Did D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Help Him Pay Off Tax Debt?
D’Angelo came through in the clutch of 2014. Fourteen years in the making, the singer finally released his third studio effort, Black Messiah. Executing the surprise album drop, it looks like the album has paid off for him in more ways than one.
According to The Jasmine Brand, D’Angelo’s return may have aided him in paying off a huge tax debt. In court records filed just days before Black Messiah’s release, the singer surrendered over $32,000 to the IRS for the years 2004 to 2007. Earlier this year, D’Angelo also squared away a debt of over $130,000 for the year 2002. Both tax liens against the singer have been released, and one may have been thanks to an album advance.
The Black Messiah entered in the Billboard 200 at No. 5, selling 119,000 copies in its first week. If the album did indeed help get D’Angelo out of financial straits, this is a big win-win to close out the year.
View the court documents here.