D’Angelo Pulls Out of Festival, Is Replaced by Lauryn Hill
Where being wildly prolific has become a prerequisite for many of the paths to fame in 2015, Lauryn Hill and D'Angelo have always believed that less is more. Fans are still without a proper studio follow-up to Hill's seminal 1998 solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. There have been rumors and false starts littered throughout a string of maligned live gigs, so fans have been cautious in their optimism about the news of another record. But those eye-rolls at her performances have turned to glowing praise in recent months, and fans will have another chance to see her soon: at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, where she will take D'Angelo's place.
D'Angelo and his band, The Vanguard, were slated to play the festival's Orange Stage on Nov. 8; however, he said in a statement that an illness would prevent him from doing so. (At press time, there was no more specific word on the singer's condition, but it is not believed to be serious.) Hill will take that spot and play alongside Rae Sremmurd, Shamir and more for the festival that starts two days earlier, on Nov. 6. D'Angelo stunned fans last year when he dropped a new album, Black Messiah, his first in a decade and a half, with almost no warning. (The promotional period was so truncated, in fact, that some executives at his record label had reportedly not heard the music until the official listening party.) D'Angelo guested on the Miseducation track "Nothing Even Matters."