NEW MUSIC: AALIYAH | POISON (FEATURING THE WEEKND)
This year, much of Aaliyah’s music arrived on streaming services for the first time. A posthumous album from the singer is next, and now a new single called “Poison” has been released via Blackground Records 2.0 and Empire. It features Canadian superstar The Weeknd. “Poison” is notably one of two significant features from The Weeknd to arrive on the same night. He also appears on FKA twigs’ new song “Tears in the Club,” which is out on Thursday night (December 16). It follows his recent singles with Rosalía and Post Malone. “Poison” seems to serve as the lead single from Aaliyah’s upcoming collaborations album. Aaliyah’s uncle, Blackground Records founder Barry Hankerson, announced plans to release a posthumous project Aaliyah featuring new music, including contributions from Drake, Future, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, and Timbaland. “It has been really nice,” Hankerson told Billboard of the new recordings. “The only part that has been a little distasteful has been so many people being angry with me because the music didn’t come out when they wanted it. But I learned to live with that. There’s nothing I can do about it.” The Weeknd sampled Aaliyah’s 2001 Billboard Hot 100 top 20 track “Rock the Boat” on his own “What You Need” from his 2012 compilation album "Trilogy." The original Baby Girl sample was finally heard in the studio recording when The Weeknd finally released his debut 2011 "House of Balloons" mixtape on streaming services in March for its 10th anniversary.