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Is Aaliyah's Music Available to Stream? Here's the Deal

Aaliyah's Music Catalog Is Available to Stream For the First Time Ever

Aaliyah during TNT Presents - A Gift of Song - New York - January 1, 1997 in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

Aaliyah released countless iconic songs during her career, but unfortunately, most of them haven't been available on streaming services. For years, the late singer's estate have been battling her uncle and former manager, Blackground Records founder Barry Hankerson, over rights to her catalog. However, in August, fans got a glimpse of hope that her music would be hitting streaming platforms when a social media account named Blackground 2.0 Records shared a new website and hashtag that teased, "Aaliyah is coming."

Shortly after, it was revealed that Hankerson secured a deal with Empire that will make Blackground's catalog — including Aaliyah's works and albums by artists like Timbaland & Magoo, Tank, Toni Braxton, and JoJo — available to stream for the first time ever. This includes both digital and physical purchases, including vinyls, cassettes, and CDs. The release dates for Aaliyah's work are as follows: One in a Million on Aug. 20, ΛΛLIYΛH on Sept. 10, and I Care 4 U and Ultimate Aaliyah on Oct. 8.

Shortly after the Blackground 2.0 Records account emerged, Aaliyah's estate tweeted a statement criticizing the release of unauthorized projects from the late singer. "Protecting Aaliyah's legacy is, and always will be, our focus," the estate said. "For 20 years we have battled behind the scenes, enduring shadowy tactics of deception with unauthorized projects targeted to tarnish. . . . Now, in this 20th year, 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." The estate added that they will continue to "defend ourselves and her legacy lawfully and justly." In response to Blackground 2.0 Records's website, the estate shared a hashtag of their own, #IStandWithAaliyah, in their tweet. Missy Elliott, who collaborated with Aaliyah on several occasions, shared a screenshot of the estate's statement on Twitter.

Image Source: Getty / KMazur
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