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Lauryn Hill's new song 'Repercussions' enters chart at No. 94 after singer's some 10-year hiatus

08/20/2010 by Corinne Heller

Lauryn Hill at the Harmony Festival in California on June 13, 2010 (Photo credit: Flickr user aquababe) Lauryn Hill's new song "Repercussions", which was leaked online last month, has debuted at No. 94 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and marks her first charted solo effort in more than 10 years.

Hill, 35, had told NPR in June that she's "starting to get excited again" about recording new music and is set to perform at a festival later this month.

Hill, a solo artist and singer of The Fugees, last appeared on the charts as a lead solo artist in 1999 with a remix of reggae legend Bob Marley's song "Turn Your Lights Down Low". She later recorded with Method Man a song called "Say", which spent 10 weeks in the charts in 2006.

"The support system that I needed was not necessarily in place," Hill, a five-time Grammy winner, told NPR regarding her lack of record releases in the past few years. "There were things about myself, things that I needed to go through and experience in order for me to feel like it was worth it."

"Repercussions" was leaked on the Internet in late July, shortly after she performed at the FESPAD Festival in Kigali, Rwanda last month, Billboard magazine said. The track is not yet available online for purchasing.

Hill has five children with Marley's son Rohan, plans to perform at the Rock the Bells festival series, which begins on August 21 and ends on August 29. Other performers include Snoop Dogg and A Tribe Called Quest.

Hill's best-known hits include "Doo Wop (That Thing)", from her 1998 solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, as well as the Fugees' 1995 song "Ready Or Not" and the group's 1996 cover of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly". She also contributed a track called "Lose Myself" on the soundtrack for the 2007 animated film Surf's Up.

Wyclef Jean, also of The Fugees, is keeping busy with his charity work and political endeavors. The singer wants to run for president of Haiti in an upcoming election.


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