Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty To Tax Dodge Charges


Singer and one-time saviour of R&B music Lauryn Hill has pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to file federal income tax returns at a court in New Jersey. The Grammy-winning singer is set to face a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for each charge.
Hill, who is best known for her time as the singer/rapper in the now disbanded Fugees and for her 1998 solo album, The Miseducation' of Lauryn Hill, pleaded guilty to failing to file federal tax returns between 2005 and 2007, despite earning more than $1.8m (£1.15m) over this time. Her earning came largely from film and recording royalties.
The reclusive singer said very little whilst in court and left without making her statement. She was released on $150,000 bail, with the conditions of the bail allowing her to leave the country for music tours.
Hill, a mother to six children, had already responded to the charges earlier this month in a lengthy statement, saying she had chosen to "defer" payments during a period of retreat from society to protect her family's safety. The statement contained little specifics and was generally an attack on the commercialization of the music industry and having her freedom of speech impeded.
Her sentencing date was set for 27 November.


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Drake Drops New Track 'Draft Day' Namedrops Jennifer Lawrence And Samples Lauryn Hill [Listen] 4136178 News

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.

Listen To Drake's 'Draft Day':
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"On some Hunger Games s**t/I would die for my district," raps Drake. "Jennifer Lawrence/You could really get it/I mean, for real girl, you know I had to do it for ya." He moves on to dissing fellow rap star Chance, saying "If I'd leave this s**t to chance, I'da picked a name like Chance the Rapper." He then backtracks on his diss, rapping "No offense 'cause I don't know that n***a/I focus on making records and getting bigger."

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Drake Namechecks & Disses In Time To A Lauryn Hill Sample.

The line "Just hits, no Mrs./That's for the married folk," has led some fans to speculate on whether Drake has renewed his beef with fellow hiphop heavyweight Jay Z. Speaking to Rolling Stone in February, Drake whined about Jay Z's themes: "It's like Hov can't drop bars these days without at least four art references. I would love to collect [art] at some point, but I think the whole Rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny," he said.

In true rap battle tradition, Jay fired back on Jay Electronica's 'We Made It' last month, rhyming, "Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art talk/Silly me, rappin' 'bout s**t that I really bought."

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Jennifer Lawrence Is Just One Of The Many Fellow Celebs That Drake Namechecks In 'Draft Day.'

After Drake's latest album, Nothing Was The Same, came out last September and debuted at Number One on the US Billboard 200 albums chart and at Number Two on the UK's Official Albums Chart, the rapper would be smart to capitalise on one of his greatest commercial successes to date with a fresh record this year.

Even though he'll be pretty playing at a host of festivals this summer, we'll be sure to keep our eyes peeled around fall for something more substantial from the Canadian wordsmith.

More: A fight breaks out at Drake's concert afterparty in London - learn more.

More: Drake has apparently given Rihanna an ultimatum - find out what he said here.

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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.

Drake
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.

Listen To Drake's 'Draft Day':
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"On some Hunger Games s**t/I would die for my district," raps Drake. "Jennifer Lawrence/You could really get it/I mean, for real girl, you know I had to do it for ya." He moves on to dissing fellow rap star Chance, saying "If I'd leave this s**t to chance, I'da picked a name like Chance the Rapper." He then backtracks on his diss, rapping "No offense 'cause I don't know that n***a/I focus on making records and getting bigger."

Drake Live
Drake Namechecks & Disses In Time To A Lauryn Hill Sample.

The line "Just hits, no Mrs./That's for the married folk," has led some fans to speculate on whether Drake has renewed his beef with fellow hiphop heavyweight Jay Z. Speaking to Rolling Stone in February, Drake whined about Jay Z's themes: "It's like Hov can't drop bars these days without at least four art references. I would love to collect [art] at some point, but I think the whole Rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny," he said.

In true rap battle tradition, Jay fired back on Jay Electronica's 'We Made It' last month, rhyming, "Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art talk/Silly me, rappin' 'bout s**t that I really bought."

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence Is Just One Of The Many Fellow Celebs That Drake Namechecks In 'Draft Day.'

After Drake's latest album, Nothing Was The Same, came out last September and debuted at Number One on the US Billboard 200 albums chart and at Number Two on the UK's Official Albums Chart, the rapper would be smart to capitalise on one of his greatest commercial successes to date with a fresh record this year.

