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Postby MrDiva » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:09 am

Yeah I’ve seen it

They’re casting ‘AALIYAH SUPER FANS’ atm for somebody secret project
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Postby Guru » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:26 pm

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Postby biscuits » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:03 pm

Exciting...not.
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Postby jochen » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:15 pm

I like it
Good idea

Icon is icon is icon

This helps that it this status stays
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Postby Benjamin » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:17 pm

I love how MAC is releasing an Aaliyh inspired collection. Het legacy continues.
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Postby TIfan » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:49 pm

Her make up was so freaking flawless. I am actually glad they are doing this.

The different looks she has had, especially in the "Aaliyah" booklet were sick! Love it.
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Postby Guru » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:04 pm

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Postby Controlfreak » Thu May 17, 2018 7:02 am



19 min mark.
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Postby Benjamin » Thu May 17, 2018 7:35 am

Queen :) I miss her and her music.
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Postby Controlfreak » Tue May 29, 2018 6:45 pm

The 98 Greatest Songs of 1998

1. Aaliyah, "Are You That Somebody?" (No. 21, Hot 100)

You can’t even find the song.

“Are You That Somebody?” is currently lost outside the stream of capital, thanks to the chicanery and stubborn grief of Aaliyah’s uncle and manager, Barry Hankerson. The digital streaming platforms don’t carry it, and the YouTube uploads aren’t beaming money to any label. On some level this is correct, because “Are You That Somebody?” should forever live in the beyond, as something to chase.

It’s of the past -- 20 years come June -- but still sounds like the future. Produced and written by Timbaland and Static Major and sung by Aaliyah, the song was recorded like a dream. At 4 a.m., Tim received a call from Hankerson, explaining that they needed a hit to put on the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack by 8 a.m. Talking animals and PG-13 Eddie Murphy? It hardly mattered -- the near-half-a-million bag beckoned and the great work began, with Timbaland hunched over a drum machine, Aaliyah in the booth, Static waving a blunt and smiling because he had the hook. They made the hit Hankerson asked for, and more.

Before you get to the baby, there’s the staccato bass line and drum sounds. You could stutter-step through the empty pockets left in the beat like you were dodging fat, lazy raindrops. The clucking and popping is a human mouth, only it’s tap dancing. “Boy,” Aaliyah begins like she’s creating a perfectly round bubble of sound, drawing out the vowel and vibrating it. The lyrics describe love like a secret, and if this boy is let in on it, he can’t tell nobody. Fifty-three seconds in, the baby pops out, right on time and totally uncalled for, a genuine moment of awe for the Hot 100, where the song would eventually peak at No. 21. Prince himself used the same sample to close out “Delirious” in 1982, but man, the chutzpah to let it coo repeatedly through this skeleton of a beat.

As Grammy-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox told Vibe in 2008, “It ain’t been a record like that since.” A year later, Drake interpolated Static’s hook for Young Money’s “BedRock,” and one year after that, James Blake submerged and pitch-shifted Aaliyah’s voice for his breakout single “CMYK.” Like Sasha Frere-Jones wrote in The New Yorker, the song is “still effervescing” and inspiring new work, many years after the Grammys gave it a nod for best female R&B vocal performance. Ten out of ten people agree: This shit is not regular.

“Are You That Somebody?” persists in the cultural imagination despite being unavailable for sale on Amazon or iTunes, despite being unstreamable on Spotify or Tidal or Apple Music. Tens of millions of us know, by heart, a field recording of an infant made in 1969 -- an infant who will never be identified. Aaliyah passed away in August, of 2001. There is no way to tell her that nearly two decades later, “Somebody” remains like the secret cave her and Timabaland’s crews populate in the song’s video: sacred territory hidden in plain sight, accessible only to the two of them. -- R.S.
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Postby TIfan » Tue May 29, 2018 7:51 pm

Controlfreak wrote:
The 98 Greatest Songs of 1998

1. Aaliyah, "Are You That Somebody?" (No. 21, Hot 100)

You can’t even find the song.

“Are You That Somebody?” is currently lost outside the stream of capital, thanks to the chicanery and stubborn grief of Aaliyah’s uncle and manager, Barry Hankerson. The digital streaming platforms don’t carry it, and the YouTube uploads aren’t beaming money to any label. On some level this is correct, because “Are You That Somebody?” should forever live in the beyond, as something to chase.

