Kanye reveals he owes $50million in taxes

Kanye West has revealed that he owes $50million (£41.6m) in taxes.

During a recent interview on Tim Pool’s Timcast IRL podcast (which the rapper stormed out of after being challenged on his antisemitic views), Ye said the Internal Revenue Service had locked down $75m (£62.4m) in his accounts because he owes $50m in tax.

West told Pool that his “finance people” had notified him that he will “have to pay a lot of taxes”, per The Independent.

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“I’m talking about literally finding out that they were trying to put me in prison this morning,” he continued. “But I found out … they put a $75m hold on four of my accounts.”

West added: “And then they said, ‘You owe a lot of taxes’. Took me like six hours to find out how much… around $50m.”

The ‘DONDA’ artist acknowledged that he’s “obviously not the most financially literate person on the planet”, saying that he’s spoken to “different CFOs” within his business to work out whether not paying the funds would amount to tax evasion.

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“So now… I get to actually learn how to run a company,” West went on. “I get to learn how… to count, really. It’s like I didn’t even know where to put the money.”

Additionally, Ye claimed that he was making an attempt to buy his own bank. You can watch the interview in full above.

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The news comes after West and Kim Kardashian reached an agreement regarding the terms of their divorce, with the former couple finalising proceedings this week.

The rapper is required to pay Kardashian $200,000 (£167,000) per month in child support. The ex-spouses have also agreed to each cover 50 per cent of their children’s medical, educational and security expenses.

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Disney+ announces slew of original Korean productions to arrive in 2023

Disney+ has announced a slew of upcoming Korean originals to premiere on the streaming platform in the coming year.

The streamer made the announcement earlier today (November 30), announcing six new titles to be made available in 2023 so far. One series, titled Call It Love, is said to “[tell] the story of a mistreated daughter who seeks revenge on her mistress after the sudden death of her father”. Production for Call It Love will be helmed by director Lee Kwang-young, heralded by Disney+ has “the master of romantic dramas”.

Moving “is based on a popular webtoon by Kang Full and tells the story of three teenagers who discover they’ve inherited unusual powers from their secret agent parents”, according to Disney+. It is slated to star Miracle in Cell No. 7 star Ryu Seung-ryong, Happiness’ Han Hyo-joo and It’s Alright, This Is Love’s Zo In-sung.

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The third title announced by Disney+ today is Worst of Evil, set in 1990s South Korea. The series is said to follow an “investigative taskforce as their undercover officer, named Park Joon-mo, infiltrates a new criminal organisation responsible for fuelling a trafficking triangle. Worst of Evil, dubbed an “exciting new crime drama” by Disney, will star If You Wish Upon Me’s Ji Chang-wook, Squid Game alum Wi Ha-joon and True Beauty’s Lim Se-mi.

Rounding off the list of upcoming Disney+ Korean productions is RACE, written by acclaimed screenwriter Kim Roo-ri. The forthcoming series will tell the story of “a mediocre employee who unleashes her potential after discovering she was hired at her top-tier publicity company for diversity reasons”.

Disney+ also announced a new docu-series centred around K-pop boy group SUPER JUNIOR, titled SUPER JUNIOR: THE LAST MAN STANDING. The series was described by Disney as a “one-of-a-kind exploration of SUPER JUNIOR and its members, offering new insights into the modern K-pop industry”.

Aside from the six aforementioned titles announced by the streamer, Disney+ also announced two upcoming BTS-centred original productions to land on the platform next year – BTS Monuments: Beyond The Star and an as-yet-untitled J-hope solo documentary. More information on all eight Korean titles, including exact release windows, have yet to be unveiled by Disney+, however are expected to be announced in the coming months.

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Stormzy shares advice from “true friend” Adele

Stormzy has opened up about the advice his “true friend” Adele once gave him.

The Croydon rapper, whose third album ‘This Is What I Mean’ came out last Friday (November 25), recently sat down with Zane Lowe for a wide-ranging interview on Apple Music 1.

During the conversation, Lowe mentioned that Adele had at one point told Stormzy: “You need to walk away and you need to take a break. You need some space. Protect your energy.”

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It came after the artist touched on his decision to leave social media, and said he was “sensitive”. “On this place, I can’t protect my energy,” Stormzy told Lowe. “Because it’s just flying at me from a thousand different avenues.”

He continued: “Adele, I love her deeply. And we’ve always had amazing conversations. And that’s a true friend of mine, that’s not like a music friend. So whenever we kick it, we’ve had really beautiful and deep conversations.

“And at that time it was like we weren’t going on holidays, we weren’t kind of enjoying the fruits of our labour. Do you know what I mean?”

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Stormzy added: “And more so, it’s more like you just get caught in the rat race of just life. Just the business of life and the distractions of life. And I think she just reminded me that it’s important to have time to yourself, and to have a space of peace and silence, and where you can hear yourself think.”

