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Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014)

Lifetime’s announcement they were doing a biopic about the young singer’s life was met with disapproval by her family and as they have control over her music they refused the channel permission to use any of her songs. Zendaya dropped out of the production over the drama and was replaced by Alexandra Shipp, who performed the only four songs that Aaliyah sang that her estate didn’t have ownership of, two of which were covers

8 movies derailed by artists refusing to give permission to use their music

Hanna Flint
Contributor

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is out this week and boasts another film filled with classic ABBA songs, but not every movie has the luxury of artists giving permission for the use of their music.

In fact, there have been several films over the years that have been derailed by singers or estates refusing to let songs be used in biopics about the performer.

Here are eight of the most awkward cases.

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