36 Facts About Aaliyah

1. Aaliyah was predeceased by her identical twin Natalia Elena Elizabeth.

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2. In October 2015 Aaliyah was featured in the 10 women who became Denim Style icons list created by the fashion publication Vogue.

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3. In June 2013, Aaliyah was featured on a new track by Chris Brown, titled "Don't Think They Know"; with Aaliyah singing the song's hook.

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4. At the age of 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records.

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5. Aaliyah was involved with Damon Dash of Roc-A-Fella Records at the time of her death.

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6. Aaliyah was raised by her father, mother and brother Rashad Haughton in Detroit.

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7. At the age of seven, Aaliyah started trying out for school plays.

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8. Aaliyah was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 16, 1979 to Diane and Michael Haughton.

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9. At the age of 14, Aaliyah signed her first record contract when Hankerson founded his own recording company, Blackground Enterprises.

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10. In 1998, Aaliyah had a huge hit with "Are You That Somebody" from the Dr Doolittle soundtrack.

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11. In 1996, Aaliyah released her second record, One In A Million.

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12. In 1994, at the age of 14, Aaliyah released her first album, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number.

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13. Aaliyah was pointed as the live performer of the National Anthem at Orlando Magic game in 1995.

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14. Aaliyah was provided with a singing contract with Jive Records and Blackground Records when she was only 12 years old.

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15. Aaliyah was born on January 16, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York.

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16. In May 2002, Aaliyah's parents filed a lawsuit, similar to those filed by the families of Foreman and Dodd, against Virgin Records America in Los Angeles, alleging negligence.

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17. Aaliyah was an American singer and actress who was killed in a plane crash on August 25, 2001 at the Marsh Harbour Airport on the Abaco Islands, Bahamas.

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18. In 2000, Aaliyah made her acting debut in the surprise action hit Romeo Must Die, starring opposite martial arts star Jet Li in a Romeo and Juliet-inspired story set in modern-day Los Angeles.

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19. In 2000, Aaliyah starred in the surprise hit action movie Romeo Must Die.

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20. Aaliyah was the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat.

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21. Aaliyah was ranked as one of "The Top 40 Women of the Video Era" in VH1's 2003 The Greatest series.

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22. Aaliyah was honored at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards by Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Ginuwine and her brother, Rashad, who all paid tribute to her.

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23. In 2014, Jomo Hankerson stated that Aaliyah "got villainized" over her relationship with Kelly and the scandal over the marriage made it difficult to find producers for her second album.

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24. Aaliyah was known to have usually been accompanied by members of her family and the "Rock the Boat" filming was credited by Rashad Haughton as being the first and only time her family was not present.

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25. When she changed her hairstyle, Aaliyah took her mother's advice to cover her left eye, much like Veronica Lake.

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26. As an artist, Aaliyah often voiced that she was inspired by a number of performers.

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27. Prior to her death, Aaliyah expressed a desire to learn about the burgeoning UK garage scene she had heard about at the time.

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28. Whitney Houston recalled Aaliyah being "so enthusiastic" about the film and wanting to appear in the film "so badly".

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29. Aaliyah was signed to appear in several future films, including Honey, a romantic film titled Some Kind of Blue, and a Whitney Houston-produced remake of the 1976 film Sparkle.

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30. Aaliyah was released five years after One in a Million.

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31. In 1999, Aaliyah landed her first film role in Romeo Must Die, released March 22, 2000.

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32. In 1997 Aaliyah performed the Christmas carol What Child Is This at the annual holiday special Christmas in Washington.

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33. In 1996, Aaliyah left Jive Records and signed with Atlantic Records.

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34. At a young age, Aaliyah was enrolled in voice lessons by her mother.

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35. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die.

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36. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records.

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