Day in Pop Report for 08/31/2011
(TMZ) Kid Cudi is NOT Don Draper, so he doesn't get to smoke wherever he wants -- and he learned that lesson the hard way when he sparked up at the MTV VMAs last week.
Honchos at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live spotted the rapper puffing away as Lady Gaga went on stage to accept the award for Best Female Video -- which is a problem because the place is a non-smoking venue.
A rep for the building tells TMZ an usher was dispatched to speak with Cudi -- where, "He was asked to put it out and he complied."
And they all lived happily ever after. more on this story
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(TMZ) The mystery buyer looking to purchase Kim Kardashian's sex tape needs to muster up at least $30 million if they want a CHANCE at taking it off the market ... TMZ has learned.
We spoke with Vivid Entertainment top banana Steve Hirsch ... who tells us he HAS made contact with the lawyer who's representing the mystery party interested in buying the rights to the sex tape ... and he's open to the possibility of a deal.
Hirsch tells us ... "Based on its long term value, it looks like $30 million would be a starting point for a discussion on all of the rights."
Hirsch adds, "I have no idea who is behind this offer ... but If it's Kim, I have a tremendous amount of respect for her. She has my number and can call me any time." more on this story
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(Sub) Blue Stahli is leading a charity campaign this week (Aug 29 - Sept 4) to raise support and awareness for not only his debut album, but for donations to Free Arts for Abused Children, which is a cause that hits close to home and that Bret is passionate about.
Using a Pay-What-You-Want Model ($1.99 minimum) powered by Fan-It from the recent start-up YAWMA with 25% of all donations going to Charity, fans can snag up the 10-track debut Blue Stahli album, along with 2 bonus tracks, including an alt acoustic version of a track plus an unreleased instrumental track from an upcoming album.
As a special incentive to participate in the event, a $1,000 goal was set (and quickly achieved) to unlock a special acoustic YouTube performance of a song of choice from fans and a Top Donor prize was set to award the largest contributor with a personalized private video performance of an additional song. more on this story
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(Hubbub) Bess Rogers has released a new single (with a Beatles b-side) as she kicks off a late summer tour. The new single, "Anchor," comes from the forthcoming album, Out Of The Ocean.
"It's always nice when you don't have to labor over what to do on a song, and this was one of those. The song itself is pretty literal - just about having someone who grounds you and brings you back to reality," states Rogers regarding the new song.
"Anchor" was released as a 'digital 45' worldwide and features a cover of the Beatles' classic, "In My Life." Stream both tracks here
Rogers launched a new tour with Ian Axel and Allie Moss. Dubbed the Intergalactic Tour of the Universe and Beyond tour shows kicked off on August 24th in Seattle, Washington and conclude September 21st in Boston, MA. more on this story
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(TMZ) Jon Cryer's efforts to get out of paying child support to his ex-wife -- who temporarily lost custody of their kid -- have been stymied after an appeals court ruled the actor MUST shell out $8,000 per month.
The "Two and a Half Men" actor had been waging the battle for years -- in 2009, Jon filed papers claiming he shouldn't have had to pay a single cent to Sarah Trigger Cryer because back then, she only had custody of their young son 4% of the time.
But, the California Court of Appeal believes lowering Jon's child support obligation could have a negative effect on the child -- and yesterday, it rejected Jon's appeal.
The court explained, "Although, understandably, Jon may have found the situation unfair, the primary focus must remain on the child's well-being, not the parents' feelings."
Since 2009, the courts have increased Sarah's custody rights -- and according to her lawyer, she now has custody of their son for 35% of the time ... and the courts NEVER ruled that she was an unfit parent.
Sarah continues to receive $8,000 per month in child support. more on this story
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(TMZ) The Pregnant Man -- Thomas Beatie -- claims he SHOULD HAVE been chosen to compete on "Dancing with the Stars" this season ... but says, "Chaz Bono stole my thunder."
Beatie tells TMZ ... he reached out to casting in the hopes of landing a spot a few months ago -- but never got a call back. But after DWTS announced that Chaz would be on the show, Thomas says he thinks he knows why he was rejected -- the transgender quota had already been filled.
Thomas says he understands why producers wouldn't cast two famous transgender people on the show -- but he's still pretty bummed out ... telling us, "I wanted to try my new body out. I'm an athlete and I know I would have excelled."
There's always next season ... more on this story
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(TMZ) Cops showed up to the Lohan residence in New York last week ... after a member of the family claimed they were receiving threatening phone calls ... but it wasn't Dina ... or Lindsay ... or Ali ... or Michael Sr. ... or Jr. -- it was the youngest Lohan of them all, 15-year-old Cody.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Cody called the Nassau County Police Department on Thursday and told officers a mystery caller was blowing up his cell phone and threatening to "harm him."
