Lauryn Hill Lifts Lid On New Label / Pens Letter To Address Financial Woes

Published: Thursday 25th Apr 2013 by Rashad

 

As reported here, former Fugees frontwoman Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three years in prison due to tax evasion on $1.8 million earned between 2005-2007.

But, in a last minute twist of fate, the ‘Joyful, Joyful’ songstress was given new reason to sing the tune as news of a lucrative multimillion dollar deal with Sony Music could yield enough return to cover the diva’s debts and evade jailtime.

While speculation mounted on the exact figures of the deal, Ms. Hill penned a letter to not only announce launching a new label, but also specifically address the deal’s details and her current financial woes.  Read her lengthy statement below:

Letter via Lauryn:

 

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.

I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.

It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs. I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.

The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal. Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me).

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. 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.

MLH

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  1. HoneychildPlease April 25, 2013

    Oh i see she getting her writhing going…Letters from the pin

  2. Rihanna Legend (Lovebird) April 25, 2013

    Stop dodging Samantha.

    ***SAMANTHA, YOUR GAY ASS BETTER POST THIS***

    NEW YORK — PepsiCo is selling more its snacks and drinks around the world, even as the maker of Frito-Lay, Tropicana and Quaker Oats tries to figure out how to sell more soda in the United States.

    For its beverage unit in the Americas, however, revenue was flat as price hikes offset a drop in volume. Soft drink volume in North America declined in the mid-single digits.

    “The cola category continues to be a challenge,” CEO Indra Nooyi noted in a conference call with analysts.

    Over the past year, PepsiCo has significantly stepped up marketing for its namesake drink, including an endorsement deal with the pop star Beyonce. But it’s struggling to win back market share from Coca-Cola Co. at a time when Americans are continuing to cut back on soda in favor of water, sports drinks and bottled teas.

    PepsiCo, based in Purchase, N.Y., offers a variety of drinks in all those categories, including Aquafina, Gatorade and Lipton. But Nooyi noted that the company has to be careful about investing more heavily in one brand at the expense of another. Soda, for example, is generally more profitable than bottled water and still makes up the bulk of its beverage sales.

    www . huffingtonpost . com /2013/04/18/pepsico_n_3109932 . html

    LMAO I guess Beyonce was not worth the money was she PepsiCo lmao. Her biggest era yet huh?? Someone is getting fired lmao.

    • hive April 25, 2013

      GURL have a f****** seat n get a life u basic h**

      • Rihanna Legend (Lovebird) April 25, 2013

        Go help your fav keep her job, go buy a case of Pepsi.

      • hive April 25, 2013

        why do u hate beyonce so much

      • HoneychildPlease April 25, 2013

        She a damn fraud why would she love her? * sips pepsi in hopes of saving the franchise….because a certain fraud couldn’t*

      • Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

        YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE NO LIFE SPENDING YOUR TIME GOOGLING BEYONCE NAME EVERY 10 SECONDS HUH??? LIKE GET OFF HER NUT SACK YOU F****** PSYCHO!!!

      • Rihanna Legend (Lovebird) April 25, 2013

        Oh man, why are you guys mad though, go buy a pack of Pepsi instead.

    • Slaylor Swift April 25, 2013

      Thank god Taylors with coke hahaha f*** beyonce shes a FAIL

      • Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

        TAYLORS P**** IS A FAIL B**** THATS WHY SHE CAN’T KEEP A MAN OOOOP!

    • Stav April 25, 2013

      Beyonce doesn’t lose endorsement deals, you’re thinking of Rihanna. **snicker**

      • Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

        HAHAHA OKAAY

    • Thando April 26, 2013

      You have absolutely no knowledge of commerce or business if you think that the failure of Pepsi’s soda business ventures are entirely up to Beyonce’s endorsement. Yes putting a celebrities face on your product does help its distribution, that’s why its called an “endorsement”, however there are other factor that contribute to overall profit turnover.
      It is spectacularly stupid of you to assume that a person who is guaranteed dividends of $50 000 000 (half a billion in MY country’s currency) in twelfth months would need any financial assistance, regardless of whether the endorsement is positive or negative.

    • STICK TO THE DAMN TOPIC (THIS ABOUT LAURYN HILL – NOT BEYONCE OR RIHANNA!!! April 26, 2013

      GET OUT OF HERE WITH YOUR DAMN PEPSI NEWS. IT’S LAURYN SHINE.

    • truth(icki released 1,726 singles and 80 videos for reFLOP and still caint go platinum! Yea b****** i said it NNN WIT!! pops tongue) April 26, 2013

      S*** NO ONE CARES!!!! LET PEPSI AND BEY WORK THAT OUT!!!

