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Aaliyah estate updates status of late Detroit singer's streaming catalog

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The estate of the late singer and actress Aaliyah hope to have good news soon for fans who are clamoring to hear her music on streaming services.

The estate of Aaliyah Haughton -- born in New York and raised in Detroit -- announced on Saturday, Jan. 16, which would have been her 42nd birthday, that it is "working diligently" with a variety of record labels to clear the way for Aaliyah's catalog to the streaming world. In a state, the estate wrote that:

"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. 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.

"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 may 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 anger 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."

Aaliyah was killed in an airplane crash on Aug. 25, 2001, in the Bahamas at the age of 22. Her family settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the aircraft operator Blackhawk International Airways out of court after the pilot was found to have traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body and was not qualified to fly that particular aircraft.

A "Star Search" contestant during 1989, Aaliyah released three studio albums and had a dozen Top 10 R&B hits on the Billboard chart, including "Back and Forth," "If Your Girl Only Knew," "Try Again," "Are You That Somebody?" and "Miss You," She won three American Music Awards and a pair of MTV Video Music Awards and also scored five Grammy Award nominations.

Aaliyah also appeared in the films "Romeo Must Die" and "Queen of the Damned." She was married, illegally, to R. Kelly when she was 15, which was annulled by her parents in 1995.

Web Site: www.aaliyah.com

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