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Lauryn Hill

Ms. Hill at a pre-Oscar event on March 2, 2006
Background information
Birth name Lauryn Noel Hill
Also known as Ms. Hill, L Boogie,
Born May 25, 1975 (1975-05-25) (age 32)
Origin State flag South Orange, New Jersey, USA
Genre(s) Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Soul, neo-soul, R&B, Reggae, Folk
Occupation(s) Vocalist: Singer/Rapper, Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Mother
Instrument(s) Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Years active 1994-present
Label(s) Columbia, Ruffhouse
Associated
acts
The Fugees
Website http://www.lauryn-hill.com/

Lauryn Noel Hill (born May 25, 1975) is an American singer, rapper, musician, record producer and film actress. She initially established her reputation as the vocal member and lone female of The Fugees. On August 25, 1998 she launched her solo career by releasing the critically acclaimed album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, bringing the then-emerging neo-soul genre to a wider commercial platform. After a four year hiatus, she released the controversial MTV Unplugged No. 2.0; a live album of completely original material (except for So Much Things to Say and The Conquering Lion). She has won eight Grammy Awards and is the mother of four children with Rohan Marley, the fourth son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 450 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Lauryn Hill ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Jersey. ... Map of South Orange Village in Essex County South Orange is a village in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Alternative hip hop (also known as alternative rap) is a genre that is defined in greatly varying ways. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a musical genre of the late 1990s and early 2000s that fuses contemporary R&B, 1970s style soul, classical music, jazz, and elements of alternative-hip hop. ... Contemporary R&B is a music genre of American popular music, the current iteration of the genre that began in the 1940s as rhythm and blues music. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Ruffhouse Records is a record label founded in 1989 by Chris Schwartz and Joe Nicolo as a joint venture with Columbia Records. ... The Fugees are a critically acclaimed music band from the United States, popular during the mid-1990s, whose repertoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Caribbean music (particularly reggae). ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... The Fugees are a critically acclaimed music band from the United States, popular during the mid-1990s, whose repertoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Caribbean music (particularly reggae). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the debut solo album by Lauryn Hill of the recently reunited Fugees. ... Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a musical genre of the late 1990s and early 2000s that fuses contemporary R&B, 1970s style soul, classical music, jazz, and elements of alternative-hip hop. ... MTV Unplugged No. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rohan Anthony Marley (born May 19, 1972, Jamaica) is the son of late reggae artist Bob Marley and Janet Hunt. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... This article is about the reggae musician. ...

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Biography

Early Life

Lauryn Hill was born in South Orange, New Jersey. Hill was the second of two children born to high school English teacher Valerie Hill and computer programer Mal Hill. Her family's home was crammed with Motown 45's and Sixties Soul, which Lauryn incessantly played as a child. Music was a central part of the Hill home. Mal Hill sang at weddings, Valerie played the piano and Lauryn's older brother Melaney, played the saxophone, guitar and drums [1]. Map of South Orange Village in Essex County South Orange is a village in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. ...


Hill attended Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. Hill was an active student, cheerleader, and performer. She began her acting career very early. In 1988, 13-year old Hill appeared as an Amateur Night contestant on It's Showtime at the Apollo. Hill sang her own version of William "Smokey" Robinson's song "Who's Lovin' You?". A nervous Hill sung far away from the mic and was heckled at first; but persisted and finished her song to a standing applause. She did not win though. Columbia High School is a four-year comprehensive regional public high school located at 17 Parker Avenue in Maplewood, New Jersey, that serves students in grades nine through twelve within the South Orange-Maplewood School District, which includes Maplewood and South Orange. ... Map of Maplewood Township in Essex County Maplewood is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. ... Showtime at the Apollo (formerly Its Showtime at the Apollo) is a syndicated music television show, first broadcast in 1986, and is produced by the Apollo Theater. ... William Smokey Robinson (born February 19, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ... Whos Lovin You is a Motown soul song, written in 1960 by William Smokey Robinson. ...


