18 years following her tragic death and fans are still yearning to hear the music that Aaliyah left behind. The late R&B singers last two albums,One In A Million and Aaliyah, will now be entering the digital realm after the official signing off from former manager and uncle, Barry Hankerson.
So far, only Aaliyah’s debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, was available to stream as it is the only exception to Hankerson’s claims due to it falling under R. Kelly’s producing credit.
Complex reported that Hankerson was the only barrier preventing Aaliyah’s hit albums from streaming potentially due to his “inability to fully cope with his niece's death.”
However, fans no longer hold Walkmans, but cell phones.
“We listened, this is not a drill in honor of the great legacy of #Aaliyah,” Hankerson wrote on Twitter tagging streaming platforms Spotify, TIDAL, Apple Music, and Amazon Prime.
Fans don’t have to wait long either. The music is expected to drop on what would have been the “One in a Million” singers 41st birthday, January 16th.
Earlier this year, fans also welcomed another gift from the artist’s estate in the form of a wax figure. Madame Tussauds welcomed a new addition with Aaliyah from her notable 2000 "Try Again" music video. The iconic look associated with the late singer features a metallic bra, belt, and chocker set, as well as her signature leather pants.
"It was clear right away it would be the 'Try Again' look for our Aaliyah figure," Madame Tussauds Las Vegas' Studio Manager Adam Morey told Vibe in a statement. "The look has the sexy, edgy, timeless vibe we try to imbue in the Las Vegas attraction within all our creative choices. Mining popular culture as only Madame Tussauds can, our desire to honor Aaliyah and the look in this way was only confirmed as we see today’s Hollywood stars like KeKe Palmer, Kim Kardashian, Zendaya, also paying homage by recreating their own favorite moments of the Princess of R&B."