Monday marked 16 years since the release of R&B singer Aaliyah’s self-titled album.
It had been five years prior since her sophomore album One In A Million. After working on other music projects and beginning an acting career, Aaliyah decided the time had come to release a new studio album.
Also known as “The Red Album” by her fans, Aaliyah, hit store shelves on July 17, 2001 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 album charts.
Aaliyah spawned three singles, “We Need A Resolution,” “Rock The Boat” and “More Than A Woman,” in which the latter two would go on to be nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 44th and 45th Grammy Awards, respectively.
This was the album that Aaliyah had put her heart and soul into with the help of her production team (including Timbaland, Jeffrey “J. Dub” Walker, Stephen “Bud’da” Anderson and Static Major), creating a fresh new sound. This was the album that showed the world that Aaliyah had transitioned from a “street but sweet” tomboy to a beautiful and confident woman. This was the album that came at the right moment in Aaliyah’s life, she was in her prime, and it was going to take her to new heights in her career — a career that was tragically cut way too soon.
Below are some of the tracks from Aaliyah’s third and final album. Enjoy!