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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Ed Sheeran smashes record for most money made on tour in a single year after raking in £342m in 2018

English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, has smashed the all-time record for the for most cash made from a tour in a single year.

The 27-year-old who earned almost £1m a day in 2018, raked in a staggering £342m in the last 12 months (937k per day) beating out singer Taylor Swift who took home £244m from her Reputation tour.

Ed Sheeran achieved the milestone from selling 4.9million tickets as part of his global tour Divide.

Power couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce took home £201m for their On The Run II stadium tour after selling 2.2m tickets.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Sheeran had overtaken Adele as the highest-earning musician on the planet, becoming one of the top 10 celebrity earners in the world.

According to financial records released by his company in October, Ed earns around £75,000 a day from Ed Sheeran Ltd. His business boasted an annual turnover of £36,293,611 with a gross profit of £27,376,900. Cut down, this means the Galway Girl singer makes £75,005 per day and £3,125 per hour.

Here are the top ten most lucrative tours of 2018.

1. Ed Sheeran £342m - 4.9m tickets sold

2. Taylor Swift £244m - 2.9m tickets sold

3. Jay-Z and Beyonce £201m - 2.2m tickets sold

4. P!nk £134m - 1.29m tickets sold

5. Bruno Mars £132m - 1.29m tickets sold

6. The Eagles £131m - 964k tickets sold

7 Justin Timberlake £119m - 1.19m tickets sold

8 Roger Waters £104m - 1.5m tickets sold

9 U2 £100m - 927,034 tickets sold

10 The Rolling Stones £92m - 751k tickets sold

Kylie Jenner ties with Jay-Z to become Forbes' fifth wealthiest American celebrity with $900 million net worth

Makeup Mogul and reality star, Kylie Jenner is now the fifth Wealthiest American Celebrity of 2018.

In a new list compiled by Forbes Magazine, the 21-year-old's net worth of $900 million sees her tied at fifth place with rapper Jay-Z.

The mother of one who launched her Kylie Cosmetics two years ago, has already shifted over $630 million in makeup products, according to Forbes.

This is the first time Kylie has landed on the list, which ranks the wealthiest American celebrities based on fortune they have amassed off their fame.

The number one spot on the list this year went to George Lucas, whose net worth was listed at $5.4 billion. The second place spot goes to Steven Spielberg, who is valued at $3.7 billion, while Oprah Winfrey landed in third with $2.8 billion.

Michael Jordan's net worth of $1.7 billion placed him in fourth place, David Copperfield's $875 million landed him in seventh, Diddy's $825 million saw him take the eighth spot.

Tiger Woods and James Patterson tied for the ninth spot with a net worth of $800 million.

EFCC secures the conviction of three yahoo boys in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned and secured the convictions of three Internet fraudsters, fondly referred to as “yahoo-yahoo boys”, on December 18, 2018.

The boys; Emeka Anyanechi Ekene, 27; Anthony Oghuma, 26, and Onokebhagbe Okouromi Franklin, 25 were brought before Justice D.Z. Senchi of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Jabi, for various offences bordering on Internet fraud.

Ekene was arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on cheating, and for specializing in inducing his victims through a Facebook account, to part with their hard earned money. The offence contravenes Section 95 of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990.

Oghuma, on his part, was arraigned on a one-count charge, bordering on obtaining by false pretence. He allegedly induced a Canadian who goes simply by the name, David, to transfer N2 million to him. The offence contravenes Section 320 (a) of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990 and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.

Franklin was arraigned on a four-count charge, bordering on obtaining by false pretence, for inducing a New York-based divorcee who goes by the name, Mary, posing as Peter Mark, a Contractor based in Malaysia. He swindled Mary of $10,000 (about N3.6million) and lured her to send him several expensive gadgets including: Apple Macbook Laptop, Apple Iphone X, Apple Iphone 7, amongst others. His offence contravenes Section 320 (a) of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990 and punishable under Section 322 of the same law.

They did not waste the time of the court as they all pleaded "guilty" to the charges.

Their journey to prison followed an intelligence report received by the EFCC on November 30, 2018, concerning the fraudulent activities of some fraudsters, housed by one Alheri E. B. Sajo, at Cluster 4, River Park in Abuja.

Selena Gomez is all smiles as she's seen for the first time since suffering emotional breakdown (Photos)

Singer and actress, Selena Gomez, has been spotted out for the first time since she was checked into a mental health facility to get treatment after suffering an emotional breakdown two months ago.

On Tuesday, her friends Connar Franklin and actress Bailee Madison shared series of photos from a snowy vacation with the 26-year-old singer looking very happy.

“She’s feeling much better and looking forward to getting back to normalcy,” the source tells PEOPLE exclusively. “She’s spending time with friends and family.”

Back in October, Selena was hospitalized twice, both times for a low white blood cell count, which can be a side effect for kidney transplant patients.

During her second visit, Gomez suffered a panic attack and subsequently headed to a treatment center on the East Coast.

Soon after she was admitted she insisted on leaving, but doctors said she couldn't. Subsequently, she had "a meltdown" and "freaked out." Selena tried ripping the IV's out of her arm. Several sources called the episode "an emotional breakdown."

Nigerian wife material searches for husband on Facebook, shares photos of herself in the farm

Facebook user, Ella Okechukwu is determined not to end 2018 as a single woman hence she has taken to the social media platform to search for a husband.

She also posted photos of herself harvesting cassava in the farm show that she is a real wife material and wrote;

Where are all this men that is looking for wife.. am here oooo

Photo: ICPC docks Deputy Director for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting job seekers of N8.8 million

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has charged a Deputy Director with the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Mr. Ahmad Balarabe to court for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting job seekers of N8.8 million.

The Commission, in a two-count charge brought before Justice Bello Shinkafi, of the Zamfara State High Court, Gusau, said that Mr. Balarabe fraudulently collected huge sums of money from job seekers with a promise to employ them into the services of the Federal University, Gusau and other federal government agencies.

ICPC informed the court that the accused, while acting as the State Coordinator, FCC, in October, 2014, collected the N8.8 million from several job seekers including N970, 000.00 from one Lawali Sule Garba and his friends as financial commitment for processing their employments.

According to the Commission, his offence violates Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

One of the counts read, “That you, Ahmad Balarabe, in October 2014 or thereabouts at Gusau, Zamfara State, whilst being the State Coordinator, Federal Character Commission, with the intent to defraud, did obtain by false pretense, the sum of N7, 700, 000.00 from unsuspecting job seekers under the guise of securing employment for them into the Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2004.

The Deputy Director who now heads Public Enlightenment, Media and Mobilisation Department of FCC, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him as his counsel, A. Abubakar, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.
Counsel to ICPC, Mashkur Salisu, while agreeing that the accused be released on bail, urged the court to be mindful of the penalties for the offence which is a maximum of twenty years imprisonment.

He therefore prayed the court to ensure that the accused provided reasonable surety in line with the provisions of the law before he would be admitted to bail.

The trial Judge, while ruling on the bail application, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N20 million with two sureties in like sum. The sureties must have landed property in Gusau, valued at N30 million each. The bail conditions also required the accused to submit his international passport with the court.

Justice Bello ruled that Balarabe should be remanded in the Gusau Central Prison, pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions
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