As listed on the official Universal Records site, on December 10, 2002, Blackground Records will release ‘I Care 4 U’, a definitive collection of music by the late singer/actress Aaliyah. The first single from ‘I Care 4 U’ first single, an unreleased track entitled ‘Miss You,’ is a poignant ballad of love and loss. The single will debut on AOL Music’s First Listen on October 28 at 12:01 a.m. ET.
MTV News caught up with Missy Elliott to talk about her upcoming album ‘Under Construction’ as well as her work putting together a new Aaliyah album. “You gonna hear a new Aaliyah album,” she said. “Right now we’re working on getting the artists together. She has a lot of songs she didn’t put on the [Aaliyah] album, so hopefully we’re going to get the artists to come in and sing the other verse on a song and keep one of her verses so it’ll be like a collaboration thing. I donít have an exact time frame on it because itís a lot of artists we’re trying to get for it, but it’ll be soon.” Read more.
Time.com reports Blackground Records and Universal will be coming out with a posthumous Aaliyah CD, which will feature material she recorded before she died. The set will feature an undetermined number of new Aaliyah songs, as well as old hits such as ‘Try Again’ and remixes of other songs in her catalog.
Gideon Yago and Iann Robinson of MTV News spoke with Extra TV about this Thursday’s MTV Video Music Awards to get their picks for who will walk home with a moon man. According to Gideon and Iann, there is no competition for the winner of the Best R&B video. Gideon says, “I don’t think anyone’s going to upset Aailyah in that category because she died shooting that video.” Read more.
BET.com reports fans and supporters of the late starlet Aaliyah have planned a candlelight vigil in New York’s Times Square on August 25, 2002 at 6:45pm (EST), which will honor the entertainer on the one-year anniversary of her death, organizers said. Ron Hall of Urbanfanworld.com commented, “I think it’s something that will continue to go on in the coming years. I think that the Aaliyah fans are going to share in a lot of what the John Lennon fans and the Elvis fans share in. The John Lennon fans make their pilgrimage every year and Elvis fans made theirs through the rain last week. We are expecting storms [on the day of the vigil], but we figured if the Elvis fans can go through a drenching, so can we.”
Flo Anthony’s Gossip To Go update on K104 focused on the upcoming 1-year anniversary of Aaliyah’s death on Sunday (August 25) and the troubles with Virgin Records on paying funeral expenses, as well as the reports that Janet Jackson has asked *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake to father her love child. Audio at k104fm.com has since been removed.
According to the Drudge Report, the new issue of Time magazine will report that Virgin Records is reneging on a verbal agreement to pay the costs of preparation and transport of the bodies of Aaliyah and eight members of her entourage who died in a small-plane crash last August. This is leaving Butlers’ Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Nassau stuck with a $68,000 bill. Apparently the promise was made by former EMI chief executive Ken Berry and his wife, former Virgin vice-chairman Nancy Berry, who were each canned by the company.
R&B acts getting nominations in this year’s MTV Video Music Awards include Craig David, Usher, Ashanti, B2K, Brandy, Maxwell, Aaliyah, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, and Musiq. The awards take place on August 29th at the Radio City Music Hall and broadcast at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Read on for a complete list of nominees.
Associated Press reports that the pilot of the small plane that crashed in the Bahamas last year, killing Aaliyah, himself and seven others, had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body, according to aviation officials. An autopsy performed on Luis Antonio Morales Blanes’ body revealed cocaine in his urine and traces of alcohol in his stomach, the Bahamas Department of Civil Aviation said in a statement. Read more.
The late singer and actress Aaliyah has gotten four nominations in this year’s BET Awards, enough to lead the pack for this year’s awards. Tied with three nods apiece are B2K and Alicia Keys, while rapper Ja Rule has two. Others with nominations include Mary J. Blige, Craig David, Usher, and India.Arie. The show will air June 25th at 9 p.m. ET on the network.