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One in a Million
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 13, 1996 (1996-08-13)
RecordedAugust 1995–July 1996
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Length73:18
Label
Producer
Aaliyah chronology
Age Ain't Nothing but a Number
(1994)
One in a Million
(1996)
Aaliyah
(2001)
Singles from One in a Million
  1. "If Your Girl Only Knew"
    Released: July 15, 1996
  2. "Got to Give It Up"
    Released: November 4, 1996
  3. "One in a Million"
    Released: November 26, 1996
  4. "4 Page Letter"
    Released: March 18, 1997
  5. "The One I Gave My Heart To"
    Released: August 25, 1997
  6. "Hot Like Fire"
    Released: September 16, 1997

One in a Million is the second studio album by American singer Aaliyah. It was released on August 13, 1996, by Blackground Records and Atlantic Records. Recorded from August 1995 to July 1996, the album features collaborations with a variety of producers and writers, including Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Carl-So-Lowe, J. Dibbs, Jermaine Dupri, Kay Gee, Vincent Herbert, Rodney Jerkins, Craig King, Darren Lighty and Darryl Simmons, as well as several guest appearances, including those from Elliott, Timbaland, Treach and Slick Rick.

One in a Million garnered generally positive reviews from music critics. It debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 40,500 copies during its first week and later peaked at number 18; following its 2021 reissue, it reached a new peak at number 10. Within several months, the album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It has sold over three million copies in the United States and eight million worldwide.

One in a Million produced six singles—"If Your Girl Only Knew", "Got to Give It Up", "One in a Million", "4 Page Letter", "The One I Gave My Heart To" and "Hot Like Fire"—with "The One I Gave My Heart To" becoming the album's highest-charting single, peaking at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100. Retrospectively, the album has been listed among the best albums of its era by numerous critics and has been credited for elevating careers of Timbaland and Elliott.

Background and development

After Aaliyah's uncle Barry Hankerson obtained a distribution deal with Jive Records, he signed her to his label Blackground Records when she was 12 years old.[1][2] He introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as the lead songwriter and producer for her debut studio album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number (1994).[2][3][4] A commercial success, the album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[5] selling three million copies in the United States and six million worldwide.[6][7] To promote the album, Aaliyah embarked on a 1994–1995 world tour throughout the US, Europe, Japan and South Africa.[8][9][10] After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.[11] According to Aaliyah's cousin and Blackground Records executive Jomo Hankerson, the music industry "villainized" Aaliyah for her scandal with Kelly and it was hard to get producers for One in a Million.[12] In an interview, he said: "We were coming off of a multi-platinum debut album and except for a couple of relationships with Jermaine Dupri and Puffy, it was hard for us to get producers on the album."[12] Aaliyah commented on the situation by saying: "I faced the adversity, I could've broken down, I could've gone and hid in the closet and said, 'I'm not going to do this anymore.' But I love singing, and I wasn't going to let that mess stop me. I got a lot of support from my fans and that inspired me to put that behind me, be a stronger person, and put my all into making One in a Million."[13]

In a press release accompanying One in a Million, Aaliyah admitted to being "a little anxious about jumping from Jive to Atlantic and changing up her sound, but that uncertainty never filters into the music."[12] However, with a new distributing deal with Atlantic and a new team of producers, One in a Million was going to re-establish Aaliyah's fanbase and broaden her mainstream appeal, as the album featured a wide range of producers, unlike Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, which was produced solely by Kelly.[14] Additionally, with the release of One in a Million, Aaliyah adapted a sexier image, which was quickly noticed by the public.[15] In an 1997 article discussing the music video for "One in a Million", MTV staff felt that Aaliyah was getting "all grown up and steamy in the video", to which Aaliyah responded by saying "as far as it being sexy, I would prefer to say sensual. Sensual is being in tune with your sensual self. Sexy, I mean that's in the eye of the beholder, such as beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So if people term it sexy, it's different. So I just think it's being sensual, I would rather term it as that."[15]

Recording and production

To produce One in a Million, Aaliyah collaborated with Timbaland and Missy Elliott.

One in a Million was recorded from August 1995 until July 1996,[16] with Craig Kallman, Barry Hankerson and Jomo Hankerson serving as executive producers.[17] Other producers involved in crafting the album include Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Daryl Simmons, Vincent Herbert, Craig King, Carl-So-Low, KayGee from Naughty by Nature, Missy Elliott and Timbaland. While speaking with Billboard about the development of the album, Atlantic Records' product-development director Eddie Santiago mentioned: "We wanted Aaliyah to keep growing, so we didn't want to have the same suspects on her new project". In the same interview, Aaliyah discussed the direction of the album: "I wanted to maintain my smooth street musical image but wanted to be funky and hot yet sophisticated".[14] With One in a Million, Aaliyah was more involved with crafting the album's material by taking co-writing credits and assisting in the creative direction of the project.[14] She co-wrote and was involved with the vocal arrangement of the song "No Days Go By", which was produced by Herbert and King along with Rheji Burrell.[18] Initially, Sean Combs was to helm the production of One in a Million but the songs in which he collaborated with Aaliyah were never finished. According to Aaliyah, "I went to [Combs'] studio in Trinidad for a week, we started working together but we couldn't finish the songs on time. I had to leave, because I had to go to Atlanta to record with Jermaine Dupri."[13]

After plans to have Combs produce the album fell through, Herbert and King were the first producers asked to work on the album. King stated: "We came in right as she got her budget ready to go. Vincent and I were the first people she called, we were the first group. That's why we had so much freedom to go in and create a sound because we didn't have to do a song here or there. They wanted us to go in and build a sound. We built a sound and it was a departure from R. Kelly."[18] Aaliyah recorded about eight songs with King at the Vanguard Studios. King stated: "We did about eight songs and out of the eight, four made it", including a cover of "Got to Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye and "Never Givin' Up".[18] Aaliyah decided to cover "Got to Give It Up" because she "wanted some real party songs, so when my uncle played me that [original track], I thought of how I could make it different. Slick Rick [who had been in jail] was on work release at the time, so Vincent got him on the song", adding: "I don't know how Marvin Gaye fans will react, but I hope they like it, I always think it's a great compliment when people remake songs. I hope one day after I'm not here that people will cover my songs".[13]

