Aaliyah

Biography

Though Aaliyah Dana Haughton tragically passed away at the age of 22 in a freak plane accident, her legacy as an exceptionally skilled, charismatic, and successful entertainer still lives on to this day. Born in Brooklyn in 1979, Aaliyah's mother was a singer, and encouraged her daughter to take singing lessons. A young Aaliyah's first brush with fame came in 1991 when she appeared on Star Search, a TV talent show similar to American Idol. From there, she began working with a New York-based talent agent, performing as a supporting act in local shows and auditioning for movies and television shows.

At age 15, Aaliyah recorded her first album Age Ain't Nothing But A Number with Blackground Records, a record label owned by Barry Hankerson. Barry's record label first came to prominence when Barry - also Aaliyah's uncle - began managing up-and-coming R&B artist R. Kelly. Much of the record was written and produced by R. Kelly, including hit singles Age Ain't Nothing But A Number and At Your Best.

In 1996 - after illegally marrying R. Kelly for a brief period of time, using a forged birth certificate because she was underage - Aaliyah broke her ties with the artist and released her sophmore album, One In A Million. Featuring production from acclaimed producers Timbaland and Jermaine Dupri, the album went on to sell over 3 million units in the United States. Her third and final record, 2001's Aaliyah, is widely considered her strongest and most mature album, combining her soul and R&B roots with a diverse range of musical influences. The Carribbean rhythm of Rock the Boat and the poppy trappings of I Can Be made the album a huge crossover hit, popular inside and outside of urban music circles.

As the young vocalist came of age, Aaliyah's sultry voice and ethereal beauty began to nab her movie roles, including parts in the 2000 action flick Romeo Must Die (Jet Li, DMX) and 2001 thriller Queen of the Damned. The young singer/actress's life was cut tragically short, however, when she perished in a plane crash just off of the coast of the Bahamas in 2001, right after wrapping filming for the music video of Rock The Boat. Her untimely death shocked the music industry, and she is still widely praised by contemporaries in the music scene- most notably friends Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott - to this day.

From Discogs:

Born 16 January 1979, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.Died 25 August 2001, in a plane crash.Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American recording artist, actress and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Detroit, Michigan. At an early age, she appeared on Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah was signed to Jive Records and Blackground Records by her uncle, Barry Hankerson. He introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of 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). After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed to Atlantic Records. Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million, which sold two million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first major film, Romeo Must Die. She also contributed to the film's soundtrack, where "Try Again" was released as a single. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on radio airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat. "Try Again" earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. After filming Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her part in Queen of the Damned. She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in 2001. On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in an airplane crash in The Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat". The pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. Aaliyah's family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court. Since then, Aaliyah has achieved commercial success with several posthumous releases. Selling over 24 million albums worldwide, she has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop and has been named the "Queen of Urban Pop".

From Lastfm:

Aaliyah Dana Haughton (January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001) was an American R&B singer, dancer, fashion model and actress. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was raised in Detroit, Michigan, where she attended Detroit School of Performing Arts. The 22 year old singer's life was tragically cut short in a 2001 plane crash after filming her video for "Rock The Boat" in The Bahamas. Introduced to audiences by R&B singer R.

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Aaliyah Dana Haughton (January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001), who performed under the mononym Aaliyah (pronounced /əˈliːə/), was an American recording artist, actress and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Detroit, Michigan. At an early age, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and Blackground Records by her uncle, Barry Hankerson. He introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed to Atlantic Records.

Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million; it sold three million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first major film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film's soundtrack, which spawned the single "Try Again". The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat. "Try Again" earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist.

After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her part in Queen of the Damned. She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in 2001. On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in an airplane crash in The Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat". The pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. Aaliyah's family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court. Since then, Aaliyah's music has achieved commercial success with several posthumous releases. With album sales estimated to be between 24 to 32 million copies worldwide, Aaliyah has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning her the nickname "Princess of R&B".

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