20 years after her death, Aaliyah’s music catalog makes streaming debut soon, against estates wishes

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It’s been 20 years since the tragic death of Aaliyah Haughton and now her music catalog will make its debut soon on streaming platforms, without the blessing of her estate.

Aaliyah was killed in a tragic plane crash in August 2001 after filming the music video for her song ‘Rock the Boat.’

Blackground Records 2.0, a label founded by Jomo Hankerson and Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle, advertised that “Aaliyah is coming” on its website Wednesday.

The next day, Spotify tweeted, “Baby Girl is coming to Spotify,” with release dates for multiple albums, starting with “One in a Million” which is set to release on August 20.

Hankerson, who started Blackground Records in the 1990s to release Aaliyah’s music, told Billboard for a story published Thursday that he’s working with distribution company Empire to make her catalog accessible for streaming for the first time. However, Aaliyah’s estate released a statement via Instagram in opposition of the release, saying they will continue to fight to protect Aaliyah’s legacy. #ISTANDWITHAALIYAH

As of now, there is no word if Aaliyah’s music will be released on Apple Music.

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