‘Ultimate Aaliyah’ Yanked Back Off of Apple Music Within 24 Hours
Ultimate Aaliyah, a collection of Aaliyah's greatest hits, including "One In A Million", "Are You That Somebody" and "Rock The Boat", was unexpectedly added on iTunes and Apple Music last night (Jan. 11). Now, less than 24 hours later, songs have been removed from both apps.
The music has been absent from these services due to Aaliyah's former manager and uncle, Barry Hankerson, who refuses to agree to terms with releasing the music digitally. However, that didn't stopped Craze Productions, a London company that indeed doesn't own any of the rights to Aaliyah's music, from illegally posting the music to iTunes and Apple Music, as they did yesterday. This was the second time the company employed this strategy; the only other time Aaliyah's greatest hits were available for digital purchase was when Craze uploaded the music about four year ago in 2013.
The current rights holder of Aaliyah discography and COO of Reservoir Media, Rell Lafarge, talked to Complex before the music was removed and he knew it wouldn't be available for long.
"Our lawyers are handling it," Lafargue said. "I don't think you'll see it there long."
It's unclear how Craze Productions managed to upload Aaliyah's music for a second time, especially since the 2013 incident resulted in a round of legal action.
Lafargue said he was "baffled" by the development. Apple was unavaible for comment on the topic.