Aaliyah – Ultimate Aaliyah (2CD) (2005).zip
its not clear whether hankerson or his relatives were involved in the artists posthumous releases. all that is known is that aaliyahs family has filed a lawsuit against spotify in early 2018. the complaint cites an agreement that the streaming service made with the family in 2009, under which spotify agreed not to stream the artists audio or video content until at least 2024, unless they reached an agreement with the family that would see them release the material to a streaming service.
in an article in the sun, hankerson stated that his family could not comment on the suit, but that he was not involved in the making of ultimate aaliyah. he did not say anything about the streaming of the albums. when asked about that situation, a spotify spokesperson told the guardian that the streaming service was not involved in the release.
i am forever changes lives up to this promise. lets be honest, we all want new tracks from our favourite artists. fortunately, we have the ability to access songs that have been missed over the years. i am forever changes will be a true masterpiece for the world to see and it is aaliyah and the group blackground who will make it a great album.
i think that people should still listen to aaliyah but maybe not the way we used to. we should still listen to aaliyah because we should know that this is the way she wanted it to be. this is the way aaliyah wanted it to be. this is the way aaliyah would want to be remembered.
while the company does have measures in place to detect, investigate and deal with artificial or fraudulent activity, the largest coalition of active eyes and ears is made up of spotifys subscribers; music lovers could lead the charge by flagging impropriety to their preferred service when they notice it, with the understanding that access to the content they love might be revoked. turner thinks this is counterintuitive to the basic idea of fandom. taking advantage of his spotify premium membership, ola moved quickly to download his favorite aaliyah songs to his device while he could. in a blunt reading of his action, it represents money out of someones pocket business is business. still, the chances of a fan turning down a chance to engage with their idols work are slim, in any era or arena.
on spotify, aaliyah can still be heard on songs by acts like future, drake, michael jackson, beyonce and more. but the platforms free tier has turned into a music graveyard, with many of the songs streaming unplayable. to access the full aaliyah tracklist, listeners have to create an account and pay for a service plan. in canada, the canadian music service listen canada, which is usually cheap at $10 a month, charges $5 for the aaliyah albums, but at least there are options to access them with a mobile app, a web player and a desktop player.
in this age of streaming, where music is one-click convenient, it has also become one-click disposable. but aaliyah is a tangible object: one that in its day could be bought in stores and made a collector s item. that idea makes aaliyah more than just music, it puts her into a category of objects that exist outside of time and space, physical items that are timeless and not subject to demand. but when you make an object so rare and so difficult to access, you also put an object into a category of uniqueness that can be owned by only a small subset of the population. aaliyah is one of the only few artists to ever have her music available in this way, and in doing so, she has defined a new way of owning music.
the only way to own an aaliyah album is by downloading it from cd baby, the industry standard that can be used to sell aaliyah albums, singles, posters and more. but even this option is disappearing. in september 2017, aaliyah s media company, blackground records, which owns the rights to her music, announced that it was giving up on music sales and the label would be relaunching in early 2018 as a music streaming service with over 150 million tracks available on-demand. blackground s current, physical distribution of aaliyah albums is just a small sliver of the overall music market. but it still gives her music an aura of collectible value, a feeling you cant get from streaming.