August 06, 2021

Aaliyah’s Music to Be Released Online

Two decades after Aaliyah’s tragic death, her music is finally set to be re-released – but her estate is not happy about the news.

The life of the 22-year-old songstress came to an abrupt end on 25 August 2001, when her airplane crashed in the Bahamas. Although her legacy is still going strong, her music has yet to be made available on digital and streaming platforms.

With the anniversary of Aaliyah’s death approaching, Blackground Records 2.0 – to which she had been signed – announced its intention to re-release her music on all major streaming platforms and through physical albums.

In an Instagram post made on Thursday, 5 August, the label – which is owned by Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson – stated that these albums will begin rolling out from 10 August onwards.

That same day, however, her estate derided the move on Instagram, calling it an “unscrupulous endeavor [sic]” to “leech off of Aaliyah’s life’s work.”

They wrote: “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.”

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