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Lauryn Hill Gets Permission To Go On Tour Before Beginning House Arrest For Tax Evasion

October 7th, 2013 10:50pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
Troubled R&B star Lauryn Hill has been given permission to go on tour following her release from prison on Friday.

The former Fugees singer left the Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut after serving her three-month sentence for tax evasion and was set to spend another three months under house arrest, but she requested that the punishment be held off until next year so that she can get her career going again and tour from November 15 through December 31.

A judge granted the request, mandating that Hill begin her home sentence on January 1, 2014.

According to TMZ.com, Hill will...
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Lauryn Hill Celebrates Prison Release With New Track 'Consumerism'

October 4th, 2013 9:24am EDT
Lauryn Hill
Former Fugees member Lauryn Hill is celebrating her release from prison with a new single.

The R&B singer was jailed in Connecticut in July after pleading guilty to three charges of failing to file her tax returns between 2005 and 2007.

The 38 year-old star, who is set to leave prison on Friday after completing her three-month sentence, is marking the occasion by releasing a new track, Consumerism, which will also feature on her upcoming album Letters From Exile.

In a post on her Tumblr page, Hill writes, "Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come...
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Lauryn Hill To Serve Time In Jail For Tax Evasion

May 7th, 2013 2:08pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
R&B star Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in jail due to tax evasion. After she leaves prison, she will spend three additional months under house arrest and nine months on supervised release.

According to TMZ.com, a judge in Newark, New Jersey, ordered Hill to report to prison by July 8. The ruling was handed down just one day after the singer's lawyer confirmed she paid off more than $900,000 in tax debts and penalties.

In 2012, the former Fugees star pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to file her tax returns between 2005 and 2007.

During the hearing on Monday, Hil...
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Lauryn Hill Pays Tax Debt On Eve Of Court Date

May 6th, 2013 5:07pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill's lawyer says the singer had paid off her $900k tax debt, days before she was set to head to court for sentencing.

Hill was facing up to 30 months in prison for failing to pay taxes on $1.8 million in income from the years 2005, 2006, and 2007. Hill pled guilty to the crime but her payment will now affect her sentencing, according to Rueters.

Her lawyer said Hill was granted a $650k loan, putting up some of her property as collateral. However, her lawyer was adamant the deal did not include any music.

That all changed when Hill revealed she signed a deal with Sony Music. "The...
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Lauryn Hill Confirms Sony Record Deal & Addresses Financial Issues

April 26th, 2013 11:30am EDT
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill posted on tumblr blog yesterday, breaking her silence to addresses financial issues and confirm media reports about a new record deal with Sony.

"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." said Hill in her post.

The former Fugees star is currently facing a prison time after pleading guilty to charges of failing to file her tax returns between 2005 and 20...
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Lauryn Hill Slams Squatting Reports

April 24th, 2013 3:47pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
Former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill has taken to her blog to clear up claims she has been squatting in her New Jersey home.

Last week, it was reported the R&B star is facing eviction after she was hit with a lawsuit from her landlord over claims she has failed to pay rent for her house in South Orange.

Hill has since taken to her Tumblr blog to deny the accusations, writing, "I'd like to set the record straight: I am not squatting, and I do not owe any money to my landlord. I have always stayed current on rent. I was raised in South Orange, which is why these allegations are not only false...
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10 Celebrities Who Have Owed Millions In Unpaid Taxes

October 1st, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Nicolas Cage
Not even the rich and famous can avoid the tax man, and many have been pinched for not paying their fair share.

Nicolas Cage owed $6.2 million in unpaid taxes in 2007. He faced other claims of unpaid taxes related to his earnings between 2002 and 2004, while he was accused of defaulting on a $2 million loan in October, 2009.

The 46 year old was hit with a $6.7 million suit on New Year's Eve in 2010 in relation to unpaid taxes in 2008 - taking his total tax bill to approximately $14 million.

In November 2011, Cage sold his Action Comics 1 in an online auction for a record-breaking $...
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Nas & Lauryn Hill Team Up For 10-City Tour

September 20th, 2012 8:45pm EDT
Nas
Rapper Nas and reclusive former Fugees star Lauryn Hill are teaming up for a 10-city autumn tour.