  3. hive April 25, 2013

    She’s a mess and i dont have time for her ugly basic black ass.

    • the voice April 26, 2013

      Yes Beyonce is black & basic but she is not ugly….. lol

      She is a beautiful black woman just like Lauryn Hill.

    • Aloys234 April 26, 2013

      Shut the f*** up u stoooopid nobody! hope all ur negativity kills u in ur sleep u bitter unnecessary fool! God bless ur Ugly soul anyway!
      To the point of the article, (for future reference) – if u r ever going to make comments, make it be about the f****** title or something regarding the subject on discussion.. not that she is black or in ur opinion ‘Ugly’.. We would much rather hear ur opinion on that than the tails of ur dis-functional upbringing.. remember ur place in this universe!

      Besides that, Im glad she is back, I think whatever she has to offer is going to help educate the youth of today, if not her audience from the 90’s, its been long overdue and i cant wait to hear what she has to offer.

    • truth(icki released 1,726 singles and 80 videos for reFLOP and still caint go platinum! Yea b****** i said it NNN WIT!! pops tongue) April 26, 2013

      Do u ever have anything good to say u slimmy s***?

      • FAF April 26, 2013

        QUEEN LAURYN IS FAR FROM UGLY! SHE IS A BLACK QUEEN & U WILL DEAL! DEAD @ HER GETTING Y’ALL TOGETHER IN LESS THAN A PARAGRAPH!! REMINDS ME OF MYSELF! SHE CLOCKED T & TOLD U F****** SHE MADE WAYYYY MORE THAN 1.8MIL and sold over 50MIL WW off ONE SOLO ALBUM! KIIII!

  4. HoneychildPlease April 25, 2013

    Funny how she pens this letter now….Oh lauryn we believe you durrrling * sips Pepsi in order to save their dying franchise* ( because we all know a certain fraud couldn’t)….

    • Rihanna Legend (Lovebird) April 25, 2013

      “sips Pepsi in order to save their dying franchise* ( because we all know a certain fraud couldn’t)….”

      DEAD!!!

    • hive April 25, 2013

      & gurl you can stfu flip flopping f**

  5. hive April 25, 2013

    Lovebird aka Bird S*** can really stfu he’s so OBSESSED with king bey its kinda scarey worry about ya self basic F**

    • Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

      HUN SHES SUPER PRESSED LIKE SHE MAD RIHANNA LOSES ENDORSEMENTS WHILE BEYONCE GAINS THEM HAHAHA.

  6. HoneychildPlease April 25, 2013

    Lauryn you owe that money as simple as that! You are only cutting the album because of that! now that your ass might be facing jail all of sudden you feel liberated to cut a new LP? bish cut the ish you don’t want to do that time so don’t go sista souljah on us

    • VANNY April 26, 2013

      i actually have to agree with you .. its funny how as soon as her as is going to jail she is fast to sign a deal and get her ass back in the studio to put out an album.. smh i bet you anything that the music is going to be some mediocre s*** that nobody can relate to!!

  7. Tisha April 25, 2013

    I love Ms. Hill but I didnt see any explanation or justification for her not paying taxes.

    I understand the relationships between record labels can be controllingand they can take what many would consider an unfair amount of money. All at the same time…what makes you special from any other human being that keeps you from paying taxes.

    I’m all about the art, but unless she didn’t take a penny for any personal enjoyment then I can’t get down with the excuses. Follow the law or be prepared to deal with the consequences, elegant letter or not.

    • pray for Lauryn April 26, 2013

      I LOVE Lauryn Hill. best R&B alubm in last 15 years but….

      She was the one that SIGNED the bad record deal and she wouldnt have sold that many records without Columbia/Sony Records.

      ANYWAY, I hope she doesnt go to prison cause she is a mom of 6 and not a threat to society….

      I wish her the best with her ‘health” issues. She is in denial about her health.

  8. Slaylor Swift April 25, 2013

    F*** this c*** its all about Taylor Swift

    it feels like one of those nights *Plays 22 by Taylor*

  9. Tisha April 25, 2013

    Smh, lord the stans on this site have the attention span of a damn fruit fly.

  10. Rihanna Legend (Lovebird) April 25, 2013

    Lauryn honey, once you get to paying those taxes, make sure if you’ll have some change left over, you buy a pack of Pepsi to help the franchise because clearly Beyonce cannot.

    • Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

      WAIST OF S**** RIGHT HERE^^^^^^

      • Rihanna Legend (Lovebird) April 25, 2013

        It’s “waste” honey, “waste”.