It’s of the past -- 20 years come June -- but still sounds like the future. Produced and written by Timbaland and Static Major and sung by Aaliyah, the song was recorded like a dream. At 4 a.m., Tim received a call from Hankerson, explaining that they needed a hit to put on the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack by 8 a.m. Talking animals and PG-13 Eddie Murphy? It hardly mattered -- the near-half-a-million bag beckoned and the great work began, with Timbaland hunched over a drum machine, Aaliyah in the booth, Static waving a blunt and smiling because he had the hook. They made the hit Hankerson asked for, and more.

Before you get to the baby, there’s the staccato bass line and drum sounds. You could stutter-step through the empty pockets left in the beat like you were dodging fat, lazy raindrops. The clucking and popping is a human mouth, only it’s tap dancing. “Boy,” Aaliyah begins like she’s creating a perfectly round bubble of sound, drawing out the vowel and vibrating it. The lyrics describe love like a secret, and if this boy is let in on it, he can’t tell nobody. Fifty-three seconds in, the baby pops out, right on time and totally uncalled for, a genuine moment of awe for the Hot 100, where the song would eventually peak at No. 21. Prince himself used the same sample to close out “Delirious” in 1982, but man, the chutzpah to let it coo repeatedly through this skeleton of a beat.

As Grammy-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox told Vibe in 2008, “It ain’t been a record like that since.” A year later, Drake interpolated Static’s hook for Young Money’s “BedRock,” and one year after that, James Blake submerged and pitch-shifted Aaliyah’s voice for his breakout single “CMYK.” Like Sasha Frere-Jones wrote in The New Yorker, the song is “still effervescing” and inspiring new work, many years after the Grammys gave it a nod for best female R&B vocal performance. Ten out of ten people agree: This shit is not regular.

“Are You That Somebody?” persists in the cultural imagination despite being unavailable for sale on Amazon or iTunes, despite being unstreamable on Spotify or Tidal or Apple Music. Tens of millions of us know, by heart, a field recording of an infant made in 1969 -- an infant who will never be identified. Aaliyah passed away in August, of 2001. There is no way to tell her that nearly two decades later, “Somebody” remains like the secret cave her and Timabaland’s crews populate in the song’s video: sacred territory hidden in plain sight, accessible only to the two of them. -- R.S.
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Postby TheRealest » Tue May 29, 2018 11:43 pm

^ YASSSS

Also it’s super frustrating not having her music on streaming platforms. I hate her family
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Postby Controlfreak » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:40 pm

Favorite era: Aaliyah
Favorite album: Aaliyah
Favorite Hit: One In A Million
Favorite album track: Never No More/Loose Rap
Favorite music video: We Need A Resolution
Favorite performance: Journey to the Past at Rosie O'Donnell
Favorite Lead Single: We Need A Resolution
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Postby TIfan » Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:29 am

Are You That Somebody is ranking high on many All time lists.

Classic record!
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Postby Controlfreak » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:30 am

The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year

5. Aaliyah, "Are You That Somebody?"

Timbaland never could stop showing off – couldn't resist flaunting the mastery of the man from the big V-A – but he really got out of hand here. "Are You That Somebody?" is a mind-warp of a beat, taking the Southern route to the world's pleasure zones. And only Aaliyah could be serene enough to make it float – a more nervous singer would have busied it up, but nothing ever stressed Ms. Haughton. She gets both goody-goody and naughty-naughty; in the video, she revives the medieval art of falconry. Everything about "Are You That Somebody?" feels deeply chill, from the delirious Prince gurgles to the finger-snaps to the answer to Gwen Stefani. ("Don't speak! you know that would be weak!") Aaliyah will always be that somebody and this will always be her song.
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Postby TIfan » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:34 am

And another one!!!!!!!
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Postby jochen » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:01 pm

Favorite era[/b]: Aaliyah
Favorite album: Aaliyah
Favorite Hit: we need a resolution
Favorite album track: everythings gonna be alright
Favorite music video: We Need A Resolution
Favorite performance: Journey to the Past at oscars
Favorite Lead Single: We Need A Resolution
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Postby Controlfreak » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:52 pm

