This month marks 20 years since Aaliyah Dana Haughton died in a airplane crash. The singer by no means stopped being a power in popular culture and the main points of her life and premature loss of life have been mentioned and examined by the media many occasions over. As one other unauthorized ebook about her will get prepared for launch, Aaliyah’s property has issued a sternly worded assertion cautioning anybody who writes about her with out authorization.
“Defending Aaliyah’s legacy is, and can at all times be, our focus. For 20 years we have now battled behind the scenes, enduring shadowy ways of deception with unauthorized tasks focused to tarnish,” the property wrote. “We have now at all times been confused as to why there’s such a tenacity in inflicting extra ache alongside what we have already got to deal with for the remainder of our lives.”
The assertion continued, “Though we are going to proceed to defend ourselves and her legacy lawfully and justly, we need to preempt the inevitable assaults on our character by all of the people who’ve emerged from the shadows to leech off of Aaliyah’s life’s work. Finally, we want closure and a modicum of peace so we are able to facilitate the expansion of the Aaliyah Memorial Fund and different artistic tasks that embody Aaliyah’s true essence, which is to encourage energy and positivity for folks of all creeds, races and cultures all over the world.”
See the total assertion beneath:
The assertion comes simply forward of the August seventeenth launch of Kathy Iandoli’s ebook Child Woman: Higher Often called Aaliyah. Within the ebook, the music journalist, who has written for a number of retailers together with VIBE, The Supply, BET.com and others, claims the singer took sleeping tablets earlier than getting on the airplane that in the end crashed and ended her life. Some retailers, whereas reporting on the passage from the ebook, described the late singer as being “drugged.” Iandoli says the “drugged” angle is misreported.
In keeping with Simon and Schuster, the “ebook was written with out the participation of Aaliyah’s household/property.” Aaliyah’s property didn’t instantly point out Iandoli in its assertion.
The assertion additionally referred to as out an unnamed “unscrupulous endeavor to launch Aaliyah’s music with none transparency or full accounting to the property.”
On And On And On
In keeping with Billboard again in January, solely her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing However A Quantity, is on the market on streaming providers. Followers of the late singer have continued to push for the discharge of her further music, together with her album, One in a Million, and her 2001 self-titled album, Aaliyah — and now it could lastly be taking place.
Her music catalog has been underneath the purview of her uncle and founding father of Blackground Data, Barry Hankerson, who advised Billboard in an August 5 interview that One in a Million shall be launched on streaming providers August 25. ΛΛLIYΛH and I Care 4 U will observe on Sept. 10 and Oct. 8, respectively.
Hankerson maintains the music was not launched earlier due to objections from Aaliyah’s mom Diane Haughton, who’s his sister. Hankerson additionally revealed he has not spoken to his sister repeatedly since Aaliyah’s loss of life.
Diane Haughton or Aaliyah’s property have by no means publicly mentioned they didn’t need to launch her music.
In keeping with USA Today, Aaliyah’s property mentioned in an announcement by way of an lawyer they had been “not made conscious” of the longer term streaming releases.
The five-time Grammy nominee died at age 22, together with eight others, in a airplane crash on the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas on August 25, 2001.