The rapper went on to recall going on holiday to Jamaica with Adele, Cleo Sol and Inflo. “It changed my life,” he said. “It was the most beautiful… I can’t even explain, it was really, really beautiful, and really healing, and really peaceful. God was on that trip. God was with us.”

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Stormzy recently attended the opening night of Adele’s Las Vegas residency, and hailed the performance as “probably the best show I’ve ever seen”.

“And I’ve seen a lot of shows,” he added. “In terms of the intimacy of it. It was very like… you’re in there but it’s like a small theatre but it’s fucking Adele.”

Stormzy also remembered being “extremely starstruck” when Adele came to watch him play live. Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said: “I’ve always been a big fan. She came to my London show and I was very, very starstruck. Extremely starstruck.”

In a four-star review of his new albumNME wrote: “With ‘This Is What I Mean’, Stormzy continues to lead the way: another goal ticked off on that checklist, then.”

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Troye Sivan teases new music, says upcoming album is “almost done”

Troye Sivan has previewed a song from his upcoming third studio album, teasing that the project “is almost done”.

Sharing the news on his Instagram on Monday (November 28), Sivan posted a snippet of an untitled track that he admitted “[probably] won’t come out for ages”, he wrote in the accompanying caption.

Sivan continued: “But I’m feeling cheeky. Album is almost done. Bark in the comments if you’re keen”. The preview appears to be the opening few seconds of the track, with the repeated lyric, “God I wish it was you.” Listen to that below:

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The as-yet unnamed album will mark Sivan’s third studio album, following on from the debut ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ in 2015 and ‘Bloom’ in 2018. Since then, Sivan has released the 2020 EP ‘In A Dream’, and the standalone singles ‘Angel Baby’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Wait’, the last two of which featured on the soundtrack of the Sivan-starring film Three Months. 

Elsewhere, Sivan collaborated with Mark Ronson and Kacey Musgraves for a remix of the song ‘Easy’, which featured in its original form on ‘In A Dream’. Last year, he released the full version of that EP’s interlude ‘could cry just thinkin about you’, and featured alongside Tate McRae on the song ‘You’.

Last week, Sivan shared a seperate preview of ‘You Know What I Need’, a collaboration with Australian electronic trio PNAU set for release on Friday (December 2). In May, the singer commented on a potential collaboration with K-pop group BTS, saying “if they ever want to write.. for me, or for us, or whatever,  I’m very, very down.”

Aside from his studio efforts, Sivan was last year cast in The Idol, an upcoming HBO series co-written by and starring The Weeknd. Moses Sumney also forms part of the ensemble cast alongside Lily Rose-Depp, Dan Levy, Eli Roth, Mike Dean and Hank Azaria. The Idol is set to premiere next year.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian finalise their divorce

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have reached an agreement regarding the terms of their divorce, with the former couple finalising proceedings this week.

The pair agreed to terms around child custody and property while filing the paperwork to finalise their divorce yesterday (November 29). According to PEOPLE, the West and Kardashian have agreed to share joint physical and legal custody of their four children, with West required to provide Kardashian $200,000 (£167,000) a month in child support. The ex-spouses agreed to each cover 50% of their children’s medical, educational, and security expenses.

The agreement also notes that both West and Kardashian must commit to mediation in the event of disputes regarding their children. The pair’s shared property and assets will be divided based on their prenuptial agreement, which stipulated that both parties waive spousal support. The prenup was reportedly signed months before the couple’s wedding in May of 2014. Kardashian and West’s first child, North, was born one year prior.

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The pair had three more children over the course of their eight-year marriage; Saint, Chicago and Psalm. Kardashian filed for divorce in February 2021, with a judge declaring the pair legally single – per Kardashian’s request – in March of this year. In the months following the announcement of the divorce, West wrote on social media that Kardashian had accused him of “putting a hit out on her.”

Days later, he posted to Instagram several photos of his family with a caption asking for reconciliation to “bring our family back together.” Between March and October of this year, West criticised Kardashian’s then-boyfriend Pete Davidson in a series of public social media posts, music videos and interviews, including an August Instagram post with a fake headline announcing the death of “Skete Davidson”.

Over the course of the divorce proceedings, West parted ways with a host of lawyers, and had requested the right to question any new husband of Kardashian’s under oath, which the judge denied.

In a filing this year, Kardashian provided a statement to court pushing for the settlement to be expedited, saying that “terminating our marital status will help Kanye to accept that our marital relationship is over and to move forward on a better path which will assist us in peacefully co-parenting our children.”

Earlier this week, both Kardashian and West addressed Balenciaga’s recent Christmas campaign, which was widely criticised for its portrayal of the child models. West, who worked with the French brand before it cut ties him over antisemitic comments, said the fashion brand “tried to destroy my businesses at the same time, and the world saw it, and no one is saying anything”.

Kardashian, meanwhile, said she was “disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns.”

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