Days ahead of the 20-year anniversary of Aaliyah's untimely passing, the beloved star's legacy will come full circle when fans — both new and old — experience her entire catalog on digital streaming services for the very first time. It's been a long and winding road to see her music make its way to the digital age, a move that has been denounced by her estate, but the wave of anticipation is immense and set to sweep shortly before the benchmark occasion. In addition to her music, an unauthorized biography called Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah has been released, offering readers with a comprehensive retelling of the late star's life and career with new-found research, exclusive interviews and fan contributions on a journey cut too short.
Written by music journalist Kathy Iandoli, the 320-page book, which is currently available via Simon & Schuster, shares previously untold stories and serves a purpose to provide a panoramic view on all things Aaliyah. Merging new narratives into the story of a star no longer with us meant diving deep into her ties with R. Kelly through a "Me Too" lens. It meant learning that someone on her team handed her a pill prior to the ill-fated plane crash that took her life at 22. It also meant re-examining the fandom that has persistently kept her memory alive through outdated media and scarce online resources amid the perfect storm of business and family politics. In turn, Baby Girl helps put the pieces together in understanding her craft, enduring softness and just how much her shadow lingers in the background of today's biggest artists.