One in a million.

18 years have passed since Aaliyah’s untimely death. Her music remains a hidden treasure in 2019 – the only album available to stream is her debut record, 1994’s Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. The other two, 1996’s One in a Million and 2001’s self-titled, are reportedly hitting streaming services on the singer’s 41st birthday, January 16, 2020.

Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, played an important role in launching Aaliyah’s career. When no label would sign his niece, Hankerson founded now-defunct Blackground Records. He’s held her tunes hostage ever since… until now.

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Hankerson Tweeted from a private account: “We listened, this is not a drill in honor of the great legacy of #Aaliyah.” He tagged Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL, and Amazon Prime and ended the tweet with “1/16/2020.”

Writer Stephen Witt shared some interesting insight regarding Aaliyah’s locked up music. In his 2016 profile on Complex, Witt mused:

“As the years pass, there’s a bigger risk—that Aaliyah will be forgotten. Nostalgia is cyclical, and Aaliyah has already peaked as a fashion icon on Tumblr. Right now, the music industry is the midst of a shift to an all-streaming landscape. When the transition is complete, if Aaliyah’s catalog isn’t on the right platforms, her music could functionally cease to exist. Within a few years, she could transition from resurrected angel to period-piece obscurity.”

He added: “One day, if you want to understand what made her so important, you’ll have to dig out your Discman and pray you can still find a used CD copy of One in a Million or Aaliyah. And if that happens, Uncle Barry will be the one to blame.”

Are YOU excited to stream Aaliyah’s catalogue? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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      1. Me too!!! When I was in middle school, there was this group of high school girls and whenever there’s a school event, they would always perform Aaliyah and that’s how I got into Aaliyah. 💖

  1. Yes! That’s exciting! I feel like it’s sorta a Britney situation, though, cause I’ve heard a lot of whispers about her uncle not being the best person. Speaking of which, does this mean early Jojo and that Toni Braxton album will be streaming, too? I know Jojo re-recorded her music, but that’s not the point.

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