Lauryn Hill blogs about tax woes and record deal
Lauryn Hill recently wrote about her tax woes on her Tumblr blog and confirmed reports that she has signed a record deal and will release new music soon.
Last year, Hill pled guilty to not paying federal taxes on the $1.8 million she earned from 2005 to 2007, according to the Associated Press. The wire service reported that the amount Hill owes is in dispute and while her attorney claims that it is slightly less than $1 million , the U.S. attorney's office estimates that it is a little more than $1 million.
In a Tumblr post published on Thursday, April 25, Hill addressed reports about how much she owed but did not clarify the amount.
"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," Hill wrote.
"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," she added. "This is an old conflict between art and commerce ... free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure."
Hill goes on to say that she has been fighting to have the freedom to create her work without having "someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings."
"The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal," she wrote. "Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me)."
Hill achieved major success with her 1998 solo debut, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." The album sold more than 10 million albums and won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Since then, Hill has only release one other album, which was centered on her "MTV Unplugged" performance.
The singer concludes her post by saying that she is a music artist who finds value in openly talking about the financial and creative problems she's had within the record industry and that "there are volumes that could (and will) be said."