Hill appeared on the soap opera, As The World Turns as Kira Johnson. In December 1993, she starred in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" as Rita Louise Watson. In the film, she performed the songs "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" (a duet with Tanya Blount) and "Joyful, Joyful" . It was in this role, as Rita, that she first came to national prominence, with Roger Ebert calling her "the girl with the big joyful voice". Although Sister Act I and II were originally conceived as vehicles for comedian Whoopi Goldberg, the second installment won Lauryn equal notice. As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light),[1] airing each weekday on CBS. Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, the show debuted on Monday, April 2, 1956[2] at 1:30pm. ... Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955) is an American actress, comedian, radio presenter, host, and author. ...


Her other acting work includes the play Club XII with MC Lyte, and the motion pictures King of the Hill (as Arletta the Elevator Operator), Hav Plenty (1997), and Restaurant (1998). She appeared on the soundtracks to Conspiracy Theory in 1996 (on the track "Can't Take My Eyes Off You") and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 2002 (on the track "Selah"). MC Lyte (born Lana Michele Moorer, 11 October 1970, Brooklyn, New York) is a female rap artist. ... King of the Hill was a 1993 film, Steven Soderberghs third feature film, and the second he directed from his own screenplay following his 1989 Palme dOr-winning effort sex, lies, and videotape. ... Hav Plenty (1997) is a true story based on an eventful weekend in the life of Lee Plenty (Christopher Scott Cherot). ... For other uses, see Conspiracy theory (disambiguation). ... Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a 2002 film directed by Callie Khouri. ...


Personal Life

Since 1996 Hill has been in a relationship with Rohan Marley, son of the late reggae music icon Bob Marley. Though she refers to Marley as her husband, it has not been confirmed publicly that they are legally married. According to a October 2003 Rolling Stone article by Touré, Marley never divorced his first wife Geraldine Khawly [2] [3], whom he married in 1993 while a sophomore at the University of Miami; and with whom he has daughter Eden Marley and son Nicolas Marley[4] [5]. However, in the summer of 2005, Trace magazine interviewed Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley; Marley said none of this was true and that many lies had been written about them.[6] This article is about the magazine. ... Touré. For other persons named Touré, see Touré (disambiguation). ...


Together they have four children: son Zion David Hill-Marley (3 August 1997); daughter Selah Louise Marley (12 November 1998); son Joshua Marley (January 2002)[7] [8] and son John Marley (summer 2003)[9]. As of October 2007, the couple is expecting their fifth child. [10]


She has written a song about her eldest son, titled "To Zion", and can be found on her first solo effort, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The song "Selah", is featured on the soundtrack Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood [11], and is the name of her lone daughter. According to the lyrics, the song is about her relationship to God. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the debut solo album by Lauryn Hill of the recently reunited Fugees. ...


Hill is noted as a humanitarian, and in 1996 she received an Essence Award for work which has included the 1996 founding of the Refugee Project, an outreach organization that supports a two-week overnight camp for at-risk youth, and for supporting well-building projects in Kenya and Uganda, as well as for staging a rap concert in Harlem to promote voter registration. In 1999 Hill received three awards at the 30th Annual NAACP Image Awards. In 1999 Ebony magazine named her one of "100+ Most Influential Black Americans". She was named with Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and others among the "10 For Tomorrow," in the EBONY 2000: Special Millennium Issue. Humanitarianism is the view that all people should be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve as human beings, and that advancing the well-being of humanity is a noble goal. ... Essence Magazine is an American fashion and lifestyle magazine. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ... Academy Award winners Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, and Jamie Foxx on the 60th anniversary cover of Ebony Magazine, November 2005 Ebony, a magazine for the African American market, was founded by John H. Johnson and has been published since the autumn of 1945. ... Jesse Louis Jackson, Jr. ...


Lauryn Hill's musical influences include Bob Marley, The Doors, Nina Simone, Carlos Santana, and Jose Feliciano among others. This article is about the reggae musician. ... This page is about the rock band. ... Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known by her stage name Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and civil rights activist. ... Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ... José Montserrate Feliciano (born September 10, 1945 in Lares, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican singer. ...


