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Nipsey Hussle's final day on a music video set was an uplifting, almost spiritual experience alongside DJ Khaled and John Legend. TMZ obtained this behind-the-scenes footage showing Nip, John and Khaled recording the vid ... just a few days before Nipsey would be gunned down outside his Marathon Clothing store in South L.A. The video setting was atop a parking structure the crew rented out in nearby Inglewood. The song is for the Khaled track, "Higher," which will be on his upcoming album, "Father of Asahd." John referenced the project in his tribute tweet to Nipsey on the day he died, saying he'd just filmed with him and calling the collab "beautiful." He was right ... the song sounds like a straight banger, and also looks like it'll have pretty interesting visuals -- John at a grand piano, right next to classic cars with hydraulic suspensions firing. Not to mention Nipsey in a dope head-to-toe blue suit. "Higher" drops Friday and is presumably one of the last collabs Nip recorded before his death. Khaled says 100% of the proceeds from the song and music vid are going to Nipsey's children, Emani and Kross Asghedom ... and he says Nip's family gave him their blessing. Seeing him in action really reminds you . . . gone way too soon. (TMZ)

Nick Carter swarmed by fans while in Italy. Backstreet's back, alright, and so are their fans. Nick Carter posted a video on Instagram Wednesday that showed the singer and his family surrounded by fans as they got gelato while in Italy. The Backstreet Boys band member wrote, "I love you too #italy me and my family trying to get some #gelato from this incredible place." Fans both inside and outside of the shop waved and held up their smartphones to record Carter. "What do you think? Say, 'This is crazy,'" Carter, 39, told his 3-year-old son, Odin Reign, who repeated, "This is crazy." The Backstreet Boys have had a resurgence after debuting their Las Vegas residency in 2017. Earlier this year, Billboard reported that the group scored their first No. 1 album in nearly 20 years with their latest album "DNA." (PageSix)

Spanish court clears Shakira and Vives of plagiarism. A Spanish court has cleared Colombian singers Shakira and Carlos Vives of a plagiarism claim after rejecting a lawsuit brought against them by a Cuban-born singer and producer. The court in Madrid issued its ruling in favor of Shakira and Vives on Thursday. Livan Rafael Castellanos had accused Shakira and Vives of plagiarizing his 1997 song "Yo te quiero tanto" in their award-winning hit "La Bicicleta." "La Bicicleta" won two of the three biggest Grammy Latino awards for 2016, including song and record of the year. The ruling can be appealed. (PageSix)

Radio Stations Ban Drake and Steve Miller Band During NBA's Raptors-Bucks Series. Drake attends the Golden State Warriors game against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 16, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Just four teams remain alive in an NBA post-season that has produced an array of overtime thrillers, buzzer-beaters and some exceptional individual play. Somehow, Drake and Steve Miller Band have emerged as losers in all this. With the Toronto Raptors dueling with the Milwaukee Bucks for a place in the NBA Finals, a radio station in Wisconsin showed its colors by placing a temporary playlist ban on Drake, the Raptors' ambassador and No. 1 fan. Hosts of the morning show on Milwaukee's 103.7 KISS FM announced that they would "take a break from playing Drake," cutting Drizzy's tunes from their airwaves until the end of the Eastern Conference Finals. Morning co-hosts Riggs & Alley and their producer made the decision official with a video posted to social media. No more Drake until the series was done. To prove it, they dumped his track "In My Feelings" from their playlist. Two can play that game. Toronto's KiSS 92.5 responded by banning Steve Miller Band who, according to the morning crew of Roz And Mocha, is "the most famous artist to come from Milwaukee." That's right, it's not Miller time. It's petty, and it's pretty funny. Back in the ball game, the Bucks drew first blood in the best-of-seven series, winning 108-100 in the opening matchup at their hometown Fiserv Forum. (Billboard)

One more time. Britney Spears' longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, clarified a comment he made about the singer possibly "never" performing again. Hours after TMZ published a story about Rudolph saying the "I'm a Slave 4 U" songstress might not hit the stage "in the near future and possibly never again," the 55-year-old attempted to clear up his statement. The former entertainment lawyer told Billboard, while it may've seemed like he was "implying that Britney will never work again," that wasn't his intention. "I simply said that the Vegas residency is now officially off and that she hasn't called me in months to talk about doing anything so I'm not sure if or when she will ever want to work again. It's that simple." In his earlier statement to TMZ, Rudolph said that it's "clear" to him that the Crossroads star "should not be going back to do" her Domination residency until "she's ready -- physically, mentally and passionately." Spears' second Vegas residency was scheduled to kick off on February 13 at the Park MGM's Park Theater. However, the All New Mickey Mouse Club alum announced in January that she was going on an indefinite work hiatus in order to tend to her sick father, Jamie Spears. "I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family," she said in a statement at the time. "We have a very special relationship and I want to be with my family at this time just like they have always been there for me." Three months later, multiple sources confirmed to Us that the "Toxic" singer checked into a mental health facility. She spent about one month in a "wellness center that prioritizes physical, mental and spiritual well-being," before checking out in late April. (US Weekly)

Yo Gotti's got great timing because when his tour bus got sprayed with bullets in Nashville ... he easily could have been on board and killed. Cops responded to a shots fired call after 11 PM Tuesday night and found the rapper's bus had been shot up outside the hotel where he's staying. Police checked the bus and discovered nobody was on it, and no one had been hit in the hail of gunfire. Bullet holes peppered the bus, and at least one tire was blown out. It's unclear if the motive was simply to vandalize the bus or worse ... cops are investigating, but no arrests so far. Gotti had just performed earlier in the night at the Mercy Lounge. It's unclear if he'd ridden the bus back to his hotel room prior to the shooting. A witness tells us he heard rapid gunfire for about 6 seconds and then heard screeching tires as a car sped away. Last year one person was shot and killed outside a Gotti gig in Kansas City, and in 2017 one of his friends was arrested for allegedly shooting Young Dolph. (TMZ)

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