Just over two decades after it was released in 2001, Aaliyah’s self-titled album is finally available on DSPs as the late R&B singer’s music continues to make its way to streaming services.
Consisting of timeless songs like “Try Again,” “Rock the Boat,” and “We Need a Resolution,” Aaliyah was the last album the singer released before her tragic passing. The singer died in a plane crash in the Bahamas while she was on her way back from filming the music video for “Rock the Boat.” The album comes on the heels of the release of Aaliyah’s sophomore album One in a Million to DSPs. That iconic album also arrived with limited-edition merchandise meant to celebrate its 25 year anniversary.
Aaliyah’s music being available on streaming is largely due to the partnership between Blackground Records 2.0, which is run by Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson, who owns her catalog, and EMPIRE.
“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 recently wrote in an Instagram post. “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.”
Blackground Records 2.0 also re-released Aaliyah’s Romeo Must Die: The Album and Exit Wounds: The Album soundtracks last week. Listen to Aaliyah’s self-titled album on the streaming service of your choice or below via Spotify.