Pop star Shakira is charged with tax evasion in Spain valued at Sh1.6 Billion

Pop singer Shakira has been charged with tax evasion by Spanish state lawyers.

The 41-year-old Colombian allegedly defrauded the Spanish taxman out of Sh1.6 Billion by registering herself in the Bahamas, which has zero income tax, between 2012 and 2014.

State prosecutors, who have spent the past year investigating Shakira, filed charges today.

Lawyers acting for the singer are expected to try to settle the case before deciding whether to try to reach a pre-trial settlement if the request is rejected.

Prosecutors allege the performer registered for tax in the Bahamas as part of a plan to deliberately avoid meeting her tax obligations in Spain.

Shakira moved to Barcelona after starting a relationship with Barcelona FC star Gerard Pique in 2011 – but only registered for tax there in 2015.

Official residents in Spain pay Spanish taxes on their worldwide income.

People who spend more than 183 days in a given calendar year in the country are considered Spanish residents for tax purposes.

Tax inspectors visited Shakira’s favourite hairdressers in Barcelona and checked her social media to try to show she spent most of the three years in Spain.

Spanish media said prosecutors’ criminal complaint offered no proof the Hips Don’t Lie Singer had spent enough time in the country to be considered a tax resident.

But it said the rest of the time she spent out of Spain were ‘sporadic absences’ resulting from work commitments, an argument the singer’s defence lawyers disagree with and are set to fight.

A spokesman for the singer said she did not owe the Spanish taxman any money and insisted she had followed the advice of her financial advisors.

He insisted she was ready to co-operate to ‘resolve the differences in criteria.’


Female artistes who rocked in the 90’s and still do two decades later: Who is your favourite?

If you were born in the 90’s you probably had a book where you stuck lyric cutlets by celebrated artistes such as Beyonce who were a hit back then.

Despite male artistes dominating the entertainment industry locally and internationally, some female artistes have broken that barrier to claim a spot for themselves.

This female artistes have created a brand, commanding millions of followers world wide something that most Kenyan female artistes have not been able to achieve.

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Here are the top 7 female artistes who made our high school days memorable and have remained relevant almost two decades later.

1. J.Lo

Her biggest hit was ‘ Love don’t cost a thing’ which was and still gets people tapping their feet.


2.  Rihanna

Rihanna captivated the hearts of many with her tunes such as ‘Take a bow’ and years later she is still making it big with songs such as ‘Rude boy’ and ‘We have found love’.


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3. Beyonce

The mother of three has remained a force to reckon with ,her music prowess captivated many not only in the 90’s but also in 2018.Her biggest hits especially in Kenya were ‘Single Ladies’ ‘If i were a boy’ and ‘Irreplaceable’


4.  Shakira

You probably know the song ‘Hips don’t lie’ this song was a hit to an extent of being sang during the 2014 World Cup.

That among many other songs have seen Shakira confidently convince the world to bring their best feet forward and dance to her tunes after all music is like food to the soul.


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5. Keri Hilson

The artiste who was recently in Kenya for a concert at KICC dubbed the Terminal Weekend Music Concert has a soft in the hearts of many Kenyans.

She is famous for songs such as ‘Super Human’ ‘Knock You Down’ and ‘ Lose Control.


6. Alicia Keys

She is a favourite to many for her slow melodious tunes wit some of her songs being used as dedications by people in relationships to their better halves.

She is famous for songs such as ‘Boo’ in collaboration with Usher,’Girl on fire’ and ‘No one’

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

So among the six artistes ,who used to make your boring Sunday afternoon in school worthwhile?Drop your answers in the comment section .

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Shakira’s private jet makes emergency landing due to technical problems

Pop superstar Shakira had a fright when her private plane suffered technical problems and had to stage an emergency landing.

The 41-year-old Colombian singer was not hurt in the incident in the city of Barranquilla, in the northern Colombian department of Atlantico.

She had just taken off to fly to the north-eastern Spanish city of Barcelona, to meet up with her footballer boyfriend Gerard Pique, 31, and their children, when the plane developed a problem.

The pilot opted to return to the Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport at Barranquilla, which is Shakira’s city of birth.

She had been performing a concert as part of the opening of the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games which is being held in Barranquilla.

