Aaliyah Dana Haughton (; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001), known mononymously as Aaliyah, was an American singer, actress, dancer, and model. She has been credited for helping to redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, earning her the nicknames the "Princess of R&B" and "Queen of Urban Pop".

Born in Brooklyn but raised in Detroit, she first gained recognition at the age of 10, when she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At the age of 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson 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 allegations of an illegal marriage with Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.

Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million, which sold three million copies in the United States and more than eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first 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 goal. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role in Queen of the Damned, and released, in 2001, her self-titled third and final studio album, which topped the Billboard 200.

On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah died at the age of 22 in an airplane accident in the Bahamas, when the badly overloaded aircraft she was traveling in crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all nine on board. The pilot was later found to have traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body and was not qualified to fly the aircraft designated for the flight. Aaliyah's family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the aircraft's operator, Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court. In the decades since her death, Aaliyah's music has continued to achieve commercial success, aided by several posthumous releases. She has sold 8.1 million albums in the US and an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide. Billboard lists her as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, and the 27th most successful in history. Her accolades include three American Music Awards and two MTV VMAs, along with five Grammy Award nominations.


June 27, 2022

Jack Harlow Brings Out Brandy, Lil Wayne & DJ Drama for 2022 BET Awards Performance

Brandy previously recorded a playful freestyle diss after the rapper guessed that Aaliyah sang one of her hits.

April 18, 2022

USC Women’s Basketball Recruit Aaliyah Gayles Shot at House Party, Undergoes Emergency Surgeries

Aaliyah Gayles, a five-star USC women's basketball recruit, was hospitalized on Saturday after she was shot multiple times at a house party in Las Vegas.

April 5, 2022

Derek Lee Shares What It Was Like Styling Aaliyah

Aaliyah's stylist Derek Lee shares what it was like to dress the artist and why he thinks her looks were so influential.

March 17, 2022

Aaliyah’s Self-Titled Album to Drop on Vinyl for First Time

Late singer’s final studio LP gets first-ever vinyl pressing nearly 21 years after its original release

March 2, 2022

Usher Regrets Not Dating Aaliyah When He Had the Chance: ‘We Just Didn’t Get Around to It’

"She was a really close friend of mine for a small amount of time," Usher said of Aaliyah.

February 3, 2022

Still Making History: TM88 Shares His ‘Black Love’ Playlist Feat. Aaliyah, Usher, TLC & More

Kicking off our first "Black Love" playlist is platinum producer TM88.

January 5, 2022

Aaliyah’s Posthumous Album ‘Unstoppable’ Coming This Month | Billboard News

Aaliyah‘s new posthumous album, ‘Unstoppable,’ is set to be released later this month, according to a new interview with her uncle and former label head Barry Hankerson.

January 4, 2022

Aaliyah’s Posthumous Album Coming This Month, Singer’s Uncle Says

The Blackground Records founder also confirmed collaborations on the LP with Drake, Future, Ne-Yo and more.

January 4, 2022

Aaliyah’s uncle confirms posthumous album ‘Unstoppable’ is coming this month

It features artists including Drake, Snoop Dogg, Future and Ne-Yo The post Aaliyah’s uncle confirms posthumous album ‘Unstoppable’ is coming this month appeared first on NME.

December 17, 2021

First Stream: Aaliyah and The Weeknd Collab, Roddy Ricch & More New Releases | Billboard News

The Aaliyah and The Weeknd collab is here, Roddy Ricch is back with his sophomore album, Burna Boy enlists Wizkid for a new team up and Camilo goes pop-punk. Billboard presents First Stream featuring the hottest drops of the week.

December 17, 2021

Aaliyah ‘Unstoppable’: Blackground Founder Barry Hankerson Talks ‘Poison’ and More Unreleased Music

In an exclusive interview, Aaliyah's uncle talks about the late artist's streaming debut, guest artists on her upcoming new album and more.

December 17, 2021

Aaliyah’s First Posthumous Song in Nearly a Decade, ‘Poison’ Featuring the Weeknd,’ Has Arrived

The track is the first new music from the late singer since Drake's 2012 track "Enough Said"

December 17, 2021

Aaliyah’s ‘Poison’ Collab With The Weeknd Finally Arrives: Stream it Here

Aaliyah and The Weeknd bring fans something deceptively sweet to devour with their collab "Poison," which was released on Friday (Dec. 17).

