Aaliyah’s Full Discography May Finally Come To Streaming Services In 2020

Published At: 03 December 2019 , 09:39 AM

The late R&B singer's uncle has declined to license her music to streaming platforms or digital retailers for years.

Aaliyah fans may be capable of streaming her full discography upcoming year. The late R&B singer's relative Barry Hankerson recently posted a tweet on his secret Twitter story that teased the opportunity of her music coming to Apple Music, TIDAL, Spotify, and Amazon Prime Music in the beginning next year. The specific date—January 16, 2020—would coincide with Aaliyah's birthday:

As Complex said in a December 2016 post, Hankerson gets the right to the most massive Aaliyah's catalog due to his character as the co-founder of her label home, Blackground Records. He has declined to license her music to streaming services or digital retailers for years. The unique Aaliyah studio album currently accessible on streaming services is 1994's Age Ain't Nothing But a Number because Hankerson does not control its masters.

However, a 2005 biggest hits collection titled Ultimate Aaliyah mysteriously surfaced on iTunes and streaming services in January 2017 before suddenly being taken down.

Aaliyah isn't the only Blackground artist to have their music held captive. In July 2013, singer JoJo filed a lawsuit against the label to burst free from her commitment. Although she was capable of securing her release, Blackground removed her early catalog from streaming platforms. In December 2018, JoJo recorded her first two albums to make them to streaming platforms.

In addition to Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, Aaliyah released 1996's One in a Million and 2001's Aaliyah before her death in an August 2001 aircraft crash. Her discography also carries a posthumous compilation album; I Care 4 U.

Aaliyah left behind a permanent legacy and produced an impact on hip-hop that continues to this day.