Lauryn Hill returns to the charts
August 19th, 2010
05:14 PM ET

Lauryn Hill returns to the charts

It’s been a minute (to say the least), but Lauryn Hill has found her way back to the charts.

According to Billboard, Hill has made her first debut as a lead artist on the charts in more than a decade. The recently-leaked single "Repercussions" debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 94.

It was 1999 when Hill last appeared on the charts with "Turn Your Lights Down Low," featuring Bob Marley. That song peaked at No. 49.

“Repercussions” and Hill’s upcoming scheduled appearances on the Rock the Bells tour have stirred speculation that she’s embarked on a comeback.


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  1. openmind

    r these children serious? Wow, look what we"ve become.

    August 23, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Aummie

    Good for you Lauren! Whenever I listen to the Miseducation of Lauren Hill I feel like it's the first time I'm hearing it! Love your music, love your style love you!

    August 23, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cookie

    Lauryn Hill is amazing and her music inspires. I don't care about what she have might have said, either way her music is still amazing and way better than this Pretty Boy Swag mess and the bedrocking and Gucci this prada that. Nobody has anything on Ms. Hill, and im glad shes coming back!...I remember being a youngbull and boppin around to this and 10 years still being able to really listen and learn from it ! i am only 16 years old and my music standards are avoid that of which Gucci Mane can provide.

    August 21, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Perplexed

    Lauryn is a talented, intelligent, gifted artist who is mentally ill. She needs prayers not criticism.

    August 21, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nasir Sadik

    If you listen to her music she is not prejudiced she just sings about the facts of history. She is a firm beliver of being yourself and not altering hair, eyecolor and other things to adher to what western society makes you belive is the right way to look.

    August 21, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. LeClara

    Damn just look at all the criticism for something Lauren supposedly said. Where the hell were all these good self-righteous white folk when Dr Laura used the "N" word repeatedly? I tell people are such hypocrites.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jamaican bwoy

    I love lauren hill's music. She is a very talented artists who is greatly missed. I don't for a second believe any racist aligations against her. only fools jump to conclusions without knowing the facts. I can't wait to here new music from her.

    PS....the comments about her eyebrows are unnecessary, they can easily be neatened. I'm also sure the people making comments have flaws of their own.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kool

    The comments on this board are funny. Anyway, I'm glad that she's getting it together. I can't wait to see her next week!

    August 20, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jules

    I don't know about her being a racist. I saw her on PBS a few years ago doing a concert with Jon Tesh and he's about as white as you get.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Boof

    Guess those residual checks from Sister Act II finally ran out.

    August 20, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. jon

    shes a racist. she has made it clear she hates whites, why would anyone by anything this sow produces?

    August 20, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Travis

    Do your research people...Lauryn NEVER made those statements. It was a rumor! It's so funny how people run with what they DON'T know and spread it to others!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Slim

    Y'all know that her kids are part white, right? Their Grandfather was half white. I doubt she ever made those statements.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. The_Funknician

    Maaaaaaan, fake a$$ broad! I hope this time around she gives PROPER credit and RESPECT to those producers/ musicians who make her who she is. Bust THAT!

    August 20, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. THE BOMBAY

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU LAURYN FOR YOUR RETURN TO THE INDUSTRY...YOU ARE EXACTLY WHAT THE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN MISSING... :)ONE LOVE

    August 20, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. darlene d

    @thatswutsup, I totally agree! Glad to hear she's back.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  17. thatswutsup

    everyone writes for an intended demographic, because matters of the heart are naturally more understood by some than others. the miseducation of lauryn hill hit so close to home for me because I've shared many of the same life experiences....and i also appreciate great music....and i'm WHITE.

    comments pertaining to race are always taken out of context because that's how the media can stir up drama, its a sensitive subject. additionally, many rappers write about "gettin shot in the hood", and their " baby mama on crack", etc...though they can't personally relate, many young white boys still dig it....jammin with the windows down thru midwestern suburbia on their way to abercrombie & fitch....the beauty of music is that while intended for one particular relation, it transcends barriers of most kinds, including race, and can be enjoyed by any who listen with an open ear.

    lauryn– i love you! so glad you're coming back.

    August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  18. Onlyours40

    It's amazing that saying your music is for your people is racist...clue me in? Do you really believe country and western singers are writing music for blacks or hispanics? We all have a choice...buy the music or not! But racism is a little strong of word for publicly stating that you write music that is inspired by your people, speaks to your people and is predominately purchased by your people. If she tried to write music for a genre of people she can't associate with, her music wouldn't speak for who she is and she'd be another hapless artist trying to impress the masses...kinda like Lady Gaga...trying to be too much for too many people...

    August 20, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  19. mayfield50

    Easily the most talented artist of her generation in any genre of music. I remember MTV responding to the racist lie. Someone on the Howard Stern show said she said she didn't want whites to buy her music and everyone picked up that pathetic lie.

    MTV even released a transcript of the interview to prove it was a lie but people believe what they want to believe even if its' not true.... by the way her manager was white at this time this rumor was started... people are so gullable. At least her fans knew it wasn't true.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      You can't remember where she said it because she didn't say that! In fact, she was horrified that such a comment had even been attributed to her and she spoke out during a radio interview to say that she NEVER said that! Look it up!