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Shakira and Pique, who plays for Barcelona and Spain, had been planning a short family holiday, alongside their sons Milan, five, and Sasha, three, during a break in the singer’s current world tour and the footballer’s close season.

She is still hoping to fly to Barcelona for the holiday but it is not reported whether she has yet succeeded in finding a flight,this was to her first   performance in her city of birth in 12 years.


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In a press conference before the concert, she said that she was touched to be back in the city adding that 2017 was a tough year for her due to the vocal problems she suffered.

She says

“Many times I wondered why I was living so many obstacles. There were days that I did not want to get up. I have never thought I could lose my voice.I thought I would lose other things in my life, but never my voice. When I found this situation, there were the hardest moments of my life.”

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Stunning Shakira Dons Daring Nude Dress Showing Off Her Incredible Frame As She’s Honoured With Two Awards

She became a star across the globe with her hit tune Whenever, Wherever fifteen years ago.

And Shakira was honoured for her hard work as she attended the 50th anniversary gala of the Radio Channel 40 Principales held at Sant Jordi Palace of Barcelona, Spain on Thursday.

The Colombian singer, 39, showed off her svelte frame in a racy glittering mini-dress as she proudly held on to her two Golden Music Awards.

Looking like the ultimate pop-star, Shakira oozed sex appeal in the leg-baring number which sported nude underlay. Covering her modesty with aptly placed layers of silver embellishments, the Latina beauty’s side-cascading mane complemented her ensemble.


Shakira showed off her gym-honed frame in all of its glory as she headed on-stage to collect her awards in front of an adoring audience.

The Hips Don’t Lie songstress was in good company as she mingled with fellow Colombian singer Carlos Vives, who also collected an award during the night.

The star – full name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll – made the most of her time in the sunny European city as she filmed a commercial the day prior.

She was sure to shake her hips in her racy short figure-hugging black mini that flaunted her toned pins to perfection.


Her glamorous appearance comes after she supported her husband, Barcelona FC football star, Gerald Pique as he won Footballer of the Year at the Catalan Federation awards gala, earlier this week.

Shakira – who has two sons Milan, three, and Sasha, one with the famed spots star – recently thanked her fans for their support and well wishes during her younger son’s recent illness.

The singer had announced on November 7 that she was cancelling appearances at the Latin Grammys and the American Music Awards for ‘personal reasons.’


It turned out that her 22-month-old son Sasha was sick and though he had been released from a hospital in Barcelona, Spain, on November 1, Marca.com reported, the doting mum didn’t want to leave his side.

A few days later, Shakira shared a photo of herself with Sasha on her Instagram account as she sent a message to fans.

‘Thanks for all the messages you sent for Sasha while he was sick. Everything is under control now, and he’s back to his cheerful self!’ she wrote alongside the snap on her Instagram.


Ronaldo surpasses Shakira’s facebook mark

In 2014, Guinness World Records confirmed and released on their website that Shakira had set a new social media record after becoming the first person to reach 100 million likes on Facebook.

Almost a year later and Cristiano  Ronaldo has gained Facebook royalty status as he has surpassed Shakira’s numbers.

The current standings with their likes on the social media platform are:  Shakira with 107,083,616 likes vs. Ronaldo with 107,132,042 likes.

Those whopping numbers increase on a daily basis, so there’s still time for Shakira to regain her crown.

Shakira and Gerard Pique’s worldwide baby shower

Pregnant  Shakira and her boyfriend  Gerard Pique  celebrated the imminent arrival of their second child on Monday Jan. 19, by hosting a baby shower with a charitable cause.

The world-famous couple  thought of the idea back in 2012 when they were expecting their first child Milan.

Their latest “World Baby Shower  aims at  benefiting poverty-stricken children and mothers globally by setting up a registry of items for friends and family to purchase through UNICEF.

The UNICEF website reads “As part of our new baby celebration, we can give vulnerable babies a brighter beginning. This is more than a shower, it’s a global movement to save lives.”

It also has a link where you can select a gift from their  gift registry to send real life saving items delivered to vulnerable children around the world. In addition, you could also make a donation or offer to host a baby shower for someone in need.

See more on: http://inspiredgifts.unicefusa.org/shop/shakiras-baby-shower