Aaliyah is finally available for streaming everywhere.
Aaliyah‘s music catalog finally being available on streaming services plus an update on details leading up to Aaliyah’s plane crash accident in 2001 has also been revealed.
The latest project from Aaliyah’s catalog under Blackground Records that’s been released on September 3rd, 2021 is the soundtrack from Romeo Must Die — originally released March 2000 — includes track by DMX, Timbaland, Destiny’s Child, LIl’ Mo and many more. Along with the Romeo Must Die sountrack, other songs recorded from soundtracks like “Are You That Somebody” from the 1998 film Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack were made available for streaming.
Aaliyah’s self-titled album was also recently made available on Sept. 9th and more to be released such as Aaliyah’s last compilation album ‘I Care 4 U‘ and ‘Ultimate: Aaliyah‘ is due to hit streaming services on October 8th. Owner of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson, uncle to Aaliyah took to Instagram to speak on the success of the releases:
“As the owner of Aaliyah’s catalog and label Blackground Records, I want to thank you all for allowing One In A Million to chart #3 in the world,” Barry Hankerson recently wrote in an Instagram post. “I cannot take the credit for managing Aaliyah as that was never a title I held. That title belonged to Diane Haughton and her husband who managed Aaliyah from the start of her career until her passing. I want to thank Diane, Aaliyah’s manager, for allowing and choosing Blackground Records to become her label.”
Paul LiCalsi, an attorney for Aaliyah’s estate said in a recent statement: “Aaliyah’s Estate has always been ready to share Aaliyah’s musical legacy but has been met with contention and a gross lack of transparency,” Paul LiCalsi, an attorney for the estate, said in a recent statement. “For almost 20 years, Blackground has failed to account to the Estate with any regularity in accordance with her recording contracts. In addition, the Estate was not made aware of the impending release of the catalog until after the deal was complete and plans were in place. The Estate has demanded that Blackground provide a full account of its past earnings and full disclosure of the terms of its new deal to distribute Aaliyah’s long embargoed music.”
According to FADER, Blackground offered a response to Billboard, stating that payments have been made to the estate as recently as this year. “The estate will receive everything that it is entitled to receive pursuant to the terms of our agreement. Blackground has shared our rollout plans with representatives for the estate and provided them with the opportunity to participate and provide input and the estate elected not to do so.”
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