Aaliyah’s legacy continues.
If you’re an 80’s or 90’s baby, this just might be the moment you’ve been waiting for. Music from the late singer has made its way to streaming platforms 25 years following its initial release.
For years, people have had to resort to their old school formats to hear the “Rock The Boat” singer. Now, Aaliyah’s music is available for fans across the world to stream on major digital platforms.
Before the latest release, the only album available for streaming was her 1994 album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.” Today (August 20), fans can stream her 1996 sophomore album, “One In A Million.”
Recorded when the late superstar, born Aaliyah Dana Haughton, was only 17 years old, her collaboration with then 24-year-old Timbaland and then 26-year-old Missy Elliott created a masterpiece that changed the landscape of R&B music as we know it. Alongside the late legendary, singer/songwriter-producer, Static Major, the trio shifted the sound of the genre and became the blueprint for modern R&B.
Why did it take so long for the album to make its way to streaming platforms? According to reports, the label responsible for the Detroit-native’s music, owned by her uncle Barry Hankerson, entered a deal with the music distribution group, Empire. The label, known as Blackground Records and reinvented to Blackground 2.0, is set to release music from Aaliyah, JoJo, Tank, Toni Braxton, and Timbaland over the next few months.
Less than 24 hours following the release of “One In A Million,” Aaliyah reentered the music charts coming in at #1 on Apple music.
Fans took to Twitter to express their excitement.
i cannot believe aaliyah’s music is actually… available in this format now. i never thought i’d see the day. i really gave up years ago. this is such a beautiful moment, no matter how you cut it. 🥺
— amorphous (@loneamorphous) August 20, 2021
We love you forever & always Aaliyah! I’m so glad this is just the start of the general public getting to hear through your music just why we celebrate & go so hard for your legacy each & everyday!#OneInAMillion • #AaliyahIsComing pic.twitter.com/rzNjnIjspg
— ɳick (@Creat1ve) August 20, 2021
— 𝖗𝖔𝖉𝖎𝖆𝖓 𝖉𝖚𝖗𝖔𝖘 (@jackalsgaze) August 20, 2021
August 25 marks 20 years since Aaliyah’s life was cut short following a plane crash. She was only 22 years old at the time of her death. Today, her legacy continues as fans, old and new, experience her music for the first time in the digital age.
“One In A Million” is one of many albums that will find a new home on streaming platforms. The deal includes a massive lineup of former artists on the label.
Check out the full list of releases below:
“One In A Million” (8/20)
Timbaland & Magoo’s “Welcome To Our World,” “Indecent Proposal,” “Tim’s Bio,” & “Under Construction” (8/27)
“Romeo Must Die” + “Exit Wounds” Soundtracks (9/03)
Tank’s “Force of Nature,” “One Man,” & “Sex, Love & Pain” (9/07)
JoJo’s “The High Road” & “JoJo” (9/27)
Toni Braxton’s “Libra” (10/01)
“I Care 4 U” + “Ultimate Aaliyah” Compilation Albums (10/8)
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