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Aaliyah’s music will finally be available to stream

Written by on August 6, 2021

Aaliyah’s biggest albums are to be made available on streaming services, after being out of circulation for most of the last two decades.
The late R&B star’s final two records, One in a Million and Aaliyah, have been in limbo for years – a result of legal issues and uneasiness in her family.
Now, as the 20th anniversary of her death approaches, a deal has been struck to reissue the records.
The rollout begins on 20 August with the release of One in a Million.
New titles will be released throughout the rest of the year, including the soundtracks to the film Romeo Must Die, in which Aaliyah co-starred, as well as the compilations Ultimate Aaliyah and I Care 4 U.
The long out-of-print CD and vinyl versions, which currently fetch hundreds of dollars on the second-hand market, will also be reissued.
The news was announced by Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager Barry Hankerson, whose Blackground Records owned the rights to the star’s back catalogue – with the exception of her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, which is currently her only album available on streaming services.
Hankerson said he had entered a new partnership with music distribution company Empire, “to introduce Aaliyah and Blackground’s legacy to a new audience”.
It will also enable the label to release albums by Timbaland, Toni Braxton and JoJo which have also been absent from streaming services.
But JoJo, who eventually re-recorded her Blackground albums after a decade-long legal battle with the label, told fans she wouldn’t make money from the re-releases.
“Just so you know – a stream of the re-recorded 2018 version supports me and helps me continue to do what I love,” she wrote on Twitter. “Streaming the original unfortunately does not.”


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