Many great artists die young. One of those is Aaliyah.
The R&B singer rose to fame in the ’90s at the age of 10, after appearing on the television show Star Search. She signed with Jive Records at the age of 12, and went on to create her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. The album was certified double platinum and sold 3 million copies in the United States. Aaliyah went on to create two more albums by 2001, One in a Million and Aaliyah, which was her self-titled third and final studio album.
In August 2001, Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas. Regarded as the tenth most successful female R&B artists of the past 25 years and 27th in history, the artist would have been 41 this year.
Aaliyah’s final two albums, which before were unavailable on any streaming platform, will now be released across the board. Until now, only her first album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number was available for streaming. The other two albums were owned by Blackground Records producer Barry Hankerson. Hankerson finally welcomed 2019 with open arms and decided to release the last two albums on what would have been Aaliyah’s 41st birthday – January 16th, 2020. He took to Twitter to make the announcement, tagging streaming platforms such as Apple Music, TIDAL, and Spotify.
While Barry Hankerson’s Twitter account is private, The Pop Hub screenshot it and tweeted it themselves. See the announcement below.
Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson teases on Twitter that her full discography could be coming to major streaming services on the late singer’s birthday, January 16th, 2020.
At the moment, only Aaliyah’s debut album is available for streaming. pic.twitter.com/HRHG3l1E7S
— The Pop Hub (@ThePopHub) November 29, 2019