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The Dawg is putting his "American Idol" career to sleep -- Randy Jackson just announced he's leaving the show for good at the end of the season.
KRIS KROSS FAMILY & FRIENDS
Kris Kross rapper Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith broke down in tears today during the funeral for his former KK partner Chris Kelly -- telling the congregation, "It's been like a struggle for me every day ... I know Chris is in heaven." During the service, which took place at a Baptist church in
A judge just gave Kobe Bryant a reprieve from his mother's attempt to sell his memorabilia ... by shutting down the sale ... at least for now. TMZ has learned a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Goldin Auctions, prohibiting them from selling
LAURYN WRITES THANK YOU LETTER
Lauryn Hill is very thankful to the people who penned letters on her behalf to the judge that recently sentenced her to three months behind bars due to her tax delinquency issues. Hill was facing seven years for the evasion charges, but after securing a few more weeks to come up with the money, the judge gave her a light sentence. In a letter to supporters around the world, including legend Stevie Wonder and R&B songstress Alicia Keys, Hill delivered her sincere appreciation: (click here to read the letter) I appreciate the well wishes, and I thank you for your prayers. Also, to anyone who may have written letters that we did not know about, thank you also, all of you. I will have more to say soon, but did not want to further delay expressing my appreciation. * Thank you again, MLH
Recognized choreographer and "So You Think You Can Dance" star Wade Robson has filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson's estate alleging "childhood sexual abuse." In documents filed May 1, Robson, who has worked closely with Usher, P!nk, Britney Spears and more, alleges that he was abused by the late "King of Pop" and should be compensated under a "late creditor's claim" against the estate. Wade Robson actually met
TIMBERLAND’S NEW APP
Now that the rush to make profits from headphones and speakers are dying down, artists are looking for the next lucrative investment. Timbaland is a making a bet that social media is a viable option by investing in HangWith, Inc. "I've seen the power of social media and how a simple tweet or Instagram pic can bring awareness to an album," said Timbaland. "I think Hang With takes things to the next level. I believe the entertainment industry will line up behind this application and I intend to be at the head of the line." The “Hang W/” app enables live, real time video to be sent from one phone to several phones. Can it become the next Instagram? The app has already received over 100,000 downloads in the Apple App Store.
NICKI M. PISSING MORE PEOPLE OFF
Turns out that Mariah Carey and a few “Idol” fans are finished with Nicki Minaj and her regular antics. But now journalists are getting pissy with the artist. “Access Hollywood” correspondent Laura Saltman was on the “Idol” red carpet interviewing contestants and judges, where she apparently rubbed the Young Money rapper the wrong way. The reporter asked Nicki about her recent Twitter exchange with Mariah, but Nicki, instead of expecting that question due to the public nature of her conversation about the singer, quickly snapped. “That question didn’t even make sense. So you want me to insinuate what you’re talking about. I’m not going to.” Before Laura could get out a follow-up question Nicki rolled her eyes and quipped, “Okay, goodnight,” and walked away. Laura don’t play that and took to the “Access Hollywood” blog, calling Nicki “a mean girl, a cyber-bully. But Laura didn’t stop there read what else she had to say aout Nicki at eurweb.com
KANYE’S PERFORMANCE CRITCIZED
Kanye West — who scored an invite for his pregnant girlfriend Kim Kardashian to this year’s Met Ball — may have worn out his welcome at the gala after a confusing performance of “screeching” for the punk-themed event. Sources told us West, who’s been living in
Kobe Bryant has fired off a lawsuit of his own over more than a million bucks worth of memorabilia ... claiming his own mother stole some of the stuff right from his home. TMZ previously reported ...
JA RULE A FREE
Ja Rule is finally a free man ... TMZ has learned, the rapper was released from prison tuesday after serving out his sentences for attempted illegal gun possession and tax evasion. Mr. Rule -- real name Jeffrey Atkins -- was released from Ray Brook Federal Prison in
CELEBS & FASHION AT THEIR BEST
The Met Gala’s red carpet, undoubtedly one of the most exciting fashion events of the year, took place last night with actors, designers, models, musicians, comedians, and industry insiders attending under the theme of “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” Beyonce hosted the annual affair, which benefits the Costume Institute’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit, opening to the public later this week. For some red carpet highlights and why moments head over to eurweb.com.
USHER TAKES ON BIG ROLE
Usher has been recruited to play the role of Sugar Ray Leonard in “Hands of Stone,” a new film about another fighter, Roberto Duran. Usher told the Associated Press that he’s been preparing to play the fighter with fast hands, smooth feet and a wide smile – for more than a year and still needs to lose nearly 25 pounds before shooting begins in October. The cast also includes Robert De Niro as Duran’s Hall of Fame trainer, Ray Arcel. Edgar Ramirez, who was recently in “Zero Dark Thirty,” will play Duran.