The Princess of R&B: Aaliyah

Background

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn on January 16, 1979. She was determined to become a singer at a young age and began taking voice lessons after she learned to talk. At the age of 12, she signed a contract with Jive Records and began her rise to fame in 1994. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Aaliyah competed on the TV program Star Search at 11 years old. Later that year she performed with Gladys Knight, the former wife of her Uncle and manager Barry Hankerson. 

 

 

Background & Contribution

Contribution

At the age of 15, in 1994, Aaliyah launched onto the R&B charts herself with her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. The album had been produced by singer/songwriter R. Kelly, where it quickly sold over a million copies and earned a platinum status which was due to her 2 hit singles, “Back and Forth” and “At Your Best(You Are Love).” At Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts while she was a part of the dance program she also released her second album One in a Million(1996). She graduated in 1997. The album gained  many favorable reviews and sold over 2 million copies. 

Albums

One In A Million

This is the second studio album by Aaliyah released on August 27,1996 by Blackground and Atlantic Records.

AALIYAH

This self-titled album was her third and final studio album. It was released on July 7, 2001 by Blackground Records and Virgin Records America. It’s also known as “The Red Album” because of its design.

Age Ain't Nothing but a Number

Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number is Aaliyah’s debut studio album. It was released under Jive and Blackground Records on May 24, 1994. She had been introduced to singer R. Kelly after being signed under her uncle Barry Hankerson.

Aaliyah: The Ultimate Collection

This album is a collection of Aaliyah’s top hits at the time, along with some songs that had been unreleased. The unreleased songs were greatly appreciated following her unexpected death in 2001. This album was in recognition for all that she’s done in the music industry.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, In 2001, as she traveled home after a music video shoot she was involved in a plane crash which killed her and eight members of her film crew. She was 22 years old at the time. Although she passed at such a young age, her legacy continues to live on. Her third album Aaliyah was released in July 2001 and reached No 2 on the Billboard album chart, a month before her death. 

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