The hip-hop superstars will take their Life Is Good/Black Rage tour on the road beginning with a gig in Dallas, Texas on October 29.

Announcing the dates on Wednesday, Nas simply said, "Better late than never. Life is good!"

The pair performed together at the Hot 97 Summer Jam in June.
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Lauryn Hill Hit With Another Tax Bill

August 21st, 2012 11:56am EDT
Lauryn Hill
Singer Lauryn Hill is facing another bill for allegedly unpaid taxes just weeks after pleading guilty to failing to file her returns.

The former Fugees star was accused of owing more than $1.6 million and in June, she admitted neglecting to file her financial papers for federal taxes between 2005 and 2007.

She faces up to three years in jail and a $75,000 fine when she is sentenced in November.

It has now emerged Hill is also facing a large bill for state taxes in New Jersey amounting to more than $440,000, according to TMZ.com.

Editors at the website report a civil judgment was fil...
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Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty To Evading Taxes

June 29th, 2012 8:31pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
R&B star Lauryn Hill has pleaded guilty to failing to file her tax returns from 2005 to 2007.

Prosecutors in New Jersey filed three counts against the Doo Wop (That Thing) hit-maker earlier this month amid allegations she owed more than $1.6 million in back taxes.

Hill recently addressed the claims, insisting she needed the funds to "sustain" her family during a "period of crisis," but on Friday the former Fugees singer appeared in court to face the charges, admitting she "intentionally and willingly" neglected to file her financial papers, according to TMZ.com.

If convicted, Hill fac...
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Lauryn Hill Gives Rambling Statement In Response To Tax Charges

June 9th, 2012 4:33pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
R&B star Lauryn Hill has addressed charges she owes more than $1.6 million in taxes, insisting she needed the funds to "sustain" her family during a "period of crisis".

Prosecutors in New Jersey have filed three tax counts against the singer amid allegations she failed to file returns for earnings between 2005 and 2007.

Each of the charges carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine - but defiant Hill has attempted to explain her actions in a long and rambling statement posted on her blog on Friday.

The Doo Wop (That Thing) hitmaker claims she removed herself and...
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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

May 16th, 2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...
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Lauryn Hill Stages Partial Fugees Reunion

September 4th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
Hip-hop star Lauryn Hill has paved the way for a full Fugees reunion after reuniting with former bandmate Pras onstage at a music festival in New York.

The "Everything Is Everything" singer/rapper was one of the headlining acts at the Big Apple leg of the Rock the Bells festival series on Saturday, and she performed her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety.

Hill was unhappy with the sound quality throughout her set and repeatedly interrupted her songs to have words with the audio engineers, causing fans to grow restless.

But the audience screamed in excitement wh...
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Lauryn Hill Pregnant With Sixth Child

June 6th, 2011 11:34am EDT
Lauryn Hill
Former Fugees star Lauryn Hill is pregnant with her sixth child.

The singer announced the happy news on stage during a concert in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday night, revealing she is planning to take a break from music to focus on motherhood again.

She reportedly told the crowd, "I'm going to be taking time off to give birth."

Pregnancy rumors first surfaced back in April when Hill appeared at the Coachella music festival in California sporting what appeared to be a baby bump.

Hill has five children with her on/off partner Rohan Marley and the kids range in age from 13 to three. Th...
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Katy Perry, Ashley Greene And Other Top Stars Hit The Coachella Music Festival (Pics)

April 17th, 2011 6:06pm EDT
Katy Perry
The first day of the Coachella Festival in California was a star-studded affair on Friday - and it had little to do with the acts onstage.

The crowds were littered with Hollywood celebrities and hot young couples smooching in the sun.

Vanessa Hudgens made her Coachella debut with her rumored boyfriend Josh Hutcherson, while Hilton sisters Paris and Nicky were spotted partying with Nicky's boyfriend David Katzenberg.

Lindsay Lohan and Katy Perry were also among the music fans living it up in the desert, as were actress Kate Bosworth and her beau Alexander Skarsgard, reality TV star Whitne...
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Coachella Fans To Cee Lo Green: 'Forget You'

April 17th, 2011 11:46am EDT
Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green created a line-up nightmare for Coachella Festival organisers in California on Friday night when he took to the stage 25 minutes late and showed no signs of cutting short his set.

