Aaliyah (born Aaliyah Dana Haughton; 16.1.1979 - 25.8.2001)
Aaliyah was an American singer, dancer artist and model best known for her triple platinum debut album Age Ain't Nothing But a Number.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the time of her death in 2001, Aaliyah had a net worth of 10 million USD.
Childhood: Aaliyah was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dianne and Michael Haughton. She began singing at weddings, church choirs and charity events at a young age. At the age of five, Aaliyah realised she wanted to be an entertainer and toured with her aunt, Gladys Knight, while auditioning for television roles. At the age of ten, Aaliyah was working on the show Star Search and the following year appeared in concert with her aunt in an attempt to become noticed by a record label.
Musical Career: Aaliyah signed on with the label Blackground Records at the age of twelve. She began being mentored by R. Kelly, who proceeded to write and produce her debut album which was released when she turn fourteen. The album, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, became a double platinum record upon it's release in 1994. In 1997, Aaliyah's second album, One in a Million, was released and also achieved double platinum status. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared alongside Jet Li in her film debut Romeo Must Die, for which she served as an executive producer for the soundtrack. She also contributed four songs toward the film. Her third album, 'Aaliyah', was released in 2001 and reached number two on the Billboard 200 list. After her death the following month, the album shot from number nineteen on the list, straight to number one.
Personal Life: Around the time of Aaliyah's first album, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, rumours began to circulate that she and R. Kelly had lied about her age and secretly been married. Both denied the accusations claiming that neither of them were married, yet after the court case ended, Aaliyah cut off all connection with R. Kelly. On August 25th, 2001, Aaliyah and members of her record company were in The Bahamas filming the music video to one of the songs from her latest album, Rock The Boat. Having finished shooting, they decided to leave a day ahead of schedule and boarded a different, smaller plane to what they were supposed to travel in. Due to the excess weight from recording equipment and too many passengers, the plane crashed during take-off, killing all passengers.
Aaliyah's ex-boyfriend Damon Dash believes he could have prevented the R&B star from getting on the airplane which led to her death in 2001.
The singer was one of nine passengers killed in The Bahamas, where the twin-engine plane they were traveling in crashed shortly after take-off. At the time of her death, she was dating Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon, but he was not with the star in the island country, where she had just finished filming the music video for her track Rock The Boat.
And in a new interview on U.S. chat show The Real, Damon opens up about his late love's death, and insists the outcome would have been much different if he was by her side in The Bahamas - especially since she had a bad feeling about the small aircraft before it even left the U.S.
"There is no chance that, if I was there, we would have been on that plane," he said. "So it would have never happened that way... She told me she was going to the Bahamas and I was against it, like, 'Yo, don't go.'
Continue reading: Damon Dash: 'I Told Aaliyah Not To Get On The Plane She Died On'
A photographer is suing retail executives for using his images of late R&B star Aaliyah on clothing without permission.
Eric Johnson, who took pictures of the singer two months before her death in 2001, has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court against bosses of Fvmous Clothing and Renasia Couture stores in Palmetto, Georgia claiming they used his images on shirts without permission.
The lawsuit states, "Certain photographs from that shoot have come to define Aaliyah's enduring image among the public and her devoted fans."
Johnson had licensed some pictures from the shoot, but kept most of them in his private archive. His lawyer allegedly contacted the retail bosses and asked them to stop using his images, but they refused.
Continue reading: Photographer Sues Over Aaliyah Images
R&b Singer R. Kelly Has Revealed He Was Sexually Abused By A Female Family Member When He Was A Child.
The I Believe I Can Fly star kept the alleged abuse hidden opening up about it in his 2012 memoir, Soulacoaster, and now he is revealing more about the incidents that occurred when he was between the ages of seven and 15.
"(It was something I) put so far in the back of my mind that I even forgot about it," he tells GQ magazine in a candid new expose. "As I got older, the more I just didn't want it to be in my past the more I became successful. I didn't want that to be something that was in my luggage once I got to my success home, so to speak."