Musical Career

Beginnings With The Fugees

The Refugee Camp ("Fugees") formed after Prakazrel "Pras" Michel approached Hill in high school about joining a music group he was creating. Soon after, she met Pras' cousin and fellow Haïtian immigrant, Wyclef Jean. At some point, Hill was given the nickname "L Boogie," as she began to convert her poetic writing into rap verses. The Fugees are an American music group, most popular during the mid-1990s, whose repitoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Carribean music (particularly reggae). ... Pras (born Prakazrel Michel on October 19, 1972) offered up his first solo effort, Ghetto Supastar, in the fall of 1998, following in the footsteps of his fellow Fugees Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. ... Haiti is a country situated on the western third of the island of Hispaniola and the smaller islands of La Gonâve, La Tortue (Tortuga), Grande Caye, and Ile a Vache in the Caribbean Sea, east of Cuba; the Dominican Republic shares Hispaniola with Haiti. ... Nelust Wyclef Jean (IPA: ) (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-American rapper, guitarist, producer, and member of the hip hop trio The Fugees. ...


Hill's singing gained worldwide acclaim with the Fugees' remake of "Killing Me Softly with His Song", accompanied by a sample from A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum". The single cover of Killing Me Softly with His Song Killing Me Softly with His Song is a 1971 song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, which has become a pop standard. ... A Tribe Called Quest is a critically acclaimed and highly-influential American hip-hop group, formed in 1988. ...


Blunted On Reality (1994)

The Fugees' first album, Blunted on Reality, which featured the songs "Boof Baf", "Nappy Heads" and "Vocab". "Nappy Heads" peaked at #49 on the U.S Hot 100. The album sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Blunted on Reality is the debut album of The Fugees. ...


The Score (1996)

Blunted on Reality was followed by The Score, a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning album that established all three Fugees as international rap stars. Singles from The Score include "Ready or Not", "Fu-Gee-La", and "No Woman, No Cry". The album's best-known song, however, is a cover of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly with His Song". The Score is the second album by The Fugees, released in 1996, following their debut Blunted on Reality in 1994. ... Ready or Not is the second single from The Fugees highly succesful album, The Score. ... Fu-Gee-La is the first single from The Fugees highly acclaimed album, The Score. ... No Woman, No Cry is a reggae song made famous by Bob Marley and the Wailers. ... Roberta Flack Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American singer. ... The single cover of Killing Me Softly with His Song Killing Me Softly with His Song is a 1971 song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, which has become a pop standard. ...


The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

In 1998, Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a commercially successful album that was also one of the most critically acclaimed releases of the 1990s. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill sold over 423,000 copies in its first week and topped the Billboard R&B Album chart for 6 weeks. The first single off the album was "Lost Ones" followed by "Doo Wop (That Thing)", which debuted at number one in the United States in the summer of 1998, along with singles "Ex-factor" and "Everything Is Everything". In 1999's Grammy Awards, Hill was nominated ten times and won Album of the Year (beating Madonna's critically acclaimed album Ray of Light), Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, setting new records for women in the industry. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the debut solo album by Lauryn Hill of the recently reunited Fugees. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... Doo Wop (That Thing) is a 1998 number-one single by American R&B singer/rapper Lauryn Hill, included on her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... For the Michael Wong album, see Ray of Light (Michael Wong album). ... The Grammy for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1960. ... The Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1968. ... The Grammy Award for Best R&B Song (sometimes known as the R&B Songwriters Award) has been awarded since 1969. ... The Grammy Award for Best R&B Album has been awarded since 1995. ...


Soon after the album became a global success, Hill and her recording company were sued by Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Johari Newton and Tejumold Newton, known as New Ark Entertainment, who claimed to have been denied full credit and compensation for their assistance on the album. Initially, Hill fought back and denied what they claimed was production input. But the matter was settled, and they received an undisclosed amount of money and were given credit for drum programming and a small amount of production work.


MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 (2002)

On July 21, 2001 Lauryn Hill unveiled her highly-anticipated new material to a small crowd for a taping of an MTV Unplugged special. The 2002 released MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 album exhibited a new Hill, as she focused more on the lyrics and the message she was spreading rather than the musical arrangements. "Fantasy is what people want, but reality is what they really need", she said during the concert. "I’ve just retired from the fantasy part." MTV Unplugged No. ...


