Aaliyah fans worldwide are celebrating what would have been the singer’s 42nd birthday today.
And while much of the occasion has been spent in reflection and appreciation of the icon’s contributions to music, renewed attention has turned to the availability (or lack thereof) of her catalogue on streaming platforms.
Indeed, as at writing, only Aaliyah’s debut album is the only project of hers online.
Addressing the present predicament, the singer’s Estate has issued a statement.
Check it out below…
“To our loyal fans: We hear you and we see you. 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. In doing so, we will continue to release unique and exciting projects to keep Aaliyah‘s legacy and light shining. While we understand this many be challenging, we need the support of the fans Aaliyah loved so dearly, until we can resolve all the issues in freeing her music. 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. We appreciate you.”
The news will no doubt irk fans who’ve been waiting for almost two decades for the widespread availability of the singer’s music. Particularly, in light of promises in the past.
On the upside, the Estate recently confirmed that they have secured the rights to her YouTube channel. Time will tell how that plays out and what’s in store.
In the here and now, what are…