Blackground Records co-founder Barry Hankerson—uncle of the late Aaliyah—confirmed a deal that will bring her discography to streaming services.
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In an interview with Billboard, Hankerson revealed a new partnership with independent distributor EMPIRE that will make the entire Blackground catalog, including Aaliyah’s discography, available to stream for the first time ever.
A total of 17 albums by Blackground artists including Timbaland & Magoo, Tank, Toni Braxton, and JoJo will arrive over the next two months.
On Aug. 20, EMPIRE will release Aaliyah’s One in a Million, followed each week in the original chronology of Blackground releases. Timbaland & Magoo’s Welcome to Our World, Indecent Proposal, and Under Construction Pt. II, as well as Timbaland’s solo album, Tim’s Bio, will drop Aug. 27. On Sept. 3, the Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds soundtracks will arrive.
August 25 marks 20 years since Aaliyah, 22, was killed in a plane crash. This month also marks the 25th anniversary of One in a Million, the singer’s double-platinum sophomore album.