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Two decades after the Grammy-nominated Aaliyah's death at age 22 in a Bahamas plane crash, Blackground Records 2.0 and Empire have uploaded posthumous compilation albums from the late singer Aaliyah to streaming platforms. While the songs included in the album have already been released over the years, this marks the first time that they will be accessible on streaming services as a complete collection. "Ultimate Aaliyah," consists of 25 tracks across two discs, several of which Aaliyah had worked on with Missy Elliott and Timbaland. The EP dropped in 2005 as a box set of three discs. While the third disc, a documentary about her life, isn’t a part of the reissued release, all of the singles are available for listeners. Although, the late singer’s estate quickly took to Instagram to express its disdain and continued dedication to protecting her legacy. Though the estate is operated by Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, and brother Rashad, Hankerson owns the vast portion of her catalogue, ultimately permitting Friday’s release in collaboration with distribution and record company Empire. Fans have expressed online their mixed feelings about listening to Aaliyah’s music amid the estate debacle. Although her music videos can still be viewed on YouTube, there's nothing better than having the music on every streaming platform for convenience and tangibility.