Aaliyah’s Full Discography May Finally Be Coming to Music Streaming Services
On the 19th anniversary of her death, Aaliyah’s estate has announced that her music will finally be available on streaming platforms.
The R&B star died in a plane crash in 2001 at just 22-years-old. Today, much of her catalogue, which has been managed by her uncle Barry Hankerson, the founder of Blackground Records, has yet to appear on streaming services.
“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!” The estate shared.
According to a 2016 report by Complex, while Hankerson grieved the loss of his niece, Blackground Records imploded, taking her catalog with it.
"Grief turned to despondency; despondency turned to inertia," Complex reported. "Inexplicably, Blackground stopped releasing music, and artists stopped getting paid."
To make it more complicated, each of her album’s were distributed by a different label. Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number is under Jive, One in a Million was distributed by Atlantic and the self-titled 2001 album by Virgin, is now owned by Universal. The only album that has been available on streaming services is Aaliyah’s debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, which was executive produced by Hankerson alongside embattled singer and songwriter R. Kelly. As well has her EPs, The Thing I Like, (At Your Best) You Are Love, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, Down with the Clique, and Back & Forth.
Fans are anxiously waiting for all of Aailyah’s hits to join streaming services: