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Aaliyah biography to hit shelves in 2021

Penned by ‘God Save The Queens’ author Kathy Iandoli.

Mikael ‘Mika’ Väisänen

A new biography detailing the life and legacy of Aaliyah will arrive in August 2021, 20 years after the legendary singer’s death. Journalist and author Kathy Iandoli, who wrote the hip hop novel God Save The Queens, will pen the book.

“Merry Christmas, my next book is the biography of Aaliyah. Surprise!” Iandoli announced on Twitter on Thursday (Dec. 12). “Can’t wait to do your story justice, Baby Girl.”

The untitled biography will profile the late star, drawing on interviews with her friends, mentors and family, and document how her career influenced a new generation of artists.

Iandoli’s latest book, God Save The Queens, explores the pioneering and influential women in hop hop, including Roxane Shante, Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott.

Earlier this month, Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, announced on Twitter that her full catalog will become available on streaming services on her birthday, Jan. 16.

“We listened, this is not a drill in honor of the great legacy of #Aaliyah,” he tweeted, tagging Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL, and Amazon Prime. “1/16/2020.”

Prior to this, Aaliyah’s only album available to stream has been her 1994 debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. Complex reported that Hankerson owns the rights to her other projects except the debut, which was produced by R. Kelly.

According to the outlet, unreleased Aaliyah music could eventually be delivered as an album. Although there haven’t been any official details, Timbaland, Kanye West, Drake and more have been rumored to be on the project.

“They have some great vocals on it, and a lot of production,” Reservoir Media COO Rell Lafargue told Complex about the potential release. “They’ve kept it true to Aaliyah’s style.”

Aaliyah died in 2001 at 22 years old in a plane crash after filming the music video for “Rock the Boat” in the Bahamas. The pilot was later found to be unlicensed and his autopsy revealed traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system.

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