Lauryn Hill Avoids Prison (For Now) / Signs New Deal With Sony Music

Though celebrated for her classic contributions to music, Lauryn Hill has been a hot topic for all the wrong reasons in the time since her solo breakthrough ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ etched itself in the history books back in 1998. Indeed, so-so performances, personal drama, and erratic rants about “the system” have plagued the former Fugees singer.

The latest, as widely reported, is the criminal charges filed against the 37-year-old for not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned between 2005 -2007.

Having earlier plead guilty, today saw mother-of-six Hill arrive at court for sentencing. Find out what happened after the jump…

Slammed by Judge Madeline Cox Arleo for failing to fulfil her promise to pay the agreed $554,000 portion of the total $1 million debt by time of today’s sentencing, Hill (who has only coughed up $50,000) was spared hearing her punishment (which, given the severity of the issue, could mean a prison spell). Why? Her attorney, Nathan Hochman, has negotiated a longer window of time for her to come up with the coins. More specifically, two weeks. Thereafter, he has made no secret of his plan to plead for probation instead of time in jail.

Perhaps most interesting, though, was the revelation that emerged amidst the legalities. For, it was confirmed that Hill quietly signed a multi-million-dollar recording contract with longtime label Sony Music recently; a deal her team say will they will take a loan out from to pay the debt by the time of the new sentencing date of May 6th. Prior to this, the plan was to leverage the outstanding amount against two of the singer’s homes. {Source I} {Source II}


Of course, Lauryn sorting out Lauryn should come first and foremost. However, as supporters of incredible talent, we can’t help but salivate at the prospect of what the new contract could mean.

In thinking of the bigger picture, the cynic in us feels the label’s interjection could just be a strategic move to protect one of their most prized assets (something prison would taint). Still, how awesome would it be if new music was to come out of this? The demand is there, as are the A-list producers to help Hill make that magic. Time will tell.

Your thoughts?



  1. April 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm
    HoneychildPlease says:

    Hunty What will the tittle be for her new album? “The tax invasion of lauryn hill”??

    • April 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm
      Monstarebel says:

      lmao b****

    • April 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm
      DeezNutz says:

      You shady dirty b****! lmfaooooooooooooooooooo

      I cant stand you but I must admit…that was funny… lmfao

    • April 22, 2013 at 10:56 pm
      HoneychildPlease says:

      **Tax Evasion”

  2. April 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm
    christinastheerealtalent says:

    I love Lauryn but she look like s***!

    • April 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm
      the voice says:

      well it is no secret that she suffers from a mental illness so we should have some compassion for Lauryn Hill.

      Anyway, this Miseducation of lauryn Hill was the GREATEST R&B album in the last 15 years.

      I wish her the best b/c she is the mother of six children. …God bless Lauryn.

  3. April 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm
    Suicide Blonde says:

    Poor woman.

  4. April 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm
    Liberation says:

    I gave up on Lauryn years ago. I don’t know why Sony signed her again. She’s never gonna release another album. Honestly, Lauryn doesn’t even seem mentally stable. She gave us a GEM (TMOLH) and that’s good enough for me…smh.

  5. April 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm
    Monstarebel says:

    a mess…

  6. April 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm
    Monstarebel says:

    She looks like someone’s old cracked out brother

  7. April 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Lol…Lauryn hun…please just follow the law and stop the bullish*t.

    • April 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm
      Dev says:

      Lauryn just follow the lord and you will be okay

  8. April 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    And yes, she looks HARD! D*mn Lauryn!

  9. April 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm
    Music Soul Harmony says:

    Lol I’m so weak at honeychildplease comment even tho I hate
    His ass…anyway, I want new music from lauryn but I also
    Want her to sort out whatever personal problems she has going
    On cuz her live concerts lately have been nothing short
    of a travesty. I love music tho so I’m always gonna support her
    If that’s what she decides to do. U just gotta love a person
    that sings from their heart and doesn’t sell themselves out
    Just for commercial success all the time.

  10. April 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm
    Miguel says:

    Lauryn….oh lauryn 🙁

  11. April 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm
    jaiyah says:

    I know this is kind of selfish of me, but I at least hope L-Boogie records some music for the Best Man sequel like she has done for the first movie. Please come back Ms. Lauryn, we miss you.

  12. April 23, 2013 at 12:01 am
    CzarM says:

    No new music is going to come from this. Lauryn most likely signed a new contract for the bonus money and to renegotiate profits on her past work. She gave up on music and fame years ago, and today isn’t even mentally stable enough to handle the rigors of a music career.

  13. April 23, 2013 at 12:19 am
    Drew says:

    I’m confused how did she earn 1.8 million from 2005-2007? She hasn’t released an album since 1998 & a live album in 2002. A failed Fugees reunion in 2005. If she earned so much how could she not pay the 554.000 before her hearing date? Doesn’t make sense how celebrities can’t pay their taxes with the millions they make from their music, touring, etc. I hope we hear new music soon!

  14. April 23, 2013 at 12:38 am
    Denise says:

    This is kinda good news. If Lauryn has signed a new deal she will be forced to make new music, and if her heart isn’t in it it will be sub par or she’ll get dropped before its released if the record company isn’t happy, and then maybe sued. Lautyn needs to alow herself to work with writers and prodcers and ot be so self suficiant. I would love to hear a Fantasia and Lauryn duet

  15. April 23, 2013 at 2:06 am
    The real xoxo says:

    Look at how shallow and ignorant some of these posters are.
    Lauryn is the Queen of Hip-hop and even though i doubt it, i hope this means a new album.

  16. April 23, 2013 at 2:21 am
    XoMoDe says:

    Sometimes the most talented ones become the most tragic.

  17. April 23, 2013 at 3:21 am
    truth tea (take a sip) says:

    None of your faves have made an album as good as ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’.

    • April 23, 2013 at 4:04 am
      Beck says:

      …none of my faves are pending trial for tax evasion either.

      • April 23, 2013 at 4:15 am
        truth tea (take a sip) says:

        Who cares?
        Stans act as if THEY are getting paid by bragging about their faves money.
        musically Lauryn > your fave.

  18. April 23, 2013 at 4:23 am
    nattyyy says:

    She obviously only signed the deal in order to pay the debt! New album? I’ll believe it when I see it. She’s made no secret of her dislike of the music industry so for those expecting a ‘mis-education part 2’, or anything close to it, are going to be very disappointed!!

  19. April 23, 2013 at 8:31 am
    Loyalty says:

    Oh Lauryn 🙁 Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was one of the best albums of all time.

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