This month marks 20 years since Aaliyah Dana Haughton died in a airplane crash. The singer by no means stopped being a pressure in popular culture and the small print of her life and premature loss of life have been mentioned and examined by the media many instances over. As one other unauthorized e book 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 all the time be, our focus. For 20 years we’ve battled behind the scenes, enduring shadowy ways of deception with unauthorized tasks focused to tarnish,” the property wrote. “We now have all the time been confused as to why there may be 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. In the end, we need closure and a modicum of peace so we are able to facilitate the expansion of the Aaliyah Memorial Fund and different inventive tasks that embody Aaliyah’s true essence, which is to encourage energy and positivity for folks of all creeds, races and cultures world wide.”

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The assertion comes simply forward of the August seventeenth launch of Kathy Iandoli’s e book Child Woman: Higher Referred to as Aaliyah. Within the e book, 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 finally crashed and ended her life. Some retailers, whereas reporting on the passage from the e book, described the late singer as being “drugged.” Iandoli says the “drugged” angle is misreported.

In line with Simon and Schuster, the “e book was written with out the participation of Aaliyah’s household/property.” Aaliyah’s property didn’t immediately 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 line with Billboard again in January, solely her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing However A Quantity, is obtainable on streaming companies. 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 occurring.

Her music catalog has been below the purview of her uncle and founding father of Blackground Information, Barry Hankerson, who advised Billboard in an August 5 interview that One in a Million shall be launched on streaming companies 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 recurrently since Aaliyah’s loss of life.

Diane Haughton or Aaliyah’s property have by no means publicly stated they didn’t need to launch her music.

In line with USA Today, Aaliyah’s property stated in a press release by an legal professional 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.