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Lauryn Hill "Excited" For Comeback

As she gears up for this summer's Rock the Bells Festival, reclusive R&B superstar opens up about her return to public life

June 29, 2010 6:18 PM ET

Reclusive R&B superstar Lauryn Hill is gearing up for a comeback when she'll play tunes from her classic disc The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill for three dates at this year's Rock the Bells Festival. Hill, who has largely shunned the press in recent years, also granted a rare interview with NPR that aired yesterday, opening up about why she stopped recording new music. "The support system that I needed was not necessarily in place," she said. "There were things about myself — personal growth things — that I needed to go through and experience in order for me to feel like it was worth it."

Go inside the making of Lauryn Hill's classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill .

As for any plans to record and release new music, Hill added, "I think that one of the things I'm trying to do is just open up my range and really sing more. I think that with the Fugees initially and then even with the Miseducation, there was still very sort of hip-hop oriented singing…in the context of hip-hop singing over beats. But singing — people have never really heard me sing. I think if I do record, next time, perhaps, there will be an expanded context. People can hear a bit more.”

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