In the nearly two decades since her tragic death by plane crash in 2001 at age 22, Aaliyah‘s music has been in digital limbo: While her 1994 debut Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number is widely available on major streaming services, the R&B icon’s estate has held back the majority of her remaining catalogue, which includes 1996 follow-up One in a Million and her 2001 self-titled album.
Is that finally about to change?
Today — on the 19th anniversary of the singer’s death — the Aaliyah Estate claimed on Twitter that it has commenced communication with “various record labels” regarding the status of the singer’s catalogue, including “its availability on streaming platforms in the near future.” The catalogue has been under the purview of her uncle and founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson.
Fans have long demanded the release of Aaliyah’s music, and there have been numerous false-starts along the way. In 2017, a greatest-hits collection of her music titled Ultimate Aaliyah was pulled just hours after appearing on iTunes and Apple Music. Last year, a tweet from an account seemingly belonging to Hankerson teased that the singer’s full discography would be made available for streaming on Aaliyah’s birthday, January 16, 2020 — but the day came and went with no update.
As for today’s tweet announcement, no further information was provided. This article will be updated when more details are made available.
— Aaliyah (@AaliyahHaughton) August 25, 2020