Friday saw the re-release of a five-time Grammy-nominated superstar’s studio album, “One In A Million,” which appeared on streaming services.
Fans have long complained about the lack of availability of her music. Her catalog is now being re-released for the first time in years to be available on streaming platforms through partnership with Blackground Records 2.0 and EMPIRE.
The original Blackground Records, which released much of Aaliyah’s music, was owned by the late singer’s uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, who also oversees Blackground Records 2.0.
“For 20 years we have fought behind the scenes, endured shadowy tactics of deception with unauthorized projects aimed at tarnishing,” the estate wrote. “We’ve always been confused as to why there is such tenacity in causing more pain in addition to what we’ve been dealing with for the rest of our lives.”
“This unscrupulous attempt to release Aaliyah’s music without any transparency or full accountability to the legacy forces our hearts to utter a word – forgiveness,” the statement continued.
Aaliyah rose to prominence in the 1990s with several hits, including “Back & Forth”, “Are You That Somebody?” and “Rock The Boat.”
“One In A Million” was her second album and featured music with her longtime collaborators, Missy Elliott and Timbaland, as well as rapper Slick Rick and others.
In celebration of the arrival of Aaliyah’s catalog on the platform, Spotify has updated their “This Is Aaliyah” playlist.