Even though he'll be pretty playing at a host of festivals this summer, we'll be sure to keep our eyes peeled around fall for something more substantial from the Canadian wordsmith.

More: A fight breaks out at Drake's concert afterparty in London - learn more.

More: Drake has apparently given Rihanna an ultimatum - find out what he said here.

Watch Drake's 'Worst Behavior' Video:
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Sick Lauryn Hill Axes New Jersey Show Again 4059821 News

Singer Lauryn Hill axed a show in her native New Jersey for the second time on Friday (07Feb14) after falling sick.

The former Fugees star came down with a nasty stomach bug, forcing her to scrap plans to play at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank - a show which had been previously rescheduled from December (13).

The singer's representative says, "She came down with a stomach bug/virus... and received medical attention... Her condition unfortunately did not improve for (the) performance. We apologise for any inconvenience."

Hill was seen performing a Beatles tribute on David Letterman's U.S. talk show on Friday night (07Feb14) and her team has assured fans her appearance on the show was taped before she fell ill, adding, "For clarity, her performance on The Tonight Show with David Letterman was pre-recorded on Thursday, not on Friday when it aired."

Singer Lauryn Hill axed a show in her native New Jersey for the second time on Friday (07Feb14) after falling sick.

The former Fugees star came down with a nasty stomach bug, forcing her to scrap plans to play at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank - a show which had been previously rescheduled from December (13).

The singer's representative says, "She came down with a stomach bug/virus... and received medical attention... Her condition unfortunately did not improve for (the) performance. We apologise for any inconvenience."

Hill was seen performing a Beatles tribute on David Letterman's U.S. talk show on Friday night (07Feb14) and her team has assured fans her appearance on the show was taped before she fell ill, adding, "For clarity, her performance on The Tonight Show with David Letterman was pre-recorded on Thursday, not on Friday when it aired."

9th February 2014 3649722
Lauryn Hill Celebrates Being Released From Prison With Angry New Song [Listen] 3894019 News

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.

Lauryn Hill live
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.

She wrote, "Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven't been able to watch the news too much recently, so I'm not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn't imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it's level."

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The release comes after Hill completed a three month stay at a minium security facility for tax evasion, in a case where she was convicted of failing to file tax returns on over $2 million in earnings between 2005 - 2007. It has recently been reported that she has signed a deal with Sony Records and has already begun working on a new album. More word on any potential new releases when they emerge.

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The rapper is reportedly working on a new album

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.

Lauryn Hill live
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.

She wrote, "Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven't been able to watch the news too much recently, so I'm not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn't imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it's level."

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The release comes after Hill completed a three month stay at a minium security facility for tax evasion, in a case where she was convicted of failing to file tax returns on over $2 million in earnings between 2005 - 2007. It has recently been reported that she has signed a deal with Sony Records and has already begun working on a new album. More word on any potential new releases when they emerge.

Lauryn Hill
The rapper is reportedly working on a new album

6th October 2013 3649722
Lauryn Hill's 3 Month Prison Sentence Is Officially Over As She Drops New Single To Celebrate 3892203 News

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.

When her tax troubles surfaced she instantly wrote a lengthy essay on her Tumblr account explaining that she paid her taxes for years but only stopped when she wanted to raise her children and step out of the limelight.

In the long-winded post, Hill targeted the manipulating music industry and how it twisted her vision. An extract from the post read;

"My intention has always been to get this situation rectified. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family".

The 38 year old first found fame in the 90s as a member of the hip-hop band 'The Fugees ' and her debut solo studio album 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' (1998) earned 5 Grammy awards.

Before her arrest the R&B singer was working on new music and celebrated her release from prison by dropping the already recorded track 'Consumerism' on her tumblr page, she posted a message explaining the single;

"Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven't been able to watch the news too much recently, so I'm not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn't imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking its level."

Hopefully this is a sign for her fans that she is looking to release more new material in the near future.

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Lauryn Hill drops new track on the eve of being released from prison

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.

When her tax troubles surfaced she instantly wrote a lengthy essay on her Tumblr account explaining that she paid her taxes for years but only stopped when she wanted to raise her children and step out of the limelight.

