As we approach the 11th anniversary of the death of R&B recording artist, Aaliyah, Blackground Records just announced a forthcoming Aaliyah album on Billboard.biz. The label confirmed her album will be composed of 16 unreleased songs and “fragments” from Aaliyah’s archive to produce an LP by the end of the year. Young Money artist and Aaliyah-tattoo-toting fan, Drake, was featured on a new single by Aaliyah titled “Enough Said” that has acquired a plethora of listens on the internet.
Aside from Drake, Missy Elliott and Timbaland are slated to appear on the album. The label attributes expansion of Aaliyah’s fan base as a reason for this upcoming LP.
“We really felt like it was time. There’s a real new generation that doesn’t know her necessarily, and we wanted to continue her musical legacy with this new generation. That’s one of the reasons why we wanted to do very contemporary music. We didn’t want to make it a nostalgic project; we already did that with the ‘I Care 4 U’ album. The idea was to release new music for her diehard fans, and also reintroduce her music to a new generation that doesn’t really understand how much influence she has in the music that they’re listening to today.”
While Aaliyah’s fan are cheering for the upcoming LP, the singer’s immediate family isn’t supporting it. Her brother, Rashad Haughton, made the following announcement via Aaliyah’s Facebook fan page: “…there is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family.”
On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah was killed in a tragic airplane crash as the plane departed the Bahamas where her “Rock the Boat” video shoot took place. She was twenty-two years of age.