Music streaming service’s for most people have become a way of life. No one really has the time or disposable income to run out to the Target or what ever other store sells physical CD’s every time their favorite artist releases new music. Music streaming not only allows you to find your favorite music (old and new releases) at a drop of a dime, but using some sort of tech algorithms (I made that up) these services suggest new music and even compile playlists for you. Streaming services know my musical taste better than I do sometimes.
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Any Aaliyah fan and music streaming service subscriber knows we CANNOT find any of Babygirl’s music with the exception of her first album “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number”. After years of hopping from service to service and listening to sped up & slowed down renditions of Aaliyah’s beloved catalogue on Youtube, I decided to get down to the bottom this.
So the reason why Aaliyah’s music isn’t available for you to buy or stream is, you guessed it, is because of some messy music industry business involving Aaliyah’s former music label Blackground Records. The record sold hundred’s of the hit songs that were under their label (including most of Aaliyah’s music) to Reservoir Media Management. Reservoir Media Management now has full rights to her music after acquiring it in 2012 and are not releasing it to iTunes, apple music, spotify or any of the other beloved streaming services (any time soon at least).
Here’s a list of other songs that are in the same chokehold as Aaliyah’s catalogue
- Aaliyah – Aaliyah
- Aaliyah – One in a Million
- Romeo Must Die Original Soundtrack
- Ashley Parker Angel – Soundtrack to you Life
- Toni Braxton – Libra
- Tank – Force of Nature
- Tank – One Man
- Tank – Sex, Love & Pain
- Timbaland & Magoo – Welcome to Our World
- Timbaland & Magoo – Indecent Proposal
- Timbaland & Magoo – Under Construction Pt. II
A lot of you are probably just as in your feelings as I am about not being able to listen to Aaliyah as much as I’d like. What is your favorite Aaliyah album or track that you can’t stream and purchase/download?
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