includes deals with Mac, adidas and Pepsi.
Nicki Minaj recently announced that she would not be returning as host for the new season of "American Idol," as she focuses on her acting career.
Nicki is currently in New York City filming "The Other Woman" for 20th Century Fox, opposite Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.
The Jackson family is standing strong after Paris Jackson's alleged suicide attempt early Wednesday morning … at least according to Tito, who says the Jacksons are coping well.
As we reported, Paris has been surrounded by loved ones since she was rushed to the hospital for slashing herself with a meat cleaver and downing a bunch of Motrin. Last night, La Toya Jackson and Paris' birth mother Debbie Rowe paid her a visit.
Katherine Jackson was also present at the L.A. hospital.
Paris is currently being held on a 72-hour psychiatric hold.
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has been out of the news since she reaffirmed her love for her adoptive brother Nick Gordon last month, but it appears she's about to make a comeback. After months of documented noise complaints from neighbors, it appears the late singer's offspring has been kicked out of her Alpharetta, Georgia, apartment building along with Gordon. And she didn't go quietly.
According to a Reddit user with inside information, Brown left behind a note "thanking" her downstairs neighbors for phoning in the complaints that eventually got her evicted.
"Thanks. You are sh*t at the bottom of our shoe," Brown allegedly wrote. "Thank you for making a hard year harder. You are a miserable couple, and always will be. You were honored to have us living above you and you couldn't stand such a young beautiful couple being far more successful than you ever will be. I pray your misery doesn't rub off on your innocent little baby."
According to the Redditor, a friend of the couple, the two share a one year old. Among their numerous complaints over the past six months: "Partying until 5 AM on a weekday." Brown has yet to confirm the claim that she has been removed from her apartment.
Miguel was ORDERED not to attempt a dangerous jump over the crowd during his performance at the Billboard Music Awards because producers believed it was too dangerous ... but the singer ignored them ... sources connected to the production tell TMZ.
We're told ... Miguel approached producers before rehearsals and asked if he could try to jump over the crowd during his performance ... but producers shot down the idea, telling Miguel it was just too dangerous.
But when showtime came around, Miguel blew off the order ... and producers' fears were realized when he botched the jump and leg dropped a female fan ... slamming her head against the stage.
Now, the victim's lawyer says she may have suffered a brain injury as a result ... and a lawsuit could be on the way.
Months after Beyonce inked a $50 million, multi-faceted deal with Pepsi, Jay-Z and Samsung are said to be locking in a $20 million package that would see the rapper collaborating on multiple projects with the tech giant.
Page Six reports that the rapper and now sports agent might create a social media network as part of the deal. Regardless of the terms, a $20 million signing is a big move for the man who famously asserted, "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man."
If true, the report would signal the latest in a number of high-profile business moves Jay-Z has made over the past couple of years. He dissolved his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to set up Roc Nation Sports, a talent agency that has already landed some key signings; he moved his music label, Roc Nation, from Sony to Universal; he launched Made in America, a massive music festival in Philadelphia and even executive produced "The Great Gatsby."
As previously mentioned, highly structured deals are nothing new to the Carter-Knowles family. Beyonce's massive Pepsi contract includes traditional promotional appearances and ad campaigns, but also gives Pepsi a stake in Beyonce's creative endeavors.
Instead of celebrating his birthday with cake and presents, rapper Waka Flocka Flame commemorated his 27th by getting engaged to his longtime girlfriend on Friday. His new fiance, Tammy Rivera, or "Mz Flame," posted the proof on her Instagram page and was sure to send along some birthday wishes as well.
"Happy Birthday!!.. To my fiance... Lord knows we been through it all! An yet our souls still manage [sic]."
The message cuts off, but the picture is clear -- the bride-to-be and her beau sporting tattoos of each other's name on their ring fingers in lieu of a more traditional diamond ring. Here's to hoping marital bliss proves as permanent as the skin art.
Bruce Jenner's memory is disappearing faster than Kim's figure ... because the Kardashian patriarch has met Kanye West SEVERAL times, despite claiming he's only met the rapper once -- and Kim is pissed at her stepdad for saying it.
We've done our research -- and came up with at least FOUR different occasions where Bruce and Kanye were both present ... Kourtney's baby shower in May 2012, a taping of "X Factor" in November 2012, a Clippers game in December 2012, and the Kardashian family Christmas party.
The photographic evidence contradicts what Bruce told Extra this weekend ... that he only met Kanye once in his entire life, saying, "[Kanye is] not around."
We're told Kim's upset with her 63-year-old stepdad ... because Bruce makes it sound like Kanye doesn't care about the family.
And here's a clue that maybe Bruce isn't so into Kanye -- back in April, 2012, he said he was "not that excited" when Kim started dating the rapper ... because he felt Kim was rushing into a new relationship too quickly after leaving Kris Humphries.
Check out the Bruce Jenner video (courtsey of Extra) below: