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Early Life

Aaliyah was born Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn. New York on January 16,1979. She sent much of her childhood traveling between Detroit, Michigan and Brooklyn, New York. Aaliyah found music to be way to express herself freely and she began competing in vocal competitions. One of these major competitions was tiled “Star Search” which was a popular American T.V. show that showcased young rising stars in search of record label signing. Although she did not win this competition she continued singing and at the young age of eleven she began performing with Gladys Knight in Las Vegas. In 1994, at the age of 14 Aaliyah would release her first album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number which became an instant hit. 

A Star In The Making

The release of Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number catapulted Aaliyah’s career by her first single “Back And Forth” debuting as a top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one as a R&B song. The next single on this album was to rendition of the Isley Brother’s song “At Your Best” that reached top 10 on the billboard Hot Hundred. Aaliyah became known for her trademark style of baggy pants and oversized shirts. Two years later she would release her second album titled One In A Million. She found great success again in the releasing of this album as her first single “If Your Girl Only Knew” went double platinum. In her songs “4 Page Letter” and “Hot Like Fire” gained her many new fans and fame. One of the producers she grew to very close with and even that was featured on her songs was Timbaland. With his help and many others, her album went multi-platinum and an international hit. She began touring globally performing these hits and was soon given the oppurtunity to produce another song with Timbaland that further expanded her musical influence. The hit “Are You That Somebody” from the Dr. Doolittle movie soundtrack allowed for her to debut a fresh new style of her music.  

Aaliyah Taking Over The Screen

Aaliyah debuted in the motion picture Romeo Must Die that was produced by Joel Silver for Warner brothers. The film became a non office success and has led to Aaliyah’s huge success of the record “Try Again.” The soundtrack for this album sold millions of copies and spent weeks on the Billboard soundtrack charts. After the success with this motion picture she would star in the 2001 film The Queen of the Damned by Michael Rymer. Aaliyah went on to obtain the roles in the “Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions,” “Honey,” “Sparkle.” 

Lateral Part of Aaliyah's Career

Aaliyah’s last studio album displayed her maturity as a singer song writer and as a performer. Her last album was titled Aaliyah that was release in July 2001 that debuted at number two in the U.S. charts that sold over 2.4 million albums worldwide. Notable singles from this album were “We Need A Resolution,” “More Than A Woman,” and “Rock The Boat.” On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah passed away died due to a tragic plane accident 

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