Many fans like myself were left wondering what happened to the Aaliyah music that appeared on iTunes less than 2 days ago. An album pegged “Ultimate: Aaliyah’s Greatest Hits,” surged into the top 10 of iTunes. The only Aaliyah album that has been available for purchase or streaming is her debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing but A Number.” It appeared that the music came out of nowhere. Now more information is coming out to what may have happened. Seemingly missing from streaming services has been her sophomore and third albums, “One in a Million,” and “Aaliyah.”
In a Complex magazine investigation they reported that Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson, who managed her career from its beginning, refuses to allow the music to be released digitally. Craze Productions, a London company that doesn’t own any of the rights to Aaliyah’s music, are illegally posting the music to iTunes and Apple Music, as they did yesterday. This was the second time the company employed this strategy; the only other time Aaliyah’s greatest hits were available for digital purchase was when Craze uploaded the music in 2013.
“Our lawyers are handling it,” Rell Lafargue, COO of Reservoir Media—the current rightsholder of the Aaliyah discography—told Complex when reached before the greatest hits collection was removed. “I don’t think you’ll see it there long.”
Apple was unavailable for comment.
Even some celebrities reacted to the mishap:
THEY TOOK AALIYAH’S MUSIC DOWN OMG 😲
— La Flame 🔥 (@aliyabzeih) January 12, 2017