Aaliyah Album Rockets Into iTunes Top 10 After Long-Awaited Release

Published: Thursday 12th Jan 2017 by Sam

Aaliyah‘s time alive may have been tragically cut short, but her legacy is proving eternal.

The singer’s enduring popularity is rarely called into question and certainly shouldn’t be following the release of her greatest hits LP on US iTunes.

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Unleashed on the Apple platform today, ‘Ultimate’ – a collection of the late songbird’s most revered releases – shot into the top ten of the album count on the digital tally.

As at writing, the compilation sits at #6 (and rising).

Beyond being a nod to how loved Aaliyah still is, it’s also a testament to the commercial viability of her brand.

No word on why the set was serviced “now,” but there are certainly enquiring minds wondering “how” it’s been allowed.

See, like most things pertaining to her former label Blackground (see: JoJo and Toni Braxton), rights to Aaliyah’s music, imaging, and the like have been debatable. A reality that has seen much of her material unavailable to buy online or to listen to services such as Spotify and Apple Music.

One thing is certain though, love for the legend lives on.

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  1. BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 January 12, 2017

    I haven’t had a chance to listen but it’s great that her hard core fans finally got this! She was definitely somebody who unfortunately left right when she was on course to take off. R.I.P. ?

    • ? + ✈ = ? January 12, 2017

      This is her best compilations. I had this over 10 years ago.

    • Samsung brought my albums January 12, 2017

      If they was real fans they would have a hard copy ?

      • ? + ✈ = ? January 12, 2017

        I had the hard copy 3 cd set

  2. Kimk January 12, 2017


    • ? + ✈ = ? January 12, 2017

      She would’ve slayed Bey/D’list children if still here.

  3. Mark111 January 12, 2017

    Impact, legend! But I already have this collection.

  4. ShakaZulu January 12, 2017

    Music needed this Aaliyah was a great for R&B !!!

  5. Fancy BISH January 12, 2017

    Ya’ll almost gave me a heart attack lol…I was thinking it was all new music…but yaaaaas, the beautiful Aaliyah! Let me go see the tracklist

  6. truthteller January 12, 2017

    Great news. I would still like a full collection with the single versions of tracks like Hot Like Fire and The One I Gave My Heart To and soundtrack songs like Journey to the Past and Turn the Page.

    • new January 12, 2017

      I was about to say this. They need to put the single version of hot like fire on there

  7. Who cares January 12, 2017

    I miss Aaliyah

  8. truth January 12, 2017

    Aaliyah was so talented and beautiful

  9. The A Team January 12, 2017

    So excited for more people to hear this talented girls work

  10. LmfaoHoe January 12, 2017

    I thank God that its alot of younger people fascinated and are interested in listening to her music. I’m so happy right now especially that its selling. I’m praying Apple puts up the One In a million album and Self-titled one up too next. Her catalog deserves to be heard.

  11. Kwinzy January 12, 2017

    Babygirl is legendary.

    • Fancy BISH January 12, 2017

      You playing MY JAM…she took it to church on this one…
      You can climb the highest mountain
      You can swim the deepest sea
      But boy I gotta let you know
      My love will always beeeeeee

      • Kwinzy January 12, 2017

        Trust! I’m actually glad Aaliyah worked with Kellz early in her career as controversial as it was. They made some killa music.

  12. Rebecca S for Queen Bey, Princess Rih, & R&B legend Monica January 12, 2017

    A Legend! My girl!

  13. Suicide Blonde January 12, 2017

    Aaliyah was stunningly beautiful.

  14. Danny Bey January 12, 2017

    Her birthday is coming up, that may be why.

  15. AaLEGEND January 12, 2017

    There would be NO B…. nevermind. The industry would be totally different if babygirl was still around & that’s a fact!!!❤️❤️❤️

    • Music & Blunts January 12, 2017

      Stop starting s*** you ugly ass troll

  16. Black power January 12, 2017

    Now while I didn’t agree with them taking the music off in the first place, I thought it would’ve been BRILLIANT to wait till her OFFICIAL movie came out to re-release all of her music. But I won’t complain I’m just glad we got this

    • Jasmine January 13, 2017

      I disagree. There is no logical reasoning in waiting to release her music. Tina Turner had lots of greatest hit compilation CDs before her official movie came out and when the movie came out they had a special soundrack for the movie. Waiting to link a greatest hits CD with a movie soundtrack is nonsense.

  17. pat January 12, 2017

    r and b legend

  18. Cough Cough January 12, 2017

    Aaliyah was a class act, I truly loved her. Her swagg, her style, her music and her originality (a la Janet with her own twist) was just EVERYTHING. Definitely cried when she passed and was one of her biggest fans! Truly wish she got to blossom as she was so FRESH!

