Aaliyah's Music Is Finally Arriving Online

Aaliyah's Music Is Finally Arriving Online

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Aaliyah's Music Is Finally Arriving Online

The "Princess of R&B's" full catalogue and more is coming to streaming services.

The "Princess of R&B's" full catalogue and more is coming to streaming services.

Text: Bella Gil

The long days of yearning to listen to R&B sensation Aaliyah’s discography and being unable to are about to be over, as the late singer’s catalogue is going to be available on digital services and streaming platforms within the next couple months. 

Photo credit: @aaliyah on Instagram.

Blackground Records, founded by producer — and uncle to the star — Barry Hankerson, announced that 17 total albums will be released, including posthumous albums and work from other artists such as Timbaland & Magoo and Toni Braxton. To do so, Background Records is partnering with independent music company EMPIRE to produce this digital catalogue. 

Coming upon the 20-year anniversary of her death, the release of the catalogue comes at an interesting time, as Aaliyah’s Estate is not pleased with these events. Posting a statement online, her Estate said that the release essentially does not protect her legacy, as it includes unauthorized projects, and is occurring  “without transparency or full accounting” to her Estate. 

“Although we will continue to defend ourselves and her legacy lawfully and justly, we want to preempt the inevitable attacks on our character by all the individuals who have emerged from the shadows to leech off of Aaliyah’s life’s work,” reads the statement.

Photo credit: @aaliyah on Instagram.

Though it’s not clear why her music is finally being released at this time, it still comes at a point of conflict from her beloved fans who want to celebrate her artistry, as well as respect her legacy and Estate. 

It’s clear the release is sure to be happening, and with “One in a Million,” “Aaliyah,” and “Romeo Must Die,” available at our fingertips, along with more, rest assured Aaliyah is staying close to our hearts forever.

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