We're told cops checked out the Lohan home -- looking for anything suspicious -- but we're told they didn't find anything out of the ordinary.
Cody's mom Dina is still in Los Angeles, having attended the Kardashian wedding -- but sources close to the Lohan gang tell us family members are taking the threats very seriously and Cody is under proper care. more on this story
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(TMZ) Wrestling icon Ric Flair is FURIOUS over an article which claims the Nature Boy is suffering from a serious medical condition caused by years of hardcore boozing ... because Ric claims it's NOT TRUE and now he's threatening to sue.
The unflattering article -- which paints Flair as a troubled, irresponsible mess of a person -- ran on an ESPN affiliated website called Grantland.com ... and the report is mostly based on court documents.
But Flair is particularly pissed about the reporter's claim that he suffers from Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy -- a disease caused by years of alcohol abuse which often leads to heart failure.
A rep for Flair -- -- whose real name is Richard Fliehr -- tells TMZ, "While the information gleaned from courthouse records may be credible, Mr. Fliehr is currently evaluating his legal options with respect to falsehoods in the story, specifically the untrue statement that he suffers from alcoholic cardiomyopathy."
The rep adds, "Our client understands that these allegations are part of the territory when you are not only famous, but a living legend." more on this story
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(TMZ) Ron Artest will remain Ron Artest for at least 3 more weeks, because a judge just ruled there will be no Metta World Peace until Ronnie clears up his outstanding traffic ticket warrants.
Ron's name change petition went before a judge this AM, but hizzoner said he would not grant Ron's request because Ron is a scofflaw.
The new hearing is set for September 16. We're guessing Ron has the cash. more on this story
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(Billboard) Sinead O'Connor is looking for, well, what Justin Bieber might call a snake named Johnson: the Irish singer has taken to her website and Twitter account to make a public inquiry and search for a good man and a good time. O'Connor claims that her sex life is "so dire" that "inanimate objects are starting to look good" more
Check out Kelly Clarkson's new single "Mr. Know It All" here. The single will be released digitally on September 5th.
(Billboard) Another week, another record-setting chart achievement for Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." The album becomes the first set in the 15-year history of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart to generate four No. 1s, as "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" ascends 2-1. more
(BBC) James Franco will not be making his Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth this autumn, his publicist confirms. more
(Billboard) L.A. rapper Game is unleashing his first book. Titled, "The Making of Game's R.E.D. Album" (available in most digital formats with paperback forthcoming), it focuses on the record's studio sessions and path towards release after being delayed almost two years. more
(FMQB) Rick Ross faces another trademark infringement lawsuit with the release of his most recent album, Teflon Don. Rapper Teflon Don has filed a lawsuit against Ross, DJ Khaled, Def Jam Recordings, Universal Music Group, Slip-N-Slide Records and Maybach Music Group. Don claims that Ross' album is hindering his success. more
(Jam!) Demi Lovato has hit out at critics who are chastising her for gaining weight, insisting they need to "get over it". The teenage actress/singer underwent three months of treatment for a series of emotional issues, including an eating disorder, earlier this year. more
A judge won't give a company suing Britney Spears access to her medical information. more
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(TMZ) Justin Bieber and his super-expensive Ferrari are both doing OK after the singer was involved in a minor fender bender in L.A. yesterday ... this according to the LAPD.
According to police, a driver in a Honda collided with a Ferrari driven by Bieber.
Sources on the scene tell TMZ ... the Honda "tapped" Biebs so gently he didn't exchange info with the other driver.
But we're told one of Justin's peeps decided ... better safe than sorry ... and called police -- who showed up and said there wasn't enough damage to even take a report.
The good news is no one was injured. Even better news ... we're told Bieber doesn't own the Ferrari. more on this story
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(TMZ) Tupac Shakur's mother would "never participate in smoking her son" ... a family spokesperson tells TMZ.
As TMZ previously reported, members of the The Outlawz -- Tupac's former rap group -- released a video in which they claim they rolled up Pac's ashes with weed and smoked him up at a family memorial event. The rappers claim Pac's mother was present at the time.
But the family spokesperson tells us ... no one in the Shakur family EVER signed off on the Pac puff 'n pass ... especially his mother, Afeni.
The family rep tells us ... the Shakurs simply don't know if there's any truth to the claims made by the Outlawz -- but if they DID smoke Tupac, they "would have had to sneak the remains past the family member in charge of keeping an eye on the ashes at the memorial."
The rep tells us ... no one in the family would ever approve of the act -- but they currently don't plan on pursuing any action against The Outlawz. more on this story
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(TMZ) Bruno Mars is declaring war on his music publisher -- claiming the company refuses to let him out of his contract ... even though he has already delivered on his end of the bargain.
