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F1 champion Hamilton ‘dodged’ VAT on private jet

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionParadise Papers: How Lewis Hamilton got a £3.3m VAT refund Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton avoided tax on his £16.5m luxury jet, according to Paradise Papers documents. They show a £3.3m VAT refund was given after the Bombardier Challenger 605 was imported into the Isle of Man in 2013. It appears a leasing deal set up by advisers was artificial and did not comply with an EU and UK ban on refunds for private use – although he may have been entitled to one for business. Hamilton’s lawyers say a tax barrister review found the structure was lawful. They added it was not correct to say no VAT had been paid on any of the arrangements. Instagram posts At 06:15 on 21 January 2013, Hamilton touched down at Ronaldsway airport on...

Boreham Wood to face Coventry in FA Cup second round

Boreham Wood beat former Premier League side Blackpool 2-1 in the first round Non-league Boreham Wood have been draw away at former winners Coventry City in the second round of the FA Cup. Boreham, 10th in the National League, will travel to the League Two side on the weekend of 2 and 3 December. Oxford City, in the sixth-tier National North, have a trip to League Two leaders Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest ranked team through to the second round, will go to either Chorley or Fleetwood, who play on Monday night. Southern Football League Premier side Hereford, founded in 2014 following the dissolution of Hereford United, beat AFC Telford 1-0 on Saturday to progress. Leatherhead, the lowest ranked team in the draw, will need to get past a replay with fellow Isthmian Premier o...

Desiigner Says He Has Two Albums on the Way

Desiigner has kept a relatively low profile since bursting onto the scene in 2016, after assisting on Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo and releasing his own viral smash “Panda,” which took home best rap song at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. The Brooklyn native took to social media to provide some clarity of when to expect some new music, including his long-awaited major label debut. In April, the energetic “Outlet” artist tweeted that Life of Desiignerwould in fact drop this past July. The summer came and went, with fans still wondering when they would be getting their hands on the fresh LP. To add to the confusion, the “Timmy Turner” rapper tweeted out Sunday (Nov. 5) that he will soon be dropping two albums — which we can infer will include both his debut album, and...

Dr. Luke Continues to Gain Ground in Legal Battle Against Kesha

Last week, amid the flurry of sexual misconduct claims against high-profile individuals, director-producer Brett Ratner filed a defamation lawsuit against a woman who claims he raped her more than a decade ago. Over the weekend, The New York Times nodded to this new lawsuit. “Mr. Ratner’s suit may not only be the first,” wrote David Streitfeld. “[I]t might also be something of a test case for the whole concept of pushing back in court.” Tell that to Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwalt, the record producer accused of raping pop star Kesha Rose Sebert. For nearly three years now, Dr. Luke has been in court in his own defamation lawsuit. Is vindication even possible? In the court of public opinion, Kesha is clearly winning. Few artists will work with Dr. Luke these ...

Mariah Carey, N.W.A, John Mellencamp & More Up for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Mariah Carey, the artist with the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, is one of the nominees for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame. Carey, who co-wrote 17 of her 18 No. 1s, earns her first nomination for the prestigious prize. The Songwriters Hall gave The Associated Press the list of nominees Monday, a day ahead of its official announcement. Pioneering rap group N.W.A also earned its first nomination for the Songwriters Hall, months after Jay-Z became the first rapper inducted into the organization as part of its 2017 class. Other performing nominees for the 2018 class include John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff, the Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall. Non-performing nominees are William “Mickey” S...

Post Malone & 21 Savage No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 for Fourth Week, Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ Surges to No. 2

Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, notches a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Nov. 18), the longest stay atop the chart for a rap song this year. Plus, Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, soars from No. 7 to No. 2 on the Hot 100, marking a new career best (counting both her solo songs and those with her former group, Fifth Harmony). Lil Pump also logs his first Hot 100 top 10, as “Gucci Gang” jumps 14-7. Both “Havana” and “Gucci Gang” surge following the first full week of tracking after the premiere of each song’s official video. As we do every Monday, let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All c...

Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Hits the Road on ‘Rock Allen: Drums For Peace’ Art Tour

Rick Allen is no stranger to going on the road — but usually with his drums, rather than his artwork.  This month the Def Leppard co-founder launches a North American art tour with “Rock Allen: Drums For Peace,” an exhibit that benefits military veterans via Project Resilliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program, at the Wentworth Gallery in Atlanta. Allen himself will make a special Veteran’s Day appearance at the exhibit on Nov. 11, signing and talking about the mixed media collection that includes his paintings on drum heads, toy buses, clothing and other objects. “I got into painting as a kid, before I got into music,” Allen tells Billboard. “I’m not trained but it’s something that I really enjoy doing simply because it takes me to t...

‘American Idol’ Sets March 2018 Date for Reboot

Less than two years after it went off the air, American Idol has set its return date on ABC: March 11. Original host Ryan Seacrest broke the news on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Monday morning (Nov. 6) and judge Katy Perry confirmed it on Instagram a short time later, via a moody Star Wars-style portrait of a smiling Ryan with the new three-judge panel, which also includes Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Auditions for the reboot have been taking place around the nation for the past three months at 23 stops, and the premiere episode will be a two-hour show beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The show, which debuted on the Fox network in 2002 and quickly became a ratings juggernaut that spun off such megastars as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, went off t...

Paradise Papers documents raise questions over African mining deal

By Paradise Papers reporting team BBC Panorama, additional reporting by James Melley Image copyright Premieres lignes Image caption Katanga mine in the DR Congo One of the world’s largest firms loaned a businessman previously accused of corruption $45m and asked him to negotiate mining rights in a poor central African nation, the Paradise Papers reveal. Anglo-Swiss company Glencore made the loan available to Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, a notorious middle man with a close relationship with senior figures in the DR Congo government, in 2009. Mr Gertler was asked to negotiate a new deal for a mining company in which Glencore had a significant stake, which campaigners say cost DR Congo hundreds of millions of dollars. He and Glencore deny any wrongdoing. Glencore agreed to pay Dan G...

Andrea Pirlo thanks New York City FC after final game as a player

Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has thanked New York City FC and its fans after retiring as a player. Pirlo, 38, had said last month that