Aaliyah Estate Gains Control Of YouTube Account, Teases 2021 Plans
By James Dinh
December 29, 2020
Aaliyah's music is finally coming to YouTube, or at least that's the way it sounds.
The late R&B icon's estate recently announced that they've gained control of her official YouTube channel, which might indicate high-quality uploads of her big hits in the new year. "Thank you for all of your love and support. We are proud to announce that the Estate is now in control of the 'Aaliyah' YouTube account,” read a message on her official Instagram page. As of now, AaliyahMusicVideo has almost 800,000 subscribers and features low res versions of her clips for "One in a Million, "Try Again," "4 Page Letter," among others.
Elsewhere in the message, the estate hinted at even more projects to celebrate the fallen superstar's legacy, writing, "2021 will [be] the year of Aaliyah! See you all in the new year!"
On the 19-year anniversary of her untimely death in August, the estate took to Twitter to reveal that her music is indeed coming to streaming services "in the near future." "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," a message from the official Twitter account for the fallen singer read.
Aaliyah recorded three albums between 1994 and 2001: Ain't Ain't Nothin' But A Number, One in a Million and her self-titled effort. Yet, only her debut LP and a handful of singles can be found on streaming platforms. Her catalogue has been under lock and key, courtesy of Barry Hankerson, her uncle and the founder of the now-defunct Blackground Records.
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