Over the years, the number of artists with back catalogues withheld from streaming services has dwindled. One of the notable exceptions is Aaliyah: her first album ‘Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number’ can be streamed, but not her second or third, nor the later singles released after her untimely death in 2001.
The reasons for the absence have been a longstanding source of debate for fans: this Complex feature from 2016 is a good introduction. Hopes were raised late in 2019 after a seemingly-positive tweet from Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson, who plays a key role in controlling her catalogue after the debut album.
Now there’s some concrete news. Well, news of negotiations at least, from Aaliyah’s estate.
“We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalogue, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future,” explained its message, promising “more updates to come”.