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Aaliyah’s self-titled album has arrived on streaming platforms for the first time.
The album includes several of the singer’s most popular tracks, including “Try Again,” “Rock the Boat,” and “We Need a Resolution.”
The release comes more than 25 years after the album’s first hit the charts — and just two months before the songstress died in a tragic airplane crash Aug. 25, 2001.
She was just 22.
Clear videos of music videos from the album have also been uploaded to her record label, Blackground Records’ Youtube channels.
Background Records 2.0 is owned by Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson.
“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,” Hankerson wrote after “One In A Million” was released.
“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.”
There had been friction between Hankerson and Aaliyah’s Estate behind the scenes, which led to the lengthy delay of Aaliyah’s music being added to streaming platforms.
In the Estate’s most recent statement, they bashed Hankerson, accusing him of “shadowy tactics of deception.”
Hankerson kept his focus on the fans in his statement.
“Thank you to all of her many fans for keeping her music alive. I’m sorry it took so long, but when you lose a family member so unexpectedly, it takes time to deal with that type of grief. I decided to release Aaliyah’s music in order to keep her legacy alive.”
Her “I Care 4 U” album will follow on Oct. 8.