In the long-winded post, Hill targeted the manipulating music industry and how it twisted her vision. An extract from the post read;

"My intention has always been to get this situation rectified. When I was working consistently without being affected by the interferences mentioned above, I filed and paid my taxes. This only stopped when it was necessary to withdraw from society, in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of myself and my family".

The 38 year old first found fame in the 90s as a member of the hip-hop band 'The Fugees ' and her debut solo studio album 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' (1998) earned 5 Grammy awards.

Before her arrest the R&B singer was working on new music and celebrated her release from prison by dropping the already recorded track 'Consumerism' on her tumblr page, she posted a message explaining the single;

"Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven't been able to watch the news too much recently, so I'm not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn't imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking its level."

Hopefully this is a sign for her fans that she is looking to release more new material in the near future.

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Lauryn Hill drops new track on the eve of being released from prison

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An Ode To Bustin' Outta Jail: Lauryn Hill Releases 'Consumerism' [Listen] 3892034 News

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.

Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill Releases Thought-Provoking New Music.

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.

The politically-charged new single employs Hill's echoing speed rap over tribal percussion, what sounds like pan pipes and a melodic chorus of female voices singing "self destruct." There's plenty of -ism words including consumerism, including modernism, macarthyism, egoism, legalism, masochism and secularism, hinting that Hill is lashing out every establishment in frustration at the situation she found herself in.

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Before she was incarcerated, Hill wrote an open letter on Tumblr in a disapproving tirade against the IRS. "I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term 'make the IRS whole' [...] make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities," the 38 year-old wrote.

Best known for being a member of hip hop unit Fugees, Hill rose to fame in the 90s and went solo with debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which showcased R&B melodies very different to the 'Consumerism' single that she's just dropped. A statement of Hill's Soundcloud page explains that the singer wanted to release the track whilst she was behind bars "as it is a product of the space she was in while she was going through some of the challenges she has been faced with recently."

Lauryn Hill Live
She's Out...And She's Angry.

"Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eke out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side."

"Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven't been able to watch the news too much recently, so I'm not hip on everything going on," Hill wrote, adding "Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it's level."

Hill will be setting up a new record label through Sony with whom she struck up a deal to help avoid a longer sentence.

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.

Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill Releases Thought-Provoking New Music.

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.

The politically-charged new single employs Hill's echoing speed rap over tribal percussion, what sounds like pan pipes and a melodic chorus of female voices singing "self destruct." There's plenty of -ism words including consumerism, including modernism, macarthyism, egoism, legalism, masochism and secularism, hinting that Hill is lashing out every establishment in frustration at the situation she found herself in.

<iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F113740341"></iframe>

Before she was incarcerated, Hill wrote an open letter on Tumblr in a disapproving tirade against the IRS. "I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term 'make the IRS whole' [...] make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities," the 38 year-old wrote.

Best known for being a member of hip hop unit Fugees, Hill rose to fame in the 90s and went solo with debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which showcased R&B melodies very different to the 'Consumerism' single that she's just dropped. A statement of Hill's Soundcloud page explains that the singer wanted to release the track whilst she was behind bars "as it is a product of the space she was in while she was going through some of the challenges she has been faced with recently."

Lauryn Hill Live
She's Out...And She's Angry.

"Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eke out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side."

"Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven't been able to watch the news too much recently, so I'm not hip on everything going on," Hill wrote, adding "Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it's level."

Hill will be setting up a new record label through Sony with whom she struck up a deal to help avoid a longer sentence.

4th October 2013 3649722
Lauryn Hill Begins Three Month Jail Term: Five Stars With Tax Problems 3752736 News

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. 

Hill is yet to release the long-awaited follow-up to her multiplatinum 1998 album, which won five Grammy awards. She has withdrawn from the public limelight and presumably lives off the music and movie royalties from her hugely popular work. The delay appears to be linked to feuds with her record label and constant legal wrangling. Recently, Hill posted a new single called 'Neurotic Society' online, noting, "Here is a link to a piece that I was 'required' to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline."

Of course, Hill isn't the first big name to suffer the wrath of the IRS. Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes began serving a three year prison sentence in 2010 for a failure to file U.S. federal income tax returns. The government charged that the Blade Runner star had failed to file tax returns for the years 1999 through 2004. He was eventually released in 2013.

