Shakira Should Face Tax Fraud Trial, Spanish Judge Rules

A Spanish judge investigating alleged tax fraud by Colombian musician Shakira recommended on Thursday (July 29) that the case go to trial after concluding there is evidence that the pop star could have avoided her fiscal obligations to the state.

Shakira Should Face Tax Fraud Trial, Spanish Judge Rules

A Spanish judge investigating alleged tax fraud by Colombian musician Shakira recommended on Thursday (July 29) that the case go to trial after concluding there is evidence that the pop star could have avoided her fiscal obligations to the state.

Judge Marco Juberías wrote that his three-year probe found there existed “sufficient evidence of criminality” for the case to go to a trial judge.

The decision can be appealed.

Prosecutors charged the singer in December 2019 with not paying 14.5 million euros ($16.4 million) in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014, when she lived mostly in the country despite having an official residence in Panama.

Shakira, 44, denied any wrongdoing when she testified in June 2019. Her public relations firm said that she had immediately paid what she owed once she was informed of the debt by the Tax Office.

Shakira faces a possible fine and even possible jail time if found guilty of tax evasion. However, a judge can waive prison time for first-time offenders if they are sentenced to less than two years behind bars.

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Silvestre Dangond has launched a new label, Music Dreams Records, to help propel the careers of rising and veteran vallenato artists in his native Colombia, Billboard has learned.

Silvestre Dangond Launches New Label to Help Propel Vallenato Artists

Silvestre Dangond has launched a new label, Music Dreams Records, to help propel the careers of rising and veteran vallenato artists in his native Colombia, Billboard has learned.

The 41-year-old vallenato star has already signed six artists to the label, including Mario Fuscaldo, Beto Urieles, LuisRa Solano, Rafa Roncallo, Fred Quintero and Roland Valbuena. Dangond will also manage and produce some of his newly signed artists.

“When soccer players retire, they prepare to become coaches for other players,” Dangond — who is signed to Sony Music Latin and will serve as CEO of Music Dreams Records — said in a statement. “That’s how I feel. I don’t actually plan on retiring soon but I do want to help and guide other artists and give them that confidence that we all need in this industry.”

After wrapping up his “De Local” residency in Miami back in May, Dangond also announced new rescheduled tour dates in Colombia for Las Locuras Tour in support of his latest album Los Locuras Mías, which was released last year.

The trek is set to kick off Sept. 10 and he’ll make stops in cities such as Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Cartagena, among others.

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