Lauryn Hill

May
31
Lauryn Hill Shares Meaning Behind ‘Neurotic Society’

Lauryn Hill

When she released her new song “Neurotic Society” earlier this month, Lauryn Hill had some listeners dissecting her lyrics while others were left scratching their heads. Now she breaks down the message behind the song. In a letter posted on her Tumblr page, Ms. Hill provides us with the CliffsNotes. She states that the record is not about anyone in particular.

“I am not targeting any particular group of people, but rather targeting everyone in our society who hides behind neurotic behavior, rather than deal with it,” writes the 37-year-old Fugees frontwoman, who launched her own label, Obverse Creation Music, with Sony.

She hopes her music will encourage change. “The overarching message of my music is to get up and stop compromising! And hopefully it will stimulate and motivate the changes that our society needs.”

Ms. Hill was sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1.8 million in earnings. She has until July 8 to surrender.

Read her full explanation below.

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May
16
Melanie Fiona Expresses Gratitude to Lauryn Hill in Open Letter

Melanie Fiona and Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill has influenced many of today’s artists, but few have been more inspired by her than Melanie Fiona. After meeting her after her show in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, the Canadian singer was compelled to write an open letter to the Fugees frontwoman.

She expressed her gratitude and appreciation, while crediting Hill for breaking down barriers and making her the artist she is today.

“My life will never be the same… It will be better… For what I received last night in energy and inspiration will most definitely make me a better artist and woman in this industry,” wrote a humbled Melanie.

Read her heartfelt words below.

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May
9
Lauryn Hill Thanks Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder for Writing Letters to Judge

Lauryn Hill

Earlier this week, Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months behind bars for tax evasion. In the aftermath of her trial, the Grammy-winning icon took to her blog to thank her supporters including Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder, who wrote letters to the judge on her behalf.

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May
6
Lauryn Hill Sentenced to 3 Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1.8 million in earnings.

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May
4
New Music: Ms. Lauryn Hill – ‘Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)’

Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)

As part of her new venture with Sony, Ms. Lauryn Hill returns with the new song “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix),” which quietly hit iTunes on Saturday via her label Obverse Creation Music/Sony ATV.

The outspoken Fugees frontwoman raps about “toxic society” and the perils of the industry on the four-minute track. She was “required” to release the song now due to her financial troubles (She is scheduled to be sentenced for tax evasion on May 6).

“Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline,” writes Ms. Hill. “I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there.”

The song is especially poignant in the days following the tragic death of Kris Kross member Chris Kelly. “In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!” she explains.

Hear Ms. Hill’s powerful message below.

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Apr
25
Lauryn Hill Launches Label with Sony, Addresses Financial Troubles

Lauryn Hill

Earlier this week, it was reported that Lauryn Hill had signed a new record deal to help pay off some of her tax debt. The former Fugees frontwoman, who is facing jail time, is now sharing more details surrounding the agreement. As part of the lucrative deal, she will launch her own label with Sony and release new music there.

“I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music,” the mother of six writes in an open letter.

The deal was reported to be worth $1 million dollars, but she says those figures are incorrect. “The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal,” she explains.

The 37-year-old singer attributes her current financial position to “a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements.” It was reported that she owes $968,000 in back taxes, but her lawyer is confident that she will pay off the debt prior to her sentencing on May 6.

Read Ms. Hill’s letter below.

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Apr
22
Lauryn Hill Puts Off Prison, Signs Million-Dollar Deal with Sony

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill was scheduled to be sentenced for tax evasion today, but her case has been delayed for two weeks. She appeared in a Newark courtroom, where it was revealed that she has signed a lucrative deal with Sony.

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