In a statement on Aaliyah’s official Instagram page, the Haughton Estate announced “2021 will be the year of Aaliyah” and they are officially in control of the late singer’s YouTube account. Aaliyah, who passed away on August 25, 2001, in a plane crash, never had an online presence since Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook were non-existent at the time of her death. However, over the years, fans and the estate have used social media to keep her memory alive.
In August, on the 19th anniversary of her passing, the estate announced they were working with Aaliyah’s “various record labels” to get her music on streaming platforms. Currently, her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number is the only album available for streaming. Fans have requested that her music be posted on streaming platforms for years now and the announcement seems to be bringing us one step closer to hearing old and possibly new music from Aaliyah on Tidal.
Aaliyah’s last album–the self-titled Aaliyah–sold 13 million copies worldwide and subsequently became her only album to top the Billboard charts, the album also features Rock the Boat; the last single she released before her death. In the age of streaming and music playlist, Aaliyah’s music is much needed for fans and music enthusiasts seeking to understand the previous generation’s taste in music.