Amid excitement about Aaliyah‘s long-vaulted music catalog finally coming to streaming services later this month (as we reported here), Blackground Records CEO Barry Hankerson has put the cherry on top by revealing longtime fans of the late diva can also expect “new” music to be added to her prized discography.
What’s more, some of Urban music’s biggest names have reportedly signed on to the project.
Nearly 20 years after the untimely passing of the ‘One in a Million’ singer, official reports of the release of previously unheard music has finally surfaced.
“There are plans to release a posthumous album of new Aaliyah music, though a release date has not been announced, and Hankerson has been hard at work on new songs — staying late at sessions and keeping himself away from other distractions, like interviews, for example.
Hankerson says that he has new music that includes features from Drake, Future, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown and Snoop Dogg, while Timbaland has remixed and produced some of the sessions and Hankerson says Tank has indicated his willingness to lend his services, too.”
As preempted by the late R&B diva’s estate, they have not signed off on the release of any previously unheard Aaliyah tunes. Speaking on the backlash, Hankerson revealed:
“The only part that has been a little distasteful has been so many people being angry with me because the music didn’t come out when they wanted it. But I learned to live with that. There’s nothing I can do about it.”
The yet-titled project will come as her first full-length posthumous project, following the compilation/greatest hits effort ‘I Care 4 U’ (2002).