"Never Givin' Up" was written by King and Monica Payne, and according to King, "We started to work on the track, writing lyrics. She sat on the floor and the first line, 'Sitting here in this empty room,' because the room was fairly empty because I had just moved into that house".[18] The song was King's way of showing love to The Isley Brothers; it was also an ode to the gospel group The Clark Sisters.[18] Originally, the song was meant to be a solo song but after Aaliyah heard an earlier demo with singer Tavarius Polk, she loved his voice and the producers decided to keep him on the song, which turned it into a duet.[18] The song was recorded in one session, with Aaliyah recording the song with the lights turned completely off in the recording booth so people could not see her face.[18] After recording songs with King and Herbert, Aaliyah then went to Atlanta to meet with Carl-So-Lowe and Dupri, with whom she ended up collaborating with for three to four days. In an interview, Lowe mentioned: "I believe Jomo, Barry Hankerson's son, reached out to So So Def and I think it happened from there. I knew she was coming to Atlanta, and we had nothing prepared at the time". Meanwhile, Aaliyah wanted to record songs that were "simplified" and "really good".[18]

Once Aaliyah signed with Atlantic, she and Kallman discussed that it was important to find innovative producers who were not widely known to produce the album, as the ultimate goal was to find Aaliyah her own new sound which would define her as an artist.[18] Eventually, Kallman started meeting with multiple unknown songwriters and producers, stating: "I really just started meeting with tons and tons of new songwriters and producers, just looking for someone creative that had their own spin on things. And one day, this young kid came in. His name was Tim Mosley. He started playing me beats and it was a really obvious meeting of, 'This doesn't sound like anything that's out there and really had its own super exciting and electric, just dynamic properties."[18] According to Kallman, "I called up Aaliyah, and I said, 'You need to meet this guy. His name's Timbaland, and he's new. He's out of the Devonte [Swing] camp.' I said 'I think this could be your muse to really create something special.' And they hit it off".[18]

Prior to meeting Timbaland and Elliott Aaliyah's label received a demo from them, of a song called "Sugar and Spice".[19] The label felt that the song was too childish content-wise but they liked both its structure and melody so they sent it to Aaliyah. After hearing the song, she thought that record was the best thing that she had ever heard. Consequently, Timbaland and Elliott were flown to Detroit to work with her.[19] Aaliyah stated: "At first, Tim and Missy were skeptical if I would like their work, but I thought it was tight, just ridiculous. Their sound was different and unique, and that's what appealed to me", adding: "Before we got together, I talked to them on the phone and told them what I wanted. I said, 'You guys know I have a street image, but there is a sexiness to it, and I want my songs to complement that'; I told them that before I even met them. Once I said that, I didn't have to say anything else. Everything they brought me was the bomb."[13] Subsequently, Aaliyah began recording with Timbaland and Elliott at the Vanguard Studios in Detroit; the first songs she recorded for the album with the duo were "One in a Million" and "If Your Girl Only Knew".[13] After spending a week recording songs at the Vanguard Studios, the trio flew to Ithaca, New York, to work on more songs at the Pyramid Studios.[13]

The song "The One I Gave My Heart To" came into fruition when Diane Warren expressed interest in working with Aaliyah; Warren said: "I remember really liking Aaliyah and wanting to work with her."[18] Warren reached out to Kallman to express her wish to work with Aaliyah and Kallman agreed to the collaboration. Warren's goal in working with Aaliyah was to have her perform a certain song that she would not have normally performed to showcase a different side of her, which included displaying her vocal range in a different way than what she was used to doing.[18] Once Warren was on board, producer Babyface was chosen to produce the song. Due to unforeseen circumstances, he was unable to complete the work, so he enlisted producer Daryl Simmons to replace him instead.[18] Simmons would go on to produce the album version of the song, while producer Guy Roche would go on to produce the single version.[20]

Music and lyrics

According to Micha Frazer-Carroll from The Independent, One in a Million "had a bold, expansive vision, with tracks effortlessly bouncing from trip-hop to sensual slow jams to jungle beats".[21] The album opens with an "alarm call" from the jungle-inspired intro "Beats 4 Da Streets", featuring commentary from Missy Elliott. Throughout the intro, Elliott repeatedly calls Aaliyah's name and tells her to wake up, while various sounds such as echoing amid bells, blippy synths, and heavy bass are playing in the background.[22][23][12] The second track "Hot Like Fire" is a "fine" trip hop song and it is described as a "panting minimalist controlled-blaze baby-maker" with suggestive lyrics.[24][12][25] On "Hot Like Fire", Aaliyah "hums and moans promises to her new bae that his patience will be rewarded".[26] The album's title track is an ethereal club ballad with "seductive" trip hop, funk, electronica, and drum and bass influences; it features "shimmering" synths and crickets within its production.[27][28][23][29] On "One in a Million", Aaliyah "communicates love and commitment to her man."[30]

The fourth track "A Girl Like You" is a hip hop-inspired track with a "standard 90s boom-bap beat", where Aaliyah "holds her own" against featured rapper Treach from Naughty by Nature.[27][12] During the chorus, both Aaliyah and Treach engage in a "cute back-and-forth".[26] The fifth track "If Your Girl Only Knew" is a "bouncing" funk, pop and hip hop song described by critics as "teasingly witchy".[31][32][33][34] On "If Your Girl Only Knew", Aaliyah "chides a man for hitting on her when he already has a girlfriend".[31] The song features heavy keyboard and organ work along with live drums and a thumping bassline.[14] The sixth and seventh tracks "Choosey Lover (Old School/New School)" and "Got to Give It Up" are both covers, of songs originally performed by The Isley Brothers and Marvin Gaye, respectively, with the latter featuring a guest appearance from rapper Slick Rick.[14] "Choosey Lover (Old School/New School", "mimics the 1983 original faithfully for the first four minutes before departing into a more modern extended outro".[27] While, on "Got to Give It Up", Aaliyah places her falsetto "toe to toe against the liquid overlapping rhyme scheme of hip hop's ultimate storyteller Slick Rick".[35] On the eighth track "4 Page Letter", Aaliyah tells her "crush to keep an eye out for the mailman" because she has sent him a love letter, while recalling and following her parents' advice.[12][30]

