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Sunday 20 April 2014

Hill signs record deal to pay taxes

Lauryn Hill faces a jail sentence for tax evasion if she does not settle her debt

Lauryn Hill says she has signed with Sony to pay her overdue taxes.

The former Fugees star pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on 1.8 million dollars earned from 2005 to 2007.

The 37-year-old mother-of-six posted on her Tumblr blog that she "signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes."

The total Lauryn owes is in dispute, but it is around 1 million dollars. Her next sentencing date in New Jersey is May 6, and she faces a jail sentence if her tax bill is not settled.

Lauryn also says she's working on new music. She hasn't released much music since her 1998 solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It has sold more than 10 million albums and won five Grammy Awards.

The singer writes that she's not only signing with Sony because of her legal woes, but also because she needs to express her creativity.

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