Aaliyah’s music is coming to streaming services


Friday marked the re-release of the five-time Grammy-nominated superstar’s studio album, “One In A Million,” which hit streaming services.

The singer, born Aaliyah Dana Haughton, died on August 25, 2001, at the age of 22 in a plane crash that also claimed the lives of eight other people as they returned from filming her music video in the Caribbean.

Fans have long complained about the lack of availability of his music. Its catalog is now reissued for the first time in years to be available on streaming platforms through a partnership with Blackground Records 2.0 and EMPIRE.

The original Blackground Records, which released the majority of Aaliyah’s music, was owned by the late singer’s uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, who also oversees Blackground Records 2.0.

Aaliyah’s succession recently shared a statement on their verified Twitter account who began “Protecting Aaliyah’s legacy is, and always will be, our goal.”

“For 20 years, we have fought behind the scenes, enduring obscure deception tactics with unauthorized projects designed to tarnish,” the estate wrote. “We have always been confused as to why there is such a tenacity to cause more pain besides what we already have to face for the rest of our lives.”

“This unscrupulous attempt to release Aaliyah’s music without any transparency or accountability to the estate forces our hearts to express one word – forgiveness,” the statement continued.

Aaliyah rose to prominence in the 1990s with several hits including “Back & Forth”, “Are You That Somebody?” and “Rock The Boat.”

“One In A Million” was his second album and featured music with his longtime collaborators Missy Elliott and Timbaland as well as rapper Slick Rick and others.

To celebrate the arrival of Aaliyah’s catalog on the platform, Spotify has updated its “This Is Aaliyah” playlist.


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