You might win some, but you really lost one—a tune Grammy-winning songstress, Lauryn Hill, hopes not to be singing when it comes to her recent tax evasion trial. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill singer faces sentencing in New Jersey today (May 6) on federal tax charges.
She pleaded guilty last year to not paying taxes on $1.8 million from 2005 to 2007 and two weeks ago a judge stated that she’s only paid $50,000 of more than $500,000 she owes to the federal government.
“Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline,” she wrote. “I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!”
She recently cut a deal with Sony to launch her own record label and denied reports that it was to help alleviate her financial burdens.