        **Sips Pepsi to save franchise**

      • HoneychildPlease April 25, 2013

        Damn talk about low ass IQ….Studies don’t lie! @ BEY BEAUTIFUL

    • HoneychildPlease April 25, 2013

      I don’t understand how the hood hive couldn’t save their fav…..Most of t hem live off of the government so why couldn’t they reserve some food stamps, and haul their fat ass down to the nearest Wal-Mart and support pepsi???

  11. Rihanna Legend (Lovebird) April 25, 2013

    Nicki Minaj is a better investment for PepsiCo than Beyonce lol, and Beyonce is supposed to be the “KING” right?? lmao.

    **Opens another can of Pepsi to save franchise because Beyonce clearly cannot**

    • But April 26, 2013

      But in the past year rihanna has been dropped by multiple brands so????

  12. HoneychildPlease April 25, 2013

    I don’t understand how the hood hive couldn’t save their fav…..Most of t hem live off of the government so why couldn’t they reserve some food stamps, and haul their fat ass down to the nearest Wal-Mart and support pepsi???

    • Rihanna Legend (Lovebird) April 25, 2013

      LMAO, I KNOW RIGHT.

    • Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

      ISNT THIS ABOUT LAUREN WORRY ABOUT HER BROKE ASS AND NOT KING BEY THANKS

  13. Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

    @HONEYCHILDPLEASE & @LOVEBIRD ARE TO JEALOUS RIHTARDS MAD BECAUSE BEYONCE WILL FOREVER BE BETTER THAN THEIR FAVS….. BIG FOREHEADED H** CAN’T EVEN KEEP AN ENDORSEMENT SHE’S A LAME H** FASHO

    KING BEY>>>>>>>>> LAP DOG RIHANNA

  14. HoneychildPlease April 25, 2013

    Hood hive are no good! it’s either the hood hive are not that big of a fan base, or they too damn cheap to support their fave…I mean obviously they don’t support her albums…FLOP<FLOP<FLOP<FLOP<and More FLOP. They don't even support her endorsements smh…I mean most of you get food stamps, and have low IQ i would think the retarded @ss hive would buy a damn pepsi, but no their broke asses up their buying 50 cent sodas instead, and waiting for the next ghetto cook out to eat damn hog mogs, and fried chicken…

    • Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

      TALKING BOUT CHEAP WHEN R****** NAVY CAN’T EVEN GET THAT B**** TO SELL 300K FIRST WEEK HAVE A SEAT T*****

      • HoneychildPlease April 25, 2013

        Hunty don’t worry about what i’m typing worry about saving your fav from getting dropped from PEPSI….* throws you a can of pepsi* for your thirsty ass!

  15. Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

    BEYONCE>>>>>>> RIHANNA

    #AFACT

    #DEAL.

    PEPSI & H&M

  16. Chance April 25, 2013

    I think she need Psychiatric Help. She is not serious about making music. She is gonna end up owing them as well.

    • Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

      F*** LAUREN THIS ABOUT BEYONCE NOW THE F** NAVY F*** TRIED IT UP IN HERE

  17. Bey Beautiful April 25, 2013

    THANKS FOR MAKING THIS POST ABOUT KING BEY B******…. BEYONCE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND SHE GET H*** O SO PRESSED KIII

    • Rihanna Legend (Lovebird) April 25, 2013

      Honey you’re still here? Shouldn’t you be rushing to the nearest Wal-Mart to purchase yourself some Pepsi??

      • RiRi Bad April 25, 2013

        Bahahahahahahahahaha guuuuuurrrrrr right!!!!!!!!

  18. HoneychildPlease April 25, 2013

    BAHAHWHAHAHWAHAHAHWHAHA weak ass hive!!!

    • RiRi Bad April 25, 2013

      They weak as f*** dog actually more like pathetic tbh..

      • Beyonce can’t save pepsi, Even though her fat ass drink 3 packs a day April 25, 2013

        TRUTH!!!

  19. RiRi Bad April 25, 2013

    No one wants to buy beyonce face on a Pepsi can awww

  20. my forehead tho April 25, 2013

    I’m literally LOL-ing watching these Navy b****** go in on Beyonce like their fave hasn’t f***** up/flopped/ undersold/ underrated every endorsement,magazine,movie, t.v show, dvd ects. that’s she’s ever been apart of.

    S***, idk how factual that article is about Beyonce, but if a product isn’t selling, it’s because the masses don’t like it. This is especially true with foods and beverages: Nobody can make you like something you don’t, period. Pepsi’s products were on the decline way before they signed a deal with Beyonce. It was kind of naive of them to think any celebrity in 2013 could have changed that.

