Aaliyah, singer
birth name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton


January 16, 1979, Brooklyn, NY ~ August 25, 2001, Abaco, the Bahamas

A star in the R&B world before she was even out of her teens, Aaliyah's promising career was tragically cut short by her death in a plane crash at age 22. Even with only three albums under her belt, she'd already earned a place as a talented trendsetter among the R&B elite. Following a successful transition to a more mature image, Aaliyah played a major role in popularizing the stuttering, futuristic production style that consumed hip-hop and urban soul in the late '90s. Her work with Timbaland, especially, was some of the most forward-looking R&B of its time, even while the competing neo-soul movement was gaining prominence. Aaliyah's death came on the heels of her third and most accomplished album, making it especially unfortunate that she was robbed of a chance to continue her creative development. ~ Allmusic: Aaliyah ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Allmusic

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January 16, 1982 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Earth, Wind & Fire, Let's Groove ~ #2 (2) Foreigner, Waiting For A Girl Like You ~ #1 (1) Olivia Newton-John, Physical


She was on her way to the summer house that Jay-Z shared with her boyfriend of a year, Damon Dash, Jay's partner in Roc-a-Fella Records. She wore a dark-green hoodie and matching shorts so small they showed off most of her long, curvy legs, down to the little treble-clef tattoo on her right ankle. She wore all-white Nike Air Force Ones with white socks. Around her neck hung a small Roc-a-Fella pendant. In her left arm she clutched a large, fluffy pillow in a black pillowcase. She got on the helicopter, nuzzled into Dash's shoulder and went to sleep. I was there reporting a story on Jay-Z, and I was struck by Aaliyah's presence, the way she was in person, as she was onstage - sexy without losing her girlish sweetness. Throughout the weekend, she was quiet but not quite shy, quick to flash her wide, bright smile, quick to laugh at Dash's jokes and quick to dance with him in the middle of the living room when Michael Jackson's Off the Wall came on. ~ Rolling Stone: Aaliyah Obituary ~ October 11, 2001 © Rolling Stone

Aaliyah ~ Ranked #48 VH-1 100 Greatest Women In Music in 2012.

Aaliyah ~ One In A Million (Elliott/Mosley) ~ Ranked #73 SoulBounce Top 100 Soul/R&B Songs in 2008 ~ The beat alone was a clear sign Aaliyah had something out of this world up her sleeve, and when paired with Missy Elliott's simple yet effective songwriting, the trinity [Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Timbaland] paved the way for relentless biting the better part of the late '90s and early 2000s. ~ 2008 © SoulBounce

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