The ninth track "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" has been described as a "carefree anthem for the summertime block party",[22] while the tenth track "Giving You More" was described as being a suggestive song with Aaliyah playing a "reassuring lover".[25][12] The eleventh track "I Gotcha' Back" has been described as a "jeep-friendly" mid-tempo G-funk song and contains an interpolation from the song "Lean on Me" performed by Bill Withers.[12][25][26] On "I Gotcha' Back", Aaliyah is promising devotion to her potential boyfriend: "When no one else is there, with me you can chill".[25][26] The twelfth track "Never Givin' Up" is a duet with singer Tavarius Polk, as Aaliyah "plays reassuring lover" on the song.[12] While the jungle-inspired thirteenth track "Heartbroken" has been described as being a "beautifully composed ballad"[23][25] in which, "drums fill out the space surrounding the low, shifting two-tone synth hum that serves as the song's backbone".[26] On "Heartbroken", Aaliyah is "tired of being the more loving one in a lousy relationship and she's tired of having her heart broken".[26]

The fourteenth track "Never Comin' Back" features "Timbaland aping the sound of a live band vamping on a laid back groove, while Aaliyah does a call-and-response harmony routine with an imaginary concert audience over canned crowd noise".[27] On the song, Aaliyah is "Feeling used in a relationship, she stands up for herself and dumps the bum".[30] The fifteenth track "Ladies in da House" features guest appearances from both Missy Elliott and Timbaland. The sixteenth track "The One I Gave My Heart To" is a Pop and R&B power ballad, where Aaliyah is "highlighting a broken heart and sense of betrayal".[36][26] In a review by Billboard, the production of the song was described as having a "careful balance of straight ahead pop and R&B sensibilities in producer Guy Roche's instrumental arrangement".[20] The final track on the album is the outro "Came to Give Love", featuring Timbaland.

Artwork

The cover artwork and overall packaging for One in a Million were photographed by Marc Baptiste, who had previously photographed Aaliyah's cover shoot for Seventeen. After the Seventeen cover shoot, Baptiste and Aaliyah crossed paths again through mutual friend Kidada Jones. Baptiste stated: "I ran into my friend Kidada Jones who is Quincy Jones' daughter. They were really good friends back then. She introduced us at The Mercer Hotel. We got along great and the next thing I know, 'I'm going to put my album out. Let's meet.'"[18] A month later, the two met to discuss possible concepts for the artwork and after hearing his ideas, Aaliyah decided that she wanted to work with him.[18]

The photo shoot for One in a Million lasted from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. at various locations in New York City, with the album cover itself being photographed at the Canal Street station late into the session, between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.[18] On the concept for the artwork, Baptiste said: "I wanted to keep her real. The fact that she grew up in Detroit and was born in Brooklyn, I wanted to give the album cover a street-chic vibe so that she's more approachable to an audience. I didn't want to bring her in a Bentley or anything like that. That wasn't her. She was a down to Earth person. I wanted to keep it street chic and play off her beauty".[18]

Release and promotion

In an effort to generate visual awareness for One in a Million, Aaliyah's record label Blackground Records ran advertisements from June 24 to July 8, 1996 on cable channels such as BET and The Box.[14] The music video for the album's lead single "If Your Girl Only Knew" was serviced to both local and national video shows on July 8.[14] Immediately after "If Your Girl Only Knew" and its accompanying video were released, the label went on a heavy print-ad campaign featuring Aaliyah in Seventeen, The Source and other media publications.[14] Due to Aaliyah's outstanding academic performance in school, Blackground planned to run advertisements in React, an educational teen publication inserted in various daily and weekly papers across the United States.[14] Since Aaliyah was an advocate for breast-cancer screenings and crusades against Alzheimer's disease, Blackground also planned for her to do a series of public service announcements on those subjects.[14] One in a Million was first released in European countries starting August 13, and was released in the US two weeks later. An international promotional tour was planned in support of the album, in which she would tour from late summer until the early fall of 1996 in the US and towards the end of September in the United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa and Japan.[37]

In September, Aaliyah made an appearance at MTV's sixth annual Rock N' Jock event, which aired on October 26.[38] During the event, she participated in a celebrity basketball game and performed her song "If Your Girl Only Knew" during the halftime show.[38][39] On October 11, 1996 Aaliyah performed on Soul Train ;[40][41] at the end of the month on October 24, she made an appearance on the British show The O-Zone.[42] Aaliyah made an appearance on the Fox television series New York Undercover's January 16, 1997 episode as a musical guest, performing "Choosey Lover (Old School/New School)".[43][44] On February 14, Aaliyah performed "One in a Million" on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee ;[45][46] Four days later on February 18, she performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[47][48][49] On February 21, 1997 Aaliyah Performed "If Your girl Only Knew" and "One in a Million", on Showtime at the Apollo.[50][51] In March, Aaliyah made an appearance at the annual MTV Spring Break event in Panama City, Florida.[52] During the event, Aaliyah performed "One in a Million" and hosted a segment from The Grind, where she interviewed the Spice Girls before their performance.[53][54] Aaliyah was also planning a 1997 tour with Az Yet and Foxy Brown, but the plans never materialized.[15]

On July 25, 1997 it was announced that Aaliyah was performing at KUBE 93 FM's Summer Jam '97 concert at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Grant County, Washington.[55][56] In August, MTV News reported that she was going on a nationwide tour with Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Mary J. Blige. The tour started on August 28 in Buffalo, New York and ended on October 5 in Phoenix, Arizona.[57] In August, Aaliyah made a televised appearance on the short-lived talk show Vibe, where she performed "Hot Like Fire" and gave the show's host a gift basket filled with promotional items.[58][59] She also performed at KKBT's annual Summer Jam concert at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California the same month.[60] In September, Aaliyah performed "One in a Million" on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show All That.[61][62][63] On October 6, 1997 Aaliyah performed "The One I Gave My Heart To", on The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.[64][65] Thirteen days later, she performed "The One I Gave My Heart To" at Nickelodeon's fourth annual The Big Help event in Santa Monica, California.[66][67][68] On November 26, 1997 she performed "The One I Gave My Heart To" on the BET show Planet Groove.[69][70] On December 10, Aaliyah performed "The One I Gave My Heart To" at the UNICEF Gift of Song benefit gala, which aired live on TNT.[71][72][73] Also in December, she performed on the annual Christmas in Washington television special.[74] Aaliyah also co-headlined the B-96 B-Bash, hosted by the Chicago radio station B96.[75]

