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    Barry Hankerson has secured a new partnership with independent Bay Area-based music company EMPIRE that will make the entire Blackground catalog — not just Aaliyah’s works, but 17 albums by artists including Timbaland & Magoo, Tank, Toni Braxton and JoJo — available to stream for the first time ever, and for both physical and digital purchase for the first time in a decade.

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    It’s about damn time.

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    Honey, Barry Hankerson is a fucking scumbag!  Those of us who are old enough know why.

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    Barry Hankerson is a P.O.S.

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    This is what I’ve been waiting for. It’s an absolute travesty that Aaliyah’s music has basically missed the digital download era and the beginning of the rise of the streaming era. At least now, Gen Z can experience her music in full quality outside of unmastered video edits on YouTube.

    We also get classics by Toni Braxton (Libra is her best album!), JoJo, Tank and others.

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    We also get classics by Toni Braxton (Libra is her best album!)

    I can’t wait to bop to “Please” lol

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    Below is some stuff about Barry Hankerson – I copied from somewhere, but I forgot about this stuff. Barry was also married to Gladys Knight in the 70s and divorced 4 years later.

    Toni Braxton
    In 2007, Braxton filed a $10 million lawsuit against her former manager, Hankerson, alleging “fraud, deception and double-dealing,” in addition to mismanaging her relationship with Arista Records. According to Braxton’s lawsuit, Hankerson placed his personal financial interests ahead of hers by using ‘double-talk’ to compromise the relationship between Braxton and her former label, with Hankerson allegedly telling Arista that “Braxton no longer wanted to record for Arista,” and telling Braxton that “Arista was not interested in working with her anymore”.[13] The suit was settled with Braxton being forced to return a $375,000 advance to Hankerson, who would also receive a percentage of the sales of her next album, and Hankerson releasing Braxton from her contract with him. The settlement also temporarily limited the companies with which Braxton could sign.[14][15] Hankerson claimed that the problems initially arose due to a number of disputes with Braxton and her wish to include her husband in her music.[16]

    Kyme Dang
    In 2007, Kyme Dang sued the defunct Blackground Records for a $5.8 million settlement, alleging breach of written guaranty. According to Dang’s lawsuit, Hankerson went so far as to buy and rename the salon she worked at as a hairstylist, took to the internet to accuse her of having AIDS, and then blew up her car in front of the Oceanside home she shared with her family. Dang claimed that Hankerson’s private investigator was outside watching when the car exploded and “had the incident reported to the local police in such a manner as to deflect attention away from Hankerson as having involvement in the incident.” On January 1, 2012, Blackground Records agreed to act as guaranty for the settlement agreement, but failed to pay Hankerson’s debt after he defaulted on the agreement.

    JoJo
    On July 30, 2013, it was reported that JoJo had filed a lawsuit against Blackground Records for “irreparable damages to her professional career”. Minors cannot sign contracts that last more than seven years under New York State law and thus she claims that as her contract was signed in 2004, her deal should have expired in 2011. In December 2013, both of JoJo’s and Blackground’s attorneys agreed to drop the case as both parties came to an agreement outside court. JoJo had claimed her manager and label wouldn’t release her from contract, but were also refusing to allow her to release any music.

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    There’s a posthumous Aaliyah album in the works that Hankerson has tried to release for a decade. It supposedly features Drake, Chris Brown, Future, Ne-Yo, & Snoop Dogg. Sounds like a cash grab dud. Hopefully it doesn’t see the light of day.

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    Revisiting self titled was such a moment. After hearing the album, I would’ve submitted her stuff like this.

    Aaliyah’ – AOTY, Best R&B Album
    ‘Rock the Boat’- Best R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, ROTY, SOTY
    ‘I Care 4 U’ – Best Traditional R&B Performance
    ‘We Need A Resolution’ – Best Music Video
    ‘I Can Be’ – Best Rock Performance

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    So glad Aaliyah’s music is finally up on streaming. It deserves to be playlisted with the best music of its time at full quality. The behind the scenes drama between Barry and the family is disheartening, but it won’t make me feel bad for listening to Aaliyah’s music.

    “More Than a Woman” is magical and definitely deserved Female R&B over that subpar Mary J. Blige’s album track. The R&B field was very weird that year.

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    So glad Aaliyah’s music is finally up on streaming. It deserves to be playlisted with the best music of its time at full quality. The behind the scenes drama between Barry and the family is disheartening, but it won’t make me feel bad for listening to Aaliyah’s music.

    “More Than a Woman” is magical and definitely deserved Female R&B over that subpar Mary J. Blige’s album track. The R&B field was very weird that year.

    It was so weird . I would’ve expected a posthumous win at the 2003 awards.

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    I’m looking at old articles and multiple publications were predicting Aaliyah to take R&B Album. I seen some where they actually acknowledged how strong the album was rather than sympathy for her death.

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    I’m looking at old articles and multiple publications were predicting Aaliyah to take R&B Album. I seen some where they actually acknowledged how strong the album was rather than sympathy for her death.

    R&B that year was so competitive, so her not winning made sense. Alicia Keys had the bigger album, but the voters had an opportunity to give her a posthumous win the following year if they didn’t get go crazy over Ashanti (which they didn’t), but that Mary track? Maybe voters wanted to give her a solo win because she was still here. Voters weren’t into posthumous wins back then. Interesting that Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac and Aaliyah all had music good enough to win on merit alone, but voters still went elsewhere. Now they have been giving out wins posthumously like candy. It’s hard to defend the Grammys.

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    Best R&B Female
    Mary J. Blige “He Think I Don’t Know” – WINNER
    Aaliyah – “More Than a Woman”
    Ashanti – “Foolish”
    Eartha – “I’m Still Standing”
    Jill Scott – “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)”

    Aaliyah, Jill Scott, and Mary J. Blige were nominated the previous year and lost to Fallin’ by Alicia Keys. I would have picked either Jill Scott or Mary J. Blige over Fallin’

    R&B Female – Awarded in 2002
    Alicia Keys “Fallin'” – WINNER

    Aaliyah – “Rock the Boat”
    India.Arie – “Video”
    Mary J. Blige – “Family Affair”
    Blu Cantrell – “Hit ’em Up Style (Oops!)”
    Jill Scott – “A Long Walk”

    R&B ALBUM
    Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor – WINNER
    Aaliyah – Aaliyah
    India.Arie – Acoustic Soul
    Mary J. Blige – No More Drama
    Destiny’s Child – Survivor

    I really thought Aaliyah was going to win this or my second pick would have been India.Arie.

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