    • RiRi Bad April 25, 2013

      Since beyonce became the face of Pepsi it started declining even more i heard nicki was bringing sells up until she got replaced for fraudyonce

  21. RiRi Bad April 25, 2013

    Beyonce broke fans cant spend 6.99 on a box of soda for they girl wtf her flop fat ass bout to lose her deal they never shoulda got rid of Queen Nicki for that washed up hag

  22. Beyonce can’t save pepsi, Even though her fat ass drink 3 packs a day April 25, 2013

    Beyfraud poor dat!

    • RiRi Bad April 25, 2013

      lmao omg that pic name n comment is f****** HILARIOUS

  23. RiRi Bad April 25, 2013

    Navy>>>>>>> Hive

    We keep our fav RELEVANT!

  24. Beyonce can’t save pepsi, Even though her fat ass drink 3 packs a day April 25, 2013

    Say my name say my name 3 times in the mirror, and i will appear with some pepsi….*saving pepsi one day at a time*

    • Hungry Hive April 25, 2013

      Fatyonce Obeseyonce Hippoyonce we want more Pepsi so we can become a fatass like u

  25. The real xoxo April 26, 2013

    New album? Ill believe it when i see it.
    Atleast Lauryn has INTEGRITY and wont sell her p**** for money like your faves have.

  26. ck April 26, 2013

    Amen Amen Amen New music by Lauryn Hill i feel like crying. I know that she has no choice but to release new music right now but am a selfish Fan who has been waiting 10 years lol and I really don’t care. At least she is not going to jail and she is going to create some serious competition when she comes out with new music.

  27. But April 26, 2013

    How did a post about lauryn hill turn into a post about Beyonce and Rihanna. You lot need to get a life. How can you sit here laughing at a woman that is a multi-millionaire, she is winning! How delusional can you be????

    On the flip side rihanna is a 25 year old performing in front of millions, and in between living that private beach house life.

    What are you arguing about??!!!!

  28. ck April 26, 2013

    people dont want to see real artists and hear real lyrics no more. All they wanna see and hear is gimmicks and auto tune.

  29. Thando April 26, 2013

    The issue here is very simple: PAY YOUR TAX!!!!!!!!

  30. LAURYN HILL TIME April 26, 2013

    PLEASE STICK TO THE ABOVE TOPIC. LAURYN HILL WE LOVE YOU. I KNOW THAT ALBUM IS GOING TO BE BANGING AND DEEP! ENJOY THIS CUT FROM HER 2002 MTV UNPLUGGED SET…ONE OF MY FAVE!
    http://youtu.be/phgIJuujAKE

  31. METHOD TO THE MADNESS (MUSIC MAESTRO) April 26, 2013

    THIS IS SOOO TURNING OFF; I THOUGHT PEOPLE SHOULD BE COMMENTING ON THE ABOVE POST INSTEAD PEOPLE ARE ARGUING ABOUT RIHANNA AND BEYONCE. I HATE THIS ERA OF MUSIC PERIOD. IT ANNOYS ME!!! ALL OF THESE AUTO TONE, WEAK LYRICS, STUDIO GIMMICKS AND SELF CENTERED ARTISTS I CAN DO WITHOUT THEM. THE FAKE ARTISTRY AND HYPROCRITCAL COMRADERY NEVER EXISTED TO THIS LEVEL. LET PEOPLE SHINE AND STOP SHADING OTHER ARTISTS WITH YOUR CONDESCENDING REMARKS TO MAKE YOUR ARTIST LOOKS GOOD. I REALLY MISS THE 90’S THERE WERE SOOO MANY TALENT OUT; IT WASN’T ABOUT 1,2 OR 3 PERSONS. EVERYONE BROUGHT SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO THE TABLE. YOU NEVER HEARD NO XSCAPE VS TLC VS SWV VS TOTAL VS BROWSTONE VS JADE BEEF OR 112 VS BOYZ II MEN VS AZ YET VS H-TOWN VS SHAI VS SILK VS HI-FIVE VS INTRO BEEF. I COULD GO ON AND NAME OTHER ARTISTS. AALIYAH, BRANDY, MONICA, USHER, TEVIN, USHER AND SHANICE IN THEIR HEYDAYS, ALL BROUGHT SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY. TIRED OF THIS SILLY MUSIC ERA…THIS ERA OF MUSIC NEEDS TO BE SAVED BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE…VERY MONOTONOUS AND BORING IF YOU ASK ME. LOVE THIS LAURYN
    http://youtu.be/ObTYOqVp96s

  32. Music April 26, 2013

    So in other words she’s saying “B******, I am NOT broke. I just decided to do this new deal to pretend like I am broke so that the IRS will not come after my bank”.

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