In August 2021, it was reported that the album and Aaliyah's other recorded work for Blackground (since rebranded as Blackground Records 2.0) would be re-released on physical, digital, and streaming services in a deal between the label and Empire Distribution. One in a Million was reissued on August 20, 2021,[76][77][78] despite Aaliyah's estate issuing a statement in response to Blackground 2.0's announcement, denouncing the "unscrupulous endeavor to release Aaliyah's music without any transparency or full accounting to the estate".[79][80][81]

Singles

"If Your Girl Only Knew" was released as the lead single from One in a Million on July 15, 1996. It peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and has sold over 600,000 copies in the United States.[82][83] The song peaked atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, staying at the summit for two consecutive weeks. It was a moderate success in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart when it was originally released as a standalone single. In 1997, it was re-released with "One in a Million" as a double A-side single and reached a new peak position of number 15.[84] The song also peaked within the top ten on both the UK Dance Chart and the UK R&B Chart at numbers six and four, respectively.[85] [86] In New Zealand, "If Your Girl Only Knew" peaked at number 20.[87]

"Got to Give It Up" was released as the second single in select international markets on November 4, 1996. It peaked at numbers 37 and 34 in New Zealand and the UK, respectively.[84][88] "Got to Give It Up" peaked at numbers ten and four on the UK Dance Chart and the UK R&B Chart, respectively.[89][90]

"One in a Million" was released as the second single in the United States and third overall on November 26. In the US, the song was ineligible to enter the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs due to its airplay-only release, as Billboard's rules at the time allowed only commercially-available singles to chart. Consequently, it peaked at number 25 on the Radio Songs chart and atop R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.[91][92] The song peaked at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart and reached numbers five and four on the UK Dance Chart and the UK R&B Chart, respectively.[93] [94] It also peaked at number 11 in New Zealand.[84][95]

"4 Page Letter" was released as the fourth single on March 18, 1997. Like its predecessor, the song was released as an airplay-only single in the US, therefore was able to enter only airplay charts. It peaked at number 59 on the Radio Songs and at number 12 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts.[96][97] Internationally, it peaked at number 24 on the UK Singles Chart and numbers 14 and nine on the UK Dance Chart and the UK R&B Chart, respectively.[84] [98] [99]

"The One I Gave My Heart To" was released as the fifth single on August 25. It debuted at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to peak at number nine, becoming the highest-peaking single from One in a Million.[100] On the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, it debuted at number 18 and peaked at number seven.[101] The single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 21, and sold 900,000 copies in the US by the end of 1997.[102][103] Internationally, the song peaked at number 28 in New Zealand.[104]

"Hot Like Fire" was released as the sixth and final single on September 16, as a double A-side single with "The One I Gave My Heart To". "Hot Like Fire" was ineligible to enter both Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at number 31 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.[105] The double single peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as at numbers 25 and three on the UK Dance Chart and the UK R&B Chart, respectively.[84][106][107]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[108]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(choice cut)[109]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[110]
Los Angeles Times[111]
Muzik[112]
Q[113]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[114]
Slant Magazine[115]
Sputnikmusic3/5[116]

One in a Million received generally favorable reviews from music critics. In her review for Vibe, Dream Hampton said that Aaliyah's "deliciously feline" voice had the same "pop appeal" as Janet Jackson's and is complemented by the producers' funky, coherent tracks.[25] Connie Johnson of the Los Angeles Times found the album's material exceptional, including the "teasingly witchy" "If Your Girl Only Knew".[33] The Source felt that One in a Million "resides on a different plane than the legion of sophomore attempts that produce only one or two gold singles, Aaliyah is ready to showcase her mature side, her best songs are about relationship woes".[113] Q stated: "With her smooth, sweetly seductive vocal firmly to the fore, [Aaliyah] works through a set of predominantly slow and steamy swingbeat numbers, all clipped beats, luxurious melodies and dreamy harmonies".[113] Robert Christgau, writing in The Village Voice, was less enthusiastic and cited only "Got to Give It Up" as a "choice cut", calling it "a good song on an album that isn't worth your time or money".[117][118]

Sputnikmusic's Nick Butler deemed it a "strange" record with an overemphasis on "unusually good" and "occasionally brilliant" ballads but plagued by upbeat tracks that were not on-par, except for "Hot Like Fire".[116] People felt that the album offered more variety in content as opposed to Aaliyah's debut studio album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number (1994), saying: "At least she's keeping good company. While R. Kelly produced Aaliyah's debut with a one-dimensional musical vision, One in a Million's production posse (which includes Jermaine Dupri and Timbaland) dips into a languid and seductive trip hop on the title track; then stutters jungle rhythm on 'Beats 4 da Streets' and 'Heartbroken.'"[23] Bob Waliszewski from Plugged In gave the album a mixed review as he felt that Aaliyah had positive things to say on the album but the message got lost in certain songs, stating: "Sexually suggestive lyrics spoil whatever good this disc has going for it".[30] Writing for AllMusic, Leo Stanley viewed the album as a significant improvement over Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, noting a larger variety of material and producers, and described Aaliyah's voice as "smoother, more seductive, and stronger than before".[108]

Accolades

Awards and nominations for One in a Million
YearAwardCategoryNominee(s)ResultRef.
1997Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite Female R&B AlbumOne in a MillionNominated
1997Soul Train Music AwardBest R&B/Soul Album, FemaleNominated
1998Best R&B/Soul Single, Female"One in a Million"Nominated
Rankings for One in a Million
YearPublicationAccoladeRankRef.
1999Rolling StoneThe Essential Recordings of the 90s
2007VibeThe 150 Albums That Define the Vibe Era
2011Rolling Stone100 Best Albums of the '90s
90
2017ComplexThe 50 Best R&B Albums of the '90s
7
2020Rolling StoneThe 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
314

Commercial performance

One in a Million debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard 200 chart dated September 14, 1996, selling 40,500 copies during its first week.[127][128] The album achieved its highest single-week sales during the Christmas week of 1996, when it sold 71,000 copies.[128] It reached its peak of number 18 on February 1, 1997, and has spent a total of 68 weeks on the Billboard 200.[129] On the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, the album debuted at number 4.[130] In its 22nd week on the chart it peaked at number two on February 8, 1997, spending a total of 72 weeks on the chart.[131][132] One in a Million was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 23, 1996, platinum on February 5, 1997, and double platinum on June 16, 1997.[133] By the end of 1997, the album had sold an additional 1.1 million copies in the United States according to Billboard.[134] By July 2001, it had sold over three million copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.[6] By February 2003, the album had sold an additional 756,000 units through BMG Music Club.[135]

