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Lauryn Hill (born 25.5.1975) Lauryn Hill is an American singer and songwriter who initially rose to fame as a member of the group The Fugees.

Childhood: Lauryn Hill was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, in the USA. Her mother, Valerie, was an English teacher and her father Mal was a computer programmer.

Music was always present in Lauryn's home. Her sister played a number of instruments, her mother played piano and her father sang at weddings.

Aged 13, Lauryn appeared on It's Showtime at the Apollo, performing her version of Smokey Robinson's 'Who's Lovin' You?' She was rewarded with a standing ovation, although she did not win the show.

Getting Noticed - Although the Sister Act films were centered around the role played by Whoopi Goldberg, Lauryn Hill's performance in Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit earned her a great deal of attention. In the film, she sang the songs 'His Eye Is On the Sparrow' (with Tanya Blount) and 'Joyful, Joyful.' She also appeared as Kira Johnson in the soap opera As The World Turns.

Musical Career: The Refugee Camp (later known simply as The Fugees) was formed in high school when Prakazrel Michel (Pras) asked Lauryn to join a group that he was forming. She met Pras' cousin, Wyclef Jean and she was given the nickname L Boogie.

The band's debut album Blunted on Reality featured the singles Boof Baf', 'Vocab' and 'Nappy Heads', which reached number 49 in the US charts. The album sold over 2 million copies across the globe.

Second album, The Score, was a Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum album and spawned the singles 'Ready or Not' and 'Fu-Gee-La' as well as their covers of Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry' and 'Killing Me Softly', previously performed by Roberta Flack.

Lauryn's debut solo album was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It sold over 420,000 copies in its first week and went straight to the top of the Billboard R&B Album chart. The single 'Doo Wop (That Thing) was a number one hit in the US in 1998. 'Everything Is Everything' and 'To Zion' were also successful singles from the album. Lauryn received 10 nominations in the 1999 Grammy Awards, winning Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album and Album of the Year (beating Madonna's Ray of Light).

In 2001, Lauryn recorded a number of new songs for an MTV Unplugged album. Playing to an intimate audience, the set mainly consisted of guitar and vocals. The track 'Mystery of Iniquity' earned Hill a Grammy nomination, despite no promotion or radio play. The track was later used by Kanye West in his song 'All Falls Down'. Following the success of these two albums, Lauryn retreated from public life, being increasingly dissatisfied with the music industry.

In 2004, The Fugees were reunited, performing for Dave Chapelle's Block Party in Brooklyn. The event, and the lead-up to it, was filmed by Michel Gondry, and released in cinemas in 2006. At the end of 2005, the band embarked on a European tour and in February 2006, performed a 'Reunion Concert' in Hollywood. According to Pras, the reunion tours ground to a halt, due to Lauryn Hill having "some things she needs to deal with."

Controversies: In 2003, Lauryn performed at a Christmas benefit concert at the Vatican. She offended many in attendance by using her platform to criticise the molestation of boys by Catholic priests in the US. Her speech was removed from the television broadcast and no full transcript has been released.

There have been unconfirmed rumours that Lauryn Hill made a statement that she would "rather have (her) children starve than have white people buy (her) records." The quote was publicly denied by MTV and Lauryn herself rang in to the Howard Stern show to disassociate herself from the statement.

Family: Lauryn has been in a relationship with Bob Marley's son, Rohan, since 1996. They have four children together, Zion David Hill-Marley (b.1997), Selah Louise Marley (b.1998), Joshua Marley (b.2002) and John Marley (b.2007).



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Miles Davis, John Wayne, Lauryn Hill: It's A Big Day For Celebrity Birthdays


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Happy Birthday! If that applies to you then congratulations because you share a day with some of the biggest entertainment legends in all of history. Today on Twitter, everyone's remembering the work of jazz legend Miles Davis who'd be 90-years-old today if he was alive.

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To celebrate the birthday of Miles Davis, who passed away at the age of 65 in 1991, an interactive website displaying all his Wikipedia mentions has been set-up to show just how important and influential Davis' work was and still is to the music industry. But he's not the only superstar to have a birthday today (May 26th 2016). Here are 7 other birthdays we're celebrating on this day:

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Angry Concert-Goer Confronts Lauryn Hill On Her Late Arrival


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Lauryn Hill has outraged her fans once again by showing up to a concert more than 2 hours after her scheduled time. It's not the first time the R&B star has left fans waiting around, but this time one fan confronted her about it.

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40-year-old Hill arrived at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta on Friday (May 6th 2016) more than 2 hours late, which meant that she only ended up performing for a mere 40 minutes before the theatre insisted they needed to close the doors at 11pm. Despite the fact that her presence was met with some hearty boos from furious fans, Hill appeared unapologetic for her lateness.

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Lauryn Hill - BET Black Girls Rock! 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Show - Newark, New Jersey, United States - Friday 1st April 2016

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Grammys President "Disappointed" At Lauryn Hill's Last Minute Cancellation


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The president of the Grammy Awards has expressed his “disappointment” at Lauryn Hill’s dramatic last minute no-show at last night’s awards ceremony, where she had been expected to take to the stage with The Weeknd.

