Lauryn Hill has posted a blog, addressing rumours about her finances after it was reported she had escaped being imprisoned for tax evasion by signing a $1 million deal with Sony Music.
Writing on her Tumblr page, the ex-Fugee admits the reports surrounding her legal troubles are true. It was reported last year that Hill pleaded guilty to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned between 2005 and 2007. Judge Madeline Cox postponed sentencing on Monday (April 22), giving the singer until May 6 to pay off the money she owes – an amount currently standing at $504,000.
In the post, Hill discusses her new record deal and confirms plans for new music are underway. She wrote:
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.
She also described her situation as “an old conflict between art and commerce”. “This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it,” she continued. “I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.”
However, Hill also stated news about the nature of her new deal with Sony – previously understood to be $1 million for five songs – was “inaccurate” and “only a portion of the overall deal”.