JUDGE RECOMMENDS TRIAL FOR SHAKIRA ON TAX FRAUD
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – A Spanish judge says he has found enough evidence for Shakira to face trial on tax fraud. Judge Marco Juberias writes that his three-year investigation has discovered “sufficient evidence of criminality” for the case to go to a trial judge. Prosecutors charged Shakira in December 2019 with not paying about $16.4 million in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014. They say she lived in Spain, even though she listed her official residence as Panama. Her representatives say Shakira paid what she owed immediately, and she denies wrongdoing.
ICE CUBE CHEERS OLYMPIC GOLD FOR 3-ON-3
UNDATED (AP) – Ice Cube says the US women’s team winning gold at the Olympics in 3-on-3 basketball is a big plus for his league. Ice Cube says the win “definitely helps” the effort to spread the word about professional half-court hoops. He says running the Big3 league is “without a doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my career.” He says there are a lot of doubters and opposition, but he believes the league will turn a profit within five years.
LOLLAPALOOZA RETURNS TO CHICAGO
CHICAGO (AP) – Orville Peck says one of the weirdest parts of playing Lollapalooza is that it’s the most people he’s been around in two years. Lollapalooza, which started yesterday and runs through the weekend, is Chicago’s first mass gathering of people since the pandemic started. AJ Michalka (mih-SHAW’-kah) of Aly says she felt safe playing the festival because people were being smart and protocols were in place. Absofacto says his hope is that everyone looks back at Lollapalooza and thinks it was not a bad thing. Dayglow says his theory is that people are not even listening to the music because it’s so overwhelming to be out again.
BUDDY GUY TRIED TO MAKE HIS OWN STRINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – Buddy Guy was itching to play guitar as a kid. His family was itching as well. Guy says he wanted to play guitar as a kid after he saw someone play one, but he could not get his hands on one. He tried making his own. At first, he tried rubber bands, but then he pulled wires out of the house screens to make strings. Guy says his mother “noticed mosquitoes in the house because something was wrong with the windows.” His father eventually bought him a guitar that cost a couple of dollars. Guy’s career is featured on the series “American Masters,” now running on PBS stations.
MANESKIN WORKS ITS CRAFT IN HOPES OF TOURING
ROME (AP) – Maneskin (MAW’-nih-skin) is practicing five hours a day in anticipation of going on tour. The band won the Eurovision song contest this year but have had limited opportunities to capitalize on that because of the pandemic. Guitarist Thomas Raggi says they feel it’s important to “study your instrument and to be more expressive, more comfortable with your instrument.” So far, they have scheduled only European dates.
HIP-HOP AND R&B CONCERTS ANNOUNCED TO REOPEN NYC
NEW YORK (AP) – Remy Ma, Raekwon, Big Daddy Kane and George Clinton are among the acts who will help New York City celebrate emerging from the coronavirus pandemic. Remy Ma, KRS-One, Slick Rick, Furious 5 featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio, Kid Capri and Soul Sonic Force will play in the Bronx on Aug. 16. Raekwon, Ghost Face Killah, Crystal Waters, Force MDs and Rob Base will play Aug. 17 on Staten Island. Kane, Desiigner, C&C Music Factory and Elle Varner will perform in Brooklyn on Aug. 19. Clinton, Too Short and Mobb Deep will play Aug. 20 in Queens. There will also be a Central Park concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON SUES DISNEY OVER RELEASE OF “BLACK WIDOW’
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Scarlett Johansson claims the way the Walt Disney Co. released her new movie “Black Widow” is costing her money – and she’s suing for what she sees as her rightful share. The actor says Disney breached her contract when it released the movie on its streaming service the same day it hit theaters. Johansson says her contract to do “Black Widow” guaranteed her an exclusive theatrical release and the online release deprived her of potential earnings. For its part, Disney says the suit is without merit.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN GETS OLD COUNT DISMISSED – FOR NOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles judge has dismissed one of eleven sexual assault counts against Harvey Weinstein. But it’s considered a minor victory – and possibly a temporary one. The judge agreed with a defense request to drop a charge alleging sexual battery by restraint. It refers to a 2010 incident Weinstein’s lawyers said is beyond statute of limitations.. But the judge also gave prosecutors the chance to refile the charge in a way that circumvents the timing issue.
“DOCTOR WHO” LOSING ANOTHER CAST MEMBER
LONDON (AP) – It’s time for another “Doctor Who” regeneration. The BBC says Jodie Whittaker will leave the science fiction series next year. Also leaving is show runner Chris Chibnall. Whitaker is the 13th actor, and first woman, to play Doctor Who since the show begin in 1963.
BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT WAREHOUSE CATCHES FIRE
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – A government warehouse that stores movies, documents and antique projectors from Brazil’s film industry has caught fire. Officials say 15 fire vehicles and 50 firefighters are trying to keep the flames from spreading to a larger part of the building. The warehouse is owned by the national film institute, and houses South America’s largest collection of films. The extent of the loss isn’t immediately clear.