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Madonna reveals death threats

February 6th, 2014 6:20am EST
Madonna received death threats for defending Pussy Riot.
The 'Hung Up' hitmaker gave an impassioned speech at the Amnesty International Concert in New York last night (05.02.14), in which she described herself as a "freedom fighter" as she introduced the Russian group - who were jailed on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after performing a protest song in a Moscow cathedral - to the stage to address the audience at the Barclays Center.
She said: "The right to be free, to speak our minds, to have an opinion, to love who we want to love, to be who we are -- do we have to f...

Blondie & Bob Geldof join Amnesty International benefit

January 31st, 2014 3:20am EST
Bob Geldof
Blondie and Bob Geldof have been added to the line-up of performers at next month's (Feb14) Bringing Human Rights Home Amnesty International concert in New York.

The two acts will join Lauryn Hill, Imagine Dragons and the Flaming Lips among those hitting the stage at the Barclays Center benefit, while organisers have announced actress and activist Susan Sarandon will host the event and Amnesty International stalwarts Peter Gabriel and Sting will deliver pre-taped video messages during the show.

Announcing his participation, Sting says, "More than 30 years ago, we loosened apartheid's grip...

Flaming Lips and Lauryn Hill to headline latest Amnesty International gig

January 9th, 2014 3:20am EST
Lauryn Hill
The Flaming Lips and Lauryn Hill are to headline the latest Amnesty International supergig.

The two acts will be joined by Tegan and Sara and Cold War Kids, among others, at the benefit, which will be held on 5 February (14) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The first Amnesty International Human Rights Concerts were staged in the 1980s and '90s and featured artists like Radiohead, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Peter Gabriel.

Steven W. Hawkins of Amnesty International USA states, "We're bringing back the concerts to show a new generation of activists how to stand up for ...

Lauryn Hill given permission to tour

October 8th, 2013 5:20am EDT
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill has been granted court permission to tour.
The former Fugees singer - who was released from jail last week - was required to spend three months on home detention as part of her sentence for tax evasion, but sought permission from a judge to go on the road between November 15 until December 31, and her request has been granted.
However, the 'Ready of Not' hitmaker must get all the details for each show - including dates, cities and her hotel accommodation - approved by her probation officer.
After the agreed period, Lauryn must return home to complete her sentence, according to w...

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, Hill will...

Lauryn Hill released from jail

October 4th, 2013 3:30pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill has been released from jail.
The former Fugees singer has left federal prison after serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion, TMZ has confirmed.
The 'Killing Me Softly With His Song' singer, known as Inmate #64600-050, was released early this Friday morning (10.04.13) from the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.
Lauryn was locked up on July 8 after failing to pay taxes of more than $1.8 million in income she earned between 2005 and 2007.
Her sentence also took into account income and tax losses for 2008 and 2009, taking the total to ...

Lauryn Hill debuts new song on eve of prison release

October 4th, 2013 11:20am EDT
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill has debuted a new song to coincide with her release from prison.
The former Fugees star has served three months in a correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, for failing to pay her taxes and ahead of her release today (04.10.13) she has previewed new track 'Consumerism'.
Lauryn recorded her vocals for the song before going to jail, and worked with her team on mixing it ready for release while inside.
A post on her website states: "She wanted to get this music out while she was incarcerated, as it is a product of the space she was in while she was going through some of th...

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...

Lauryn Hill opens up about prison life

July 22nd, 2013 3:20am EDT
Lauryn Hill
Incarcerated R&B star Lauryn Hill has spoken out for the first time since she checked into jail earlier this month (Jul13), revealing she has received a "warm reception" from her fellow inmates.

The former Fugees singer was sentenced to three months behind bars after pleading guilty to three charges of failing to file her tax returns between 2005 and 2007.

She began her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut on 8 July (13), and on Saturday (20Jul13), a friend of the star took to her page to tell fans Hill is "doing well" in jail.

The pal also ...

Lauryn Hill Checks Into Prison

July 8th, 2013 3:08pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
R&B star Lauryn Hill has checked into prison to begin a three-month sentence for tax evasion.

The former Fugees singer pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to file her tax returns between 2005 and 2007 last year and on Monday the singer was booked at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, where she will serve out her punishment, according to

After completing her stint behind bars, the star will spend a further three months under house arrest and nine months on supervised release.

Meanwhile, the Grammy winner has already taken steps to rectify her fin...

Lauryn Hill Rants About Racism And Tax Troubles

June 29th, 2013 10:04am EDT
Lauryn Hill
Prison-bound hip-hop star Lauryn Hill has taken aim at the U.S. legal system in a long, rambling rant online, insisting her struggles with tax authorities are linked to years of black enslavement.

The former Fugees frontwoman was handed a three-month term behind bars in May after she was convicted of failing to pay taxes to officials at America's Internal Revenue Service and she has been given until July 8 to turn herself in.

As the prison deadline looms, Hill has expressed her anger at what she perceives as a legal injustice in an open letter posted on

Hill opened the messag...

Rohan Marley offers support to prison-bound Lauryn Hill

May 13th, 2013 12:53pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
Bob Marley's son Rohan has offered his support to ex-girlfriend Lauryn Hill as she prepares for her upcoming jail stint.

Rohan Marley has vowed to step up his parenting duties for their five children, who range in ages from five to 15 years old, while Hill is serving three months in prison for tax evasion.

The star has been given until 8 July (13) to turn herself in to authorities, and Marley has assured her he will be as involved as possible when she is behind bars.

He explains, "I will be there for my kids... I will be there even more while she is dealing with this... to make sure that...

Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys penned court letters of support for Lauryn Hill

May 9th, 2013 4:00pm EDT
Alicia Keys
Soul icon Stevie Wonder and R&B singer Alicia Keys sent letters of support for Lauryn Hill to the judge overseeing her tax evasion case in a desperate bid to keep her out of jail.

The former Fugees star reached out to friends and family to write to the New Jersey judge on her behalf in a bid to land a lesser sentence after pleading guilty to three charges of failing to file tax returns between 2005 and 2007, with each count carrying a year behind bars.

On Monday (06May13), she was sentenced to serve three months in jail as punishment, and now Hill has penned a note of thanks to everyone w...

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, 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 $...

Nas & Lauryn Hill Team Up For 10-City Tour

September 20th, 2012 8:45pm EDT
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.

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

Editors at the website report a civil judgment was fil...

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

If convicted, Hill fac...

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...

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...

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...

Lauryn Hill's Sixth Baby Born Safely After Labor Scare

July 25th, 2011 12:57pm EDT
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill's baby has arrived, making her the mother of six! Both the singer and baby boy are reportedly well after a scary moment during delivery.

Lauryn Hill's sixth baby is a boy! While questions remain about who the baby's father is and if Rohan Marley has entered into a new relationship, we are thankful that both Lauryn Hill and the baby are safe after a scare in the delivery room.

A source tells Black Celeb Kids that Lauryn Hill's baby boy was born Saturday night. "Mother and baby are fine," says the source, who adds that Hill and family "had a little scare because the baby came ...

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...

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...

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...

Kanye West Headlining Coachella 2011

January 20th, 2011 9:35am EST
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...

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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