Lauryn Hill spoke out yet again regarding the controversy surrounding her tax evasion case. After pleading guilty to failing to file her taxes from 2005 to 2007, the 37-year-old singer’s sentencing has been postponed. It was also reported that she inked a $1 million deal with Sony in an effort to rectify her financial woes. Now, Hill has taken to her Tumblr to address it all, beginning with some news for her fans.
“It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes,” she wrote. “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.”
The ex-Fugee also took the opportunity to regard the tax evasion case as an “old conflict between art and commerce,” asserting that she has struggled to gain “existential and economic freedom” for the past 10 years. She wrote that her new venture with Sony is what she had been seeking all along, calling it “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.”
Hill also made a point to denounce the reported reasoning for the Sony deal, as well as the amount of money the deal is allegedly worth, stating that the $1 million is “only a portion of the overall deal.” Pointing to her record sales of over 50 million copies, the singer assured readers that the deal was in fact way more lucrative than reported, with only a “fraction” of the money belonging to her.
The singer closed her Tumblr post with a vow to continue to speak out against the strongholds against artists in the industry.
“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,” she wrote. “There are volumes that could (and will) be said.”
Read the post in its entirety here.