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Lady Gaga Is Not Engaged
(TMZ) Despite a photo that seems to say to the contrary ... Lady Gaga is NOT engaged ... sources close to the singer tell TMZ.

Famed photog and close friend Terry Richardson posted a photo this weekend of Gaga sporting a huge rock with the caption, "Gaga showing off her new engagement ring!"

But our sources say it's just a ring and Gaga is not engaged to anyone. It's unclear if Gaga is even dating anyone right now ... recent reports say she broke up with BF Taylor Kinney. more on this story

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Demi Lovato and Britney Spears To Be Announced As X Factor Judges Today?
(TMZ) Demi Lovato has officially signed her deal and will be a judge on the next season of "The X Factor" ... TMZ has learned.

According to our sources, Demi will be in NYC today for the FOX Up Fronts to announce her joining the show.

Demi is scheduled to tour this summer, but our sources say her "X Factor" schedule shouldn't interfere with her touring.

Lovato should have company today ... as TMZ previously reported, our sources say Britney Spears will be in NYC to announce she's joining the show as well.
Demi Lovato has officially signed her deal and will be a judge on the next season of "The X Factor" ... TMZ has learned.

According to our sources, Demi will be in NYC today for the FOX Up Fronts to announce her joining the show.

Demi is scheduled to tour this summer, but our sources say her "X Factor" schedule shouldn't interfere with her touring.

Lovato should have company today ... as TMZ previously reported, our sources say Britney Spears will be in NYC to announce she's joining the show as well.
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Justin Bieber TV Surprise
(popmusiclife) Justin Bieber made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

The pop superstar was one of many celebrities featured in SNL's 100th Digital Short, including Justin Timberlake, Natalie Portman, Usher and Michael Bolton.

The video referenced several episodes from the show's previous clips, and opened up with two of the show's writers – and Bieber – singing the tribute to the series. Watch it here.

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Lil Wayne Settles Love Me or Hate Me Dispute
(TMZ) Lil Wayne buried the hatchet with another disgruntled producer this week ... this time settling a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit over the track "Love Me or Hate Me."

The producer in question -- David Kirkwood -- sued Lil Wayne, Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment in 2011 ... claiming they owed him royalties on "Love me or Hate Me" from "The Carter III" album.

Lil Wayne initially fought back, asking a judge to dismiss the case. But then the rapper, along with CM and YME, decided to settle out of court with Kirkwood for an undisclosed amount.

TMZ broke the story ... Lil Wayne JUST settled another $20-million lawsuit filed by another bitter producer in April, over unpaid "Lollipop" royalties. more on this story

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Dog Wins Britain's Got Talent
(TMZ) The dancing dog that took home the "Britain's Got Talent" crown this weekend could be worth MILLIONS ... TMZ has learned.

In case you missed it, UK's nationwide talent search resulted in the the epic win of a 17-year-old girl, Ashleigh, and her dog, Pudsey, who perform adorable dance routines on stage.

Sources tell us ... ever since Pudsey made her "BGT" debut, offers for sponsorship and TV deals have been rolling in non-stop. We're told the deals could rake in millions of dollars -- on top of the $800k they already won from the show.

According to our sources, some of the offers on the table include: dog food endorsements, television shows, stuffed animals, dog toys and even a children's book revolving around the talented canine. more on this story

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Whitney Houston's Family Land Reality Show
(TMZ) Whitney Houston's mother is telling friends ... she fully supports the idea of a family reality show because she believes the exposure will be GREAT for Bobbi Kristina's singing career.

As we previously reported, the family just inked a TV deal with Lifetime to star in a reality show that will follow Whitney's relatives in the wake of the singer's untimely death.

Houston family sources tell TMZ ... Cissy Houston knows BK shares Whitney's passion for music ... and she believes a reality show could be the perfect place to showcase Bobbi's talent.

We're told ... Cissy also believes a reality show will "help with the healing process" by "keeping the family as one."

Cissy also likes the fact that her "extended family" will be making money from the deal.

