As fans continue to wait on Aaliyah’s catalog coming to streaming services, one thing they can look forward to is an upcoming book dissecting the life and career of the R&B star.
Billboard can exclusively reveal that Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah will drop Aug. 17, 2021, under Simon & Schuster/Atria Books.
Written by journalist and author Kathy Iandoli, Baby Girl “will focus on the span of Aaliyah’s life and career — from her earliest beginnings singing in Detroit all the way through to her game-changing musical era with Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and the late Static Major,” revealed in a press released. “The book also includes a deep dive into her tumultuously abusive entanglement with R. Kelly and an intense investigation on the crash that ended her life.”
Says Iandoli: “I wrote this book as an Aaliyah fan. This is for all of us who for the last twenty years can spot her influence everywhere, while wishing she was still here. I left no stone unturned, and I hope I’ve added to her legacy properly.”
The singer’s zealous devotees will also receive exclusive interviews and never before told stories about her life and career, as the book will come out a week before the 20th anniversary of her death.
Though Aaliyah’s estate isn’t involved in the making of Baby Girl, they promised fans last August that they made progress in bringing her music to streaming services.
“To our loyal fans: We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalogue, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future,” read the announcement from Aaliyah’s Twitter account. “Thank you for your continued love and support. More updates to come!”