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20 years after death, Aaliyah’s music stands test of time

Jimmy Jam can’t remember the executive’s name. But he definitely recalls the panic in his voice.

It was 1998, and the veteran songwriter and producer was at work with his longtime creative partner, Terry Lewis, on a movie project for the same studio preparing to release that year’s “Dr. Dolittle” reboot starring Eddie Murphy. Aaliyah, the 19-year-old R&B singer with a string of sultry hits, had just turned in her contribution to the “Dolittle” soundtrack, which left this Hollywood suit on the phone in need of reassurance from an experienced hand.

Today the song, “Are You That Somebody?,”

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Aaliyah’s Music Will Finally Be Streaming. What Took So Long?

For years, it has been one of music’s most conspicuous, and puzzling, absences: The majority of the catalog of Aaliyah, the groundbreaking R&B singer of the 1990s and early 2000s, has been absent from digital services — rendering the work of one of the most influential pop stars in recent decades largely invisible, and depriving her of a proper legacy. The singer, whose full name was Aaliyah Haughton, died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22.

But on Thursday came a surprise announcement that her music will soon arrive on streaming platforms, starting with her second album, “One

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Aaliyah’s estate blasts “unauthorized projects” as her uncle’s label teases release of her music

The estate of Aaliyah has issued a statement denouncing “unauthorized projects targeted to tarnish” after her uncle’s label appeared to teased the release of music by the late singer.

On Wednesday (August 4), a website titled aaliyahiscoming.com emerged, emblazoned with the hashtag #AaliyahIsComing and with a design emulating that of the cover art of Aaliyah’s 2001 self-titled album.

The site offers users the opportunity to subscribe for updates, then directs users to the social accounts for Blackground Records, the label owned by Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager Barry Hankerson – which, from the looks of empty but verified social media

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Aaliyah’s Estate Responds to Singer’s Former Label Teasing Possible Music Release

There has been an ongoing battle between Hankerson, who has control of Aaliyah’s masters, and the estate over her catalog. Most songs by Aaliyah, a multiplatinum R&B superstar who was killed in a plane crash 20 years ago this month, are not available on streaming services.

In January, the Aaliyah Estate took to social media to offer an update on when her music may be accessed digitally. “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

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