A Biography about Aaliyah Dana Haughton.

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Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York. Although she was born in Brooklyn, she was raised in Detroit, Michigan. She started her singing career at the age of 15 with her freshman album, "Age Ain't Nothing' But A Number", with top singles such as "Back and Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Loved)". After breaking her partnership with producer, R. Kelly, Aaliyah quickly began recording with hotshot producer Timberland. She had a successful follow-up album in 1996, "One In A Million". Aaliyah shortly took a break from music to enjoy life and in the process, slowly went towards acting as a second career.

Haughton quickly drew in movie roles after completing her on screen debut in "Romeo Must Die". The song, "Try Again" that was for the movie, rose up the charts as if it were a hot thermometer. And that's the way things stayed, she was always at the top.

The following year, 2001, a confident and mature Aaliyah released her self titled album Aaliyah. Again collaborating with producer Timberland, she released the song, "We Need A Resolution" that would be her new, bold, accepting sound in the industry. Then, out of nowhere, tragedy struck.

While in the Bahamas filming for her new video, "Rock The Boat". Aaliyah and eight others finished wrapping up the video and decided to get on a plane to go home. Shortly after the plane took off, it suddenly crashed. Aaliyah Dana Haughton was killed along with her make-up artist, Eric Foreman, a Virgin Records representative, Douglas Kratz, two other women and three other men, including the pilot. She died instantly.

She released the finished video along with another video that she made before filming "Rock The Boat". Aaliyah had limitless potential and was one of...