December 16, 2021

Aaliyah and The Weeknd to appear on new collaborative single ‘Poison’

It'll arrive this week The post Aaliyah and The Weeknd to appear on new collaborative single ‘Poison’ appeared first on NME.

December 16, 2021

New Aaliyah and the Weeknd Song “Poison” Out This Week

Blackground Records 2.0 and Empire will release the posthumous Aaliyah single on Friday

December 16, 2021

The Weeknd’s ‘Poison’ Collab With Aaliyah Is Coming Soon

"Poison" will be released Friday ahead of the late R&B singer's posthumous album, which will be released at a later date.

October 8, 2021

Stream Aaliyah’s ‘I Care 4 U’ and ‘Ultimate Aaliyah’ Compilation Albums

Blackground Records 2.0 releases final two Aaliyah reissues from its catalog

September 26, 2021

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Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today we revisit a lost gem of neo-soul from 1996 made by a nascent phenom from the UK, heralded by Aaliyah and D’Angelo as one of the greats.

September 23, 2021

Aaliyah’s Self-Titled Album Returns to Top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Her 2001 project returns to the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums' top 10 after its re-issue on Sept. 10, and is the genre's best-selling album of the week.

September 14, 2021

Former backup performer says she witnessed R. Kelly sexually abuse Aaliyah when late singer was 13 or 14

The abuse allegedly happened a year before the pair were illegally married The post Former backup performer says she witnessed R. Kelly sexually abuse Aaliyah when late singer was 13 or 14 appeared first on NME.

September 13, 2021

Ex-R. Kelly Backup Dancer Says She Saw Him Performing Oral Sex on Underage Aaliyah

Woman identified as Angela testified that the singer also sexually abused her when she was a minor

September 10, 2021

Aaliyah’s Chart-Topping Final Album Arrives on Streaming Platforms: Listen

Aaliyah's final, self-titled album has arrived on streaming platforms for the first time, a quarter century after its traditional release.

September 10, 2021

Stream Aaliyah’s Self-Titled Album

Re-release of late singer's final studio LP arrives 20 years after its original release

September 3, 2021

Minister who officiated R Kelly and Aaliyah’s wedding testifies at trial

The trial continues The post Minister who officiated R Kelly and Aaliyah’s wedding testifies at trial appeared first on NME.

September 2, 2021

Minister Who Officiated R. Kelly and Aaliyah Wedding Testifies at Singer’s Brooklyn Trial

Nathan Edmond discusses 10-minute hotel ceremony for the first time since singers' illegal August 31st, 1994 wedding

August 30, 2021

Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson opens up about learning of R. Kelly’s alleged abuse

The producer suggested he initially considered some form of retribution against Kelly but resolved to "let God handle him" The post Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson opens up about learning of R. Kelly’s alleged abuse appeared first on NME.

August 25, 2021

Billboard Staffers Remember Aaliyah, 20 Years After Her Death

Billboard staffers share their thoughts and memories of the Princess of R&B -- the impact that she left, the influence she still carries, and the way her songs endure to this day.

August 25, 2021

Aaliyah’s 20 Best Songs: Staff List

Even with just three official albums across her seven-year recording career, Aaliyah's catalog is tough to pare down to essentials -- but we tried our best.

August 22, 2021

Aaliyah’s uncle issues statement on releasing her music

The late singer's 1996 sophomore album 'One in a Million' hit streaming services for the first time this week The post Aaliyah’s uncle issues statement on releasing her music appeared first on NME.

August 20, 2021

R. Kelly Believed Aaliyah Was Pregnant Before They Married, Tour Manager Testifies

Demetrius Smith, R. Kelly's former tour manager, testified during the singer's trial on Aug. 20 that Kelly had impregnated the singer Aaliyah when she was still a minor.


Poison (feat. The Weeknd)

December 17, 2021

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Ultimate Aaliyah

May 10, 2005

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I Care 4 U

December 10, 2002

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July 7, 2001

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Are You That Somebody

June 16, 1998

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One In A Million

August 27, 1996

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The Thing I Like EP

August 3, 1995

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(At Your Best) You Are Love EP

August 22, 1994

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Down with the Clique EP

May 23, 1994

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Age Ain't Nothing But a Number EP

May 23, 1994

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Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

May 22, 1994

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Back & Forth EP

April 8, 1994

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