Aaliyah's music to stream 'in near future'

28 August 2020 | Art and Entertainment

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Late R&B icon Aaliyah's estate has revealed they've held talks with record labels about sharing her discography on streaming services soon.

The late R&B legend - whose full name was Aaliyah Haughton - tragically passed away at the age of 22 in a plane crash in 2001.

On the 19th anniversary of the singer's death, her estate confirmed they are hoping to add more than the “More Than A Woman” hitmaker's 1994 debut Age Ain't Nothing But A Number and her EPs to services such as Spotify and Apple Music.

In a statement issued on Twitter, they said: “To our loyal fans: We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah's music catalogue as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future.

Thank you for your continued love and support. More updates to come!”



Long time coming

Aaliyah's uncle, the founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson, owns her music. He had teased in 2019 that her collection would be available to stream on the star's birthday on 16 January, however, no music arrived and there had been no further update since, until now.

Back in 2017, Aaliyah's greatest hits were made streamable, but shortly after being published on iTunes and Apple Music, they were removed from the app.

Aaliyah released three studio albums, with Age Ain't Nothing But A Number followed by 1996's One in a Million, and her seminal self-titled LP in 2001.



Drake blocked

In 2016, Drake's unreleased track featuring the posthumous vocals of Aaliyah, Talk Is Cheap, surfaced online.

The Canadian rapper had previously released Enough Said in 2012, and teased that he was working on a collection of reworked tracks and unreleased songs by the iconic music star.

However, the estate blocked the project from being released.

Aaliyah's brother Rashad Haughton said at the time: “There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family”.

What's more, Aaliyah's regular producer Timbaland had expressed his disappointment at not being included in the album, saying: “I know they trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if [Drake] do it, it should be with me and him, and Missy Elliott”.

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