Discord between Blackground Records and Aaliyah's estate continues to fester behind the scenes. After the label teased the release of the late singer's music earlier this week with a new website and hashtag #AaliyahIsComing, a spokesperson for Aaliyah's estate released a statement, which reads:
For 20 years we have battled behind the scenes, enduring shadowy tactics of deception with unauthorized projects targeted to tarnish," the estate wrote. "We have always been confused as to why there is such a tenacity in causing more pain alongside what we already have to cope with for the rest of our lives.
This unscrupulous endeavor to release Aaliyah's music without any transparency or full accounting to the estate compels our hearts to express a word—forgiveness," the statement continued.
Blackground Records plans to release Aaliyah’s One in a Million to streaming services on August 20th, followed by her Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds soundtracks on September 3rd. Her 2001 self-titled and final album will start streaming on September 10th, and then I Care 4 U and Ultimate Aaliyah on October 8th.
“Aaliyah’s Estate has always been ready to share Aaliyah’s musical legacy but has been met with contention and a gross lack of transparency,” shared Aaliyah LLC lawyer Paul LiCalsi. “For almost 20 years, Blackground has failed to account to the Estate with any regularity in accordance with her recording contracts. In addition, the Estate was not made aware of the impending release of the catalog until after the deal was complete and plans were in place. The Estate has demanded that Blackground provide a full account of its past earnings, and full disclosure of the terms of its new deal to distribute Aaliyah’s long embargoed music.”