Most of the songs featured only an acoustic guitar and her voice, somewhat raspy from rehearsal on the day before the recording. Hill used the set as an opportunity to give information on why she had been absent from the public for a period of time and what she found while away. Critical reception was mixed, but the album received platinum status. General Name, Symbol, Number platinum, Pt, 78 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 10, 6, d Appearance grayish white Standard atomic weight 195. ...


Despite Hill's intentional departure from the media and celebrity, she continued to create commercially and critically successful music. Her song "Mystery of Iniquity" was nominated for a Grammy without promotion or radio airplay and used as an interpolation by hip-hop mega-producer Kanye West for his single "All Falls Down" (eventually recorded by Syleena Johnson). John Legend, who played piano on Everything is Everything, collaborated with Hill on the Grammy-nominated remix of "So High". Talib Kweli dedicated a song entitled "Ms. Hill" to her, rapping reverently that "you give us hope, you give us faith, you're the one". Artists and former collaborators such as Common still include Hill in their album thank yous and dedications. In music, interpolation is an abrupt change of elements, with (almost immediate) continuation of the first idea. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑnjɛj/) (born June 8, 1977) is an American record producer and rapper who rose to fame in the mid 2000s. ... All Falls Down is the second single off Kanye Wests debut album, The College Dropout. ... Syleena Johnson (born on September 2, 1976 in Harvey, Illinois) is a Grammy nominated R&B singer/songwriter. ... John Legend (born John Stephens, 28 December 1978, Columbus, Ohio) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Talib Kweli (born Talib Kweli Greene in Brooklyn, New York City on October 3, 1975) is an American MC from Brooklyn, New York. ... Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ...


In the months and years after the release of her debut album, Hill became increasingly disaffected with the music industry. In the February 2006 issue of Essence magazine, Hill describes this time in her life: Essence is an American fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazine. ...

For two or three years I was away from all social interaction. It was a very introspective time because I had to confront my fears and master every demonic thought about inferiority, about insecurity or the fear of being black, young and gifted in this western culture. It took a considerable amount of courage, faith and risk to gain the confidence to be myself. I had to deal with folks who weren’t happy about that. I was a young woman with an evolved mind who was not afraid of her beauty or her sexuality. For some people that’s uncomfortable. They didn’t understand how female and strong work together. Or young and wise. Or Black and divine.

During this time, Hill abandoned celebrity and stopped doing interviews. She stopped watching television and listening to music and explored other methods of expressing herself, including creating and writing an exstensive amount of music, poetry, screenplays, clothing designs, etc.

Hill said:
People need to understand that the Lauryn Hill they were exposed to in the beginning was all that was allowed in that arena at that time. There was much more strength, spirit and passion, desire, curiosity, ambition and opinion that was not allowed in a small space designed for consumer mass appeal and dictated by very limited standards. I had to step away when I realized that for the sake of the machine, I was being way too compromised. I felt uncomfortable about having to smile in someone’s face when I really didn’t like them or even know them well enough to like them.[12]

and went on to say:

I had to fight for an identity that doesn’t fit in one of their boxes. I’m a whole woman. And when I can’t be whole, I have a problem. By the end I was like, I’ve got to get out of here.[13]

Short Lived Return of The Fugees (2004-2007)

In one of the most momentous reunions in hip-hop history,[citation needed] The Fugees performed on September 18, 2004 at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. They headlined a bill that included a star-studded cast of hip hop celebrities. The concert received many positive reviews,[citation needed] most of which praised Hill's nearly a cappella rendition of "Killing Me Softly". The block party was recorded and directed by Michel Gondry and released on March 3, 2006, to movie theaters. Dave Chappelles Block Party (aka Block Party) is a documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. ... Bedford Stuyvesant (aka Bed-Stuy) is a neighborhood in central Brooklyn, New York City. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the vocal technique. ... Michel Gondry, 2005 Michel Gondry, born May 8, 1963 (1964 according to some sources), is a French Academy Award winning screenwriter, film, commercial, and music video director noted for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène. ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Fugees also appeared at BET's 2005 Music Awards on June 28, 2005, where they opened the show with a 12-minute set. Black Entertainment Television is an American cable network based in Washington, D.C. targeted toward African-American and urban audiences in the United States. ... is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On October 6, 2005, Lauryn Hill emceed and performed two songs [14] at the Take Back TV concert launching Al Gore's CurrentTV. is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the former Vice President of the United States. ... Current TV is an independent media company led by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, and businessman Joel Hyatt. ...