Watch the video for Lauryn Hill's Doo Wop (That Thing):
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Remember Richard Hatch? He was the guy who won $1 million on reality show 'Survivor' though sort of forgot to pay his taxes. The TV star was charged with tax evasion and served a 51 month sentence in federal prison, serving an additional nine months for not amending his 2000 and 2001 tax returns. 

Not tax related specifically, but American business magnate Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement in 2004 for charges related to the ImClone insider trading affair, reported People.com

Nicolas Cage has steadily paying off his enormous tax bill that dates back to 2002. The actor reportedly owed around $13 million in federal income-based payments though managed to clear a huge chunk of that, owing to his high-paid jobs. According to TMZ.com, he sent a big fat cheque of $6,256,005 to the government in 2012. 

Willie Nelson! The king of avoiding tax! But how can get mad at old Willie? The IRS hit the country crooner with a bill for $16.7 million in unpaid taxes in 1990, leaving the singer with no choice but to hand over many of his possessions to stay out of prison. Of course, he poked fun at the whole thing with his album The IRS Tapes: Who Will Buy My Memories? though managed to pay to tab in 1993.

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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. 

Hill is yet to release the long-awaited follow-up to her multiplatinum 1998 album, which won five Grammy awards. She has withdrawn from the public limelight and presumably lives off the music and movie royalties from her hugely popular work. The delay appears to be linked to feuds with her record label and constant legal wrangling. Recently, Hill posted a new single called 'Neurotic Society' online, noting, "Here is a link to a piece that I was 'required' to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline."

Of course, Hill isn't the first big name to suffer the wrath of the IRS. Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes began serving a three year prison sentence in 2010 for a failure to file U.S. federal income tax returns. The government charged that the Blade Runner star had failed to file tax returns for the years 1999 through 2004. He was eventually released in 2013.

Watch the video for Lauryn Hill's Doo Wop (That Thing):
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Remember Richard Hatch? He was the guy who won $1 million on reality show 'Survivor' though sort of forgot to pay his taxes. The TV star was charged with tax evasion and served a 51 month sentence in federal prison, serving an additional nine months for not amending his 2000 and 2001 tax returns. 

Not tax related specifically, but American business magnate Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement in 2004 for charges related to the ImClone insider trading affair, reported People.com

Nicolas Cage has steadily paying off his enormous tax bill that dates back to 2002. The actor reportedly owed around $13 million in federal income-based payments though managed to clear a huge chunk of that, owing to his high-paid jobs. According to TMZ.com, he sent a big fat cheque of $6,256,005 to the government in 2012. 

Willie Nelson! The king of avoiding tax! But how can get mad at old Willie? The IRS hit the country crooner with a bill for $16.7 million in unpaid taxes in 1990, leaving the singer with no choice but to hand over many of his possessions to stay out of prison. Of course, he poked fun at the whole thing with his album The IRS Tapes: Who Will Buy My Memories? though managed to pay to tab in 1993.

Richard HatchRichard Hatch Won The TV Show 'Survivor'

Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes In Los Angeles Before Beginning His Prison Sentence

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart Was Sentenced For An Insider Trading Scandal

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Nicolas Cage Paid Back The Bulk Of His Tax Bill

Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson - Definitely Our Favorite Tax Evader

9th July 2013 3649722
Lauryn Hill Begins Three Month Stay In Prison For Tax Evasion 3749908 News

Lauryn Hill is officially a jail bird, as the rapper/singer has begun her three month stay behind bars for tax evasion charges. According to TMZ, Hill checked into the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury on Monday (July 8) morning at approximately 11.15 a.m. EST, where she will serve out the entirety of her short stay in prison.

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Hill began her 3 month stay in prison on Monday

According to the report from TMZ, the former Fugees singer and rapper will be held in a minimum security facility where inmates are housed in army barrack-like buildings and are given a considerable amount of freedom compared to inmates at higher security prisons. Hill will be living among the general prison population and will not be given special, isolated treatment because of her celebrity status.

Last year, Hill pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion after failing to file her tax returns on earnings she made between 2005 to 2007, with the grand total reaching $1.8 million. Since her sentence was agreed on in court last year, Hill has received support from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys and she has even likened her struggle with the US tax system to slavery.

