Feels like it was yesterday that the late superstar Aaliyah was swooning us with her angelic voice, infectious smile, and incomparable talent. As many of us patiently continue to wait on more of her golden records to hit streaming services, we now have something else look forward to in the meantime. According to Billboard there is an upcoming book that will dissect the life and career of the R&B songstress.
The book fittingly titled Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah will be released on August 17, 2021, under Simon & Schuster/Atria Books, and is available for pre-order via Amazon.
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,” according to a press release. “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.”
When asked about the inspiration behind this book Iandoli shared that, “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.”
Along with the book, exclusive interviews and never before told stories about her life and career will be released a week before the 20th anniversary of her tragic passing.
Furthermore, though they are not involved in the making of Baby Girl, Aaliyah’s estate has also announced that they have 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!”