In Canada, One in a Million debuted at number 35 on RPM' s Top Albums/CDs chart on September 9, 1996, reaching its peak of number 33 the following week.[136][137] In total the album has spent 9 consecutive weeks on the Top Albums/CDs chart.[138] On May 28, 1997, it was certified gold by Music Canada for shipments of 50,000 copies in the country.[139] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted and peaked at numbers 33 and three on the UK Albums Chart and the UK R&B Chart, respectively, on September 7, 1996.[140][141] It was eventually certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for 100,000 copies shipped in the UK. In Japan, the album peaked at number 36 on the Oricon Albums Chart and received a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).[142] As of August 2011, the album has sold over eight million copies worldwide.[143][144]

After Aaliyah's August 25, 2001 death, One in a Million returned to the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, as well as topping the US Top Catalog Albums chart for four weeks.[145] It also re-entered the UK Albums Chart on two separate occasions–at number 106 on February 2, 2002, and at number 169 on April 26, 2003.[146] Following its 2021 reissue, the album reached the top ten on the Billboard 200 for the first time ever, peaking at number ten with 26,000 album-equivalent units, including pure album sales of 13,000 units, streaming-equivalent albums (SEA) of 11,000 units (equaling 14.29 million on-demand streams of the album's tracks), and track-equivalent albums (TEA) of 2,000 units.[147] Additionally, the album re-entered the UK R&B Chart at number eight.[148] On September 4, 2021, its singles "If Your Girl Only Knew", "One in a Million" and "4 Page Letter" debuted at numbers 15, seven and 26 on the US Digital Song Sales, respectively.[149]

Impact and legacy

In a retrospective review of One in a Million, Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine said it was "undoubtedly one of the most influential R&B albums of the '90s", and credited it for establishing "Aaliyah and the Timbo family as undeniable hip-hop forces."[115] According to Jon Caramanica from Spin, the album "found Aaliyah at the nexus of street savvy R&B and elegant pop."[150] According to Aisha Harris from NPR, "One In A Million took Aaliyah's air of mystery and the laid-back vibes, and reworked them to help pioneer a new way forward in pop and R&B".[151] In an article commemorating the 20th anniversary of the album's release and the 15th anniversary of Aaliyah's death, Dean Van Nguyen from The Independent stated: "Its handprints can be seen all over the two decades of pop music that followed."[22] One in a Million was credited with elevating Missy Elliott and Timbaland's respective careers in a The Guardian article published upon the album's 2021 reissue; in the same article, Kathy Iandoli–the author of Aaliyah's biography Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah (2021)–stated: "That sound is still the blueprint for all of R&B and pop music today."[152]

One in a Million was ranked at number 90 on Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums of the '90s".[124] It was also listed as one of 33 urban albums on the magazine's list "The Essential Recordings of the '90s".[122] In 2007, Vibe included the album on "The 150 Albums That Define the Vibe Era", stating: "As seductive as an R&B vocalist, Aaliyah is insouciantly sexy on her second album the songwriting isn't quite polished yet, but the early signs are like gleaming flares."[123] In November 2017, the album was ranked seventh on Complex's list "The 50 Best R&B Albums of the '90's"; editor Ross Scarano stated One in a Million "is the definitive account of Aaliyah and Timbaland's collective brilliance" and that the album's singles "If Your Girl Only Knew", "One in a Million", "4 Page Letter" and "Hot Like Fire" "are the songs that modern R&B, rap, and EDM could not do without".[125] In 2020, the album was ranked at number 314 on Rolling Stone's list "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[126]

Track listing

One in a Million – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."Beats 4 da Streets" (Intro) (featuring Missy Elliott)
Timbaland2:10
2."Hot Like Fire"
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
Timbaland4:23
3."One in a Million"
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
Timbaland4:30
4."A Girl Like You" (featuring Treach)
  • Kay-Gee
  • Darren Lighty
  • Kay-Gee
  • Lighty
4:23
5."If Your Girl Only Knew"
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
Timbaland4:50
6."Choosey Lover (Old School/New School)"7:07
7."Got to Give It Up" (featuring Slick Rick)
  • Herbert
  • Craig King
4:41
8."4 Page Letter"
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
Timbaland4:52
9."Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
Jerkins4:50
10."Giving You More"J. DibbsDibbs4:26
11."I Gotcha' Back"
  • Dupri
  • Carl-So-Lowe
2:54
12."Never Givin' Up" (featuring Tavarius Polk)
  • Monica Bell
  • King
  • Herbert
  • King
5:11
13."Heartbroken"
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
Timbaland4:17
14."Never Comin' Back"
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
Timbaland4:06
15."Ladies in da House" (featuring Missy Elliott and Timbaland)
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
Timbaland4:20
16."The One I Gave My Heart To"Diane WarrenDaryl Simmons4:30
17."Came to Give Love" (Outro) (featuring Timbaland) Timbaland1:40
Total length:73:10
One in a Million – Japanese edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
18."No Days Go By"
  • King
  • Rheji Burrell
  • Aaliyah
  • Herbert
  • Burrell
  • King
4:41
Total length:77:51
One in a Million – European limited edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
18."Come Over"Johntá Austin3:55
Total length:77:05
One in a Million – 2021 reissue edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
18."Hot Like Fire" (Timbaland's Groove Mix)
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
Timbaland4:38
Total length:77:48

Notes

  • ^a signifies an additional producer

Sample credits

Personnel

Credits are adapted from the liner notes of One in a Million.[17]

