Aaliyah has indisputably become an icon in the time since her tragic passing, aged just 22.
And she’s done so against the odds.
Because, in a wholly puzzling move, much of her music has been held off digital retail and streaming services.
Indeed, as at writing, only Aaliyah’s 1994 debut album ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number’ is available. While a scant number of single tracks have been scattered across compilations.
It’s a reality that’s seen many fans rely on ever-rare physicals, YouTube, and bootlegs to bask in the brilliance of the late, great superstar.
Well, it finally seems as though the hustle and bustle attached to listening to Aaliyah is coming to an end. And for exciting reason too. Because her full discography will reportedly be heading to all streaming services within a mere matter of months.
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The revelation comes courtesy of the singer’s uncle Barry Hankerson, who controls the master rights to her material under his Blackground Music imprint.
Taking to Twitter, he shared that her discography will be landing on all major services on January 16th 2020 – her 41st birthday. He wrote:
“We listened, this is not a drill in honor of the great legacy
If indeed followed through, it would continue a pronounced ramp-up in activity surrounding Aaliyah’s legacy. Activity which has, in recent times, included a partnership with MAC Cosmetics and the unveiling of a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
The unavailability of the singer’s music has puzzled many, even more so because no formal reason has ever been given.
Some have speculated about whether it was due to the reduced returns streaming is often critiqued for, while others have wondered whether a sale was being brokered.
Whatever the case, should the music indeed arrive as touted, it’ll serve as quite the win for fans and further cement Aaliyah’s presence in the Pop cultural landscape for generations to come.