Today would have been the 42nd birthday of Aaliyah, the late singer who tragically died almost 20 years ago in a plane crash.
The beloved star was known for being the Princess of R&B and she had such songs as “Try Again,” “Back & Forth,” and “More Than a Woman.”
While Aaliyah‘s music is loved by so many fans, most of the music has never been featured on streaming services. Her estate spoke out this weekend to explain why it’s still not available.
“To our loyal fans: We hear you and we see you. While we share your sentiments and desire to have Aaliyah‘s music released, we must acknowledge that these matters are not within our control and, unfortunately, take time,” the statement began. “Our inability to share Aaliyah’s music and artistry with the world has been as difficult for us as it has been for all of you. Our priority has always been and will continue to be Aaliyah‘s music.”
The statement continued, “In the meantime, however, we are working diligently to protect what is in our control — Aaliyah‘s brand, legacy, and intellectual property. In doing so, we will continue to release unique and exciting projects to keep Aaliyah‘s legacy and light shining. While we understand this many be challenging, we need the support of the fans Aaliyah loved so dearly, until we can resolve all the issues in freeing her music. Undoubtedly, we understand how frustration can lead to angry and disappointment. However, we ask all of you for your continued support and love as we aim to achieve these goals for all of you and our babygirl. We appreciate you.”
The only Aaliyah album available on streaming services is her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. The rest of her music is still not available.
— Aaliyah (@AaliyahHaughton) January 15, 2021