The 49-year-old goes on to reveal that a trusted family friend showed him his penis when he was a child and tried to get him to masturbate for money. Kelly refused. A female relative also abused him by forcing him to perform oral sex and then having intercourse with her.
Continue reading: R. Kelly Opens Up About Childhood Sexual Abuse
Producer Timbaland Has Brought Aaliyah Back From The Dead For A New Track On His Latest Mixtape.
The tragic singer, who lost her life in a plane crash in 2001, is among the names listed as guests on Timbaland Kings Stay Kings.
The hitmaker, who worked with Aaliyah on her biggest hits, claims to have unearthed an unheard track from his former protege, and it will feature on his first mixtape release since Shock Value II in 2009.
Kings Stay Kings will be released on Christmas Day (25Dec15).
Aaliyah's Family Is Paying Tribute To The Late R&b Singer By Releasing A Perfume In Her Honour.
Aaliyah's mother and brother, Diane and Rashad Haughton, have teamed up with bosses at perfume company Xyrena to release the first official fragrance.
A press release from Rashad reads, "It has been wonderful working with Xyrena to create an incredible fragrance that embodies the beauty, mystery, and creativity that my sister infused into every aspect of her life."
Aaliyah is currently available for pre-order and five per cent of the sales will be donated to The Aaliyah Memorial Fund.
Continue reading: Aaliyah's Family Releasing First Official Fragrance
Missy Elliott Hailed Late Stars Including Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.i.g., Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes And Aaliyah In Her First U.k. Performance For Five Years As She Closed Britain's Bestival On Sunday (13sep15).
During her set, which included a cameo from rap newcomer Sharaya J, the Work It hitmaker asked fans to hold up the light on their cell phones for a special tribute.
Before performing For My People, she said, "Shout out to Tupac, Biggie, Left Eye, Jam Master Jay, and Aaliyah. I do this for my girl Aaliyah. Aaliyah, we miss you," as a photograph of the late singer appeared behind her.
Elliott's set on the main stage brought the event to an end, closing with a blaze of fireworks.
Continue reading: Missy Elliott Pays Tribute To Late Stars At Festival
Janet Jackson paid tribute to Aaliyah on the 14th anniversary of her death by sharing a heartfelt note on Instagram about her late friend.
The 49-year-old singer declared her love for her late friend, who died in a plane crash in the Bahamas at age 22 in 2001, as she took to Twitter to remember her.
The 'Rhythm Nation' hitmaker shared a photograph of a handwritten note that reads: ''What I shared with u [is] ever sacred, everlasting, [and] it's pure and it will endure. I love u Aaliyah. #RIP (sic)''
Continue reading: Janet Jackson Remembers Aaliyah
Janet Jackson Marked The 14th Anniversary Of Pal Aaliyah's Death On Tuesday (25aug15) By Posting A Social Media Tribute To The Tragic Singer.
Fans and friends flooded Twitter.com with notes and thoughts about the late star, who lost her life in a 2001 plane crash, aged 22, and Jackson wanted to make sure her followers knew Aaliyah was on her mind.
Posting a photo of a handwritten note which read: "What I shared with u ever sacred, everlasting, it's pure and it will endure. I love u Aaliyah. #RIP", the Rhythm Nation hitmaker added the caption, "I know u r there shining down on me."
Aaliyah and Janet were making plans to work together at the time of the R&B star's death.
Continue reading: Janet Jackson Remembers Aaliyah On Death Anniversary
Now that that's all clear... can we all collectively move on?
So apparently, Timbaland (along with the rest of the world) isn’t thrilled with Lifetime’s depiction of Aaliyah’s life. The producer, who mentored Aaliyah through her rapid rise to fame has spoken out on the film, which hit cinemas on Saturday.
Alexandra Shipp plays the title role in the barely watchable movie.
Like any self-respecting artist these days, Timbo voiced his opinion via Twitter and Instagram, through several pictures, messages and video. First he shared a photo of the movie's poster, writing, "Hope yall not watching this!!!!!!!!"
Continue reading: Timbaland Vs. Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic: It's On.
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Date of birth
16th January, 1979
Date of death
25th August, 2001
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