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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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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)

14. Got To Give It Up (Remix)

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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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One in A Million .....
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A bad sister- May peace be upon her. Thanks for the great music. Peace Diva. ........
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I can feel you all up in my bones, you are magical baby girl ✨☯��❤️
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No offence but Aaliyah look way prettier than Rihanna
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At Your Best: How come Aaliyah and Rihanna look a lot alike?
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R kelly play me something from the old school
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I burst into tears when her song came up, i wish she was alive :,(
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I ALWAYS WONDER WHEN IM LISTENING TO HER MUSIC IF SHE WAS ALIVE WHERE WOULD SHE MUSICALLY AND WHO WOULD SHE WOULD HAVE DID COLLABS WITH....SHE WAS AND STILL IS ONE OF THE GREATEST
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I know in my heart that she was the most coolest woman I have ever seen
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This. Song. That. She. Mad. Of. Her. Years Rest. In pease. Aaliyah. Good. Woman. Of. The years. Wanna. Leaves. Prayers. Of this years2016-20 1 7 - Sl. New York. ������������ .
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I Really Do Care For You
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The good ones always go and we never get to enjoy them or appreciate them enough she is such an amazeing and incredible woman
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She was so Beautiful her songs are amazing!!!�� � I want to be able to sing like her.
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Had wanted to meet her personally. Sadly missed
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I love Aaliyah as child and always look up to her i will have always remember her always in my heart!!!
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Love her
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Million so beautiful more than others
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RIP one in a million
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We all Miss you Aliyah RIP... Baby Gurl
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Miss u Baby Gurl ��!!! RIP.. Aliyah 4 ever!!!
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I love I Aaliyah your my star and always going to be shining all day and all the people that remember u they won't forget what u did for everyone and what they loved about u, we all miss u sister and I'm glad u will always be remembered forever❤
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We miss you
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R.I.p angel.
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Aaliyah...go n e wayyy too soon!! She would still be on top.
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Dont read this. You will be kiss on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this. Dont stop this is freaky. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When youre done press the space bar and your chrush's name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy because it actually works.
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SHE IS THE 1 AND ONLY FEMALE that will EVER be miss and who will ALWAYS BE MY BIGGEST IDOL. She wouldve out did ANYBODY THAT IS OUT NOW...singin g and dancing. Miss u so much..wish I could've met you, R.I.P @@LIY@H, LOVE U O SO MUCH!!!!
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We going to miss baby...R.I.P Aaliyah
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Rip baby girl
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I love this girl..She Rocks!!
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SEPARATE AVANT LOVE THIS SONG VAL@JUAREZ
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AVANT SEPARATE LOVE THIS SONG��
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Valerie Juarez love my kids 6 girls 2 boys to I die miss u Aaliyah going out to her @ my kids
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Valerie juarez dont need a f**k boy in my life r.i.p Aaliyah love her so much
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That is my song boo you are the best
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Her voice was so angelic and she was taken from us far too soon. This is a beautiful version of this Isley Brothers song. We miss you Ms Aaliyah!!!
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RIP Baby Girl
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works
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One in a million
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R. I. P. Aliyah love you.��������
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this.Don't stop Reading this is freaky. But if you read this and ignore it it will get bad luck.put this on 15 songs in 143 min.when you're done the press The and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so
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Miss you baby girl
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R.I.P princess of Pop I Miss you so so much God Bless you
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DONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN R.P.P
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Beautiful
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