  • Aaliyah – lead vocals
  • Marc Baptiste – photography
  • Carlton Batts – mastering
  • Monica Bell – writing
  • Thomas Bricker – art direction
  • Ricky Brown – mixing
  • Carl-So-Lowe – production, writing
  • Al Carter – project coordination
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion
  • David de la Cruz – styling
  • J. Dibbs – mixing, production, vocal arrangement, writing
  • Pat Dillett – engineering
  • KayGee – mixing, production, writing
  • Jimmy Douglass – engineering, mixing
  • Jermaine Dupri – mixing, production, writing
  • Missy Elliott – vocals, vocal arrangement, writing
  • Ronnie Garrett – bass
  • Ben Garrison – engineering, mixing
  • Marvin Gaye – writing
  • Mark Goodman – remixing
  • Franklin Grant – mixing
  • Barry Hankerson – creative consultation, executive production
  • Dianne Hankerson – hair styling
  • Jomo Hankerson – executive production
  • Shanga Hankerson – project coordination
  • Melanie Harris – make-up
  • Xavier Harris – backing vocals
  • Demetrius Hart – backing vocals
  • Michael Haughton – executive production
  • Pierre Heath – backing vocals
  • Vincent Herbert – mixing, production
  • Ernie Isley – writing
  • Marvin Isley – writing
  • O'Kelly Isley Jr. – writing
  • Ronald Isley – writing
  • Rudolph Isley – writing
  • Chris Jasper – writing
  • Rodney Jerkins – instrumentation, mixing, production, vocals, writing
  • Craig Kallman – executive production
  • Thom "TK" Kidd – engineering, mixing
  • Carol Kim – project coordination
  • Craig King – backing vocals, engineering, production, vocal arrangement, writing
  • Darren Lighty – mixing, production, writing
  • Chuck Nice – engineering
  • Monica Payne – writing
  • Tavarius Polk – vocals
  • Michael J. Powell – guitar
  • Mike Rew – engineering
  • Daryl Simmons – acoustic guitar, drum programming, drums, keyboards, production
  • Ivy Skoff – production coordination
  • Slick Rick – vocals
  • Rashad Smith – production, remixing
  • Sound Boy – engineering
  • Sebrina Swaby – project coordination
  • Phil Tan – engineering, mixing, backing vocals
  • Tann – backing vocals
  • Japhe Tejeda – writing
  • Timbaland – mixing, production, vocals, writing
  • Diane Warren – writing
  • Freddie "Ready" Washington – bass

Charts

Certifications and sales

RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[167]Gold50,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[169]Gold160,000[168]
United Kingdom (BPI)[170]Gold100,000^
United States (RIAA)[171]2× Platinum3,000,000[6]
Summaries
Worldwide8,000,000[143][172][173]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Release dates and formats for One in a Million
RegionDateEdition(s)Format(s)Label(s)Ref.
FranceAugust 13, 1996StandardCDEast West[174]
United KingdomAugust 26, 1996Atlantic[175]
United StatesAugust 27, 1996
  • Cassette
  • CD
[108]
JapanSeptember 10, 1996CDWarner Music[176]
GermanyMarch 9, 2004LimitedEdel[177]
FranceOctober 16, 2007Universal Music[178]
VariousAugust 20, 2021Reissue
[179][180][181][182]
August 5, 2022
  • Vinyl
  • vinyl (D2C exclusive)
[182][183]

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Bibliography

External links

Artist(s)

Veröffentlichungen von Aaliyah die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

One In A Million

Aaliyah auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Aaliyah (2000)

Aaliyah Dana Haughton (* 16. Januar 1979 in Brooklyn, New York City; † 25. August 2001 in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas) war eine US-amerikanische R&B-Sängerin und Schauspielerin. Ihren Durchbruch hatte sie mit Try Again, dem Titellied des Films Romeo Must Die, in dem sie die weibliche Hauptrolle spielte. Mit weltweit über 30 Millionen verkauften Tonträgern gehört sie zu den erfolgreichsten R&B-Sängerinnen der letzten 30 Jahre.[1][2] Im Alter von 22 Jahren kam sie bei einem Flugzeugabsturz ums Leben.

Leben

Jugend

Aaliyah Dana Haughton kam im Januar 1979 als zweites Kind der Eheleute Michael und Diane Haughton in Brooklyn, New York City, zur Welt. Sie verbrachte jedoch den Großteil ihrer Kindheit nach einem Umzug im Alter von fünf Jahren gemeinsam mit ihrem älteren Bruder Rashad in Detroit, Michigan.

Als Teenager besuchte Aaliyah zunächst die Detroit High School, wo sie neben Tanz- und Schauspiel- auch Gesangsunterricht erhielt. Angetrieben von ihrer Mutter, einer ehemaligen Sängerin, bewarb sie sich 1989 für die Teilnahme an der Talentshow Star Search. Obwohl sie mit ihrer Darbietung von My Funny Valentine nicht als Gewinnerin aus dem Wettbewerb hervorgehen konnte, steigerte der Auftritt im landesweiten Fernsehen ihr Interesse an der Unterhaltungsbranche; so sprach die damals Zehnjährige noch im selben Jahr für die TV-Sitcom Alle unter einem Dach vor und trat im Alter von elf Jahren mit ihrer berühmten Tante Gladys Knight in Las Vegas auf.

Karriere

1990er-Jahre

1993 unterzeichnete Aaliyah Haughton im Alter von 14 Jahren[3] einen Plattenvertrag mit Blackground Records, dem Label ihres Onkels Barry Hankerson. Im Jahr darauf begann sie gemeinsam mit R. Kelly an ihrem Debütalbum Age Ain't Nothing But A Number bei Jive Records zu arbeiten. Nicht zuletzt dank seiner erfolgreichen Singleauskopplungen Back & Forth und At Your Best (You Are Love) konnte das Album, veröffentlicht im Mai desselben Jahres, im Laufe der Monate weltweit mehr als fünf Millionen Kopien absetzen.

Über das Verhältnis von Aaliyah zum 12 Jahre älteren R. Kelly gibt es einige Kontroversen,[4] hauptsächlich ausgelöst durch eine Heiratsurkunde vom 31. August 1994. Das Alter der damals 15-jährigen Aaliyah wird darin fälschlich mit 18 Jahren angegeben. Die folglich illegale Eheschließung wurde im Februar des folgenden Jahres annulliert.[5] Beide Seiten dementierten jedoch später, jemals verheiratet gewesen zu sein.[6]

Aaliyah wechselte Ende 1995 zu den Nachwuchsproduzenten Timbaland und Missy Elliott über. Das gemeinsam erarbeitete Album One In a Million, das im Sommer 1996 veröffentlicht wurde, übertraf den Erfolg des Debüts mit acht Millionen verkauften CDs bei weitem und brachte mit If Your Girl Only Knew, One In a Million, der Diane-Warren-Komposition The One I Gave My Heart To, der Ballade 4 Page Letter, dem Marvin-Gaye-Cover Got To Give It Up und der Radio-Single Hot Like Fire sechs äußerst erfolgreiche Auskopplungen hervor.

