Drake’s dream of collaborating with the late Aaliyah have come true. The Toronto MC dropped a new track, “Enough Said,” produced by his go-to producer Noah “40” Shebib, tonight.
No word on where the understated record will live but rumors have been swirling that Drake will serve as the executive producer of a new posthumous album from the “One In a Million” singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001.
Alicia Keys wowed the crowd at the 47th Grammy Awards with a performance of “If I Ain’t Got You,” the second single from her sophomore album The Diary of Alicia Keys. Written and produced by Keys, “If I Ain’t Got You” became the second consecutive number one from the album, and earned a Grammy for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. The song also earned a nomination for Song of the Year, but lost to John Mayer’s “Daughters.”
“The song idea came together right after Aaliyah passed away. It was such a sad time and no one wanted to believe it. It just made everything crystal clear to me—what matters, and what doesn’t.” – Alicia Keys, Complex Magazine.
With fourteen GRAMMYs under her belt, Alicia Keys is one of the most decorated females in Grammy history.
In honor of her 33rd birthday, Aaliyah’s “Try Again” is today’s daily throwback!
Produced by Timbaland, “Try Again” was the lead the single from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack. Debuting on the Hot 100 in March 2000, “Try Again” peaked at number one on June 17, 2000, becoming Aaliyah’s first and only number one single on the chart. Its music video, directed by Wayne Isham, won two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video from a Film. “Try Again” also earned her a second Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Did You Know?: “Try Again” was the first song to ever reach number one on the Hot 100 based solely on the strength of its radio airplay.
When he’s not crying over fail relationships with strippers, Drake expresses his
obsession love for Aaliyah. Aubrey took his standom a bit further by tattooing a portrait of the late singer on his back. The tat was spotted as shots of the Young Money emcee playing tennis shirtless surfaced. Aaliyah’s face appears on the left side of his back below angel wings. Drake’s love for the late R&B diva is unwavering and now she’ll be with him permanently.
From playing the violin to having a 4.2 GPA, J. Cole looks back on his teen years on the latest episode of MTV’s When I Was 17. Swedish-born singer Robyn takes us back to her days of idolizing Rosie Perez and meeting Aaliyah in the episode. Check out J. Cole and Robyn before they were stars below.
Ten years ago today, singer/actress Aaliyah lost her life. During her career, Aaliyah released a string a hits that still stand the test of time. Even after her untimely death, many still speculate the level of success she would have achieved. Though often duplicated, none have mastered the style and swagger of the singer. The combination of slick dance moves, sex appeal and mystery allowed Aaliyah to create her own lane. From her days with R. Kelly to her time with Missy Elliott and Timbaland, Aaliyah created a body of work that is truly one in a million.
Though brief, Aaliyah’s career is one the greatest ‘what if’ stories in music history. To mark the ten-year anniversary of her passing, BET will air a tribute special to reflect on what was and what could have been. Featuring never-before-seen footage and testimonials from family and friends, the one-hour special, “Aaliyah: One In A Million” airs on Thursday, August 25 at 8PM. Watch a sneak peek of the special after the jump