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‘Shakira cleared £12.2m tax debt before accusation by Spain’

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Colombian pop star Shakira has debunked allegations that she committed tax fraud running into £12.2 million.

The singer said she has fully paid the full amount before a complaint was filed.

Spanish treasury officials had accused the ‘hips don’t lie’ crooner of committing tax fraud of £12.2 million in Spain between 2012 and 2014, Spanish newspaper ESPLUGUES DE LLOBREGAT had reported.

However, in a statement released after the publication of the article, Shakira’s PR company said she had appeared in court to

“help clarify the facts over her tax situation in Spain”.

It said the singer had always met her tax obligations in every country where she had worked and did not own taxes to the Spanish state.

“As soon as she learned how much she owed the Spanish tax authorities – and before a complaint was filed – Shakira paid the full amount”.

“As well as providing the tax office with exhaustive information. For this reason, there is currently no debt whatsoever.”

It began last year when the singer appeared in a Spanish court last summer to testify over allegations that she avoided paying €14.5 in taxes.

The 42-year-old said she was up-to-date with her taxes, had given her full cooperation to the investigation and had no outstanding debts with the tax authorities.

She arrived at the Esplugues de Llobregat court near Barcelona, using the court’s car park entrance to avoid the media.

Prosecutors, who accused her of tax evasion in December last year, argued that she avoided taxes by claiming to live in the Bahamas when she was resident in Catalonia.

The ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer is said to have changed residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Spain, where she lives with her partner, the Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, and their two sons.

But prosecutors allege she was already living in the Catalan capital between 2012 and 2014.

Officials claim she should have paid tax in Spain on her worldwide income for those years.

They also argue she was resident in Spain for most of the year, only travelling abroad for short periods at a time.

In February, the Catalan newspaper El Periódico reported that the singer had paid the Spanish tax authorities €14.5m to settle the debt.

 

 

 

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Video: 2Baba drops Opo Ft. Wizkid

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Veteran Nigerian singer, 2Baba drops the official music video to his most recent song “Opo” featuring Starboy Wizkid.

“Opo Video” performed by 2Baba and Wizkid is the second official music video released from the HyperDigital boss 7th Studio Album ‘Warriors’ a follow up to ‘We Must Groove’ featuring Burna Boy.

“Opo” means plenty, the legendary singers talks about an Endowed lady. The song is a feel good jam with a lovely vibe, melody and catchy lyrics. This definitely is fans’ favourite from the Warrior Album.

The music video was directed by award-winning video director, Clarence Peters.

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Reminisce ft. Fireboy on new song ‘Ogaranya’

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Remilekun Safaru, a Nigerian rapper-songwriter better known as Reminisce, has enlisted Fireboy, a YBNL-signed singer, for his collaborative single titled ‘Ogaranya’.

The song, which was released on Monday, is produced by Sarz, a showbiz mogul, as part of Reminisce’s upcoming six-track EP ‘Vibes and Insha Allah’.

In ‘Ogaranya’, which doubles as an Igbo title describing a person of financial influence, Reminisce brings aboard his Yoruba-Pidgin rap flows as Fireboy croons about romantic stints in the background.

While the song comes as Fireboy’s first feature outside YBNL since he joined the label, it also doubles as one of Reminisce’s followups to ‘Prosperity’, his collaborative track with Falz, a colleague rapper.

Reminisce had his first song in 2006, recording a hardcore rap album at Coded Tunes but the project was never released. He thereafter decided to focus on his studies and complete schooling.

In 2008, he had a rap verse on a track titled ‘Bachelor’s Life’ off ‘Gongo Aso’, 9ice’s sophomore album. ‘Ever since’ and ‘If Only’, his first and second singles, would later establish him in the country’s music industry.

With four albums to his name, the rapper has snagged multiple awards, worked with notable musicians across Nigerian, and made a slew of critically acclaimed tracks.

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Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Mdee, quits music, says its demonic

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Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Hau Mdee, has announced her decision to quit her music career.

The 32-year-old songstress said it on her 29 minutes Podcast “Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee”.

According to Mdee, the music industry is demonic and she is currently working on being an advocate of honesty, beauty and what facing your demons can do for you.

She said,

“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but my mission is to be a light. I know that I would probably disappoint a few people and that’s okay.

”I know that my fans don’t wanna hear this but guess what am never be too far away from you, trust me. The reason why I had to leave the industry is that I needed to choose my life, the music industry is demonic.

”People will tell you half-truth about what really goes on, and the truth is I just wanna be an advocate for honesty and beauty and being a sincere advocate for what facing your demons can do for You.

“Now my fans are probably asking themselves right now; Are you gonna never sing again? Are we gonna never see you perform? Let me reiterate, I love music, I love to create, I love to perform, I’m a vessel, this is what I was brought on earth to be.

Mdee also recalled becoming an alcoholic who could drink herself to sleep after becoming depressed.

“My advice to someone out there is that be true to who you are. I used to say this in many interviews but not really understand any of it, because then again it sounded like the right thing to say.

”But be true to who you are, I had to look at myself, face myself that it was pain, it was shameful, it was scary but I had to do it because there was no other way and in that I found peace and in that I found elevation, I found desire and passion for life.

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