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Aaliyah

A star in the R&B world before she was even out of her teens, Aaliyah's promising career was tragically cut short by her death in a plane crash at age 22. Even with only three albums under her belt, she'd already earned a place as a talented trendsetter among the R&B elite. Following a successful transition to a more mature image, Aaliyah played a major role in popularizing the stuttering, futuristic production style that consumed hip-hop and urban soul in the late '90s. Her work with Timbaland, especially, was some of the most forward-looking R&B of its time, even while the competing neo-soul movement was gaining prominence. Aaliyah's death came on the heels of her third and most accomplished album, making it especially unfortunate that she was robbed of a chance to continue her creative development.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born January 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, and named after a Swahili word meaning "most exalted one." Her uncle, Barry Hankerson, was a manager and entertainment lawyer who was married to Gladys Knight for a time, and her mother, also a singer, enrolled Aaliyah in voice lessons before she'd even started school. Still very young, she moved with her family to Detroit, where she sang in several school plays. At age nine, she successfully auditioned for the TV show Star Search, where she performed "My Funny Valentine" (and lost). Two years later, thanks to her uncle Hankerson's connections, she spent five nights in Las Vegas performing as part of Gladys Knight's revue. In addition to his niece, Hankerson was also managing a rising R&B star named R. Kelly, and introduced the two in 1992. Kelly soon took Aaliyah under his wing and began writing and producing songs for her.

Aaliyah's debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, was released in the summer of 1994 and quickly became a platinum-selling hit on the strength of two smash singles, "Back & Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" (the latter an Isley Brothers cover). Both songs hit the pop Top Ten and went gold, and "Back & Forth" went all the way to number one on the R&B charts, while "At Your Best" fell one spot short. Late in the year, Aaliyah found herself at the center of controversy when rumors spread that the 15-year-old singer had married Kelly, who was more than ten years her senior. Although both camps were resolutely tight-lipped, documents later confirmed that the two had wed in the state of Illinois that August and gotten an annulment shortly thereafter. By the time the media buzz died down, the two had parted ways both personally and creatively.

In 1996, Aaliyah released her follow-up album, One in a Million, which signaled a newly emerging maturity. She worked with several different producers, most notably Timbaland, who co-wrote several tracks with his songwriting partner, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott (soon to become a solo star in her own right). Several of these -- "If Your Girl Only Knew," "One in a Million," "4 Page Letter" -- became hits, with "If Your Girl Only Knew" going all the way to the top of the R&B charts. The Diane Warren-penned ballad "The One I Gave My Heart To" was also a Top Ten R&B hit, and One in a Million wound up going double platinum. In the meantime, Aaliyah graduated from high school (in 1997) and contributed several songs to film soundtracks. "Journey to the Past," from Anastasia, was nominated for an Oscar, and in early 1998 she had a major hit with "Are You That Somebody?" from Eddie Murphy's Dr. Dolittle (in which she also made a cameo appearance).

Aaliyah took her time recording a follow-up, and put the process completely on hold to start an acting career. She co-starred with martial-arts master Jet Li and rapper DMX in 2000's urban Shakespeare adaptation Romeo Must Die, and her accompanying soundtrack single, "Try Again," became her first number one hit on the pop charts that summer. Aaliyah subsequently completed filming on the Anne Rice vampire flick Queen of the Damned, playing the title role as a vampire queen, and was cast in a prominent role in the two sequels to The Matrix. Plus, she finally finished her long-awaited third album, with Timbaland again handling the most prominent tracks. Released in the summer of 2001, Aaliyah completed the singer's image overhaul into a sensual yet sensitive adult. The record received excellent reviews, and the first single, "We Need a Resolution," was a Top 20 R&B hit.

About a month after the album's release, Aaliyah traveled to the Bahamas to film a video for its second single, "Rock the Boat." On August 25, she and several members of the crew boarded a small twin-engine Cessna plane returning to the mainland. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff, exploding on impact; Aaliyah and seven other passengers were killed instantly, and the ninth later died at a Nassau hospital. Investigations into the crash showed that the plane had been loaded far past its weight capacity, and that pilot Luis Morales had recently been arrested for crack cocaine possession (traces of which, along with alcohol, were found in his system); furthermore, the charter company, Blackhawk International Airways, had not authorized him to pilot the craft in question. Naturally, the R&B community reacted with an outpouring of shock and sorrow, and Aaliyah became the singer's only chart-topping album, eventually going double platinum. "Rock the Boat" and "More Than a Woman" were both posthumous Top Ten hits on the R&B chart, and Queen of the Damned was a commercial success upon its release in early 2002, topping the box office in its first week. As details continued to emerge from the plane crash investigation, Aaliyah's parents filed suit against Blackhawk Airways, Virgin Records, and several other companies. At the end of 2002, the posthumous album I Care 4 U entered the charts at number three; it mixed some of the singer's biggest hits with a selection of unreleased material. The title track was a Top 20 pop hit, and "Miss You" topped the R&B charts early the next year. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I Care 4 U