Anschließend gelang es der Sängerin 1997 mit Journey to the Past, dem Oscar-nominierten Titelsong zum Zeichentrickfilm Anastasia, ein weiteres Mal auf sich aufmerksam zu machen. Im selben Jahr hatte sie einen Gastauftritt in der Fernsehserie New York Undercover. Mit der 1998 veröffentlichten Single Are You That Somebody?, dem Titelsong zur Eddie-Murphy-Komödie Dr. Dolittle, konnte Aaliyah im Folgejahr zudem schließlich auch europaweit musikalisch Fuß fassen. Trotz des anhaltenden Erfolges entschied sie sich nach der Veröffentlichung dazu, dem Showgeschäft vorübergehend den Rücken zu kehren, um ihren High-School-Abschluss zu machen.

2000–2001

Aaliyah in Berlin (2000)

Nach intensivem Schauspieltraining gelang Aaliyah es 2000 schließlich, ihre erste Rolle in dem Martial-Arts-Film Romeo Must Die an der Seite von Jet Li zu spielen. Ähnlich wie der Film, welcher sich mit 90 Millionen US-Dollar zu einem der erfolgreichsten Filme des Jahres entwickelte, konnte sich auch der von Aaliyah und Timbaland co-produzierte Soundtrack in den vorderen Rängen der Charts etablieren. Nachdem bereits die vorab veröffentlichten Songs Come Back In One Piece, mit Rapper DMX, und I Don’t Wanna sehr erfolgreich waren, konnte sich Aaliyah mit dem Titelsong Try Again sogar erstmals an der Spitze der US-amerikanischen Billboard Hot 100 platzieren. Sie wurde außerdem für einen Grammy nominiert.

Nach weiteren Filmaufnahmen für die Anne-Rice-Verfilmung Königin der Verdammten in Australien begannen die Dreharbeiten zu Matrix Reloaded und Matrix Revolutions. Dafür kehrte Aaliyah im Frühjahr 2001 in die USA zurück, um die Veröffentlichung ihres dritten Albums vorzubereiten. Während die erste Auskoppelung We Need a Resolution lediglich durchwachsene Erfolge in den Charts erzielte, stieg die selbstbetitelte LP bis auf Platz 2 der US-amerikanischen Albumcharts.

Tod

Am 21. August 2001 begannen Aaliyah und ihr Team in Los Angeles die Dreharbeiten zum Musikvideo der Single Rock The Boat. Am darauffolgenden Tag entschied man sich schließlich dazu, für zwei weitere Tage auf die Bahamas zu fliegen, um dort mit einigen Außenaufnahmen weiter am Video arbeiten zu können. Während ein Teil der Truppe nach Ende der Dreharbeiten am 25. August 2001 auf den Inseln zurückblieb, traten Aaliyah und sieben ihrer Crew-Mitglieder in einer Cessna 402B die Heimreise in Richtung Miami an. Unmittelbar nach dem Start stürzte das Flugzeug gegen 18:45 Uhr Ortszeit nur wenige hundert Meter hinter der Landebahn zu Boden. Alle Insassen kamen dabei ums Leben. Wie man später feststellte, war das Flugzeug um etwa 320 kg überladen, da die Passagiere trotz der Warnungen des Piloten auf der Mitnahme aller Gepäckstücke bestanden hatten.[7] Eine spätere Autopsie deckte zudem auf, dass der Pilot unter Einfluss von Kokain und Alkohol gestanden hatte.

Vermächtnis

Nach Aaliyahs Tod schossen ihre Plattenverkäufe in die Höhe. Ihr Album Aaliyah kam auf Platz 1 der US-Billboard-Charts. Es wurden weitere Singles aus Aaliyah veröffentlicht. More Than A Woman wurde ein postumer Nummer-1-Hit in Großbritannien. Die Ballade I Care 4 U wurde dank massiver Radiounterstützung in den USA veröffentlicht und schaffte es dort ohne weitere Promotion in die vorderen Ränge der Charts. In Deutschland war das Album Aaliyah 42 Wochen erfolgreich in den Charts platziert.

Die Dreharbeiten zum Film Königin der Verdammten konnten vor Aaliyahs Tod beendet werden, jedoch mussten einige Tonaufnahmen von ihrem Bruder Rashad nachsynchronisiert werden. Premiere feierte der Film aber erst 2002. Er erreichte auf Anhieb Platz 1 der US-Kinocharts und kam bis auf Platz 4 in Deutschland.

Ihre Rolle als Zee in den Matrix-Fortsetzungen wurde mit Nona Gaye umbesetzt, da zum damaligen Zeitpunkt nur wenige Szenen mit Aaliyah fertiggestellt waren. Das Rohmaterial ist auf einer Special Edition der Matrix-DVDs zu sehen.

Das erste Greatest Hits-Album I Care 4 U wurde im Winter 2002 veröffentlicht, es enthielt ihre bekanntesten Songs sowie einige unveröffentlichte Tracks. Dazu kam eine DVD mit ihren Musikvideos und Behind-The-Scene-Interviews auf den Markt. Das Album, sowie die Vorab-Single Miss You wurden Bestseller. Im dazugehörigen Video zollten prominente Freunde (u. a. Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim und DMX) Tribut an die verstorbene Sängerin. Es folgte die nur in Europa veröffentlichte Maxi-CD Don't Know What To Tell Ya. In den USA entschied man sich hingegen für Come Over.

Aaliyah wurde auch nach ihrem Tod für zahlreiche Awards nominiert und ausgezeichnet, unter anderem für den Grammy und den American Music Award. In Deutschland wurde sie für ihr letztes Album Aaliyah für den Echo nominiert.

2005 wurden in Großbritannien und Japan weitere Best-of-Alben von Aaliyah veröffentlicht: Ultimate Aaliyah (UK) und Rare Tracks And Visuals (JP), jedoch wurden diese kaum beworben.

