NEWS: Lauryn Hill Confirms New Deal and Much More in Open Letter
So many of us have been waiting for this news for a while now but Lauryn hill has confirmed it herself. 'The Miseducation' singer is now re-signed to Sony Worldwide and is due to release new music very soon.
Although her legal battles has been the talk of the town lately, its very hard to forget that Lauryn Hill is one of the best to ever do it. A modern day Legend in my eyes. She has always been an outspoken artist from day dot and nothing has changed from reading this open letter. I for one am super excited for this new venture partnering with Sony to launch her own label, which will be the home of her new music.
Kanye West said he wished Lauryn's heart was still in Rhyming, well it looks like wishes do come true. we have missed you Lauryn, welcome back.
“It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. 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.
I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.
It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into 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. I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.
The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal. Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me).
Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything. 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. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.