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Postby jochen » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:05 pm

great Styling and mood
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Postby TIfan » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:33 pm

I'm hearing/seeing lots of .media coverage on her MAC line. That's surpringly incredible.
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Postby Nippian93 » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:31 am

❤Whitney Houston
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Postby GetBack » Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:43 pm

Controlfreak wrote:

19 min mark.
Thanks for sharing this! Her look really transcends time! It's like she is still alive today! :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Postby jochen » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:15 am

Image

I found this old article in my kylie collection
I give it away for free if you pay shipping costs ( 1 euro )
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Postby Controlfreak » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:31 pm

Why Aaliyah Would Still Be One in a Million If She Were Alive Today

Teenagers listening to Drake’s latest release, Scorpion, might wonder why he chose to end the album’s A-side with an Aaliyah interpolation first recorded at the turn of the century. The truth is that Drake and countless others still remain enchanted by the mystique of Timbaland’s protégé 17 years after she died in a tragic plane crash, and it doesn’t look like anyone else will replace her as the ‘Princess of R&B’ any time soon either.

In the years that followed her death, Aaliyah’s music has continued to live on in the work of others. Aside from Drake’s undying adoration for Baby Girl, artists as diverse as Jennifer Lopez and The Weeknd have also sampled her work directly, and rappers who haven’t mentioned Aaliyah at least once in their career are truly one in a million. Frank Ocean even covered the starlet’s own cover of “At Your Best (You Are Love)” for his visual album Endless a couple of years back on what would have been Aaliyah’s 36th birthday.

Given that the impact of Aaliyah’s voice is still felt in the industry today (even more than a number of artists who are currently recording music), fans and critics alike regularly lament her loss, trying to imagine how the star’s career might have evolved were she still alive today. Now that she’s gone, it’s easy to claim that Aaliyah would have easily matched or even surpassed the success of modern contemporaries like Beyoncé or Rihanna, but was Baby Girl really one in a million?

Are You That Somebody?

Aaliyah arrived on the scene fully formed at the tender age of 14, like an angel plucked from the future. By the age of 22, she had recorded three double Platinum albums and starred in two Hollywood blockbusters with a third role lined up in The Matrix sequels. The star’s success continued even in death thanks to various posthumous releases that helped attract 800,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, despite the fact that legal wrangling prevent a number of her key releases from appearing on streaming services.

The girl with “jazz personality” and “G mentality” would be 39 now if her life hadn’t ended prematurely, and those who worked with her believed that Aaliyah would have accomplished even more in the years that followed. Queen of the Damned director Michael Rymer claimed “that girl could have gone so far,” explaining that she had “such a clarity about what she wanted” and that “Nothing was gonna step in her way.”

It’s rare for people to speak ill of the dead, but among the numerous plaudits, there were also some detractors who claimed that Aaliyah was nothing more than a cipher for the artistry of Timbaland and Missy Elliott, simply channeling the sound that they created. Of course, such critiques severely overlook how Aaliyah’s own contribution to the music would help define the landscape of hip-hop in the years that followed.

Although Aaliyah was rarely involved in the writing process, she fused her angelic voice with futuristic beats to create something entirely unique for the radio, singing R&B slow jams that prioritized emotional nuance over diva-style runs. As their muse, Aaliyah inspired Timbaland and Missy Elliott to pen and produce some of their best work, including songs like “Try Again” and “If Your Girl Only Knew.” Together, the music that Aaliyah created with her close friends would also go on to inspire an entire generation of performers, including Ciara, Ashanti, and even Rihanna, whose swagger owes an immeasurable debt to the style that Baby Girl first came out with back in 1994.

Hot Like Fire

Eventually, hip-hop caught up to the futuristic vibes of Timbaland’s signature production style, so his work no longer sounded quite as fresh as before. However, Aaliyah had already proven herself willing to evolve and experiment beyond this, so it’s unlikely that this would have impacted her career trajectory in the long run. On her third and final album, simply titled Aaliyah, the Princess of R&B blended together other genres in her music too, including pop, rock, and even techno, pushing forward with what seemed like limitless potential.

Fans are quick to declare that Aaliyah’s music was timeless, even though some early cuts are starting to show their age, but it’s true that far more of her songs hold up today than those sung by her contemporaries. Tracks like “It’s Whatever” and “Never No More” wouldn’t sound out of place on recent albums like SZA’s CTRL or Solange’s A Seat at the Table, and the bold experimentation heard on “What If” was years ahead of its time, drawing on the star’s surprising love of industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails.