But don't expect Kardashian-style antics on the Houston show -- producers are suggesting it will have a more serious tone ... at least for now. more on this story

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Stevie Wonder Focus of Incest Allegation Extortion Plot
(TMZ) A man claiming to be Stevie Wonder's nephew has been charged with attempting to extort the singer by threatening to go to the tabloids and say he's the product of an incestuous relationship between Stevie and Stevie's sister --- UNLESS the singer coughed up big bucks.

Alpha Lorenzo Walker was arrested May 2 after being trapped in a sting operation. Law enforcement sources tell us Walker initially demanded $5 million from Stevie but was shut down and eventually lowered his demand to $10,000.

Our sources say undercover cops met Walker, claiming to be Stevie's reps who had the cash, but demanded that he first sign a document which included a statement that his accusations were false. Walker signed, and he was promptly arrested.

Our sources say the incest allegation is completely bogus.

Walker has been charged with felony extortion, along with his girlfriend. He has pled not guilty. Walker is in custody and is being held on $60,000 bail. more on this story

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Usher's SNL Performances Online
(popmusiclife) Usher's performances from Saturday Night Live this past weekend is now streaming online.

On an episode hosted by Will Ferrell, Usher performed his two latest singles, "Scream" and "Climax."

Both tracks are from his upcoming album "Looking 4 Myself," which will be released on June 12.

The singer also appeared in a few sketches, including the "Funkytown Debate" and SNL's 100th digital short, which featured a huge cast of characters, including Justin Bieber. Watch here.

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That 70s Show Star Won't Face Domestic Violence Charges
(TMZ) That 70s Show star Lisa Robin Kelly won't face any additional jail time in her domestic violence case -- because the L.A. County D.A. has declined to file charges.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the alleged victim -- Lisa's male roommate -- refused to cooperate with authorities, which made the case impossible to prosecute.

TMZ broke the story ... Lisa was arrested in March on a felony charge of corporal injury on a spouse after allegedly roughing the guy up in their apartment.

Lisa has claimed she was innocent from the beginning -- and insists she wasn't drunk or high at the time of her arrest, despite the jarring mug shot. more on this story

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Shark Tank's Mark Cuban Paid $1K To Draw A Cat
(TMZ) Mark Cuban just raked in a $1,000 check for drawing a picture of two stick-figure cats kissing each other ... seriously.

It's not as random as it seems -- Mark is an "investor" on the reality show "Shark Tank" ... and recently sunk $25k into a company called, "I Want to Draw a Cat for You" -- a website that sells personalized cartoon cats for $9.95 a piece.

After he bankrolled the company, IWTDACFY jokingly posted an offer on the website that Cuban would personally sketch some cat art for $1,000 ... not thinking anyone would actually bite.

But they were wrong ... 'cause a short time later, a 24-year-old dude named David Switzer put up the cash ... and requested a kitty pic featuring himself and his girlfriend.

Mark tells TMZ ... although he has no prior cat-drawing experience, he's taking the job seriously ... and even reached out to the regular cat artist to get an idea of what he the pic should look like.

Cuban tells us he's already started on the drawing -- and hopes to have it out to his first cat client shortly. more on this story

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Basketball Wives Star Hairy Dispute Settled
(TMZ) "Basketball Wives" star Tami Roman finally settled the hair lawsuit filed against her and TMZ has learned the show will NOT be disappointing its "millions" of fans ... and will air as originally planned.

As TMZ previously reported ... Roman was sued by Crθme de la Crθme beauty products who claimed she breached her endorsement contract with them -- by promoting her own hair-product line instead of theirs on the show -- and they asked a judge to prevent that footage from airing.

Roman fought back against Crθme de la Crθme and the two parties officially settled privately out of court this past week ... but the specific terms were not released.

We are told that Roman is no longer affiliated with Crθme de la Crθme and, as part of the deal, the reality TV show will NOT be cutting any clips due to the lawsuit ... which, according to Roman, will keep "millions" of fans happy.

