Rashad Haughton, Aaliyah’s Brother, Shuts Down Album Biopic Rumors
No Aaliyah Biopic
Rumors have been swirling about a posthumous album and biopic for late singer Aaliyah who passed away after a plane crash in 2001. Rapper Drake, who has made his "love" for the late singer famously known, just released a track, "Enough Said," with Aaliyah's vocals on them and a featured rap spot from the singer/rapper. Rashad, Aaliyah's brother, however, has taken to Aaliyah's Official Facebook page to address the rumors: He said about any up-and coming album:
"there is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family.” -Rashad Haughton (regarding upcoming album release rumors)
"Do you want a [new] Aaliyah album?" they wrote on Facebook. "If so, who should executive produce it or be featured on it? The Haughton family would love to hear what her FANS have to say."
About the biopic he said:
Biopic… yes or no?
"No female I've seen can play my sister." -Rashad
Many of Aaliyah's fans didn't take well to Drake's new song and through shade at him for not including Timberland or Missy who were intricate in producing many of Aaliyah's songs for her album "One In a Million". Apparently Drake contacted Timberland in the aftermath of the criticism and Tim is said to be working on some of the songs for the up-and-coming album. Drake doesn't need the families permission to release songs as the song "Enough Said" is co-released with Drake's own record label and Blackgroud Records, which is owned by Aaliyah's uncle, Barry Hankerson. Hankerson was her manager and likely owned the rights to her unreleased recordings.
Update: There has been much confusion about whether or not an Aaliyah album will happen. Barry Henderson, Aaliyah's uncle has confirmed there will be an album. He owns some unreleased tracks that were made by the late singer. Henderson's son, Jomo Handkerson confirmed that Missy and Timberland will do work on the album. He told BillBoard Biz:
"I can tell you that Timbaland will definitely be involved, Missy will definitely be involved. One of the records that we had that was never released was a Missy record that we obviously are going to be refreshing. He also added, "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. That's one of the reasons why we wanted to do very contemporary music. We didn't want to make it a nostalgic project; we already did that with the I Care 4 U album. The idea was to release new music for her diehard fans, and also reintroduce her music to a new generation that doesn't really understand how much influence she has in the music that they're listening to today.
He went on to add that there is no set date but it will happen. The question now is whether or not Aaliyah's immediate family has since changed their mind about approval of the album. No permission is needed by the family but being that Aaliyah's brother made the statement about not approving earlier this week on A's official Facebook, it does raise speculation.
Update: The album has been confirmed, but no Aaliyah biopic is currently scheduled.