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Hill has received support from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys

Hill faced a potential 36 month stay in prison, but it was reduced to three month followed by three months under house arrest as the singer had no previous convictions and is one of the sole providers and carers of her six children - five of which are fathered by Rohan Marley, Bob Marley's son. By the time her sentence was reached, Hill had already paid back the $970,000 in back taxes and penalties she owed.

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Do you think the imprisonment is an injustice?

Lauryn Hill is officially a jail bird, as the rapper/singer has begun her three month stay behind bars for tax evasion charges. According to TMZ, Hill checked into the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury on Monday (July 8) morning at approximately 11.15 a.m. EST, where she will serve out the entirety of her short stay in prison.

Lauryn Hill
Hill began her 3 month stay in prison on Monday

According to the report from TMZ, the former Fugees singer and rapper will be held in a minimum security facility where inmates are housed in army barrack-like buildings and are given a considerable amount of freedom compared to inmates at higher security prisons. Hill will be living among the general prison population and will not be given special, isolated treatment because of her celebrity status.

Last year, Hill pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion after failing to file her tax returns on earnings she made between 2005 to 2007, with the grand total reaching $1.8 million. Since her sentence was agreed on in court last year, Hill has received support from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys and she has even likened her struggle with the US tax system to slavery.

Lauryn Hill Live
Hill has received support from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys

Hill faced a potential 36 month stay in prison, but it was reduced to three month followed by three months under house arrest as the singer had no previous convictions and is one of the sole providers and carers of her six children - five of which are fathered by Rohan Marley, Bob Marley's son. By the time her sentence was reached, Hill had already paid back the $970,000 in back taxes and penalties she owed.

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Do you think the imprisonment is an injustice?

9th July 2013 3649722
Wyclef Jean open to new Fugees album 3691644 News

Wyclef Jean says the ''door is always open'' to making a new Fugees record.

The singer and producer would like to reunite with former bandmates Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel to follow up their second album 'The Score', which sold over 10 million copies when released in 1996.

Speaking about a line in his new track, 'Hip Hop', where he says he misses currently inactive rap group Outkast, he told Rolling Stone magazine: ''What if Outkast did get back together? It's like how people always ask for a new Fugees album. I'm a fan, too. With me, the door is always open to do a Fugees record.''

While Wyclef is in the position to reunite the groundbreaking group Lauryn faces difficulties, as she is set to start a three month jail sentence for failing to pay nearly $1 million in taxes next month.

Despite her issues, Wyclef is confident they won't affect her, adding: ''When she gets out, she'll get her stuff straight and put that past her. Everybody has tax problems - it's how you get past it. Lauryn will come back stronger.''

Meanwhile, Pras has taken a step back from music since his second album 'Win Lose or Draw' in 2005, although he recently offered his support to Lauryn.

Wyclef released a free mixtape, 'April Showers', featuring new songs, at the end of last month, but also said he has plenty more ideas, adding: ''I've got 25 original new songs. It's like a 'Batman' movie - back to the hunger. That's my mindset.''

Wyclef Jean says the ''door is always open'' to making a new Fugees record.

The singer and producer would like to reunite with former bandmates Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel to follow up their second album 'The Score', which sold over 10 million copies when released in 1996.

Speaking about a line in his new track, 'Hip Hop', where he says he misses currently inactive rap group Outkast, he told Rolling Stone magazine: ''What if Outkast did get back together? It's like how people always ask for a new Fugees album. I'm a fan, too. With me, the door is always open to do a Fugees record.''

While Wyclef is in the position to reunite the groundbreaking group Lauryn faces difficulties, as she is set to start a three month jail sentence for failing to pay nearly $1 million in taxes next month.

Despite her issues, Wyclef is confident they won't affect her, adding: ''When she gets out, she'll get her stuff straight and put that past her. Everybody has tax problems - it's how you get past it. Lauryn will come back stronger.''

Meanwhile, Pras has taken a step back from music since his second album 'Win Lose or Draw' in 2005, although he recently offered his support to Lauryn.

Wyclef released a free mixtape, 'April Showers', featuring new songs, at the end of last month, but also said he has plenty more ideas, adding: ''I've got 25 original new songs. It's like a 'Batman' movie - back to the hunger. That's my mindset.''