A judge officially dismissed the case Monday. more on this story

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Bobby Brown Wanted Bobbi Kristina For His Reality Show
(TMZ) If Bobby Brown didn't sound too supportive of Bobbi Kristina doing a reality show with Whitney's family ... it's because Bobby wanted his daughter on his upcoming reality show ... sources close to BB tell TMZ.

According to our sources, Bobby has no problem with Bobbi K doing a reality show ... and he has been trying to get her to appear on his show for months. But our sources say that was NEVER going to happen.

We're told Bobbi K has cut off all lines of communication with Bobby, so he's been calling Pat Houston (Whitney's sister-in-law/manager) in an effort to reach out to Bobbi. Our sources say Bobbi never even considered doing her father's show and the rest of the family feels Bobby was only trying to use her to make his upcoming show more marketable.

Our sources say Bobby found out about the Houston family show last week like everyone else did. more on this story

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Patrick Dempsey Dog Dilemma
(TMZ) "Grey's Anatomy" star and real-life car accident hero Patrick Dempsey is in dire need of rescue himself ... or at least his dogs are, but this story may have a happy ending.

Sources close to Patrick's dogs tell us, the actor adopted two American Bulldog-Staffordshire Terrier mixes from an animal rescue in Texas recently -- but the two dogs (sisters and both alphas) were literally at each other's throats ... and Patrick's worried they might kill each other.

So, the Dempseys decided to put BOTH dogs -- Daisy and Ginger -- up for adoption on Ace of Hearts private adoption website.

We're told the Dempseys wanted to keep one of the dogs, but listed both to maximize the chances of adoption.

Here's the good news. We're told it looks like someone from a good home is going to adopt Ginger, though it's not a done deal. If it goes through, Daisy will be firmly ensconced in the Dempsey homestead.

FYI, the Dempsey's are big into animal rescue. Among their adoptions -- an 80-pound tortoise from the Valley Wildlife Rescue Center. more on this story

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Coolio Has Another Run-In With Las Vegas Police
(TMZ) It hasn't been two months since Coolio was released from a Vegas jail but last week, the rapper was already back in the sights of Vegas law enforcement ... when police pulled his car over.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Coolio was pulled over for having expired plates. He was cited for expired registration and no proof of insurance ... and subsequently let go.

A close call, but he's going back down a dangerous path when you consider Coolio was jailed back in March because of two active bench warrants out for his arrest ... both stemming from traffic violations. more on this story

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Jersey Shore's Pauly D To Remix Booze Market
(TMZ) "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D is entering the liquor business ... and TMZ has learned his new signature drink deal could set him up for life.

According to our sources, Pauly D is close to announcing his own ready-to-drink cocktail called REMIX ... a series of vodka-based drinks in various flavors. Pauly's drink is meant to target the "pre-game" market -- the kind of drink you have before you go out for the evening.

Our sources say Pauly D's business partner is none other than David Kanbar, the co-Founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails. Were told the drink was brought to the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America convention in Las Vegas early last month and buyers loved it. According to our sources, it sold more cases during the convention than Skinnygirl sold in 18 months!

Considering Skinnygirl sold for a rumored $120 million ... Pauly D might be retiring before you can say GTL. more on this story

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Mena Suvari's Ex Wants $17K A Month In Support
(TMZ) Mena Suvari's soon-to-be ex-husband wants Mena to fork over a whopping $17,000/month in spousal support as part of their divorce ... TMZ has learned.

According to court docs filed earlier this week, Simone Sestito claims he has "negative balances" on all his personal and business accounts and has been forced to pay his bills with credit cards and loans from his parents.

Sestito claims Mena makes $750,000/year, which includes a Captain Morgan ad campaign she did that netted her $225,000.

Sestito claims he got used to eating out "almost everyday at high end restaurants" and lists his estimated monthly eating out expense as a whopping $3,000/month. A Happy Meal every once in a while wouldn't hurt!

Sestito is looking for $17,151/month in spousal support, plus an additional $10k for attorney fees.

A judge has yet to rule.

Mena's lawyer, Mark Gross, tells TMZ ... "It is unfortunate that Simone has chosen the spotlight of litigation over the privacy of mediation." more on this story

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