Lauryn Hill Addresses Tax Controversy, Signs to Sony and Promises New Music
Published Apr 26, 2013Lauryn Hill's tax problems have been well documented, since the R&B icon pled guilty in 2012 to tax evasion and faced possible prison time. Now, the singer has written a new blog post confirming reports that she has signed a new record deal, which many suspect is to deal with her increasingly serious tax problem.
"It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes," she wrote, adding, "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."
In the lengthy post, Hill refused to acknowledge any culpability for her money troubles, writing, "Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything."
Once again, Hill alluded to a clash between her creativity and the financial requirements of living in society. Evidently, the new record deal might be a better fit for the troubled artist, since she wrote, "It took years for me to get out of the 'parasitic' dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs."
Read the full post here.
Hill's court date was recently rescheduled to May 6 in order to give her more time to pay off her outstanding tax debt. Her lawyer Nathan Hochman and the government have disagreed as to exactly how much the singer owes, but the figure is reportedly somewhere around $1 million.
Perhaps these developments will finally spur Hill to release a new album. Her last proper studio album was 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, while the live album MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 followed in 2002.