According to her interview on Tumblr, Lauryn Hill refuted reports that she was just evicted by her landlord and is a squatter of sorts.
“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.”
Hill, a former Fugee group member signed a deal worth $1 million for recording five songs, plus more cash if she completed a new album, according to the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper of New Jersey.
Hill is currently marred in a tax evasion trial that will send her to prison, but the cash could be her final chance to either avoid going to jail or a reduced sentenced.
She owes $504,000, the balance of her $554,000 criminal liability, and could face years in prison depending on how much she owes.
Her attorney said she was planning to pay off the criminal liability with a $650,000 loan secured by two properties she owns, the Star-Ledger reported.
Hill wrote of her “old conflict between art and commerce” on Tumblr:
“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, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need.”
“There are volumes that could (and will) be said.”
“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, but insulting.”
“I am in talks with the town about resolving an unrelated issue, regarding how I use my home to work on my music, which has nothing to do with my financial obligations.”
Legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder will receive the 2013 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) for his important work as an activist, Messenger of Peace and his dedication to helping people with disabilities and children and families in need. Wonder, who is one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century, will receive the award at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Gala on June 3.
The Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service. Considered NABEF’s highest individual honor, the award will be presented during the Celebration of Service to America Gala held Monday, June 3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.
“Stevie Wonder has touched millions of lives worldwide through his musical genius and through his tireless contributions as a humanitarian,”said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “It is for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of those in need that we proudly honor him with this prestigious award.”
Stevie has amassed 32 #1 singles, 49 Top-40 singles, 25 Grammy Awards including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll and Songwriters’ Halls of Fame, was the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, is a Commander of France’s National Order of Arts and Letters, and became the second recipient of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Stevie Wonder has been pivotal in U.S. and world events. In 1983, he spearheaded a campaign in the U.S. to make Martin Luther King Day a national holiday and his advocacy for ending apartheid in South Africa is legendary. As an artist, songwriter and producer concerned with major humanitarian issues, his voice has lent itself to charities in support of disabilities, AIDS, cancer, diabetes, hunger and homelessness, domestic abuse and numerous other causes on behalf of children and adults. His numerous awards include recognition from the U.S. President’s Committee on Employment of Handicapped People, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the American Association of People with Disabilities. For 17 years, he has provided toys and gifts of joy for children and families in need with his annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert. As a designated U.N. Messenger of Peace with special focus on persons with disabilities, he continues to demonstrate the activism that has made him such a vital voice for social progress.
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, best known for his performances on “Saturday Night Live” and for his role on the hit series “30 Rock,” will host the star-studded 2013 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sunday May 19 (8:00–11:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“I’m honored to be a part of one of music’s biggest nights,” said Tracy Morgan. “When you look at the artists who have come up through Billboard over the years, it’s incredible. And how can you say no when Prince is going to be there!”
Tracy Morgan first hit the national stage when he joined “Saturday Night Live” in 1996. Morgan’s journey to stardom skyrocketed during his seven season run on the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning “30 Rock” for which Morgan received his first individual Emmy nomination. The star is about to embark on his highly anticipated national stand-up comedy tour, “Excuse My French,” hitting US cities through the end of June.
As host of the Billboard Music Awards, Morgan joins an impressive lineup of stars including previously announced performers Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Prince, Bruno Mars and Miguel. The awards show will also honor Billboard chart-topper and world-renowned music legend Prince with the Billboard Icon Award, highlighting his groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry during the broadcast, to be executive produced by Don Mischer.