A Glimpse Into The Wonderful Past Of Aaliyah

Born in New York and raised in Michigan, Aaliyah Dana Haughton, who performed under the mononym Aaliyah, was an American recording artist, actress and model. She was on the television show Star Search and appeared in concert alongside Gladys Knight at an early age.

Then later at age 12, she was signed to Jive Records and Blackground Records. Her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number sold two million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

For her second album One in a Million, Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott under Atlantic Records which sold two million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. She contributed to the soundtrack of her first major film, Romeo Must Die, which spawned the single “Try Again”. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat.

On August 25, 2001, a tragedy came to pass. Aaliyah and eight others were killed in an airplane crash in The Bahamas after filming the music video for the song “Rock the Boat”. The pilot was unlicensed at the time of the disaster and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. Her family eventually filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court. Since then, Aaliyah has attained commercial success with several posthumous releases. Selling over 24 million records worldwide, Aaliyah has been recognized for helping redefine R&B and hip hop and has been crowned the “Princess of R&B”.

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  1. Top read. Aaliyah was stunning. A person I both respect and miss. It’s such a shame what happened to her. The pop art painting I purchased of her is well good and will be cherished forever!