This week in 2001, Aaliyah’s self-titled album, which was released that summer on July 17, rose from 18 spots to reign atop of the Billboard 200. Today, the late legend’s third and final set is now available on streaming platforms for the first time, courtesy of Blackground Records 2.0 and EMPIRE.
Aaliyah’s audacious eponymous work was preceded by the lead single “We Need a Resolution,” featuring Timbaland, who also helmed its production. “Rock the Boat,” the allusive and sensual, was worked as the follow-up ahead of “More Than a Woman,” a top 30 Hot 100 hit.
Other fan-favorites include “I Can Be” and the platinum “I Care 4 U,” respectively.
Following the untimely death of Aaliyah in August 2001, the album went double platinum less than a year later.
Through the rebranded Blackground Records, the label, headed by Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson, has added her once-shelved sophomore album One in a Million to streaming services. In addition, albums from Timbaland and Magoo were selected for uploads, including Welcome to Our World, featuring “Up Jumps Da Boogie.”
In other related news, Aaliyah’s estate has announced the late legend’s MTV Diary episode is set for release in HD soon.
Stream Aaliyah below.