Mars has filed a lawsuit against Bug Music, Inc. -- claiming the company failed to pick up the option on his contract after he delivered an agreed upon number of songs.
In the documents, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Mars claims he turned in all of his music by February -- at which point, Bug had a certain amount of time to exercise its option to continue the relationship with Mars.
Bruno claims Bug never got back to him ... so he considered the contract terminated.
According to the docs, the honchos at Bug believe Mars is wrong -- and insist he is still under a contract which gives them 50% of the copyrights of any music Bruno makes.
Now, Mars says ... he needs a judge to issue a declaration that his contract is in fact over -- so he can move on with his career.
We called Bug for comment -- but they didn't want to talk. more on this story
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(TMZ) Cocaine ... hangovers ... and mug shots -- Mike Tyson and Charlie Sheen are a match made in Comedy Central Roast heaven ... and TMZ has learned Iron Mike is officially on board to skewer the Warlock next month.
Sources heavily involved with the Roast tell us ... Mike will be on the dais on September 10 ... along with Steve-O from "Jackass" ... comic Anthony Jeselnik and Roast legend Jeff Ross.
Oh, and Harvey Levin will be roasting too. Bombs away. more on this story
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Flo Rida will hit the stage with both David Guetta and Nicki Minaj live tonight on "America's Got Talent," performing "Where Them Girls At."
Flo Rida is back with his new single, "Good Feeling," which is available at all online retailers this week. Listen to "Good Feeling" here.
The Dr. Luke-produced single comes after the worldwide success of his most recent singles, "Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta)," "Who Dat Girl (feat. Akon)" and "Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)." "Club Can't Handle Me" has sold nearly 4.5 million singles to date worldwide. more on this story
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(TMZ) The people behind the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert want to make peace with the fans who have sworn to boycott the event ... by inviting them all to join in on a conference call to air out their grievances.
TMZ spoke to a rep for the concert who says they're inviting the leaders of several prominent fan groups to join them Wednesday for "an informative call to address some of the misinformation about the upcoming Michael Forever tribute."
For those unfamiliar, a TON of MJ fan groups banded together in anger -- after Jermaine and Randy Jackson claimed it would be "inappropriate" to support a concert "during the criminal trial surrounding Michael's death."
We're told event organizers are hoping the call with put "rumors and incorrect information to rest." more on this story
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American Idol Scotty McCreery has released a new single called "The Trouble With Girls," which is the second single from his debut album, Clear As Day, due Oct. 4.
"It's a really sweet song," Scotty says. "I played it for my sister and I said, 'Would you like to hear what's said in this song?' She said, 'I would love to have a guy say some of this stuff to me.'
"It's talking about how great they are and it's tough for the guy to handle because he just loves it. It has a nice twist to it. It's like the songwriters wrote it just for me." more on this story
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(Webster) Neal McCoy will release his new album, 'XII,' in January 2012. The new collection of 12 songs, which is being produced by Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Brent Rowan, marks McCoy's 12th studio album, and his first with new label home, Blaster Records.
"Having Miranda and Blake involved in this project is 'Huge' for me. Not only do they have great vision, but they know when to have fun and when to get serious along with being Fantastic musicians," says McCoy.
McCoy's first single "A-OK," which was penned by Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Brett Eldredge, will be released in October, 2011.
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(TMZ) The blood of a dead puppy is on Steven Seagal's hands ... this according to an Arizona man who claims the actor participated in an deadly police raid on his home back in March that was taped for a reality show.
Seagal, along with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has been served with an official notice of claim from Jesus Sanchez Llovera -- who contends Seagal and the Maricopa County Sheriffs Department performed an "unfounded" raid on his home because they believed Jesus was operating an illegal cockfighting farm. Jesus denies the allegation -- insisting he only raises the roosters "for show."
Jesus claims Seagal arrived to his home on March 9 with a TANK -- and rammed into a gate on his property. Seagal was backed up by an MCSO Tactical Operations Unit -- armed in full riot gear -- which stormed the house. The entire incident was captured by a camera crew taping for Seagals's reality show, "Steven Seagal Lawman." more on this story
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(TMZ) TMZ has obtained the 911 call made moments after the body of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Russell Armstrong was found August 15 at a friend's home where Russell was staying.
You can hear the caller say, "My friend just hanged himself, do you understand? Come over here and stop asking questions."
Russell was found more than 24 hours after he committed suicide. As TMZ first reported, Russell's estranged wife Taylor Armstrong was also there when the body was found -- and you can hear the caller console her ... saying, "Come here Taylor, it's alright. It's alright, it's alright." The first words you hear a sobbing Taylor say are, "I need my psychiatrist." Listen here
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