      August 20, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • joy

      you go sir some people probally just don't want whites to buy her music but it want work because I'am sure she'll make a great comme back in spite of

      August 21, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  20. Bumble28

    Wow. I remember her clearly saying that her music is for her people and she did not intend for her music for white people. I do not remember he saying the starving statement. But she was very clear that her music was for her Black people. I am not sure if it was VH1 or MTV or BET. It was so long ago. It was a long time ago and the fact that that interview is gone into oblivion throws me off, but it was years ago. Maybe it just got pushed under the rug or something . It's not like they had You Tube back then or anything.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      She did say that she makes music geared towards black people. Specifically black women. Because she's a black woman, she makes music that she knows can relate to people like her. She also said that even though her music is created for black people doesn't mean its racist in any way, and she doesn't care if white people by her music.

      Now take the situation and apply to a different product. Let's say I make shampoo for black men (because I'm a black man) and put that on the label. Does that mean I don't what whites to buy my shampoo? No, it just means we have different hair types so the shampoo would be more beneficial to a black man.

      Likewise for her music, black people will go through a more similar life struggle than will a white person.

      August 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • sadie

      What ever don't listen to her music then who cares! people if you don't!

      August 21, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  21. juicy

    BTW – I agree about the eyebrows – Lauryn baby, get a wax!!!

    August 20, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
    • alice

      I'am sure she'll get a wax when she gets ready by the way who are you and what do you look like so stop judging

      August 21, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  22. juicy

    I also heard the racist comments and never bought any of her albums for this reason even though I think she has an amzing voice!

    August 20, 2010 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
    • check the facts

      which is so sad because it's not true that she is racist. if you took the time to learn lauryn's message you would understand that she speaks highly of mankind! do you understand that the father of her kid's is bi-racial? rohan's mother is white! even bob marley was bi-racial. take the time to check the facts. check the verses. and quit listening to what others tell you and research for yourself.

      August 20, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  23. Ocie

    Down load the song babe.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  24. Annleah

    She is a racist. I liked her music, but I heard her make comments on BET and other TV about how she doesn't make music for white people she talks to much trash it aint funny.
    And she does need a facial waxing...

    August 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • abuja19

      You and millions of other morons throw the R-word at Ms. Hill for no reason. You don't know crap. Shut up already.

      August 20, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • smoothn2u

      Annleah,

      Please do us all a favor provide the dates of the alleged occurrences or interviews in which these statements were made so that we are able to for ourselves be able to go back and review these interviews. Otherwise crawl back under your rock if you have taken the position already to not be a fan of Miss. Hill or buy her music then why post anything? Now head on back upstairs from your basement I believe your dad is calling you to help your mom get dinner ready and on the table. Loser. Glad Lauryn's back her music has been sorely missed.

      August 20, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      maybe she'll get a waxing she's rich what about you and there's nothing wrong with her saying that she does'nt write music for white people, and what are you doing watching BET! anyway

      August 21, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  25. meow

    Say or think what you like about her as a person, but nobody can deny the fact that she is very talented. In a music industry nowadays where practically every single female artist is doing the EXACT same thing, dressing up as if the craft's store blew up on them and putting "controversy" and style over music with substance, it is nice to see a woman who sings from the heart whose lyrics have so much meaning without trying so hard. We need more artists like this. More female artists SHOULD be like this, just let the music speak instead of the in your face antics.

    August 19, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • @meow

      no she's not. She was a has been for 10 years and finally scrapped together a song decent enough to be #96. Big Deal. Why dont you go to bed to wet nurse.

      August 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • @meow#2

      and I'm assuming your talking about lady gaga and saying she's a copy cat doing the exact same thing all other female artist do. What a moron you must be. Ms. Hill has been doing the same thing millions of loser women do, sitting at home watching soap operas and burning out the batteries of their man toys.

      August 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      I agree with you entirely. Hill is a great artist and I am thrilled that she is coming out with new material.

      August 20, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • abuja19

      I love Lauryn Hill! Can't wait until she comes back with another album!!!

      August 20, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • meow

      @ meow#1 and meow #2- it is kinda hard to take you both seriously when you can't even come up with original names to call yourselves. Use that negative energy to something more useful, and tell it to somebody who actually cares, because i sure don't.

      August 20, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh Yea?

      I know most of you clueless trolls who always bring up Lady Gaga in the same sentence as "copycat" and "unoriginal", or "lacking talent", are the same trolls who have never bothered to see her perform live (youtube or not) on a number of her tracks, but really – it's getting old. We are all sorry that you are so jealous that someone so untalented and unoriginal is a millionaire and breaking almost EVERY female artist record out there, while you – so gifted and your own unique star – are busy hating on people on cnn.com next to your bag of Doritos.

