Today, August 27th 2016, marks 20 years since the release of Aaliyah’s sophomore album “One In A Million.” It has been 15 years since the heart breaking, tragic death of one of our favorite female R&B singers, Aaliyah Haughton. The singer/actress was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Detroit, Michigan.
Aaliyah scored major stardom in 1994 with the release of her debut album “Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number,” which was executive produced by her uncle Barry Hankers and the famous R&B singer, R. Kelly. The album sold over 1 million copies and went platinum, with most of the success involving her two hit singles off the album, “Back & Forth,” and “At Your Best (You Are Love).”
Aaliyah’s second album “One In A Million,” was released August 27, 1996. The album featured Missy Elliott and Timberland. “One In A Million” sold over 3 million copies and included 6 singles, “If Your Girl Only Knew,” “One In A Million,” “Got To Give It Up,” “4 Page Letter,” “Hot Like Fire,” and “The One I Gave My Heart To.”
After filming her first acting role with the release of the movie “Romeo Must Die” starring Jet Li and DMX, Aaliyah released her self titled album “Aaliyah” in July of 2001. “Aaliyah” had been pushed back due to the filming of Queen of The Damned, where Aaliyah played her second major movie role. The album featured 3 singles, including “We Need A Resolution,” “More Than A Woman” and “Rock The Boat.”
Sadly, we lost Aaliyah in a plane crash on August 25, 2001, while on her way home from the filming of her “Rock The Boat” music video in the Bahamas. After Aaliyah’s death, her album sales went through the roof, bumping her to number one on the Billboard 200 charts. “Aaliyah” sold over 2 million copies posthumous in the U.S and over 3 million copies world wide.
15 Years later, Aaliyah is still idolized as one of the greatest female artists of R&B. Aaliyah has set a foundation for the R&B artists who will come after her. Even though it has been 15 years since we’ve lost the star, her work still has a major impact on musicians and artists in the music industry today. Her music continues to be sampled and covered by upcoming artists of all musical genres, along with well established singers and song writers in the industry such as Chris Brown, Drake and Frank Ocean.
Aaliyah will forever be in our hearts. Rest In Peace Babygirl, We Miss You.