Upon reaching number one, Bush broke three chart records: the longest wait between number ones in the history of the UK chart, the longest time taken between a song's release and it reaching number one, and the oldest female artist to reach number one.
Falling screen hits 2 dancers on stage at Hong Kong concert
Author of the article:Associated Press
Publishing date:Jul 28, 2022 • 1 day ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
HONG KONG — A falling video screen struck and injured two dancers on the concert stage as Cantopop band Mirror was performing Thursday night in Hong Kong.
Video clips circulated on social media showed Mirror members Anson Lo and Edan Lui performing with a dozen dancers when one of several suspended LED screens crashed down on the stage.
The falling screen appeared to directly hit one dancer on the head and body before toppling onto another performer as the audience screamed in horror. The rest of the performers on stage rushed to help those hit by the screen, the videos showed.
Police said the two male dancers were conscious when they were sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Local media reported the hospital said one of the dancers was in serious condition while the other was stable.
Police said three audience members were also taken to the hospital, one who felt unwell and two others in a state of shock, but they required no medical treatment.
The concert was halted after the incident, which occurred during Mirror’s fourth of 12 scheduled concerts at Hong Kong Coliseum.
At Tuesday’s concert, band member Frankie Lui appeared to lose his footing and fall off the edge of the stage while giving a speech, according to clips on social media.
An online petition about safety issues of Mirror concerts was launched the same night and has garnered thousands of signatures. The petition urged organizers to ensure safety for Mirror and its dancers and refrain from using unnecessary stage mechanisms or raised platforms.
Viu, the company that created and manages Mirror, did not respond to an emailed request for comment.
The 12-member band has skyrocketed in popularity in Hong Kong and has been credited with the revival of Cantopop.
Prosecutors in Spain to seek 8-year prison term for Shakira
Pop star charged with failing to pay Spanish government 14.5 million euros in taxes between 2012 and 2014
Author of the article:Associated Press
Publishing date:Jul 29, 2022 • 1 day ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Spanish prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of eight years for Colombian-born pop star Shakira in her expected trial for alleged tax fraud.
Spanish prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of eight years for Colombian-born pop star Shakira in her expected trial for alleged tax fraud. PHOTO BY DAVID J. PHILLIP / FILES /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MADRID — Prosecutors in Spain said Friday they would ask a court to sentence Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in prison, if she is convicted in her expected trial for alleged tax fraud.
Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is charged with failing to pay the Spanish government 14.5 million euros (C$18.92 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. The prosecutors said they would also seek a fine of 24 million euros (C$31.31 million).
The indictment details six charges against Shakira. The singer this week rejected a settlement deal offered by prosecutors, opting to go to trial instead. A trial date has yet to be set.
Her publicists in London said in a statement Friday that Shakira “has always cooperated and abided by the law, demonstrating impeccable conduct as an individual and a taxpayer.” The publicists accused the Spanish Tax Agency of violating her rights.
Shakira’s Spanish public relations team said earlier this week that the artist has deposited the amount she is said to owe, including 3 million euros in interest.
Prosecutors in Barcelona have alleged the Grammy winner spent more than half of each year between 2012 and 2014 in Spain and should have paid taxes in the country.
Shakira recently ended an 11-year-long relationship with FC Barcelona star Gerard Pique, with whom she has two children. The family used to live in Barcelona.