The catalogue of late R&B star Aaliyah has long been held back from streaming services – with the exception of her 1994 debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number and a handful of early singles and EPs. Now it is rumoured her full catalogue, including 1996’s One In A Million and her self-titled third album from 2001, could finally be made available to stream.

The story comes from a tweet by her uncle, Barry Hankerson, whose Blackground Records owns her catalogue apart from her debut. In the tweet, Hankerson suggested 16th January 2020 (on what would have been her 41st birthday) would see Aaliyah’s music on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon Prime Music. If true, the late star would be the latest artist to come in from the cold regarding streaming, following Tool (in August this year).

Who is left still holding out? De La Soul’s catalogue remains mired in a dispute between the band and label Tommy Boy, while Garth Brooks has steered clear of all DSPs bar Amazon Music, with which he has a partnership. Maybe this could be the ultimate music round in a pub quiz: name 10 multi-platinum acts who are not on streaming services…

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