In contrast, other ’90s favorites like Brandy, Monica, and Faith Evans might remain musically active, but aside from Beyoncé, none are as popular as they once were, and that’s because they failed to evolve with the times. As a result of this, fans often speculate about what would have happened to Ms. Carter’s career if Aaliyah was still alive today. Would she have rivalled Queen Bee on the charts? Or would they have ruled together?

It’s impossible to know now whether the Princess of R&B would have ended up following the dance/pop trends that dominated after her death or whether she would have helped forge a new path that others would follow. What’s clear, though, is that Aaliyah left a void in the industry that Beyoncé helped fill with her own undeniable talent.

Noted critic Emil Wilbekin once claimed that the success of Aaliyah’s third album and her planned role in The Matrix franchise could have helped transform her into “one of the next big pop stars, the same as Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, or Whitney Houston.” We’ll never know if that’s true or not now, but just like these other icons of urban music, Aaliyah also influenced artists outside of the R&B sphere, and not just in the realm of singing either.

Street Thing

From the moment that Aaliyah first made her debut in the video for “Back and Forth,” her distinct sense of fashion was perfectly crystallized, combining sophistication with street wear in one iconic look that would evolve even further as her videography developed.

Stylist Derek Lee later discussed this with Billboard, reminding readers that Aaliyah was “sexy and feminine even when she was wearing baggy pants,” proving that “you don’t have to show your ass in order to be hot.” It’s easy to forget now, but long before Beyoncé and Rihanna incorporated street couture into their fashion, Aaliyah pioneered Athleisure with an authenticity that attracted the attention of top-level designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Roberto Cavalli.

Now that streetwear has become one of the most pervasive trends in fashion, it’s easy to imagine Aaliyah creating her own clothing line today at the age of 39. 17 years after her death, MAC were even inspired to release a new makeup collection based on her look after fans petitioned the company to honor the star’s legacy. Even if the music would have eventually taken a backseat, there’s no doubt that Aaliyah would have remained a fashion icon regardless.

As the first mainstream artist to combine these urban stylings with an innocence befitting of the nickname ‘Baby Girl,’ Aaliyah almost single-handedly defined the teen pop sound that would dominate the airwaves in the years surrounding her death. Singers who started out young like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera owe a debt to the legacy of Aaliyah and given that they both still retain a dedicated fan base, the R&B starlet and her music would have surely resonated with new generations too.

Are You Feelin’ Me?

Sure, there may have been other performers out there who could hit higher notes or master more complicated choreography, but the emotional cadence of Aaliyah’s voice still hasn’t been matched, all these years later. Whether she’s singing sensually in “Rock the Boat,” pledging friendship on “I Gotcha Back,” or warning off cheating men in “If Your Girl Only Knew,” Aaliyah’s vocals possessed a rare nuance, going back and forth between heartfelt ballads and futuristic dance hits with ease.

The untimely death of our favorite artists will always create a mystique around their artistry, and often, a kind of ‘halo’ effect ensues where their music is deified to the nth degree. This raises some difficult questions; if Aaliyah had lived longer, would her back catalog still be regarded as so iconic? While it’s true that her death did prompt a surge in sales that her peers didn’t benefit from, the fact that so many people are still affected by Aaliyah’s music almost two decades on says it all. Dying doesn’t make anyone a star. It’s what they leave behind after they die that matters most.

Not long before she was taken from us, Aaliyah spoke in an interview about a recurring dream which foretold the circumstances of her demise. Initially scary, the darkness that she encountered in each vision would then give way to something special. “How do I feel? As if I am swimming in the air. Free. Nobody can reach me. Nobody can touch me. It’s a wonderful feeling.” It’s no coincidence that the name Aaliyah actually means “highest most exalted one” in Swahili, because her dream was right. Nobody can touch the legacy of Aaliyah Dana Haughton, and just like her love of performing, Aaliyah’s music was truly was one in a million. It will go on and on, and on.
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Postby TIfan » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:13 am

She was not only a trend setter with fashion, but also beauty. Her hair and make-up was ALWAYS on point.
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