Fans booed when he was an initial no show and he was forced to make an apology at the top of his show.

He said, "Sorry guys, I just landed. Y'all still gonna party with me? I only have 20 minutes. It ain't my fault. They should have... given me a better time slot."

He managed only five songs before festival bosses pulled the plug on the R&B star shortly after he had performed his smash hit "F**k Yo...
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Kanye West Headlining Coachella 2011

January 20th, 2011 9:35am EST
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Listen up music lovers! The Coachella 2011 line-up has officially been revealed and Starpulse is giving you a first look! Headlining this year's 3-day festival will be none other than Mr. Kanye West himself, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and The Strokes. Other bands set to perform in the modern-day-woodstock include Mumford & Sons, Neon Trees, Jimmy Eat World, Cee Lo Green and many, many more. The festival will take place in sunny Indio, CA on April 15th-17th and will host some of the hottest industry parties of the year. We can't wait to see which celebrities attend and what juicy gossip come...
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Lauryn Hill Infuriates Fans At Comeback Concert

January 18th, 2011 8:45am EST
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill has angered her fans for the second time in a month, after keeping an audience waiting for three hours at a comeback concert and changing her songs beyond recognition.

The reclusive singer was due to take to the stage in Atlanta, Georgia at 9pm (EST) on Friday night, but she didn't begin her performance until midnight. And the crowd at the Center Stage venue was unimpressed when Hill finally began her set - the singer reportedly declared she was tired of "playing the same music night after night" and performed several unfamiliar versions of her hit songs.

One fan told the Sand...
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Wyclef Jean: 'The Fugees Are Not Meant To Be'

January 13th, 2011 1:48pm EST
Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean is adamant he has no plans to revive The Fugees since making amends with former bandmate Pras Michel - insisting a reunion is "not meant to be."

The rappers - and singer Lauryn Hill - went their separate ways in 1997, before getting back together in 2004 for a short-lived reunion.

The pair subsequently went five years without speaking and Michel refused to back Jean's failed bid for the Haitian presidency last year.

Jean was stunned to find himself sat next to his old pal on a flight to Haiti on Wednesday, and told fans on Twitter that they used their time mid-air to make pea...
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Lauryn Hill: 'I Personally Know I'm Worth The Wait'

January 4th, 2011 5:24pm EST
Lauryn Hill
Hip-hop diva Lauryn Hill showed no remorse after keeping devotees waiting for almost four hours at a recent comeback concert in New York, telling disgruntled fans she was "worth the wait."

The reclusive singer was due to return to the stage to kick off her first U.S. tour in years on December 27th, but the show at Manhattan's Highline Ballroom had to be postponed after a heavy snow storm brought transport in the Big Apple to a standstill. She went ahead with her second scheduled gig, at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, on December 28th, and drew a crowd including soul superstar Prin...
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Wyclef Jean Running For President Of Haiti

August 5th, 2010 10:19pm EDT
Wyclef Jean
Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean is running for president of his native Haiti after officially filing election papers confirming his candidacy on Thursday.

The Fugees rapper ended weeks of speculation when he jetted into the country on Thursday morning and headed straight to the electoral council office in the capital Port-Au-Prince to lodge the documents, according to the AFP.

Jean, who had earlier stepped down as head of his Yele Haiti charity, was accompanied by his wife Marie Claudinette and their adopted daughter, Angelina.

The star revealed his race for presidency was driven by "the people...
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Ludacris Disillusioned By Lauryn Hill Snub

March 26th, 2010 5:30pm EDT
Ludacris
Ludacris is disappointed he failed to convince Lauryn Hill to collaborate on a new song after the reclusive singer/rapper turned down the hip-hop star's efforts to feature her on his new album.

The Stand Up hit-maker recruited a host of female rappers for his latest project Battle of the Sexes, including Eve, Lil Kim, Trina and Nicki Minaj.

However, Ludacris admits there was one other big name he was hoping to land a duet with - even though Hill has collaborated with few artists since her days in the Fugees with Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel.