  19. Paulo January 12, 2017

    yaaaassss slay a bit, Liyah!
    F*** Blackground for barring her discography, Toni’s Libra album and JoJo’s singles (S*** To Me / Demonstrate) from streaming venues.

  20. Keri Qween January 12, 2017

    Love her music

  21. Theman January 12, 2017

    They should release it in all formats..

  22. GirlBye January 12, 2017

    Aaliyah is a legend, she set the stone for RNB pop stars to cross over in to film. Her style is being emulated by the likes of Rihanna, Tinashe. Her style is iconic today. I hope her family can release her unreleased material or if a label can buy it with partnership with her family and release it, but AALIYAH was a perfectionist and maybe that’s why the family don’t want to materialise on her private things.

  23. RihYonce January 12, 2017

    Queen !!! I miss her !!! We need a REAL Aaliyah movie ASAP

  24. Fifi January 12, 2017

    It’s been taken off!

  25. Fifi January 12, 2017

    It’s already been taken off.

  26. Music & Blunts January 12, 2017

    The queen of urban-pop we love and miss you

    #NP the industrial rock masterpiece Known as “What If” from her self titled album

  27. Music & Blunts January 12, 2017

    Also ultimate isnt new it has been available overseas for many years

  28. ?Yellow Diamonds? January 12, 2017

    Yea it’s gone

  29. HailLegendBeysus January 12, 2017

    Why did they take her album off of itunes?

    • Jacob January 12, 2017

      Why didn’t they get rid of you instead?

    • Jasmine January 12, 2017

      Because it was bootleg. The company selling it does not own the rights.

  30. Navy Gravy January 12, 2017

    So funny I was just watching Romeo must die 2 days ago she is so beautiful it’s breath-taking. I’m glad someone finally put her music on there I was so p*ssed not being able to find any of her music. Whoever is managing her estate needs to get with the times, nobody’s buying CDs anymore. I had them all back in the day, record stores are deceased and these streaming kids need to get familiar with her timeless catalog.

  31. RihYonce January 12, 2017

    They removed it ! I’m pissed right now listening to her “Age Ain’t Nothin but a number” album ?

  32. SdotB January 12, 2017

    Hmm, I don’t see it in Apple Music nor iTunes. Is it available in the US? Anyone else having trouble finding it?

    • SdotB January 12, 2017

      Oh, as someone stated before me, it’s been removed. Wtf

    • Sean January 12, 2017

      Weird thing is I listened to it earlier on Apple Music now it’s gone I can’t play it or find it anywhere smh

    • Jasmine January 12, 2017

      It was bootleg. The company selling it does not own the rights.

  33. RoyalKev January 12, 2017

    It’s something special about Aaliyah that goes deeper than her bewitching beauty! After Whitney, Aaliyah’s actually the celebrity death I took the hardest! I remember coming together with friends on that night and not feeling very social for hours after the news broke! I loved Aaliyah’s catalog and cool, yet icy, sensuality! I revisit her music often and I always appreciated the fact that a lot of her music never feels dated!

  34. Jackx January 12, 2017

    I have both her debut and self titled hard copy’s. Just need one in a million. Wish they would release all of her albums on iTunes already?

  35. martin miller January 12, 2017

    Aaliyah is one of the highest most exhalted. Her family! Her incarnations!

  36. 4U2See January 12, 2017

    Aweee! That’s to sweet and too good to be true. Miss the natural love in the air and her innocent spirit. Anywho! I just remembered and is it true? That what I’ve heard before more than once; that beyonce use to mock visually a plane flying and then crashing. Some cherch lady who sound crazy as hell (maybe creepy) was talking about eternal damnation of the industry. I think it’s all good but ya’ll should let Aaliyah, rest in peace. Peace!

  37. eric January 12, 2017

    I want to understand the reasoning for Barry not allowing digital rights to Aaliyah’s music, but then I don’t expect a whole lot of logic from someone who held an artist and her music hostage for years and years. He’s doing the same thing to Aaliyah.

  38. Damarrio Taylor January 12, 2017

    I can’t find this anywhere. FAKE

  39. wWe Nowqd Redv dimnobut it ash trjoan ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremxil January 13, 2017

    Can’t wait for the fans to celebrate her birthday on January she would of be 38 year old in 2017 plus she had a wonderful music and style rip to baby girl and her dad Michael haughton

  40. Music lover January 13, 2017

    Can someone post a link I can’t find it on iTunes !!

  41. Music lover January 13, 2017

    Oh I found out what happened
    Damn uncle of her refuses to release her music !!
    Someone posted her music to iTunes and apple music but it was removed. So sad that the uncle would like people hear her music or buy it
    Her music is timeless

  42. Music lover January 13, 2017

    Wouldn’t let

  43. RCR81 January 13, 2017

    It’s all still available in the UK (and always has been), Ultimate and One in a Million.
    Why is it available in some places but not the US….It’s odd

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