Fans of the late singer Aaliyah may be one step closer to finally streaming her entire music catalogue.
To mark what would have been the “Try Again” singer’s 42nd birthday, January 16, her estate issued a “message to our fans” Friday about the future of her music.
“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,” Aaliyah’s estate wrote. “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.”
The announcement continued, “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 may be challenging, we need the support of the fans Aaliyah loved so dearly, until we can resolve all the issues in freeing her music,” the statement furthered. “Undoubtedly, we understand how frustration can lead to anger 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.”
Aaliyah has since been hailed the “Queen of Urban Pop” and is credited for influencing the future sound of a variety of genres including R&B and hip hop.
Currently, the only music of hers that’s available to stream is her 1994 debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.
Aaliyah, full name Aaliyah Dana Haughton, was 22 when she tragically died when the plane she was flying in crashed in the Bahamas. Eight others died in the August 25, 2001 accident.
By Megan Stone
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