Aaliyah is gone, but her music will live on.
A CD featuring several previously unreleased tracks from the late R&B star--killed in an August 2001 plane crash--is set for release in November. The currently untitled album from Blackground Records and Universal will compile the aforementioned new tunes, as well as old hits and remixes of other songs in her catalog.
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Blackground says the new songs, which Aaliyah recorded just prior to her death, are a blend of up-tempo numbers and soul-wrenching ballads.
Though it has been more than a year since her death, she still has devoted fans who say they'll honor her memory by purchasing her new disc. "Aaliyah is the one and only princess of hip hop and R&B. Let's keep her name alive," pleads one fan on a VH1 message board.
The album is the latest in several posthumous Aaliyah-related projects. Warner Bros. released the vampire flick The Queen of Damned, with Aaliyah in the title role, in February to mediocre box office. She also received several posthumous musical nods for her self-titled 2001 release, including nominations in top categories in the 2002 Grammy and Soul Train Awards.
The 22-year-old singer and her crew were killed August 25, 2001, when their twin-engine Cessna crashed in the Bahamas shortly after takeoff. Since then, a steady stream of controversy has swirled around the incident.
Toxicology tests released in July determined that the pilot of the plane had cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. He was also not authorized to fly the Cessna and had been recently convicted of drug possession and theft. The plane itself was also overloaded when it lifted off from Marsh Harbour Airport on Abaco Island. There's also an ongoing criminal investigation targeting the plane's owner.
Meanwhile, families of the deceased have launched several wrongful death suits over the crash and the Bahamian funeral home that prepared Aaliyah's body is considering legal action against Virgin Records for an unpaid bill.
Aaliyah: The E! True Hollywood Story
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