Lauryn Hill @ CurrentTV Launch in NY
Lauryn Hill @ CurrentTV Launch in NY

A new album was in the works. One track, "Take It Easy", was leaked online and therefore was released as a single on the Internet on September 27, 2005. It peaked at #40 on the Billboard R&B Chart. The song was not without its critics, however; The Village Voice said "Turns out that a Fugees reunion wasn't really what anyone was waiting for; we just wanted Lauryn to start rapping again." [15] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 580 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (624 × 645 pixel, file size: 437 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 580 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (624 × 645 pixel, file size: 437 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Current TV is an independent media company led by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, and businessman Joel Hyatt. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... This article is about a New York newspaper. ...


The Fugees embarked on a European tour from November 30, 2005, through December 20, 2005. The group played Austria, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, England, Ireland and Switzerland. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


On February 6, 2006, the Fugees did a special "Reunion Concert" in Hollywood, that was offered as a live webcast on the Verizon Wireless website. The Fugees have been featured in numerous Verizon Wireless VCast advertisements in magazines and TV commercials. A new song titled "Foxy" was made available on VCast. Also recently, a third new song has been leaked, unofficially titled "Wannabe", which uses the same hook as the Michael Jackson song "I Wanna Be Where You Are". ... Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, is the largest American wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenue. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


During an interview with SOHH.com Pras confirmed that a Fugees reunion had stopped moving. He indicated this was due to Hill having "some things she needs to deal with". Pras (born Prakazrel Michel on October 19, 1972) offered up his first solo effort, Ghetto Supastar, in the fall of 1998, following in the footsteps of his fellow Fugees Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. ... The Fugees are an American music group, most popular during the mid-1990s, whose repitoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Carribean music (particularly reggae). ...


Current Projects

Hill has been on tour for the summer of this year which featured shows in 14 countries including the UK, the US, France, Israel, Brazil, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Italy and the Czech Republic. United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... Not to be confused with Republika Srpska. ...


Hill has supposedly completed work on her second studio album. However, online-chat claimed that Columbia, her record label, is refusing to release it. A petition is currently being circulated online by fans, hoping to persuade Columbia to release the album, which Columbia deems not as "marketable" and fears would not be the same as the commercially successful "The Miseducation". On August 13, 2006, the Los Angeles Times reported that Hill has been leasing space in a 1920s Los Angeles warehouse that has been turned into live-work lofts.[16] It has also been reported Hill has a home in a hotel suite in Florida along with a studio. Hill recently came out of seclusion to record a verse for a song called "Music" on Joss Stone's third album Introducing Joss Stone.[17] Joss was so insistent in her desire to work with Hill that she called Hill's mother every day until she could get Hill to work with her. Stone states about Hill: "And Lauryn, I've wanted to work with her since the first time I heard her voice. It's a dream come true for me — a goal I can mark off my list. I love her so much, and she's just so talented. She's just a poet. Look up Petition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Joss Stone (born Joscelyn Eve Stoker on 11 April 1987) is a British soul, R&B, and blues singer, songwriter, and occasional actress who emerged to fame in late 2003 with her debut album, The Soul Sessions, which was certified triple platinum by the BPI, and was announced as one... Alternate covers Deluxe edition cover Japanese cover Singles from Introducing Joss Stone Released: 5 March 2007 Released: 23 July 2007 Introducing Joss Stone is the third studio album by English soul singer Joss Stone, released on 12 March 2007 in the United Kingdom, 9 March 2007 in Germany, and 20...


Controversies

Vatican Controversy

On December 13, 2003, Hill shocked officials at a Christmas benefit concert at the Vatican by denouncing "corruption, exploitation, and abuses", in reference to the molestation of boys by Catholic priests in the United States of America and the cover-up of offenses by Catholic Church officials. Hill told the crowd of 7,000: is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... Bad Touch redirects here. ...

