Friday, July 7, 2017

ON THIS DAY.. #Aaliyah dropped her 3rd album, 'Aaliyah' 16 years ago! [vids]



On this DAY back back in 2001, Aaliyah dropped her 3rd album, 'Aaliyah'! Aaliyah is the 2001 third and final studio album by American R&B singer Aaliyah. After raising her profile with hit soundtrack singles during the late 1990s, the singer started to work on the album in 1998, but rescheduled its recording around her developing film career. She resumed recording in 2000 at Sing Sing Studios in Australia, where she shot her role for the 2002 film Queen of the Damned during the day and recorded songs at night. Aaliyah worked primarily with Blackground Records' in-house crew of writers and producers, including Bud'da, J. Dub, Rapture, and Eric Seats, as well as longtime collaborator Timbaland.




Aaliyah was released by Blackground and Virgin Records America on July 17, 2001, to highly positive reviews from critics and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, but sold diminishingly afterwards. When Blackground and Virgin wanted a high charting single to increase the album's sales, Aaliyah shot a music video for the song "Rock the Boat" in the Bahamas, but died in a plane crash on a return flight to the United States on August 25, 2001. After her death, sales of the album skyrocketed and propelled it to number one on the Billboard 200. Aaliyah was released during a period of peak activity in contemporary R&B and, since its initial reception, has been cited by critics as one of the best R&B records of its time.











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