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Published on September 10th, 2021 | by MuzikScribe









Today marks the long-awaited re-release of 5x Grammy-nominated superstar Aaliyah‘s third studio album, ΛΛLIYΛH. Also known as “The Red Album” this last body of work is available across all streaming platforms via partnership with Blackground Records 2.0 and EMPIRE.

Following the anticipated re-release of One In A Million receiving #1 catalog and digital, #2 on the independent charts, and debuting #10 on the Billboard 200 just last week, the last chapter from the late R&B songstress’s catalogue is now here with ΛΛLIYΛH available to fans everywhere. Upon its initial release, the self-titled album received critical acclaim and charted at number two on the Billboard 200. Including hit singles “Rock The Boat” and “More Than a Woman,” the 2x RIAA Multi-Platinum album established a blueprint for R&B artists today, and received GRAMMY nominations for Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Rock the Boat” and “More Than a Woman.” After Aaliyah’s heartbreaking passing, sales of the project catapulted the record to the top of the Billboard 200, eventually reaching more than 13 million copies sold worldwide.

Released during a blossoming time in the R&B genre, ΛΛLIYΛH has since been cited by critics as one of the genre’s best and most influential records from this era. In 2005, the project ranked 66th on GQ’s “100 Coolest Albums in the World” then a few years later, it was named one of VIBE‘s “150 Essential Albums of the Vibe Era.” Most recently, NPR listed the album as one of their ‘150 Greatest Albums Made By Women.’


We Need a Resolution featuring Timbaland

Loose Rap featuring Static

Rock the Boat

More Than a Woman

Never No More

I Care 4 U

Extra Smooth

Read Between the Lines

U Got Nerve

I Refuse

It’s Whatever

I Can Be

Those Were the Days

What If

Try Again


Aaliyah merchandise is available for pre-sale accompanying the release at:




Founded by Barry Hankerson initially and launched in 1993, Blackground Records became a staple name in music and pop culture in the 1990s and early 2000s with the Hankerson’s expert ear for artist development that would evolve into prolific careers for the aforementioned artists. Over the years, Blackground Records – with artists such as the late Aaliyah, Timbaland, Tank and JoJo – sold millions of records, had ten Top 10 Billboard 200 albums and won countless awards. Now, as Blackground Records 2.0, Hankerson plans to continue their undeniable impact on pop culture.



Founded in 2010 by Bay Area native Ghazi Shami, EMPIRE is currently leading through its innovative approach to the digital music era across its label, distribution and publishing arms. Ghazi has been recognized for his work in Billboard’s 2021 Indie Power Players list, as well as Billboard’s 2021 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players. With its focus on early stage artist development, the San Francisco based company has been instrumental in launching the careers of multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, DRAM and Anderson .Paak.

Through crafting bespoke deals that are always in favor of the artist, EMPIRE is able to form a true partnership with each artist and label on its roster. Coupled with EMPIRE’s unique software for analytics, recoupment, and royalties, which is available to every partner, the company offers a level of transparency unprecedented in the music industry.

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