I am sorry if I am about to offend some of you. I did not accept my invitation to celebrate with you the birth of Christ. Instead I ask you why you are not in mourning for him in this place? I want to ask you, what have you got to say about the lives you have broken? What about the families who were expecting God and instead were cheated by the Devil? Who feels sorry for them, the men, women and children damaged psychologically, emotionally and mentally by the sexual perversions and abuse carried out by the people they believed in? Holy God is a witness to the corruption of your leadership, of the exploitation and abuses which are the minimum that can be said for the clergy. There is no acceptable excuse to defend the church.[18]

Hill called on the church leaders to "repent" and encouraged the crowd to "not seek blessings from man but from God." This page is about the title, office or what is known in Christian theology as the Divine Person. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... This article is about the concept of Satan. ...


There was silence for several minutes from the audience as many could not speak English. There were cries of "Enough" and "Shame" from those who understood while others whistled and clapped before she picked up her guitar and performed two songs, entitled "Damnable Heresies" and "Social Drugs", both about social obligations. After her performance her comments were translated for Cardinal Camillo Ruini, head of the Italian Bishops Conference, who was sitting in the front row, and he walked out in protest. Among those in attendance were Edmund Cardinal Szoka, American-born President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City, and President of the Governorate of Vatican City. The segment was cut from the television broadcast by the Church, and a full transcript of Hill's statement has yet to be released.


The global response Hill received was varied. Monsignor Rino Fisichella, one of the organizers of the traditional concert, said: "It was in poor taste and very bad mannered. It showed a complete lack of respect for her invitation and for the place where she had been invited to perform", while the Catholic League responded by calling Hill "pathologically miserable".[19] Throughout history there have been many alliances and organizations known as the Catholic League, including: Catholic League (USA) - Civil rights group in the United States. ...


While returning to New York, Hill's only response to the press about the controversy was: "What I said was the truth. Is telling the truth bad manners? What I asked was the church to repent for what has happened."[20]


Allegations of Racial Statements

Another controversy involves supposed racist statements. It was alleged that Hill at one time made a statement similar to "I would rather have my children starve than have white people buy my albums." MTV has publicly disclaimed the quotation, and after a discussion of the quotation on The Howard Stern Show, Hill herself called in to the show to refute it. Hill has repeatedly asserted in interviews that the rumor is false, that she never made such statements, would never make such statements and that she is in no way racist . This article is about the radio show hosted by Howard Stern. ...


Award History

Grammys Career Statistics[21][22]

  • Career wins: 8
  • Career nominations: 19
Category Genre Song/Album Year Result
Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group R&B Killing Me Softly 1996 Won
Best Rap Album Rap The Score 1996 Won
Album of the Year Top The Score 1996 Nominated
Best Female Pop Vocal Pop Can't Take My Eyes Off You 1998 Nominated
Best Female Rap Solo Performance Rap Lost Ones 1998 Nominated
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance R&B Doo Wop (That Thing) 1998 Won
Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group R&B Nothing Even Matters feat. D'Angelo 1998 Nominated
Best R&B Song (award goes to songwriter) R&B A Rose Is Still A Rose - by Aretha Franklin 1998 Nominated
Best R&B Song (award goes to songwriter) R&B Doo Wop (That Thing) 1998 Won
Best R&B Album R&B The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 1998 Won
Best Female Rap Solo Performance Rap Lost Ones 1998 Nominated
Best New Artist Top N/A 1998 Won
Album of the Year Top The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 1998 Won
Album of the Year Top Supernatural 2000 Won[23]
Best Music Video (Short Form) General Everything Is Everything 2000 Nominated
Best R&B Song (award goes to songwriter) R&B All That I Can Say - Mary J. Blige 2000 Nominated
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Pop Turn Your Lights Down Low, with Bob Marley from The Best Man soundtrack 2001 Nominated
Best Female Rap Solo Performance Rap Mystery Of Iniquity 2003 Nominated
Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group R&B So High, with John Legend 2005 Nominated

Other awards nominated and won


As of 2006, Lauryn Hill has won over 30 awards, including eight Grammy Awards and three World best-selling Music Awards. In 1999 Lauryn was first female artist awarded five Grammys in one year. Following her lead Alicia Keys(2002),Norah Jones(2003), Beyonce (2004), and the members of Dixie Chicks(2007) also won 5 in one year.


