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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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jschyna
Love her forever❤️❤️❤
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A aliyah was and will always be the queen ...Beyonce who?
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Rest in peace Aaliyah
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wisbens.haze l
I love it
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The 'fondness-of - e m p t i n e s s ' i s only temporary. Soon the 'space'. Is occupied with the anticipation of intentions.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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This song make me cry���������
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That young lady was very talented. Love listening to her music.
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MY BABY IMY BBYGIRL
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Attention Pandora!!! This is the Changing Faces version!!! Please correct artist!!!!
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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 this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When you your done push the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Greatly Missed��
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She has a voice of an angel, she will & is still loved and missed . .
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teammckinnie
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 this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Gained her wings far too soon..Been ,15 years and still can't believe she is not here..RIP
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wisbens.haze l
I love it
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Changing Faces Tried It....close but no cigar!
#RIPBabygirl
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Rest sweet angel❤
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rip Aaliyah
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I love her songs especially " Miss You" can't believe she's gone fill bad for family and friends ����
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My favorite singer�� She was such a beautiful person inside and out, No one can match Aaliyah" Baby girl" We all who grew up listening to you, Miss YOU so much! Godspeed to her family.
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Does anybody know why iTunes has such a limited selection of Aaliyah songs available for download?
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corazonbrigg s
say iPhone
pick a color
post this on 2 other songs
look under your pillow
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I love you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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monk_p123
I absolutely love this song RIP baby girl
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Rest in paradise. 8:25.
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gonzalezfami l y 1 4 2 2
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. Don't stop this is so freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 25 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on big letters on your screen. This is so creepy because it actually works.
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Love u������
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lilgary4that 2 g
Love you Baby Girl
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nettaree83
Ahyil
Ahyil
Ahyil
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tialynn904
Just found out this is a duo group named Changing Faces who are singing this song smh I knew it wasn't Aaliyah their pic is even in the cover screen but the artist says Aaliyah ugh please remove their version they are ruining it wtf!!
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tialynn904
Wtf who is this ruining her song because it's def not Aaliyah and if u can't tell then your certainly not a true fan ! Remove this version please !
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THAMUHUSTON
This is definitely Aaliyah singing!!
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What makes you think this isn't Aaliyah singing?
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WHO IS THIS?
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REMOVE THIS VERSION THIS NOT AALIYAH !!
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Can you please remove this version this is not...I repeat not Aaliyah singing this!!!!
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Cross-over Musicians&Vo c a l i s t s are among .A best of Entertainers . D e s p i t e popularity.T h e s e professional s . P a i d their dues.To Business Agents,Enter t a i n m e n t Attornies&Ac c o u n t a n t s . B e f o r e contemplatin g . G i f t e d , o r amature talent.Your best decision.Is to get a fundemental education... . . . C O M P L E T E D . . . . & . . . . t h e n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S O M E MORE!!
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I really enjoyed.All Artists Comments today 8-27-16....o n Pandora.
Please remain...... . B L E S S E D by-your-BEST . . . . . & . . . . p r a y for me as i wish your prayers fulfilled... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Can't believe u gone bruh
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Aaliyah you is my number one girl artist and always will be. I love you and miss you so much. Your number one fan
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there are no other female artist like r.i.p
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Rip love u Aaliyah we always will
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Rip still my idol ����
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Aaliyah forever����☝ 1 5 years later
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15 YRS. STILL FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY.WE MISS YOU AALIYAH.
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I still remember that day. It is still tragic. The world still needs you AALIYAH. You will never ever be forgotten. One of a kind and waayyy ahead of your time. My you rest in eternal peace baby girl. RIP.
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We miss you !!!
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lnelson0208
15 years later r.i.p bbg love you������
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RIP babygirl!
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brittzyveal
R.I.P Aaliyah we love you and miss you babygirl.
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