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Lauryn Hill Avoids Jail With $1 Million Deal With Sony Music

Blog : April 24th, 2013

Creative genius pays off and Lauryn Hill is proof as the singer had dodged jail with a new deal with Sony Music.

The singer/rapper will craft 5 songs for $1 million, which will pay off her entire debt to the IRS. On top of the million, the reclusive star will also get additional funds to record an entire album.

Hill owed $504,000 in taxes after not paying for three years, a charge she plead guilty to.

Lauryn Hill has not released a new album since 2002.

Lauryn Hill

In her ever-so-eloquent manner with words, Lauryn wrote on her mslaurynhill Tumblr page:

It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, 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.

I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.

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. 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….

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