1999 Award wins


American Music Award The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ...

  • Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist

Blockbuster Award

  • Favorite New Artist - Female

MTV Video Music Awards The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...

  • Video of the Year
  • Best Female Video,
  • Best R&B Video, and
  • Best Art Direction (Gideon Ponte) - Doo Wop (That Thing)

Soul Train Lady of Soul Soul Train is a long-running music-related syndicated television program. ... The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

  • R&B/Soul Album of the Year
  • Best R&B/Soul Single, Solo (Ex-Factor)
  • Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video (Doo Wop (That Thing))

WB Radio Music Award

  • Artist of the Year (Rhythm/Urban)

NAACP Image Awards The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ...

  • Best Album
  • Best New Artist
  • Outstanding Female Artist
  • President's Award for the Refugee Project

Soul Train Music Awards The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

  • Best Female R&B/Soul Album
  • Best Music Video ("Doo Wop (That Thing)")
  • Best R&B/Soul or Rap Album
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award

1999 award nominations


MTV Video Music Awards The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...

  • Best Hip-Hop Video

Soul Train Lady of Soul Soul Train is a long-running music-related syndicated television program. ... The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

  • Best R&B/Soul Album

VH1 Fashion Awards

  • Most Fashionable Artist (Female)
  • Visionary Video Award

MTV Europe Music Awards The MTV Europe Music Awards were established in 1994 by MTV Europe to celebrate the most popular music videos in Europe. ...

  • Best Female Artist
  • Best Album
  • Best R&B Artist

Soul Train Music Awards The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

  • Best R&B/Soul Single, Female

2000 Award Wins


American Music Award The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ...

  • Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist
  • Favorite R&B Album

Soul Train Music Awards The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

  • Best R&B/Soul Single, Female (Ex-Factor)

World Music Awards The World Music Awards (founded in 1989) is an international awards show that annually honors recording artists based on their worldwide sales figures, which are provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). ...

  • World's Best-Selling Female R&B Artist
  • World's Best-Selling Female Rap Artist
  • World's Best-Selling New Artist

2000 Award nominations


Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards Soul Train is a long-running music-related syndicated television program. ... The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

  • Best R&B/Soul Single - Solo (Everything Is Everything)

MTV Video Music Awards The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...

  • Best Hip-Hop Video - Everything Is Everything
  • Best Direction (Sanji) - Everything Is Everything
  • Best Special Effects (Method) - Everything Is Everything[24]

Discography

Solo Albums

Album information
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
MTV Unplugged No. 2.0
  • Released: May 7, 2002
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: platinum
  • WW Sales: 2 million

