Producer: New Aaliyah Album on Way
A new album of material from the late singer Aaliyah may be nearing completion, over a decade after her untimely death in 2001.
On Sunday, Producer Jeffrey "J. Dub" Walker broke the news on his Twitter account (@JDUBAKAGOAT). He wrote: "Just got great news today; the smash unreleased song called 'Steady Ground' I produced on #Aaliyah is gonna be on her upcoming album:)." Walker cowrote "What If" and "I Refuse" for the R&B singer's self-titled 2001 album.
After the tweet, Walker discussed "Steady Ground" with website You Know I Got Soul, offering an explanation for the track's late arrival to fans: "It was really the first single after 'Rock the Boat,' but my engineer was mixing the record and somehow lost the vocals. So the vocals that you hear are really just the demo vocals. The final vocals got erased, so yeah. So that's why it didn't make the album."
However, according to Perez Hilton, Aaliyah's brother, Rashad Haughton, declared on Twitter that no official album was being released. (Haughton has a protected account.)
The last Aaliyah album released with new material was "I Care 4 U" in late 2002, eight months after her death in August 2001. The singer would have turned 33 this past January. Rapper and singer Static Major, featured on "Steady Ground" and most known for his collaboration with Lil Wayne, "Lollipop," also passed away early 2008 from a surgery meant to fix an autoimmune-related illness.
A clip of the single previously leaked. Listen here: