Aaliyah's full music catalogue will be available on streaming services soon

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  • After years of waiting, Aaliyah fans will finally get to stream some of the singer's biggest hits.
  • The star's former label, Blackground Records has signed a distribution deal with EMPIRE, which will see the release of her albums on services such as Spotify starting 20 August. 
  • The decision to release the catalogue is one that has allegedly caused friction between Aaliyah's uncle and her estate, who claim they had no knowledge about the release until plans were in place.


Aaliyah's full catalogue will be making its way to music streaming services. For years, most of the singer's biggest hits were not available to fans online. 

But now, according to reports, the star's former label, Blackground Records, founded by her uncle Barry Hankerson, has signed a distribution deal with EMPIRE, which will see the release of her albums on services such as Spotify starting 20 August. 

According to a post shared on Spotify's Instagram account, Aaliyah's One in A Million album will be available to stream from 20 August, while the Romeo Must Die soundtrack will drop on 3 September. The singer's self-titled album, Aaliyah, will be available from 10 September, and I Care 4 U and Ultimate Aaliyah drops on 8 October.  

Though good news for her fans who have patiently been waiting to stream their favourite Aaliyah songs, the decision to release the catalogue is one that has allegedly caused friction between Aaliyah's uncle and her estate.  

The singer's estate, run by Aaliyah LLC on behalf of her mother, Diane Haughton, and her brother, Rashad Haughton, claims the decision by Blackground Records to partner up with EMPIRE on the release of the catalogue took place without their knowledge. 

Aaliyah LLC attorney Paul LiCalsi said in a statement to Billboard: "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."

He continued: "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."

A statement was also released to Aaliyah's official Instagram page, speaking out against the release of the singer's music without her estate's knowledge. 

Aaliyah died on 25 August 2001 in a tragic plane crash that also claimed the lives of eight others.   

  
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