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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, Rovi
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Luv Aaliyah!!! R.I.P babe!!!❤️❤️❤
R.I.P. Aaliyah I loved you then and still
garciakristy l
Angel voice. Beats any female artist out here..
yankee04fan
Love ya
tanbrew1712
Jarrel hunt s**t man f**k him
her music still makes me cry and hold my pillow tight and let tears rolled down my cheeks and sing my heart out i truly miss her
This song never gets old
I
AALIYAH is and always be the princess of r&b rip baby girl
That baby tho

kushina337
No.. Supercee we never knew that.... Wow... -__-'
ispepell
Remember when R Kelly married her....he had a thing back then for young girls....
miss_rowland 2 0 0 5
your music still rocks this world
We miss u Aaliyah u are never 4gotten R.I.P. LOVE U
NICE// Your Are Truly Miss But Never
4Gotten !!
R.I.P (( AaLIYAH ))
I LOVE HER!!!! I feel so empty without her! :...(!!!!
kushina337
Daviacm I'll pray for you, because you really need help I don't know if your bf/gf left you but I'll pray or if you were neglected I'll still pray
adriannaharr i s 4 0
I luv yhu
I love u Aaliyah rip i wish U were steal alive and daviacum u need help call her currse words retaed
We miss yhu Aaliyah!!!!!
RIP Aaliyah we miss you. You'll never be forgotten. You died right after I was born.
Where is F6
don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started, so don't stop. This is scary. Put this on at least five songs in at least 143 mins. When your done press F6, and your loved name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works
I love this song but I'm only 12 year old girl
Still can remember having to step away from my job and crying at work when the radio announcers gave the news of her passing. ..She was Detroit's own little princess. ..such a trend setter
My mom decided for my
Middle name to be Aaliyah ! I wish you were still here but god took you way to soon. I guess he wanted you home. R.I.P
2sweet
2be forgotten
Rip Aaliyah
Rip rest in peace i barely got hear your music
Evn tho i was 9 months whn you died ...i still idol you

We all miss you and hope we see you and ur beautiful smile again one day ily������
Dear Aaliyah my mother named me after you because she loved your songs so much after you died she always wanted to see you but it was to late for you me and my mom we will always love and so will you fans rest in peace we all will always always love to for ever and ever good bye and I know your watching.dow n on us I hope you come back to life I hope you will to God I looooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v
A true Beautiful Angel looking down on this temporary world were in..Pray for us all..Forgive n Live ..never promised tomorrow !!
OMG.... I miss her so much ����❤️
RIP Aaliyah ur in heaven sitting with God. No pain no hurt no hunger no cold just PEACE!!:) Beautiful women with a voice. Tooken so soon. U ROCK. God bless ur family and friends.
True talent with a beautiful, beautiful voice......r e s t child, rest
Rip beautiful angel love all ur songs may god bless
crystalj728
B.I.p
This WHOLE story of Aalyah? is overwhemling ! This girl was the beginning of the new move
so sexy, gorgeous & soulful! What a TALENT! It was in her BLOOD! and a real pity the pilot was the culprit! She was just the best, beautiful and very smooth! You will always be remebered Aalyah..Yr an ICON in Music forever baby! We all LOVE U! xo
#aaLIYah4eVe R L o V e D
R.i.p
I love Aaliyah even tho I was born in 2001 but I love her she was so pretty. And she song so good.
Young talented, with a wonderful voice So sweet!
Aaliyah can I tell u something g of course it can I'm named after u bc my mother is a big fan of u
I love you.
One of the best ever still missing her today
RIP baby girl
kissme1721
Try again soon it will happen for u. .NEVER GIVE UP
She was beautiful. True artist
RIP. ONE OF A KIND LADY
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