Aaliyah: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation : singer
  • Real name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton
  • Sign: Capricorn
  • Date of birth: Tuesday, January 16, 1979 (age: 22)
  • Date of Death: Saturday, August 25, 2001
  • Country: United States

Aaliyah is an American R’n’B singer who died at the age of 22 in a plane crash on August 25, 2001 in the Bahamas.

Born on January 16, 1979 in New York City, Aaliyah made her singing debut with a debut album recorded in 1993 entitled Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. Almost all of the tracks are produced and composed by one of the greatest figures of R’n’B: R. Kelly. This album sold 6 million albums worldwide before being certified platinum in its first year. The singer then went on to perform with other renowned artists such as Lil Kim or Notorious B.I.G.

The picture darkens when The Source magazine publishes an article with a copy of an official document that lifts the secret of the marriage between Aaliyah and R. Kelly, aged 15 and 27 at the time. The two artists will then distance themselves and refuse to talk about each other in an interview.

This scandal does not prevent the diva from continuing her career with the release of a second album One In A Million in 1996 with Timbaland and Missy Elliot at the helm. This opus earned Aaliyah the World Best Selling Female R&B Artist award at the 1997 World Music Awards. After the success of her second opus, Aaliyah, eager to devote time to her private life, settled for various solo or duo appearances in the albums of several artists. Her participation in the soundtracks of the cartoon Anastasia and Dr. Dollittle in 1998, as well as her highly acclaimed performance at the 1998 Oscar ceremony, will allow the young artist to maintain her notoriety.

In 2001, Aaliyah recorded her eponymous album in Australia during the shooting of the film The Queen of the Damned. Very well received by the critics, the album sold more than 200,000 copies in its first week. It was after the filming in the Bahamas of the Rock The Boat video clip from the album that Aaliyah and seven of her collaborators boarded the twin-engine plane that crashed shortly after takeoff. It will cause the death of the eight passengers as well as the pilot. The investigation will reveal that the load exceeded the capacities of the plane by more than 300 kg and that the pilot had consumed alcohol and cocaine.

In 2002, many artists and relatives paid a last tribute to the singer with the video clip Miss You to mark the release of the Best Of I Care 4 U.