2021 Year in Review: Aaliyah’s Catalog FINALLY Released to Streaming

Published: Thursday 2nd Dec 2021 by Rashad

Be it for the good, bad, ugly, or downright shocking, 2021 was full of memorable moments!

Now, as the year draws to a close, That Grape Juice is reflecting on the occasions that rocked – and to some degree maybe even reshaped – the Urban and Pop cultural landscape as we know it.

Next, we look back on how Aaliyah‘s prized catalog – after years of calls from fans – was finally released to digital outlets from the Blackground Records vault.

Despite increased fan demand over the years for late R&B singer Aaliyah’s second and third studio efforts – ‘One in A Million’ and ‘Aaliyah: the Album’ – to be released to Spotify, Apple Music, and other major music streamers, their request wasn’t until nearly 20 years after her death.

In commemoration of the occasion and well as the relaunch of the label those projects were housed under, her uncle/the imprint’s CEO announced in August every piece of her discography – including soundtracks – would be unveiled to digital outlets via an incremental roll out over the months that followed.  The move was frowned upon by the R&B diva’s estate.

Aaliyah’s Estate Slams Her Uncle’s ‘Unauthorized’ Announcement of Releasing Her Music To Streaming Platforms

Her dedicated fans weren’t frowning, that’s for sure.  The response to the periodic releases was so great, a couple of the projects (20+ years after their initial releases) bested the sales performances of current hitmakers to impact the Billboard 200’s top 40.

Billboard 200: Aaliyah’s ‘One in a Million’ Album Hits Top 10 for the First Time EVER After Streaming Release

Chart Check [Billboard 200]: 20 Years After Its Release ‘Aaliyah’ is the Week’s Top-Selling R&B Album

All-in-all, the releases are said to be precursors to the long-awaited drop of a “new” album of previously unreleased Aaliyah tracks revamped with help from Chris Brown, Future, Drake, and more.

Official: New Aaliyah Album Featuring Drake, Chris Brown, Future, & More on the Way


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  1. Clarks0o00ñ December 2, 2021

    That nasty ghett0 talentless rat called normani had the nerve to steal from aaliyah.
    Can u imagine

    Not only did she steal one in a million ahe also tried to jag aaliyah’s style and swag.
    And she failed woefully 😂😂

    Dont we not just love to see it, normani failing

    • 4 page letter December 2, 2021

      Stfu don’t bring that nasty energy in this post. This posts about bby girl not that Normani vs cimika b*******

    • Marylins BACK 💋 December 3, 2021

      B**** stfu APÈMILA the dirty Hispanic wetback will never be on normanis level. Mani went gold and won a soul train award this year. Illegàlmila floppped right back over the border with all her songs

  2. TheOriginalUggh December 2, 2021

    R.Kelly’s ex w h o r e…. She was a minor and where were her parents at? I can’t believe they allowed them dating. Black people are just weird!

    • Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 December 2, 2021


      • Lolololololol December 2, 2021

        STFU Danny Boys…answering yourself

  3. Marylins BACK 💋💅🏻 December 3, 2021

    Aaliyah and mani two vocally talented queens with major hits beauty and success meanwhile apémilla still a dirty flopping illegàl border smuggling çhimp can’t even debut on billboard after 2020 FLOP ! Diva knows das right 💯💯💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻

    • Ms. Ling Ling December 5, 2021

      how are you put Aaliyah and a’p’e mani in the same sentence? you must be delusional comparing a R&B legend with a generic flop. you aint a Diva but a used Diva cup that being thrown in the trash can.

  4. Detruth December 3, 2021

    Ppl can collaborate on the album but a new Aaliyah album should be done by Missy and Timbaland

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