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August 25, 2011

Aaliyah – 10 Years Without “One In a Million”

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August 25, 2011 marks the day ten years ago to which the world was robbed of an angel. Beautiful in appearance, gentle in nature, humble in person and precocious in talent. The musical legacy left behind by this alluring songstress has undeniably changed the the direction of music in the last decade; with obvious shimmers of her persona easily found in modern songbird/super dancer, pop tart honies like Ciara and Keri Hilson.

We speak, of course, about Aaliyah Dana Haughton; known to the people who loved her and to her millions of fans across the world simply as – Aaliyah.

Starting her career at the tender age of 12, Aaliyah was initially signed to Jive Records as a solo act, then in 1994 when she had just turned 14, released her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number; a record industry jewel that went on to sell 3 million records. This album became what would eventually be called one of the most influential R&B records of the decade.

In 1996, Aaliyah left Jive Records and signed with Atlantic Records. She worked with recording artists
Timbaland and Missy Elliott who produced, and contributed instrumentally to her second studio album, the prolifically pleasurable One in a Million. The album yielded a smash single of the same name – and whenever cruising reflectively in your pimped out, 1996 Honda Accord that year, rest assured, there was nothing else playing in that system – as well as the subtly altruistic anti-pimpin’ anthem, “If Your Girl Only Knew”, which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for two weeks straight. One in a Million peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200, selling over 3.7 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide, single handedly ensuring that thousands of soon-to-be teenage baby mommas would get to pay homage by naming their first born princesses after R&B’s most adored royal daughter.

Not long after her meteoric rise to pop icon status, Aaliyah branched out into acting, with her debut role in the martial arts/action flick Romeo Must Die. Aaliyah starred opposite pint-sized professional round-houser, Jet Li, bringing to the new millennium the severely played out tale of Shakespeare’s feudal family romance. Aaliyah turned some Hollywood heads with her cool and honest film presence, which indisputably helped the movie gross $18.6 million in its first weekend, ranking number two at the box office.

After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah began work on her second film, a gothic horror based on the fictional Anne Rice vampire character, Lesat, in Queen of the Damned. She was also originally scheduled to star in the sequels to the major box office sci-fi monolith The Matrix, as influential character Zee; a part that later went to the impressively talented Nona Gaye. Aaliyah went on to release her third self titled album in July 2001. Produced mainly by her main man, Timbaland, the album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 187,000 copies in its first week. The first single from the album, “We Need a Resolution”, peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Then, on August 25, 2001, after boarding a small plane for what was scheduled to be a simple routine flight, Aaliyah Dana Haughton was taken from us forever.

Her style, charisma, talent, soul and spirit was enjoyed and loved by millions. To this day she continues to bring joy to those who had the pleasure of experiencing her when she was alive, as well as those honouring her memory by smiling every time one of her warm and positive songs is heard. Today, on the 10th anniversary of her death, we celebrate Aaliyah’s life through an assortment of some of her most beloved videos and pictures. Please enjoy and leave your comments on what she meant to you, as an artist and as a positive role model.

Aaliyah forever.

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  1. Navid

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