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Lauryn Hill in tax trouble

Former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill might be looking at four cell walls for inspiration in the near future. She faces a potential jail sentence from a court in Newark New Jersey on three counts of evading tax on income of $1.8 million.

The charges allege that Hill failed to file tax returns between 2005 and 2007. The income comes from music and film royalties for her different companies: Creations Music, Boogie Tours, LH Productions 2001 and Studio 22. It seems the paperwork was getting on top of her.

It might be tricky for her lawyers to offer the argument that she was too busy making music to keep tabs on her tax affairs. Hill is one of pop’s slowest workers. She has been putting together the follow-up to her 1996 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill for 16 years and counting, although there are plans to release The Return . . . later in the year.

Hill has remained cryptic about the nature of the music she is making a whole generation on from her debut. "There are a lot of different creative energies out there right now,” she said. "I respect the different sounds that I'm hearing. It's been such a long time since I've gotten my voice and my ideas out. I'm happy that people are still making music. That we still have a platform with which to make music. It's gonna be interesting to see what the future holds."

Unless it’s three years in the slammer for dodging taxes of course. That might push back the album release a little longer.

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