News: Lauryn Hill Puts On For Her City, Ready For Big Apple Return

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 5:02PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill is ready to get her career back on track after serving time behind bars for a tax-related conviction by announcing an upcoming concert date.

According to reports, the soulful singer/emcee will return to the stage next week for a pre-Thanksgiving show.

Lauryn Hill is returning to the stage. The Fugees frontwoman will perform her first shows since being released from prison later this month in New York. The intimate concerts will take place back-to-back at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, Nov. 27. There will be an early show at 6 p.m. followed by a second performance at 10:30 p.m. Standing room tickets cost $100 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster. Following her release from prison in early October, Ms. Hill has been confined to three months of home detention as part of her sentence. (Rap-Up)

October reports revealed Lauryn had a request to tour approved by a judge.

Lauryn has been confined to 3-months of home detention as part of her sentence for tax evasion -- but here's the thing ... She wants to go on tour from Nov. 15th through Dec. 31st, so she asked the judge to give her a pass so she could tour -- and we've learned the judge is down with it. As we reported ... Lauryn was freed from jail last week and she wants to resume her career STAT. Lauryn -- who has a new single out -- can now start signing on at specific venues for the concerts. But prison officials will still keep tabs on her -- she'll have to run all the details -- dates, cities, hotels -- past her probation officer. On New Year's Day ... the party's over, and Lauryn will have to return home to complete her home detention sentence. (TMZ)

Details of the singer's recent release in conjunction with the premiere of a new track called "Consumerism" spread last month.

After serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion, Lauryn Hill is being released from prison later today and is marking the occasion with a new single called "Consumerism." Hill speed-raps through a laundry list of societal ills over a chaotic rhythm that's more Death Grips than "Killing Me Softly." Her pointed voice brutally targets "corporate greed in Jesus' name," decrying ageism, sexism, racism, fascism, "compromised commercialism" and "neo-McCarthyism." Hill's release follows a controversial three-month sentence for failing to file tax returns on over $2 million in income over a two-year period beginning in 2005. Leading up to her incarceration, she cited historical racism as one of the bigger reasons for her tax woes. On a brighter note, she recently inked a deal with Sony and a new record is reportedly in the works. (Rolling Stone)

Although brief, Hill publicly spoke out from behind bars back in July.

Ms. Hill has received a lot mail, and would like to let everyone know that she is doing well. She also asked me to pass along this message: "I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials. Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them. Thank you for the letters of concern and well wishes that I receive in the mail every day. Although I may not be able to write everyone back, please know that they have been received, read, acknowledged, and appreciated. With Love back, MLH" (Lauryn Hill's Tumblr)

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