Aaliyah estate shares update on releasing discography to streaming platforms

Aaliyah © Mikael 'Mika' Väisänen
© Mikael 'Mika' Väisänen

The late R&B singer’s estate says it’s “working diligently to protect what is in [its] control”, and thanks fans for their “continued support”.

It seems fans of the late Aaliyah will have to wait a little while longer before they can access her full discography on streaming platforms. The singer’s estate posted a new update on 15 January, the day before what would have been Aaliyah’s 42nd birthday, addressed to “our loyal fans”.

“We hear you and we see you,” reads the statement, posted to the late singer’s Twitter account. “While we share your sentiments and desire to have Aaliyah’s music released, we must acknowledge that these matters are not within our control and, unfortunately, take time. Our inability to share Aaliyah’s music and artistry with the world has been as difficult for us as it has been for all of you. Our priority has always been and will continue to be Aaliyah’s music.”

“In the meantime, however, we are working diligently to protect what is in our control – Aaliyah’s brand, legacy, and intellectual property,” the statement continued. “In doing so, we will continue to release unique and exciting projects to keep Aaliyah’s legacy and light shining. Undoubtedly, we understand how frustration can lead to angry and disappointment. However, we ask all of you for your continued support and love as we aim to achieve these goals for all of you and our babygirl.”

Aaliyah died in an airplane crash on 25 August 2001. She was 22 at the time. Her estate last shared updates on the journey to bring her music to streaming platforms on 25 August 2020, the 19th anniversary of her death. In a statement also posted to Twitter her estate claimed that it had commenced communication with “various record labels” about the status of the singer’s catalogue as well as “its availability on streaming platforms in the near future.”

At present, some of Aaliyah’s early work, including her 1994 debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, is available to stream on major platforms such as Spotify. However, releases like 1996’s One in a Million and her 2001 self-titled album still remain absent.