Lauryn Hill Sets the Record Straight on Sony Deal

April 27, 2013 02:43:33 GMT

The 'Doo Wop (That Thing)' hitmaker confirms her deal with the record label, but denies that she signed the contract for the sake of avoiding jail.

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Grammy Award-winning singer Lauryn Hill has broken her silence following reports that she inked a new mega deal with recording giant Sony Music to pay her tax liabilities and escape prison time for tax evasion. In a lengthy letter posted April 25 on her Tumblr page, the 37-year-old R'n'B star confirmed she signed the deal but emphasized it's more for expressing her creativity rather than just simply to avoid sentencing.

"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," she claimed. The deal, according to Hill, will launch a new label on which her new music will be released, which she has already jumpstarted and is currently working on.

"I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so," she added. Hill somewhat acknowledged that the new agreement with Sony would definitely help her get out of her present legal woes, but not without stressing that the timing was just fortunate and that the deal had been a long time coming.

She also called the "$1 million for 5 songs" arrangement inaccurate, saying it's "only a portion of the overall deal." The former The Fugees frontwoman went on to put modesty aside and reminded fans that her past work had sold over 50 million copies that had brought in a tremendous amount of money for her record label.


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posted by Charisma on Apr 30, 2013
Stop hating. If you don't have anything positive to say you all just need to shut the front door. Real talk. Y'all sound like y'all are the racist ones.
posted by live on Apr 27, 2013
You hating a** racist people should just shut the f**k up...and get a life
posted by *J* on Apr 27, 2013
So excited to hear her voice AGAIN in this decade! Blessings to her future achievements!
posted by luckytwist on Apr 27, 2013
Dumb hoe should rott in prison, lucky for her she got away with it by having someone else pay for her dumb crap. Bitch should burn in hell
posted by ChelleAnn on Apr 27, 2013
Well, karma is a bitch...
posted by polar bunny on Apr 27, 2013
Lmao! After all her shit talk about "the man" stupid bitch sure caved when she was facing jail! PAY YOUR TAXES you dumb bitch like the rest of us!
posted by season on Apr 27, 2013
Government rob us every day and you worried about some taxes. She didn't pay.she should be free..
posted by Lauryn Hill on Apr 27, 2013
wish u the best
posted by da\'vechiescode on Apr 27, 2013
Don't get mad because you can't hear the message she produces beautiful music, and yaw stuck on the man's plan yeah blow your shit up to put us all in debt that's what them bad ass taxes are paying for because we sure ain't getting one red penny put back in our school's or our economy.
posted by thetown on Apr 26, 2013
good thing big time record labels bail our racist woman like her. she deserves to be in prison. she is whats wrong with our country.

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