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Happy birthday, Aaliyah: full catalog will be available digitally on her birthday in January


Sal Idriss/RedfernsAll of Aaliyah’s music will finally be available on digital platforms on what would have been her 41st birthday, January 16, 2020.

“We listened, this is not a drill in honor of the great legacy of #Aaliyah,” her uncle, Barry Hankerson, tweeted from his private Twitter account, as captured by That Grapejuice. He tagged Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL and Amazon Prime, and ended the tweet, “1/16/2020.”

Hankerson was Aaliyah’s first manager, and he signed her to his label, Blackground Records.

Only one of Aaliyah’s three albums, her 1994 debut release Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, is now available for streaming. That album was followed by One in a Million in 1996, and a self-titled album in 2001. All the albums were certified double-platinum.

Aaliyah also had five number-one singles: her debut release “Back & Forth” in 1994, “If Your Girl Only Knew” in 1996, “Are You That Somebody?” in 1998, “Try Again” in 2000, and “Miss You” in 2002.

The three–time American Music Award winner died with eight others in a plane crash on August 25, 2001 in the Bahamas after shooting the music video for “Rock the Boat.” She was 22 years old.

As an actress, she starred in Romeo Must Die in 2000, and Queen of the Damned which was released in 2002.   

Aaliyah was cast in the role of Zee in The Matrix Reloaded and shot some of her scenes prior to her fatal plane crash. Following her death, Nona Gaye was chosen to play Zee and appeared in that film and also The Matrix Revolutions.

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