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Rap Albums That Have Stood The Test Of Time

2/28/2016 11:00am EST
30 Rap Albums That Have Stood The Test Of Time
Rap is one of the newer genres of music, compared to the majority of popular music. Often associated with rebelliousness – violence, drugs, money, sex and the streets – rap has garnered its fair share of controversy throughout its relatively short history. Despite the controversies and criticisms associated with the style, there have been plenty of triumphs – important songs and albums – that have built an illustrious history.

This list examines some of the most important albums in rap’s history – what an arduous task to say the least! Even with fewer years under its belt, there have been ...

Celebrities That Turn 40 In 2015

1/1/2015 10:00am EST
Celebrities That Turn 40 In 2015
Welcome to 2015 – Big milestones start at around forty so we thought we'd take a look back to the year of 1975 to see who was born that year and what major events transpired.

In 1975 the Vietnam War officially ended as communist forces took Saigon. The average price of gasoline that year was .72 cents while work on the Alaska Pipe Line began. Other historic notes included BIC's launch of the first disposable razor; Microsoft became a registered trademark; Motorola obtained the first portable mobile phone patent; the Altair 8800 microcomputer was released and Ex-teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa va...

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

10/7/2013 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 Celebrates Prison Release With New Track 'Consumerism'

10/4/2013 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 To Serve Time In Jail For Tax Evasion

5/7/2013 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

5/6/2013 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

4/26/2013 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

4/24/2013 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

10/1/2012 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

9/20/2012 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

8/21/2012 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

6/29/2012 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

6/9/2012 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

5/16/2012 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

9/4/2011 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 Pregnant With Sixth Child

6/6/2011 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)

4/17/2011 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'

4/17/2011 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

1/20/2011 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

1/18/2011 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...

Wyclef Jean: 'The Fugees Are Not Meant To Be'

1/13/2011 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...

Lauryn Hill: 'I Personally Know I'm Worth The Wait'

1/4/2011 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...

Wyclef Jean Running For President Of Haiti

8/5/2010 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...

Ludacris Disillusioned By Lauryn Hill Snub

3/26/2010 5:30pm EDT
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...

Jay-Z Is 'Praying' Amy Winehouse Won't Become Another Lauryn Hill

2/22/2010 7:30pm EST
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 ...

It's Summertime: A List of Great Summertime Songs

6/19/2009 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...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 25

5/25/2009 3:00am EDT
Ian McKellen
Happy Birthday to "Batman Begins" bad guy Cillian Murphy (1976), Fugees singer Lauryn Hill (1975), "Undeclared" actress Monica Keena (1974), "Ghost Whisperer" actor Jamie Kennedy (1970), "Volcano" actress Anne Heche (1969), "Austin Powers" star Mike Myers (1963), The Jam singer Paul Weller (1958), actress Connie Sellecca (1955), Scorpions lead singer Klaus Meine (1948), "Yoda" actor Frank Oz (1944), singer Jessi Colter (1943), "XIII" star Ian McKellen (1939), "Designing Women" star Dixie Carter (1939), opera singer Beverly Sills (1929), and actor Claude Akins (1918; d. 1994).

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'American Idol' Recap: Anoop & Megan Must Go

4/1/2009 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...

Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble To A Pearl'

10/15/2008 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...

Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

9/19/2008 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...