Singer heads to jail
Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut on Monday for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.
Hill reported to federal prison in Danbury, said Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. Inmates at the minimum security prison live in open dormitory-style living quarters and are expected to work jobs such as maintenance, food service or landscaping.
Hill, who started singing with the Fugees as a teenager in the 1990s before releasing her multiplatinum 1998 album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” pleaded guilty last year in New Jersey to failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Her sentencing also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought the total earnings to about $2.3 million.
During her sentencing in May in Newark, N.J., Hill described how she failed to pay taxes during a period when she’d dropped out of the music business to protect herself and her six children.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Moser acknowledged Hill’s creative talent and work on behalf of impoverished children but called Hill’s explanation for her actions “a parade of excuses.”
Country crooner hospitalized
Country music singer Randy Travis is in critical condition at a Texas hospital after being hospitalized for heart problems.
A news release from the singer’s publicist says the 54-year-old Travis was admitted to the hospital Sunday in Dallas and was in critical condition Monday evening.
Publicist Kirt Webster said Travis is suffering from viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a virus.
The Mayo Clinic website says the disease weakens and enlarges the heart muscle, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and carry it to the rest of the body. It can lead to heart failure.
Long a popular figure in country music, the North Carolina-born singer had been putting his life back together after a series of embarrassing public incidents involving alcohol.
Jenner’s co-hosts named
Kris Jenner isn’t going it alone on her new talk show: Joan Rivers and Sean “Diddy” Combs will be among the co-hosts sharing the stage with Jenner.
The show’s producer said Monday that Jenner will be paired with a different co-host for each episode of the daytime show, titled “Kris.”
Others in the lineup include Kathie Lee Gifford, Morris Chestnut, NeNe Leakes, Tom Bergeron and Ryan Seacrest, who produces “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which features Jenner and other family members.
Khloe Kardashian-Odom, one of Jenner’s daughters, also will be a “Kris” co-host.
The talk show gets a trial run starting next week on selected Fox stations.
There was no word from producer 20th Television on whether another Jenner daughter, new mom Kim Kardashian, will get a co-host slot.