Trivia / Aaliyah

  • Artist Existence Failure
  • Follow the Leader: Her style, sound, and overall influence can be seen in singers such as Ciara, Tinashe, Zendaya Coleman, Destiny's Child, Jhené Aiko and Cassie Ventura
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Because her uncle holds the rights to her music except for her first album, it's nigh-impossible to get copies of her last two albums because he refuses to release any of her music after her death. Physical copies are increasingly rare and the only way to get her last two albums is through illegal downloads or bootlegs. Unfortunately, as a side effect from her death, he also refuses to release any music on Blackground Records, stranding many of its artists and producers in Development Hell, forcing them (one example being Jojo) to sue him to release them from their contracts until the label shuttered.
  • The Red Stapler: Her name (an Arabic name meaning "high, lofty, sublime") and variations of it (Aliyah, Alea, etc.) entered the top 1000 most popular baby names in the U.S. only after she became famous.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: She only released 3 albums over 7 years and died at 22, but is considered one of the defining artists of R&B today.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Trent Reznor - yes, that Trent Reznor - was asked to contribute to Aaliyah, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts. He hasn't talked much about it since, but it would still have been interesting to hear some industrial R&B.
    • There's also the much more obvious case of What Could Have Been. A lot of the reviews for her third album said that while it was very good on its own, it also shows the enormous potential she had.
    • She was also the Wachowskis' first choice for the role of Zee in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, which would have been her big acting break; after her death, the role went to Nona Gaye instead.
    • She was also being considered for the lead role in a remake of Sparkle.


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