1. Back And Forth

2. Are You That Somebody

3. One In A Million

4. I Care 4 U

5. More Than A Woman

6. Don't Know What To Tell Ya

8. All I Need

9. Miss You

11. Come Over

12. Erica Kane

13. At Your Best (You Are Love)

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Track List: One In A Million

1. Beats 4 Da Streets (Intro)

3. One In A Million

4. A Girl Like You

7. Got To Give It Up

9. Everything's Gonna Be Alright

10. Giving You More

11. I Gotcha' Back

12. Never Givin' Up

14. Never Comin' Back

16. The One I Gave My Heart To

17. Came To Give Love (Outro)

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Track List: Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

1. Intro

2. Throw Your Hands Up

3. Back & Forth

4. Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

5. Down With The Clique

6. At Your Best (You Are Love)

7. No One Knows How To Love Me Quite Like You Do

8. I'm So Into You

9. Street Thing

10. Young Nation

11. Old School

12. I'm Down

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Miss u Aaliyah!!!!!
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She is so beautiful and talented
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god bless her soul
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LOVE YOU BABY GIRL......
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sesamesalt
Look under your pillow make sure nothing's under there then say iPhone 5 times pick a color and a case then post this on 5 other songs
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worthiel
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started don't stop but if you read this and ignore then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When your don't push the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on this screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Love the song ��������
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She was such a beautiful face abs voice. Rest In Peace dear .
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If Aaliyah Hadn't Died So young, Certain Artist either Wouldn't of been as Big as they Are or May of Not Made it at All. Just ponder what Music would of been like if certain Artist like Pac , Biggie , Pun or Marley wouldn't of Died Early how Music would be Different 2day !
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AaLIYAH STARTED OUT IN THE INDUSTRY WRLD WIT R.KELLY. SHE BRANCHED OUT FRM UP UNDER HIS WING AND BECAME A YOUNG ICON WHO WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN. HER TALENT AND SINGIN SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. AALIYAH YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN,UR MEMORY WILL REMAIN JST THAT, A MEMORY. WE LOVE YOU GIRLFRIEND. TASHA HASKINS
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God rest your soul aaliyah so beautiful and young . wish you were still here
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I love her radio
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This isn't aaliyah
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Cg. Truly truly. Truly.mis you. Dianiond in ruff.
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kaydra.moore
Pandora this is Aaliyah, not Changing Faces.
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I love this song, every time I try to buy it it's not available! :-(
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Gone to soon ��
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have been reading this don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky cause it actually works
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Oh my shirt b boo car too bad for y'all m*********er I love you in the f****t f**k my enemies so there are IP is in for that and know what I mean the f**k are you cannot see that the hell am the Wolka to have m********k
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Forever my favorite
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andreramahon e y 9 9
You are so pretty and can sing ,you left to soon
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I Love You Aaliyah
R.I.P Beautiful ❤️
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rhashenesalo n
Yep .
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Rip beautiful
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Love you rip lele
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She should still be here with us, it's such a shame how stupid human error can be. That dude was not supposed to fly that plane, she was the female Usher and now she's missing in our music industry. It would have been cool to see how she evolved. Miss you girl...
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R.l.P Aaliyah God Bless
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I love I Care About You RIP beautiful
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Can I be like you
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This isn't Aaliyah
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I love u Rob
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����R.I.P BABY GIRL BETTER KNOWN AS AALIYAH�� I'm listening to ONE OF YOUR TOP HITS RIGHT NOW... "1IN A MILLION" My FAVORITE SONG����. LOVE AND MISS YOU ������������ � SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE.
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Mmm mmm mmm!
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Rip baby girl ��������
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R.i.p beautiful��
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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rhashenesalo n
Always
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w.chelsawill i a m s 4 0 5
I loved Aaliyah music she was a very beautiful young lady so sad she passed away at such a young age in the middle of her career R.i.p Aaliyah.
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I don't wanna be with out Marvin Pierre James but we done this is our song it takes me back
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R.i.p Aaliyah
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mcneeceam
1. Kiss ur left hand
2. Say ur crushes name
3. Close ur hand
4. Say a school day
5. Say ur name
6. Post this on 5 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day you have 2 hours to complete
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I don't miss u I don't need u I'll make u miss me tho but I don't miss u bc u lied and ur a cheater on me my ex needs to listen to this
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Definitely miss this chic.
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The most talented angel taken by the forces that be! Gone to soon and I miss your light.
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Insane...I like red blue blood...my girl...1-n-m i l l i o n ! ! !
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This is not her singing smh thats ridiculous
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Love and miss you such a beautiful person she was inside and out
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I Still Greive,Love You Beloved Queen��
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Aaliyah you will be missed miss you
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FlyHigh Angel Aaliyah
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