Aaliyah's Music Heading To Streaming Services Amid Battle With Her Estate
By Sarah Tate
August 5, 2021
After years of Aaliyah fans hoping to see her music online, the late R&B star's albums will soon be available to stream.
The majority of the singer's music was released by the original Blackground Records, which was owned by her uncle and former manager Barry Hankerson, per CNN. Blackground Records 2.0 recently appeared and on Wednesday (August 4) teased the news, linking out to AaliyahIsComing.com and their own website, which features several posters teasing the singer's records alongside cryptic dates.
On Thursday, the new account officially announced that after years of waiting, Aaliyah's music will be on all major digital streaming platforms.
Before Thursday's announcement, Aaliyah's estate released a statement regarding "unauthorized projects" on the singer, who was born Aaliyah Dana Haughton.
"Protecting Aaliyah's legacy is, and will always be, our focus," the statement read. "For 20 years we have battled behind the scenes, enduring shadowy tactics of deception with unauthorized projects targeted to tarnish. We have always been confused as to why there is such a tenacity in causing more pain alongside what we already have to cope with for the rest of our lives."
It continued, "This unscrupulous endeavor to release Aaliyah's music without any transparency or full accounting to the estate compels our hearts to express a word — forgiveness."
"Although we will continue to defend ourselves and her legacy lawfully and justly, we want to preempt the investible attacks on our character by all the individuals who have emerged from the shadows the leech off of Aaliyah's life's work."
The estate concluded its statement saying they want to focus on projects that embody who the singer was as a person.
"Ultimately, we desire closure and a modicum of peace so we can facilitate the growth of the Aaliyah Memorial Fund and other creative projects that embody Aaliyah's true essence, which is to inspire strength and positivity for people of all creeds, races and cultures around the world."