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the debut solo album by Lauryn Hill of the recently reunited Fugees. ... is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... MTV Unplugged No. ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap UK
1996 "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)"
(Nas featuring Lauryn Hill)
53 15 17 12 It Was Written
1997 "The Sweetest Thing" 18 Love Jones (soundtrack)
"All My Time"
(Paid & Live featuring Lauryn Hill)
57 All My Time
1998 "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" 351 45 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
"Deep In My Heart"²
"Doo Wop (That Thing)" 1 2 1 3
1999 "Lost Ones" 271
"Ex-Factor" 21 7 4
"Everything Is Everything" 35 14 19
"To Zion" 77
"Nothing Even Matters"
(featuring D'Angelo)
105³ 25
"Turn Your Lights Down Low"
(with Bob Marley)
86 49 15 Chant Down Babylon
2002 "Mr. Intentional" MTV Unplugged No. 2.0
2005 "So High"
(John Legend featuring Lauryn Hill)
105³ 53 118 Get Lifted
2006 "Say"
(Method Man featuring Lauryn Hill)
66 4:21... the Day After
2007 "Lose Myself" Surf's Up Soundtrack
  • 1 Peaked at the Hot 100 Airplay chart.
  • ² The eponymous track off "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" was released in 1998 as "Deep In My Heart" as a promo single in Japan.
  • ³ Peaked at the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), lists the most popular songs, calculated weekly by airplay and sales, in traditionally African American venues... The Hot Rap Tracks chart lists the most popular songs, calculated weekly by airplay and sales, in hip hop-focused or exclusive markets. ... If I Ruled The World (Imagine That) is a 1996 hit hip hop single by NaS featuring Lauryn Hill of The Fugees. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... It Was Written is the second album by Queensbridge rapper Nas. ... Love Jones is the original soundtrack to the 1997 film Love Jones. ... Cant Take My Eyes Off You, written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, was a 1967 single by Frankie Valli. ... The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the debut solo album by Lauryn Hill of the recently reunited Fugees. ... Doo Wop (That Thing) is a 1998 number-one single by American R&B singer/rapper Lauryn Hill, included on her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. ... DAngelo (born Michaela Eugene Archer on February 11, 1974 in Richmond, Virginia) is a Grammy Award winning American soul singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. ... This article is about the reggae musician. ... Chant Down Babylon is a remix album by various hip hop artists covering songs by Bob Marley & The Wailers, released in 1999. ... MTV Unplugged No. ... So High is a fourth and the last single off John Legends debut album Get Lifted. ... John Legend (born John Stephens, 28 December 1978, Columbus, Ohio) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Get Lifted is a 2004 studio album by R&B/Soul singer John Legend, released via Kanye Wests G.O.O.D. Music label on December 28 (Legends birthday). ... This article is about Method Man. ... Lose Myself is a 2007 song by American R&B singer/rapper Lauryn Hill [1]. It is included on the soundtrack [2] to Surfs Up (film) , and released to music stores on June 5, 2007. ... Surfs Up is an American computer-animated mockumentary film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, released on June 7, 2007[1] by Columbia Pictures. ... The Hot 100 Airplay is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ...

Appearances

Lauryn has appeared on very few songs besides her one album. The following is an attempt at listing all her non-album appearances:

  • It Wasn't You (from the Nas mixtape The N... The Resurrection Of Hip Hop)
  • Rebel (Solo)
  • Stay Gold (from the 1996 Young Zee album Musical Meltdown)
  • Retrospective For Life (from Common's One Day It'll All Make Sense 1997)
  • I Was Made To Love Him (from Whitney Houston's album My Love Is Your Love 1998)
  • Music (from Joss Stone's album Introducing 2007)
  • Lose Myself (on the Surf's Up soundtrack)

For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Young Zee is an underground hip-hop artist from Newark, NJ. A long time member of the group Outsidas, Zee has appeared on various albums since gaining prominence in 1995. ...

Trivia

Zachary Israel Braff (born April 6, 1975) is an American television and film actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Columbia High School is a four-year comprehensive regional public high school located at 17 Parker Avenue in Maplewood, New Jersey, that serves students in grades nine through twelve within the South Orange-Maplewood School District, which includes Maplewood and South Orange. ... When a Jewish child reaches the age of maturity (12 years and one day for girls, 13 years and one day for boys) that child becomes responsible for him/herself under Jewish law; at this point a boy is said to become Bar Mitzvah (בר מצו&#1493... Conor Mullen Oberst (born February 15, 1980) is an indie singer best known for his work in Bright Eyes. ... Bright Eyes is a band consisting of singer-songwriter/guitarist Conor Oberst, multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Mogis, Nate Walcott, and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from Omahas indie music scene. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... A Rose Is Still A Rose is a 1998 album released by soul singer Aretha Franklin. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B, soul, and hip hop soul singer, songwriter, occasional rapper, record producer, and actress who has sold over twenty one million records in the United State alone. ... Alternate covers [[Image:|200px|Limited Edition|200px]] Limited Edition Mary is 4th studio album by soul singer Mary J. Blige, released August 17, 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Columbia High School is a four-year comprehensive regional public high school located at 17 Parker Avenue in Maplewood, New Jersey, that serves students in grades nine through twelve within the South Orange-Maplewood School District, which includes Maplewood and South Orange. ... Alma Mater Columbia University is a private university in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ...

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