Aaliyah’s Final Album Lands on Streaming Platforms for the First Time

Aaliyah at a Tommy Hilfiger Ad Shoot in 1997.
Aaliyah at a Tommy Hilfiger Ad Shoot in 1997. Photo by Alex Berliner/BEI/Shutterstock (5123732v)

Fans of the late R&B star Aaliyah can finally hear her self-titled third studio effort on streaming platforms. The album, which turned 20 this year, was made available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and many other services earlier this week.

Aaliyah, also known as The Red Album, gained acclaim from critics upon its release and made it all the way to the no. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Following Aaliyah’s death in a plane crash less than two months later, the album made it to no.1 and went on to sell more than 13 million copies. It is now considered one of the best and most influential R&B albums in history. Hear it below.

The streaming debut of Aaliyah’s final album follows the re-release of her second studio effort, One in a Million. The album arrived on streaming platforms last month and managed to reach no. 10 on the Billboard 200, beating its original no. 20 debut in 1996.

Several more releases with Aaliyah’s music are set to arrive in the near future. Compilations I Care 4 U and Ultimate Aaliyah will be re-released on October 4th, while a fourth studio album is also in the works. The project, reportedly titled Unstoppable, will be comprised of previously unreleased tracks and Aaliyah’s prerecorded vocals. It will feature guest appearances from Drake, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, and Future.