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Aaliyah 2001–2005: Life After Death

2001–2005: Posthumous career

The week after Aaliyah’s death, her third studio album, Aaliyah, rose from number 19 to number one on the Billboard 200. “Rock the Boat” was released as a posthumous single. The music video was premiered on Black Entertainment Television’s Access Granted; it became the most viewed and highest rated episode in the history of the show. The song peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It was also included on the Now That’s What I Call Music! 8 compilation series; a portion of the album’s profits were donated to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund.The following two singles from Aaliyah, “More than a Woman” and “I Care 4 U”, peaked within the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified double Platinum by the RIAA and sold 2.5 million copies in the United States.

Miss You (Tribute To Aaliyah)

She went on to win two posthumous awards at the American Music Awards of 2002; Favorite Female R&B Artist and Favorite R&B/Soul Album for Aaliyah. Her second and final film, Queen of the Damned, was released in February 2002. Before its release, Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad, re-dubbed part of her lines during post-production. It grossed $15.2 million in its first weekend, ranking number one at the box office. On the first anniversary of Aaliyah’s death, a candlelight vigil was held in Times Square, where millions of fans took a moment of silence. Throughout the United States, radio stations played her music in rememberance. In December 2002, a collection of previously unreleased material was released as Aaliyah’s first posthumous album, I Care 4 U. A portion of proceeds was donated to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund, a program that benefits the Revlon UCLA Women Cancer Research Program and Harlem’s Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 280,000 copies in its first week. The album’s lead single, “Miss You”, peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In August of the following year, clothing retailer Christian Dior donated profits from sales in honor of Aaliyah.

Aaliyah: The Motion Picture

From http://live.drjays.com Warner Brothers Films started filming a biopic based on Aaliyah’s life in March 2010. The film will be directed by Bill Condon, the director behind the award-winning blockbuster, Dreamgirls. Canadian singer and former girlfriend of highly popular rapper Drake, Keshia Chanté (pictured below) is set to play the late singer. Chanté bares a striking resemblance to Aaliyah and has been vigorously studying every aspect of the star’s life.

She has viewed hundreds of hours of video in order to emulate Aaliyah, from her dance moves to her sweet melodic vocals for the film. Chanté is even speaking with Aaliyah’s family members, in order to give the role the proper justice and accuracy in which it is due. In a recent statement regarding her role, Chanté stated:

“Aaliyah inspired me and an entire generation. She was stunning, effortless and was capable of so many things. This is a hard undertaking, I have big shoes to fill but I am committed, determined and will train to the very end to master this role. I want Aaliyah’s fans and admirers to be proud of this film and feel like it was the best interpretation possible of our baby girl. I refuse to disappoint.”

Known to be a somewhat mysterious and private young woman, the film has been reported to share a very deep and personal side of Aaliyah; even addressing the singer’s controversial and highly debated marriage to her then 27-year-old producer and mentor, R. Kelly, whom she wed when she was only 15.

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