Aaliyah
Aaliyah died in a plane crash, aged 22, in 2001Reuters

Fans of the late r'n'b singer Aaliyah will be pleased to hear there are new posthumous tracks on the way. Famed producer Timbaland has confirmed he is preparing to release some never-before-heard material from the Try Again hitmaker.

"Attention!!!!! People ask me all the time do I have any babegirl music we haven't heard !!!!!well the answer is YES!!!!!!!! TIMBO x BABEGIRL !!!!!" he wrote in Instagram alongside a snap of Aaliyah's face surrounded by clouds. He added that he intends to release a preview in the near future: "Sneak peak coming!!!!!!!"

Aaliyah died in a plane crash on 25 August 2001, aged 22. In April, US rapper and singer T-Pain provoked fierce controversy and polarised fans when he boldly claimed her legacy was driven by her untimely death.

Drawing on the old age belief that people always describe you as the "greatest man ever" at your funeral, the King of Auto-Tune accused industry heavyweights of putting her on an undeserved pedestal.

"I'm not saying it's Aaliyah but it's like because she passed, nobody is deserving," the Florida native declared at the listening party for his new mixtape, The Iron Way, when quizzed about Girlfriends, one of the CD's standout tracks, featuring unheard vocals by the late singer.

"Nobody is good enough because she passed. If she was still alive, then everybody would've been like: 'Oh, she's trying to be Beyonce' if she were still alive right now. But now that she's passed, it's like, nobody could be her. That's just how I feel."

Aaliyah released her debut album, the R Kelly-produced Age Ain't Nothing But A Number, in 1994. Her 1996 album, One In A Million, and her self-titled third album, which was released a month before her death, have sold more than 13 million copies. Fourteen years after passing away, the icon's music still resonates with fans and her legacy still lives on.

Young Money rapper Drake has been credited with introducing Aaliyah to a new generation of music lovers after featuring her standout vocals on his 2012 track, Enough Said. In 2014, she was the subject of a widely panned TV biopic Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B produced by chat show host Wendy Williams.