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The 1996 album “One in a Million” by Aaliyah finally came to streaming platforms almost 20 years after the singer’s death in a 2001 plane crash. A huge star in the 1990s and early 2000s, much of Aaliyah’s music has been missing from streaming platforms for the past two decades. Most of her catalogue would spend the next 20 years trapped on CDs and cassettes because of a prolonged family dispute between her label and her estate (currently overseen by her mother, Diane Haughton, and her brother, Rashad Haughton). According to a recent profile of Hankerson in Billboard, both parties have blamed the other for keeping Aaliyah’s music in cold storage. Still, now Hankerson is proceeding with the digital rollout — and without the estate’s nod. At the same time, the news was breaking that Aaliyah’s past albums and some previously-unreleased music would be coming to streaming starting this month; the estate released a statement, saying that protecting the singer’s legacy “is and will always be our focus.” The statement referred to “shadowy tactics of deception” and called the plan to release her music an “unscrupulous endeavour,” but added that the plan “compels our hearts to express forgiveness.”

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