Blackground Records has confirmed that a posthumous Aaliyah project is in the works, and some of her old friends will be making appearances on the album!
The label told Billboard.biz that it would be using 16 previously unreleased tracks and song fragments to turn out an album by the end of the year.
And it looks like Drake won’t have as big a hand in the album as he has claimed. Blackground stated that although he is producing a few of the songs, he’s not executive producing the entire project.
Some of Aaliyah’s old friends are getting involved as well. Timbaland told the hosts of "The Breakfast Club" radio show that doing such an album without him and Missy Elliott would be wrong, and Blackground seems to agree with this sentiment. It’s been reported that he and Missy will be participating, though there are no details on their exact roles.
Drake told MuchMusic that Aaliyah’s family and members of her inner circle are all for a new album. This goes directly against a statement that Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad Haughton, posted to her official Facebook page, asserting, “There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family.”
However, Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, runs Blackground, and he’s given his blessing on a new album.
"We really felt like it was time. There’s a real new generation that doesn’t know her necessarily, and we wanted to continue her musical legacy with this new generation," Barry said in a statement. "That’s one of the reasons why we wanted to do very contemporary music. We didn’t want to make it a nostalgic project."