The former Fugees singer, who hasn’t released an album in nearly two decades since her massive 1998 record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, would have a surprise, unannounced addition to the nationally televised show last night, but she apparently pulled out of the duet just moments before she was due to go on stage with the ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ singer.

“It’s a disappointment to us and a disappointment to her,” said Grammys chief Neil Portnow to reporters the morning after. “Our intention was, and we were ready, right up to the moment of the performance, for her to step up on stage.”

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Lauryn Hill - Way Out West Festival 2015 - Day 2 - Performances at Way Out West Festival - Gothenburg, Sweden - Friday 14th August 2015

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Lauryn Hill Cancels Israel Concert After Failing To Secure Palestinian Show


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Singer Lauryn Hill has cancelled an upcoming performance in Israel, after she was unable to book a concert in the Palestinian territories as well. Hill was scheduled to perform on May 7th near Tel Aviv, but had faced an online campaign by activists who had called for her boycott of Israel.

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‘When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah,’ Lauryn told fans via Facebook. ‘Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge.’

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Lauryn Hill's Brixton Gig Was Awful. And Here's Why.


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Well, that didn't go as planned. Lauryn Hill's return to the UK was billed as one of the most exciting musical events of the year, but fans at Brixton Academy will have been ruing their decision to shell out to see the former Fugees singer after a chaotic gig that began with Hill arriving on-stage 90 minutes late.

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The trouble began with several complaints about the warm-up DJ, though fans turned from hacked off to furious when Hill finally began her set.  According to concertgoers, the singer-songwriter performed massively reworked versions of songs from her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. This coupled with the fact that the sound was too loud and lacking clarity left many gig-goers heading for the exits.

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Drake Drops New Track 'Draft Day' Namedrops Jennifer Lawrence And Samples Lauryn Hill [Listen]


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Drake has delighted his fans by unexpectedly dropping new track, 'Draft Day,' which apparently refers to next month's NFL draft. The pop-infused rap track keeps ahead of the curve by namechecking other contemporary stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Chicago MC Chance The Rapper, over a Lauryn Hill sample.

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Drake Has Dropped Brand New Track, 'Draft Day.'

The new song follows another new Drake song, 'Days In The East', played for the first time during a gig at Birmingham's NIA last month (March 21), which could indicate that, like Kanye West, Drake has a follow up to his 2013 album scheduled for release this year. Sampling Lauryn Hill's 1998 hit "Doo Wop (That Thing)," the tune opens with a nod to 21-year-old college football star Johnny Manziel.

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Lauryn Hill - 21st Annual 9 Mile Music Festival and Food Drive held at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds - Performaces - Miami, Florida, United States - Sunday 16th February 2014

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Lauryn Hill Celebrates Being Released From Prison With Angry New Song [Listen]


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Lauryn Hill completed her three month stay in prison for tax evasion earlier this week, and rather than spend her time behind bars twiddling her thumbs and staring at the wall, the former Fugees star was busy writing her newest single. 'Consumerism' isn't so much a celebration of her freedom, but rather - as the title suggests - a rallying call against the evils of capitalism and a consumerist lifestyle. You can stream the song below.

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The song is a scathing attack on modern society

The socially-minded singer/rapper targets "corporate greed in Jesus’ name," as well as bemoaning the ills of ageism, sexism, racism, fascism, egoism and more, outlining the evils of "compromised commercialism" and "neo-McCarthyism." The track was accompanied by an open letter from Hill, both of which were posted on to her SoundCloud page this week, in which she described her thought process behind the song and how she had initially planned to have it released while she was in prison.

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Lauryn Hill's 3 Month Prison Sentence Is Officially Over As She Drops New Single To Celebrate


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Lauryn Hill has officially served her 3 month long prison sentence for tax evasion.

According to TMZ, Hill was released early Friday morning from the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.

The former 'Fugees' singer has been incarcerated since July 8th 2013 for not paying tax of more than $1.8 million from her earned income between 2005 and 2007.

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An Ode To Bustin' Outta Jail: Lauryn Hill Releases 'Consumerism' [Listen]


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Upon her release from a three month prison sentence, rapper Lauryn Hill has dropped a new single that blasts the world's social issues. Hill was imprisoned after failing to pay $2.3 million worth of taxes over the last five years, reports USA Today.

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Hill did pay back $900,000 in an effort to save herself from jail but this was not enough to prevent her being locked up. Although 30-36 months is the length of jail time usually given to punish those who committed such crimes, Hill got off comparatively lightly with just three months behind bars.

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Lauryn Hill Begins Three Month Jail Term: Five Stars With Tax Problems


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Lauryn Hill, the Grammy-winners singer whose only solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill remains a classic of its generation, has begun a three month prison term for failing to pay taxes of around $1 million between the years 2005 and 2007, reports the Independent. 

The singer-songwriter will serve her time at a minimum security prison in Danbury, Connecticut where inmates live in dormitories and are expected to perform maintenance, landscape and serve food. Essentially, it's not really a prison.

The singer, who gained fame with The Fugees, always maintained that she was planning on paying the taxes but was unable when he dropped out of the music business. Before her sentencing, her lawyer said Lauryn had paid more than $970,000 of the owed cash. 

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Lauryn Hill

Date of birth

26th May, 1975

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

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