Aaliyah has released countless iconic songs throughout her career, but unfortunately most of them have not been available on streaming services. For years, the late singer's estate has been fighting for the rights to her catalog with her uncle and former manager, the founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson. However, in August fans got a glimmer of hope that their music would land on streaming platforms when a social media account called Blackground 2.0 Records shared a new website and hashtag teasing, "Aaliyah is coming."
Shortly thereafter, it was revealed that Hankerson had signed a deal with Empire that would make Blackground's catalog – including Aaliyah's works and albums by artists such as Timbaland & Magoo, Tank, Toni Braxton, and JoJo – available for streaming for the first time. This includes both digital and physical purchases, including vinyls, tapes, and CDs. The release dates for Aaliyah's work are as follows: One in a million on August 20th LIYΛH on September 10 and I'm interested 4 u and Ultimate aaliyah on October 8th.
Shortly after the Blackground 2.0 Records account surfaced, Aaliyah's estate tweeted a statement criticizing the late singer's release of unauthorized projects. "The protection of Aaliyah's legacy is and will remain our primary concern," said the property. "For 20 years we have fought behind the scenes, enduring shadowy deception tactics with unauthorized projects aimed at tarnishing … our hearts to put one word – forgiveness." The estate added that they "will continue to legitimately and justly defend us and their heritage". In response to the Blackground 2.0 Records website, the property shared its own hashtag, #IStandWithAaliyah, in its tweet. Missy Elliott, who has worked with Aaliyah on multiple occasions, shared a screenshot of the property's testimony on Twitter.
– Aaliyah (@AaliyahHaughton) August 5, 2021
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