Sonstiges

  • Aaliyah war während ihrer Karriere auf vielen Alben anderer Künstler und weiteren Film-Soundtracks zu hören.
  • Sie bekam für ihre Single Try Again und ihr letztes Album Aaliyah Gold in Deutschland.
  • In den vergangenen Jahren wurden zahlreiche ihrer bislang unbekannten Songs ins Internet gestellt.
  • Aaliyah war für die Hauptrolle im Remake des Films Sparkle vorgesehen. Nach ihrem Tod wurde der für 2002 geplante Produktionsbeginn für mehrere Jahre ausgesetzt; der Film erschien schließlich 2012 mit Jordin Sparks in der Hauptrolle. Eine weitere Hauptrolle sollte Aaliyah im Kinofilm Honey spielen.
  • Aaliyah war die erste Sängerin, die einen posthumen Nummer-1-Hit in Großbritannien hatte.
  • Ihr Hit Try Again war der erste Song in der Geschichte der US-Charts, der nur basierend auf Radio-Airplay Platz 1 erreichte.
  • Aaliyahs Grab ist auf dem Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale (Ortsteil von Greenburgh), New York.
  • Im Video zu Miss You verabschieden sich u. a. DMX, Missy Elliott, Toni Braxton, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx und ihre Familie.

Diskografie

Studioalben

JahrTitel
Musiklabel
Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungenTemplate:Charttabelle/Wartung/ohne Quellen
(Jahr, Titel, Musiklabel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
Anmerkungen
 DE AT CH UK US R&B
1994Age Ain’t Nothin’ but a Number
Blackground Records • Jive Records
UK23
Gold
Gold

(13 Wo.)UK
US18
Doppelplatin
×2
Doppelplatin

(37 Wo.)US
R&B3
(41 Wo.)R&B
Erstveröffentlichung: 24. Mai 1994
Verkäufe: + 6.000.000[8][9]
1996One in a Million
Atlantic Records • Blackground Records
UK33
Gold
Gold

(3 Wo.)UK
US10
Doppelplatin
×2
Doppelplatin

(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufigUS
R&B2
(71 Wo.)R&B
Erstveröffentlichung: 5. August 1996
Verkäufe: + 8.000.000[10]
2001Aaliyah
Blackground Records
DE9
Gold
Gold

(41 Wo.)DE
AT21
(11 Wo.)AT
CH6
Gold
Gold

(33 Wo.)CH
UK5
Platin
Platin

(36 Wo.)UK
US1
Doppelplatin
×2
Doppelplatin

(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufigUS
R&B2
(77 Wo.)R&B
Erstveröffentlichung: 13. Juli 2001
Verkäufe: + 13.000.000[11]

Filmografie

Filme

Cameoauftritte in Musikvideos

Auszeichnungen

  • American Music Awards
    • 2001: in der Kategorie „Favourite Female R&B Artist“
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist“
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „Favorite R&B/Soul Album“ (Aaliyah)
    • 2003: in der Kategorie „Favorite Female R&B Artist“
  • Billboard Music Awards
    • 1996: in der Kategorie „Top R&B Single of the Year, Female“ (One in a Million)
    • 1998: in der Kategorie „Top Hip-Hop/R&B Single Airplay Single of the Year“ (Are You That Somebody?)
    • 2000: in der Kategorie „Top Hip-Hop/R&B Artist of The Year, Female“
    • 2003: in der Kategorie „Top Hip-Hop/R&B Artist of The Year“
    • 2003: in der Kategorie „Top Hip-Hop/R&B Album of The Year, Female“ (I Care 4 U)
    • 2003: in der Kategorie „Top Hip-Hop/R&B Single of The Year, Female“ (Miss You)
  • Icon Israeli Musical Artist Award
    • 2004: in der Kategorie „Best Selling International Female Artist of the Year“
  • MOBO Awards
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „Best Video“ (More Than a Woman)
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „Best Dance Video“ (More Than a Woman)
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „Best International Act“
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „Best Video“ (Rock the Boat)
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „Best Video Female R&B Vocals“ (We Need a Resolution)
  • MTV Movie Awards
    • 1999: in der Kategorie „Best Movie Song“ (Are You That Somebody?)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 2000: in der Kategorie „Best Female Video“ (Try Again)
    • 2000: in der Kategorie „Best Video From Film“ (Try Again)
  • New Musical Express
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „Record of The Year“ (More Than a Woman)
  • Pakistan Music Awards
    • 2001: in der Kategorie „Best Song From a Female Artist“ (Try Again)
  • Rolling Stone
    • 2001: in der Kategorie „Best R&B Album“ (Aaliyah)
  • Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „Best R&B/Soul Single“ (Rock the Boat)
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „Best R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year“ (Rock the Boat)
  • World Music Awards
    • 2002: in der Kategorie „World’s Best Selling Female R&B Artist of the Year“

Weblinks

Commons: Aaliyah – Sammlung von Bildern

Einzelnachweise

  1. Aliyah. myvideo.de, archiviert vom Original am 6. August 2014; abgerufen am 29. Januar 2017.
  2. Gary Trust, Keith Caulfield, Rauly Ramirez: The Top 50 R&B / Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. In: Billboard, 18. November 2010. Abgerufen im 29. Januar 2017. 
  3. Aaliyah telegraph.co.uk, abgerufen am 11. März 2019 (englisch)
  4. vgl. The Real Reason R Kelly Married Aaliyah…, abgerufen am 14. Januar 2014
  5. „R. Kelly: Indecent Proposal“ (Memento vom 19. September 2008 im Internet Archive), abgerufen am 14. Januar 2014
  6. Aaliyah biopic to discuss underage marriage to R. Kelly (Memento vom 16. Januar 2014 im Internet Archive), abgerufen am 14. Januar 2014
  7. Flugzeugabsturz: Soulstar Aaliyah tot, Die Welt vom 27. August 2001
  8. Age Still Ain’t Nothing But A Number: Aaliyah’s Debut Turns 20. (Nicht mehr online verfügbar.) In: revolt.tv. Archiviert vom Original am 17. April 2015; abgerufen am 17. Mai 2021.
  9. What Millennials Should Know About… Aaliyah’s ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number’ LP. In: vibe.com. 26. August 2014, abgerufen am 17. Mai 2021.
  10. Aaliyah Died 10 Years Ago Today: What Fans Say. In: hollywoodreporter.com. 25. August 2011, abgerufen am 17. Mai 2021.
  11. Drake unveils new Aaliyah duet ‘Enough Said’ – listen. In: nme.com. 6. August 2012, abgerufen am 17. Mai 2021.

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