      August 20, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • meow

      What's up with you people getting so worked up over Lady Gaga? I for one think she's talented and an excellent performer and entertainer...i can't stand her music and the whole "little monsters" gimmick, but i acknowledge talent when credit is due. I find it funny that some of you have bothered to come on here to bash me about Lady Gaga even though I did not even say her name, and i wasn't even referring to her in the first place. Not sure why you fans get SO emotionally invested in people who may not like Lady Gaga as much as you do. As long as you like her and acknowledge her talent, why do you go all out on your way to bash those who beg to differ? Relax folks, it's just music and entertainment lol.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • X

      Wow, you Gaga fans take things far too seriously. Isn't this article supposed to be about Lauryn Hill? Meow didn't even mention your precious Gaga, and even if she did, WHO CARES, WHY DO YOU CARE?

      August 20, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      @ Oh Yeah

      "busy hating on people on cnn.com next to your bag of Doritos."

      Um, that's YOU, right? You are being a hater and "troll" yourself by hating on somebody (meow) for really no reason other than your self-indulgent need to defend Gaga (i'm sure she doesn't need your defense). Hypocritical much?

      August 20, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Hm

      It's funny how you all assumed he was talking to meow and decided to come to this person's defense (pretty sure they don't need your support). I also think it's funny how you claim not to insult another fan's intelligence or taste in music by then taking the step forward to compare her fans ('little monsters') to a gimmick or to even imply that you are insightful enough to know it's just a 'gimic'. I'm pretty sure her fans don't see it that way, and I'm also pretty sure they would see that comment as nothing less than inflammatory (you know, much in the same way you took it upon yourself to feel targetted by a comment that wasn't specifically directed at you). Don't know how you (meow) read your own comments and then think, of all things, that might not insult someone, and on top of that, get on a soap box and barrate someone else for insulting you, but yes – 'i think it is funny'.

      Cheers!

      August 20, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • wooha!

      @ Hm- Why do you care? So she (or he) "offended" her fans by saying that Gaga is a gimmick...she IS a gimmick, it is the very thing that is reeling in millions for her. And honestly, if anybody is offended by that, then you are honestly taking yourself far too seriously as a Gaga fan and as an individual in general. Why are you people so freaking uptight? Do you people not bash other celebrities/artists once in awhile? Unless you never bash other celebrities or artists (which i'm sure you all do, we all do), don't sit on your computer acting like you are the rhyme of reason behind people bashing each other, because you are yet again another hypocritical person who is acting just as negative as everyone else who is chiming in. People are allowed to bash Gaga or any other artist, and so what if it offends other people, it's their opinion, if you can't handle that then honestly don't come on here to comment if you are gonna get so worked up over it.

      August 20, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Nedermeyer

      You're all worthless and weak. Now drop and give me twenty!

      August 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • betty

      WHO ARE YOU ?

      August 21, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  26. portalpunk

    @jackson – dont be a duum azz, we all know she ain't sleeping with no one but her pa. And regardless, those eyebrows are rediculous, it takes work to get them to look so stupid. Plus she must be a duum azz to walk out the door with those squashed catapillers.

    August 19, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  27. L

    That awesome that she is back on the charts, I so miss her voice. She is such a talented artist and knows what music is all about.

    August 19, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jackson

    Scott, even if she did get them waxed, she would still not want to sleep with you...so why do you care?

    August 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • daniboy

      take it easy bloke, scott was just trying to be funny...

      why cant ppl just take funny jokes these days ... they are just waaaaayyy to serious

      August 19, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Latrell

    Its a shame she is sooooo prejudiced – I use to love her voice and bought many of her records... but no more!!
    I can't get over how horrible she speaks of others races. Its time to draw the line in the sand and say No More !

    August 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • IAgree

      Totally agree, Latrell! I never bought an album of hers because of her racism. It's funny how over the years I can't remember any of her songs, but I remember that about her. She may be a Marley by marriage, but not blood and that's for sure!

      August 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laba

      She is a racist.

      August 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      Hey you guys that's not a true statement. Read this article from Snopes.com about where this statement about Lauryn being racist came. I love her music and I'm glad she's back. And I really don't believe she is racist. http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lauryn.asp

      August 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ak88

      @IAgree, no she has 5 of Rohan Marleys kids but their not married.

      August 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • abuja19

      Way to be pathetic, Latrell. You know that you don't own any of Ms. Hill's work neither have you ever been a fan. Quit lying.

      August 20, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • lisa p

      Stop making up stuff BUMBLE28.... you don't remember her saying she didn't want wh ites to buy her music b/c she NEVER said it...what interview did she say it in ? Stop spreading internet rumors... that was a RUMOR started back in the 90s by Howard Stern of all people....

      google it and stop trying to sully someone's name with a vicious internet rumor... Lauryn Hill did more tours in Europe than she did in the US back when she was w/ the Fugees so stop spreading this kind of mess. If somone goes online and calls youy a child abuser should I believe b/c some gossip site wrote it or do you want me to check the facts??

      August 20, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
    • pat

      I'am sorry to say it Latrell but you just need to get a life and stop hating ok

      August 21, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  30. chris

    Good for her. Hopefully she does make a comeback. Music needs more talented artists like her.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      I agree – we need more Lauryn Hill's, and fewer Ke$ha's/Taylor Swifts.

      August 20, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  31. SCott

    Now if she could only return to the spa and get those eyebrows waxed!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |

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