29th May 2013 3691643
Lauryn Hill Defends Sony Deal On Tumblr Site 3630218 News

Rumors that Lauryn Hill has signed a new deal with Sony Music are true, the singer has confirmed. However, the former Fugees star released a statement on her Tumblr page to say that the reported figures involved were far from the truth, as well as clarifying that she will be launching a new record label with Sony, rather than simply signing a record deal with them.

In a statement (which, if you really want to get into the machinations of record deals, artistry and the need to pay ones taxes, is slightly self-contradictory), Lauryn revealed “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.” That’s all very good news of course, though the message started to get slightly muddled when Lauryn started to defend herself and explain the reasons why she ended up in so much debt in the first place (we’re talking $504,000 arrears here).

“Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything,” she writes. “I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.” Make of that what you will, folks. Using ‘the man’ to pay back ‘the man.’ Or something. 

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"Waaaah!" This is the face Lauryn Hill pulled when someone told her she had to pay her taxes

Rumors that Lauryn Hill has signed a new deal with Sony Music are true, the singer has confirmed. However, the former Fugees star released a statement on her Tumblr page to say that the reported figures involved were far from the truth, as well as clarifying that she will be launching a new record label with Sony, rather than simply signing a record deal with them.

In a statement (which, if you really want to get into the machinations of record deals, artistry and the need to pay ones taxes, is slightly self-contradictory), Lauryn revealed “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.” That’s all very good news of course, though the message started to get slightly muddled when Lauryn started to defend herself and explain the reasons why she ended up in so much debt in the first place (we’re talking $504,000 arrears here).

“Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything,” she writes. “I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.” Make of that what you will, folks. Using ‘the man’ to pay back ‘the man.’ Or something. 

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"Waaaah!" This is the face Lauryn Hill pulled when someone told her she had to pay her taxes

26th April 2013 2943999
Lauryn Hill Evicted From House For That Thing: Failure To Pay Rent 3616561 News

Oh Lauryn Hill, what’s happened to you! There you were in then 90’s, one of the leading faces of the neo-soul movement, selling millions with your band The Fugees on the back of a youthful-looking appearance in one of the Sister Act films, and now you can’t even pay your rent and look like you’re going to prison! Oh Lauryn…

Yep, it turns out that the soul singer is being sued for eviction by her landlord, after it was revealed by TMZ that she’s been squatting in her current place of living. Hill’s been living in a rented South Orange, New Jersey mansion since 2009 apparently, but she stopped paying the rent on it last month causing her landlord to go to the courts and give her the ultimatum of paying her rent right away or to find herself a new home. If this starts going the same way as the very similar plot to the film The House Of Sand from a few years ago things could be about to get very grim indeed.

Anyway, Hill hasn’t paid so it looks like she’s on her way out. On the, um, plus? side, she’s not going to need the house anyway, because she’s up before the beak next week, when she’ll be getting sentenced for tax fraud, which is set to land her several years in prison. Heart breaking really.

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The mis-education of Lauryn Hill evidently saw her skip finance management classes

Oh Lauryn Hill, what’s happened to you! There you were in then 90’s, one of the leading faces of the neo-soul movement, selling millions with your band The Fugees on the back of a youthful-looking appearance in one of the Sister Act films, and now you can’t even pay your rent and look like you’re going to prison! Oh Lauryn…

Yep, it turns out that the soul singer is being sued for eviction by her landlord, after it was revealed by TMZ that she’s been squatting in her current place of living. Hill’s been living in a rented South Orange, New Jersey mansion since 2009 apparently, but she stopped paying the rent on it last month causing her landlord to go to the courts and give her the ultimatum of paying her rent right away or to find herself a new home. If this starts going the same way as the very similar plot to the film The House Of Sand from a few years ago things could be about to get very grim indeed.

Anyway, Hill hasn’t paid so it looks like she’s on her way out. On the, um, plus? side, she’s not going to need the house anyway, because she’s up before the beak next week, when she’ll be getting sentenced for tax fraud, which is set to land her several years in prison. Heart breaking really.

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The mis-education of Lauryn Hill evidently saw her skip finance management classes

19th April 2013 2943999
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