He tells the Associated Press, "I think Laur...
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Jay-Z Is 'Praying' Amy Winehouse Won't Become Another Lauryn Hill

February 22nd, 2010 7:30pm EST
Jay-Z
Jay-Z has urged Amy Winehouse to hurry back into the studio to complete her next album - because he fears the "Rehab" hit-maker will become as reclusive as Lauryn Hill.

The British soul star has been in and out of the studio since last year, when she traveled to St. Lucia to record tracks with producer Salaam Remi; and record label bosses have confirmed her third disc, the follow-up to 2006's "Back To Black", will be released in 2010.

Rap superstar Jay-Z credits Winehouse with boosting the U.K. music scene but he hopes her drink and drug problems are firmly in the past - because he'd ...
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It's Summertime: A List of Great Summertime Songs

June 19th, 2009 12:32pm EDT
Billy Joel
Like Corrine Bailey Rae sang, "Go put your records on." The song of the same title is the perfect piece of advice for summer. Sunday marks the official first day of summer, and in case you need some new songs for those trips to the beach, barbeques, and even for still being stuck at work, here's our picks for the best summer songs.

The Beach Boys, "Come and Go With Me" (1978) - No group better embodies the spirit of summer than The Beach Boys, so picking just one of their songs isn't an easy task. Rather going for the more obvious, kitschy beach themed songs like "Surfin' Safari," "Calif...
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'American Idol' Recap: Anoop & Megan Must Go

April 1st, 2009 8:42am EDT
American Idol
Random Thoughts While Waiting for the American Idol Contestants to Start Singing:

-It's amazing how four judges can combine to say absolutely nothing in the show open.

-What a strange theme. Why not just say, "pick whatever song you want"?. How does one define a 'popular' download? Conspiracy people!

-Just when you thought the product placement couldn't get any more shameless - Seacrest uses it to promote his own show!

-Wow, Ryan Seacrest plays drops of Simon Cowell and the "American Idol" theme on his show. Local FM Radio now seems like a bastion of creativity and w...
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Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble To A Pearl'

October 15th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Nikka Costa
Nikka Costa has always seemed to thrive on a certain sense of freedom. It's no wonder, that when Nikka set out to create a record on her own terms and as an independent artist finally free of major label confines, she has made her boldest and most passionate record yet. Over 14 days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Nikka created Pebble to a Pearl- a quintessential collection of soul, blues, funk & pop infused tracks which marks Nikka's triumphant return onto the scene this Fall. On September 23, 2008 the legendary Stax Records will release the album in conjunction with Nikka's ow...
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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Estelle Discusses Her Album 'Shine,' American Boys And Her Sense of Fashion

April 28th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Estelle
UK sensation Estelle has been dubbed John Legend's protégé. She's been compared to Lauryn Hill and has collaborated with a number of great artists (Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean, Will.i.am, Mark Ronson and Cee-lo & Jack Splash) to come up with an amazing album called "Shine," which drops in the states tomorrow.

This 28-year-old dynamo is one artist who is comfortable in her own skin. She is willing to take risks to further her career, which characterizes an extreme sense of self-determination that cannot be ignored. Being the first artist to be signed to John Legend's new lab...
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Jesse McCartney's 'Departure' Hits Stores May 20

March 23rd, 2008 10:30am EDT
Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney unveiled his new sound with the release of his single, "Leavin'" produced by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. Now, get a first hand look at Jesse's musical growth in his new video!(below)

"The record is called Departure for a number of reasons," says Jesse McCartney, whose multi-platinum 2004 debut album Beautiful Soul launched his career as an international singing star. "There have been departures in my career, in my personal life. I've learned a lot since doing my first couple of records. I think I've landed in the most comfortable place I've ever been musically as the...
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Defining Greatness: The One-Hit Wonder Scale

February 26th, 2008 11:14am EST
Vanilla Ice
Probably the most underrated term in the music industry is the "One Hit Wonder." Popularized in the 80s, one hit wonders are either regarded as artists with one hit (like Deee-Lite’s "Groove is in the Heart"), or artists who produced a song that everybody knows (like "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors).

However, the truth of the matter is that one hit wonders actually come in many shapes and sizes. There are hits that are huge one day and laughable the next, there are hits that are mildly spectacular at first but ultimately propel the careers of the artists who recorded them, and there a...
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